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I am pleased to advise that an additional opportunity to see Fisherton Sarum on the road this year has been added to the exhibition calender, at the Worthing Model Railway Club exhibition on 26th/27th September 2015. 

nevard_081024_fisherton_DSC_2673_webIt is always nice to exhibit deep in the heart of the Southern Railway territory, the show is being held at  the Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 1L. The show is open to the public between 10am until 5pm on the Saturday and 10am until 4pm on the Sunday.

It is also a pleasure to accept an invitation for this show as the Worthing MRC club president, Dave Kent, is a friend and past member of the High Wycombe & District MRS. He will hate me for saying this, as I know he reads this blog, but when I joined the Society at the tender age of 15, *cough* years ago, he took me under his wing so to speak, working on the scenery for the Societies then large 00 layout ‘Hillingdon Court’.  Dave is an exceptional modeller and some of you may well have previously seen is excellent SR third rail layout Ashington (which featured in the November 2007 issue of Hornby Magazine).

I hope you can add this exhibition into your diaries and I look forward to seeing you there.

Bachmann Europe Plc. have today, back in its usual March timing after last years change to July to coincide with the 25th Anniversary celebrations, announced their plans for the next 18 months, or so,  for both the Bachmann Branchlines (00) and Graham Farish (N) brands. They also provided updates on the current work in progress. I outline below the couple of items of Southern / Southern Region interest, the highlights of which are the release of a Class 450 Desiro EMU and a 45T Ransomes and Rapier Steam Crane.

Bachmann also advised that following a couple of difficult years 2015 will also be a year of consolidation to catch up with previously announced models. They also confirmed that they dropped their initial plans to release an ex LSWR/SR S15 Class (and an ex LNER J50 class tank) following Hornby’s announcement last December. It is noted that neither a Merchant Navy or 00 upgrades to the Bulleid coaches have been announced. 

 
Bachmann 00 gauge

Class 450 EMU

Class 450 EMU Picture courtesy Bachmann

The class 450 EMU, based on the previously released 350 EMU model will be released in both pristine (31-040) and weathered (31-041) South West Trains Liveries.

45t Ransomes and Rapier steam crane, picture courtesy Bachmann and copyright Colour-Rail

45t Ransomes and Rapier steam crane, picture courtesy Bachmann and copyright Colour-Rail

The 45 ton Ransomes and Rapier steam crane were introduced by a number of railway companies, including the Southern Railway, during the war and some lasted into the 1980s. Initially they are producing four versions in SR (38-800), GWR (38-801), BR (38-802) black liveries and a version in BR Red livery (38-803) This model will be available during 2016 and ultimately the intention is that versions will be produced with an element of DCC control to the movements.

Other announcements include: GWR 94xx and LNER J72 tanks and a Class 70/8 in Colas livery complete with correct revised air ducts and boxes. The LNER V2 is also being upgraded with completely new body tooling (some of which of course were drafted onto the Southern Region in 1952).

Other livery releases include:

  • 31-375A Class 416 2 Car EMU No. 5764 in BR Blue (Weathered)
  • 31-379 2EPB 2 Car EMU No. 5771 in BR Green
  • 31-425C 4CEP 4 Car EMU No. 7106 in BR (SR) Green
  • 31-426B 4CEP e Car EMU No.7122 in BR (SR) Green
  • 33-827C SR Queen Mary 25T Brake Van SR Brown 
  • 37-067 5 Plank Wooden Floor Wagon SR Brown
  • 37-090 7 Plank End Door Wagon SR Brown
  • 38-400A SR Pill Box Brake Van SR Brown
  • 38-404A SR Pill Box Brake Van BR Departmental Olive Green (weathered)
  • 39-053F BR MK1 Second Open (SO) in BR (S) Green 
  • 39-153D BR MK1 First Corridor (FK) in BR (S) Green
  • 39-228D BR MK1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) in BR (S) Green
  • 39-262B BR MK1 Miniature Buffet (RMB) in BR (S) Green

Bachmann 00 gauge work in progress 

 The E4 tanks are in transit to the UK with the H2 Atlantics still at the development stage. Livery samples have now been received for the PMV and CCT utility vans. The Ex SECR Birdcage stock is still in the drawing office as further research takes place. 

Graham Farish N gauge

Graham Farish Queen Mary brake van picture courtesy of Bachmann

Graham Farish Queen Mary brake van picture courtesy of Bachmann

The only item of Southern interest from a Graham Farish point of view is the release in the main catalogue of the Queen Mary brake vans (previously a limited edition) in 3 versions SR brown with post 1936 livery (377-875), BR Bauxite (377-876) and EWS Livery (377-877). 

Other livery releases include:

  • 374-051D BR MK1 Corridor Second (SK) in BR (S) Green
  • 374-083A BR MK1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) in BR (S) Green
  • 374-991 Bulleid Three Coach Set in BR (SR) Green
  • 377-0897 Plank End Door Wagon SR Brown

Graham Farish N work in progress 

Both the Merchant Navy pacifics and the N class locomotives are currently in production. The 12t Vent vans are in transit and livery samples of the Bogie B luggage van are being reviewed.

An honest approach from Bachmann this year concentrating on catching up with previsoulsy announced models. There was also a discussion on pricing, with confirmation that prices will continue to rise but will still be under the price of comparative models being supplied into the European market. 

Full details can be found on the Bachmann website 

This months picture…

A line up of Bulleid Pacific’s outside Fisherton Sarum shed. 21C102 “Salisbury” on the far left is modified Hornby fitted with original style cab and short smoke deflectors. 21C103 “Plymouth” is on the right and has the same modifications as 21C102. Between them are two Merchant Navy Pacific’s on the left is a Series 3 build 35023 “Holland-Afrika Line”, next to Series 1 build 21C6 “Peninsular and Orient Line” both built from Millholme whitemetal kits

A line up of Bulleid Pacifics outside Fisherton Sarum shed. 21C102 “Salisbury” on the far left is modified Hornby fitted with original style cab and short smoke deflectors. 21C103 “Plymouth” is on the right and has the same modifications as 21C102. Between them are two Merchant Navy Pacifics on the left is a Series 3 build 35023 “Holland-Afrika Line”, next to Series 1 build 21C6 “Peninsular and Orient Line” both built from Millholme whitemetal kits

Hornby have today made a surprise announcement, bringing forward one that was due for December this year that as part of the 2016 range, that they are to produce an Original air smoothed Bullied Merchant Navy Pacific.

A Model of 21c1 in her original condition built by Stan Chandler from a Millholme kit that can regularly been seen on Fisherton Sarum

A Model of 21c1 in her original condition built by Stan Chandler from a Millholme kit that can regularly been seen on Fisherton Sarum

, with some assistance already from myself, to be part of their 2016 range. The initial releases, although full details are yet to be revealed, will be based on the first series of 10 locomotives built between February 1941 and June 1942. They will include 21c1 “Channel Packet” in her original condition as introduced without smoke deflectors and widow’s peak style front end. The Hornby announcement also includes some early development images, some of which they have been hinting about and sharing via social media earlier this week. My  very first Talking Stock #1 post details the differences within the three series of three class. 

This early announcement by Hornby may be seen as a pre-emptive move as Bachmann are due to make their 2015 announcement of their plans for the next 18 months on Monday, at a media event I am attending. I will of course bring the news on any such Southern Railway related releases on here hot the press on Monday.  Although this might possibly result in some duplication of a class, and at this time of writing there is of course no such duplication, other than perhaps an educated guess made by some due the N gauge version of Series 3 Merchant Navy locomotives already being produced by Graham Farish,  the class has enough variations to perhaps keep a number of manufacturers busy, let’s wait and see.

In May last year I reported that the small manufacturer of Ready To Run locomotive 00 Works are to produce seven variations of the ex London Brighton and South Coast Railway Marsh I3 4-4-2 Tanks.  The first version has now arrived from 00 Works, although I have not personally ordered one myself (I already have a kit built one, that can be seen here in my Talking Stock #25 post along with some further details on the prototype) I am indebted to fellow Southern modeller Tony Teague for his photographs and comments below.

The 00 Works I3 4-4-2T Picture courtesy and copyright T Teague

The 00 Works I3 4-4-2T in plain black with no decals. Picture courtesy and copyright T Teague

This release follows on from a number of Southern locomotive produced by the ’00’ Works in the past such as: N15, 700, C, E4 and 0415 Adams Radial classes (although of course these have now all been subsequently been announced or produced by the major manufacturers). The level of detail of these models has steadily improved over time, although is still not as high as we see from the likes of Hornby and Bachmann, or from if built carefully from kits.

A rear 3/4 view of the 00 Works I3, note the lack of buffer beam lamp irons. Picture courtesy and copyright T Teague

A rear 3/4 view of the 00 Works I3, note the lack of buffer beam lamp irons. Picture courtesy and copyright T Teague

Tony advised: The I3 has a bit more detail than seen on previous 00 Works models including some interior cab detail, etched rear cab window grills, wire handrails and a good representation of a Westinghouse pump; from my perspective as a Southern Railway modeller the numberplate moulded onto the smoke box door is not quite so helpful on what is a plain, unnumbered version, but I’ll probably live with it. The moulded coal in the bunker does not look good; if real coal is not supplied, as it has been on some previous 00 Works models, then I’d prefer an empty bunker. The model has a smooth, fairly quiet motor and I put it onto a fairly heavy test train without any running in, and it was able to pull away, albeit with some wheel-slip, and make good speed.

A higher view of the I3 note the lack of smokebox top, and side bufferbeam lamp irons. Picture courtesy and copyright T Teague

A higher view of the I3 note the lack of smokebox top, and side bufferbeam lamp irons. Picture courtesy and copyright T Teague

Tony continued; advising that he has obtained a number of the 00 Works releases since 2002: Some are much better than others – I like their N15 King Arthur’s for example, but at the other end the Adams Radial is an awful performer! Early models also tended to have the bodies fixed to the chassis via a large, visible screw, but I have to say that like other manufacturers, 00 Works have progressed and improved, and I feel that the I3 is one of their best. Given the current cost of getting a kit built and the lack of any RTR I3 in the foreseeable future I am still of the view that this represents reasonable value for money.

From my own view of the images Tony supplied and those I have seen elsewhere I also note that although this model includes the characteristic LBSC style front tall middle iron positions, but it omits the buffer beam lamp irons at the base the of the tall ones and the upper smokebox position completely, although the centre lamp iron is present. On the Bunker rear however the upper and two middle lamp irons are include but not any on the buffer beam. Another area that has slightly let down the finish of the 00 Works releases in the past has been the highly visible carrier film to decals especially the numbers, although Tony’s is an unnumbered version I have seen that this issue still exists on their numbered releases.

Despite these small issues the model from 00 Works fills a niche gap in the RTR market and a with little additional detail makes a fine model. Thanks again for Tony for his pictures and comments on this model.

As advised the other week Fisherton Sarum will be exhibited at the Princes Risborough and District Model Railway Club’s Risex show this coming Saturday . This nice little local show that showcases a number of local layouts, is being held at the Community Centre, Wades Field, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 9AX. The show is open between 10 am and 5 pm and is well worth a visit, so come along if you can and say hello.

Making their debut on Fisherton Sarum at the show will be two ex LSWR locomotives.

M7 No. 60 is a repainted Hornby model

M7 No. 60 is a repainted Hornby model

Firstly is a repainted Hornby Drummond M7 to represent Salisbury allocated,  long frame pull push fitted number 60. I have repainted this model from her original Southern olive green livery into post 1946 Southern Railway black with Bulleid Sunshine lettering to match my modelling period.

No 60 is Pull Push fitted and will paired with my ex LSWR Emigrant Pull Push set 734

No 60 is Pull Push fitted and will paired with my ex LSWR Emigrant Pull Push set 734

The intention is that she will be paired with my ex LSWR Emigrant Stock Pull Push set 734. At past shows this set has run with a my heavily modified ex Triang M7 (that had been rewheeled, detailed with a Crownline kit and repainted) but as she runs on her original X04 open frame motor she tends to catch out operators with the amount of power required to get her to start.
Number 60 has been repainted and lightly weather using my tried and tested method of Halfords plastic primer and satin black top coat and enamels picking out details before weathering. Further information on this process can be read here.

A12 class number 652 has been expertly built by Dave Taylor

A12 class number 652 has been expertly built by Dave Taylor

The second locomotive to make her debut will be ex LSWR Adams A12 class 0-4-2 number 652, to work on either a secondary passenger or freight turns. I already have an Adams A12 in my locomotive fleet number 528 built quite some time ago as detailed in this post here, however she does not often appear on Fisherton Sarum as ideally she needs to be repainted and renumbered (as 654) in to Southern post 1946 black to be correct for my modelling period, but have not yet had the heart to do so.

Number 652 was a salisbury allocated engine and will be seen on secondary passenger and freight turns.

Number 652 was a salisbury allocated engine and will be seen on secondary passenger and freight turns.

I can not lay claim to the build, as she was built by friend and excellent modeller Dave Taylor (some of you my have seen his fantastic 0-16.5 narrow gauge layout Bridport Town). She like 528 has been expertly built by David from a Nu-Cast kit and his build can be read about here on Dave’s inspirational Southern Locomotives RMweb kit build thread. She needed a new home once he finished her, although a few final details have been completed by myself, and I could not resist the opportunity to own such a quality model, it will be an honour to have her running on Saturday at the Risex show.

Fisherton Sarum’s next exhibition appearance after Risex will be on the 28th / 29th March at the  London Festival of Model Railways organised by Warners and The Model Railway Club at Alexandra Palace, London.

 

Back in March 2013 Bachmann Europe announced its intention to produce a model of the ex London Brighton and South Coast Railway, Billinton designed E4 class 0-6-2 tanks. The first production versions of this model are now on their way to the UK, with a small number having been sent to the model press for reviews in the last week or so. With the grateful thanks of Bachmann I was allowed to borrow, view and photograph an example yesterday at the Milton Keynes Model Railway Society exhibition and use fellow High Wycombe and District MRS member Alan Paley’s Loughborough Road layout as a backdrop.

Bachmann E4 posed on Loughborough Road

Bachmann E4 posed on Loughborough Road

Four versions were announced:
35-075 Number 579 in LBSC Umber
35-076 Number B 473 in Southern, Pre 1931, Olive Green
35-077 Number 32556 in unlined BR Black Early Emblem
35-078 Number 32470 in lined BR Black Late Crest.

 

Bachmann E4 Left hand side view

Bachmann E4 Left hand side view

It should be noted that in January this year Bachmann advised that the running number of the 35-078 Late Crest Version had been changed to 32500.

As we can expect from the Bachmann they have captured the look and details of this delightful tank locomotive very well, and having now seen all but the LBSC Umber version, which will follow the SR and BR versions, the livery application is up to their usual high standard.

A bird's eye view of the Bachmann E4 on Loughborough Road

A bird’s eye view of the Bachmann E4 on Loughborough Road

I take this opportunity, having discussed this directly with Bachmann, to advise that the Southern Olive Green version No. B473, as photographed here, is modelled in her Era 3 condition (1923 to 1931/2 before she was renumbered 2473). Most E4’s during this period did, unlike the model, have lining to the cab fronts, and although I have not seen an actual picture of B 473 in this period it is evident that not all the class were so treated.

A bird's eye view of the Bachmann E4 on Loughborough Road

A bird’s eye view of the Bachmann E4 on Loughborough Road

This is as clearly stated in their catalogue, and not therefore totally correct for number 473 as she has been preserved on the Bluebell Railway as there have been a small number of detail and livery changes made during preservation. This has been the subject of some debate on a number of the online forums and I am pleased to be able to clarify here.

Although ex LBSC locomotives they could seen seen across a wide area of the Southern network, with a number post 1948 being allocated to ex LSWR sheds such as Basingstoke and Nine Elms; even Salisbury received a couple (numbers 32506 and 32486), post the closure of the Western Region shed in 1950, much to the annoyance of the ex WR crews to replace their pannier tanks shunting Fisherton Yard!

 

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