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Sound fitted DCC controlled locomotives are being more and more popular, effective and cheaper, especially since the introduction of cheaper sounds chips such as the Hornby TTS range of sound fitted decoders. However whilst the sounds of the locomotive themselves are achieved with a few add on sounds such as doors closing and guards whistles, what such sound fitted locomotives emphasise is that the ambient sounds of people, machinery, birds, water or waves (where appropriate) and sounds of the rolling stock, buffering wagons and flange squealing that is missing.

For Canute Road Quay I wanted to provide an overall immersive experience for the viewer at an exhibition by providing a mix of sounds to include not just steam locomotive sounds but those of the rolling stock and other typical background sounds that you would hear at a working quayside. I also wanted it to be reasonable subtle.

Hornby have recently partially addressed these requirements with their R6925TTS sound fitted vent van this has 29 separate sounds that covers some of the above ambient sounds including steam, locos, wagons being shunted, flange squeal, birds etc.  However, this would not be suitable for use on Canute Road Quay for a number of reasons; firstly it requires DCC control requiring each sound to be activated, up to three at any time, using function buttons rather than just playing on a loop, , secondly it does not feature all the sounds I require such as Herring Gulls etc. and finally would really require the wagon, which is not quote the correct period for my usual 1946 to 1949 period to be located on the layout all the time which would hamper operation a bit.

I therefore having spent some time looking around for suitable sound clips to make my own file, came across a friendly and efficient small supplier called BigTrainSound.co.uk The guys here can supply a number of off the shelf sound files ranging from platform announcements to urban sounds from different eras and weather conditions including thunderstorms. Another service they provide is to produce bespoke soundscapes of either 30 or 50 minute duration tailored to meet a clients needs.
Paul at BigTrainSound.co.uk quickly gained an understanding of my requirements from looking at pictures of Canute Road Quay, reading this blog and from my own suggested required sounds. Within a couple of days I had a schedule of proposed sounds and timings for approval followed by a provisional sound file. By the end of the week I had the agreed completed 50 minute soundscape file, very efficient service!
The ambient soundscape file is built upon a base layer of breezes and lapping water sounds then with multiple other sounds layered over it at different times including the following: Herring Gulls, steam locomotives shunting at various times (actual sounds recorded of shunting at Bristol and Goole docks), wagon wheel squeals, ships hooters, distant fog horn, truck arriving and departing, conversations, unloading wagons, dogs barking etc.
Last month saw the first exhibition with the sounds being played via a Bluetooth speaker simply clamped underneath the layout. I was certainly very pleased with the overall effect and even though the locomotive / shunting sounds are not synced with the actual movements during operation, it became a bit of a fun challenge to try and get the movements to coincide, which we managed quite often so much so viewers often commented that they thought the locos were DCC Sound fitted!

The video clips above give a brief idea of some of the sounds. I can totally recommended the great service by Paul and his team at BigTrainSound.co.uk as a very satisfied client.

If you want to see Canute Road Quay and experience the ambient sound effect, Canute Road Quay is making an appearance this coming Saturday 23rd February at the excellent little RisEx exhibition organised by the Princes Risborough and District Model Railway Club.
The show is being held at the ,Community Centre, Wades Park, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 9AX and is is open between 10.00 and 17.00

Canute Road Quay at RisEx will also be in the company of my friend Simon Paley’s Norwood Road Layout, set in the West Croydon area circa 2000‘s along with eight other layouts. Some say… the show is worth a visit for the cakes alone…

If you planning to pop along to RisEx, please make sure you to say hello.

PS. if you are wondering about the title its a sneaky reference to one of my favourite bands, their 17th album in fact..

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Hornby have today announced their full range for 2019.  The highlights  from a Southern Railway perspective being the brand new tooled ex LBSC A1 / A1x 0-6-0T “Terrier” (in direct competition with the announcement earlier this year of the Rails of Sheffied / Dapol version) Bulleid 1945 built 59ft ‘shortie’ coaching stock, Diagrams 2316 and 2121, and the ex LSWR Warners 20T / SR 24T Diagram 1543 brake vans.

The Hornby continental Arnold range in 1/148 N Gauge also sees a welcome reintroduction of the 5BEL Brighton Belle Set, in the 1934 livery as set 2053.

The aim of this post is to round-up the announcements that are of a Southern Railway / Southern Region interest and new for 2019, I have purposely not relisted those item previous announced and or still to actually appear. An indication of the planned release date via the Quarter system (eg [Q2] is also provided.

Locomotives

In a surprise move the range includes new tooling for the ex LBSC A1/A1x Terrier, the tooling incorporates many of the changes within this class of locomotives in service and preservation. There are also of course a number of new liveries of existing tooling:

  • R3649 – BR 4-6-2 ‘Ellerman Lines’ ‘35029’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) – BR Brunswick Green, early crest representing the condition she ran in between July 1952 and June 1959 when she was rebuilt. [Q4]
  • R3716 – BR 4-6-2 ‘Holland America Line’ ‘35022’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) – BR Brunswick Green, early crest representing the condition she ran in between February 1952 and June 1959 when she was rebuilt. [Q3]
  • R3717 – SR 4-6-2 ‘Aberdeen Commonwealth’ ‘21C7’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) – SR Wartime Black, original ‘widows peak- front end with no smoke deflectors representing the condition she ran in between July 1942 and August 1944 when she gained short flared smoke deflectors and the standard style hood over the smokebox [Q3]
  • R3732 – BR 4-6-0 ”Sir Walter Raleigh” No. 30852, Maunsell Lord Nelson Class in in BR Brunswick Green with early crest,  Lemaitre chimney, smoke deflectors and high sided tender. Representing the condition she ran between December 1951 and October 1958 [Q4]
  • R3733 – BR 4-6-0 ‘Robert Blake’ No. 30855 Maunsell Lord Nelson Class in BR Brunswick Green with late emblem,  Lemaitre chimney,  smoke deflectors and high sided tender. Representing the condition she ran between  August 1958 and withdrawal in October 1961 [Q4]
  • R3731 BR 0-4-0T No. 31177 H Class in BR lined black with early crest, pull push fitted [Q3]

  • R3780 A1 class 0-6-0T No. 655″Stepney” “terrier in LBSC Stroudly improved engine ‘green’ livery with above footplate sandboxes [Q1]
  • R3782 ex LBSC 0-4-0T A1 class No. 751  “Terrier” in SECR Lined green with above footplate sandboxes [Q1]
  • R3783 SR 0-6-0T No. 2662 A1X class “Terrier” in SR post 1931 lined olive green with below footplate sandboxes [Q1]

  • R3767 BR 0-6-0T No. 32655 A1X class “Terrier” in BR Lined Black with early crest  (new tooling) [Q1]

  • R3768 BR 0-6-0T No. 32636 A1X class “Terrier” in BR Lined Black with late emblem (new tooling) [Q1]
  • R3781 K&ESR 0-6-0T No. 5 A1 Class “Terrier” “Rolvenden” in K&ESR Blue [Q1]

Coaches

Being introduced from brand new tooling for 2019 are the Bulleid 59ft ‘Shortie’ coaches. These were part of 18 three coach sets, formed Diagram 2121 BTK – Diagram 2316 CK –  Diagram 2121 BTK, with set numbers 963 to 980. They were ordered in 1944 utilising Maunsell 59ft underframes that were originally constructed in 1940, then stored, when further construction was suspended by the war. Whilst similar in layout to previous Maunsell coaches, with doors for each compartment on the non corridor side (known as Multi-door) , externally they featured the new Bulleid bodyside profile. Bulleid new profile had already been introduced on the 4 Sub EMU set 4101 in 1941 with the body having a continuous curve from floor to cantrail and the characteristic lozenge shaped toplights over the droplight windows.
Hornby are releasing versions to correctly form Sets 965 and 973 in SR ‘Malachite’ green and Sets 968 and 972 in BR(s) green. The BR(s) versions include revised tooling to include: recessed / flush door toplights, later guards door handrail styles, rainstrips, end steps and the reinforcing beading added along the sides at waist the line.
[update 07/01/19] Additional livery historical information kindly supplied by Colin Watts:
Set 965 (Malachite) to Crimson and Cream (CLC)  March 1956 then to BR(S) Green  June 1958
Set 968 (Malachite) to CLC December 1953 then to BR(S) Green July 1957
Set 972 BR(S) Green from CLC February 1958
Set 973 BR(s) Green from CLC November 1957
These are a logical extension to the Hornby range who already have the details of the underframe and SR standard 8ft bogies from their excellent Maunsell coach range.

3d Test print of the Bulleid 59ft BTK. Picture courtesy A York

3D test print of the Bulleid 59ft CK. Picture courtesy A York

  • R4882 – SR Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2316 corridor composite No. 5711 from Set 965 in SR ‘Malachite’ green livery [Q2]
  • R4882A – SR Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2316 corridor composite No. 5719 from Set 973 in SR ‘Malachite’ green livery [Q2]
  • R4884 – SR Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. 2845 from Set 965 in SR ‘Malachite’ green livery [Q2]
  • R4884A – SR Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. 2846 from Set 965 in SR ‘Malachite’ green livery [Q2]
  • R4884B – SR Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. 2861 from Set 973 in SR ‘Malachite’ green livery [Q2]
  • R4884C – SR Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. 2862 from Set 973 in SR ‘Malachite’ green livery [Q2]
  • R4886 – BR(s) Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2316 corridor composite No. S5714S from Set 968 in BR(s) green livery [Q2]
  • R4886A – BR(s) Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2316 corridor composite No. S5718S from Set 972  in BR(s) green livery [Q2]
  • R4888 – BR(s) Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. S2851S from Set 968 in BR(s) green livery [Q2]
  • R4888A – BR(s) Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. S2852S from Set 968 in BR(s) green livery [Q2]
  • R4888B – BR(s) Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. S2859S from Set 972 in BR(s) green livery [Q2]
  • R4888C – BR(s) Bulleid 59′ Diagram 2121 corridor brake 3rd  No. S2859S from Set 972 in BR(s) green livery [Q2]
  • [updated 08/01/19] R4816a Maunsell Kitchen Dining First No.7865 Diagram 2656 in unlined olive green [Q1]
  • R4817A – BR Maunsell Kitchen Dining First Number S7858S Diagram 2651, in BR(s) Green. [Q1]
  • R4904 – Pullman ‘K’ Type ‘New Century Bar’, 8 wheel. In July 1946 the original 8 wheeled ‘TRIANON BAR’ after being displaced from the Golden Arrow set, re-entered service as the NEW CENTURY BAR (second version) on the Ostend boat train, remaining in service until 1952. It was then transferred to Waterloo for use with Southampton cross Channel boat train services. [Q4]

EMU Packs

  • R3699 – BR(s) 2 Hil, Unit 2611 in BR(s) green livery. This hybrid unit was formed when 2 Hal unit 2611 was involved in a collision  with 2 Bil unit No. 2113 in late 1959 and the undamaged 2 Hal Driving Motor Brake Third (DMBT) No. 10729 and 2 Bil Driving Trailer Composite (DTC) No. 12146 were paired as a 2 Hil unit until March 1961 before it reverted back to a 2 Hal unit after its original DTC No. 12196 was repaired [Q4]

  • R3700 – SR 2 Bil, Unit 2152 in SR lined olive-green livery. Unit 2152 comprised of DMBT No. 10718 and DTC No. 12185. It was the last in the series and was introduced in November 1938 for the London Waterloo  – Reading services [Q4]
  • The Class 373 Eurostar also makes a reappearance, from original tooling, in the latest livery as a driving power car train pack and a centre coach pack

Wagons

The 2019 range also sees new tooling for the LSWR/SR/BR(s) Warner 20 ton goods brake van. 75 of this type of van were built between 1915 and 1921. They were known to staff as ‘New Vans’ a name which they kept well into the 1950’s! They were up-rated to 24T by the Southern Railway and became SR Diagram 1543.
[Update 11/01/19] tooling allows for variations across the buffer shanks, differing lamp brackets and fix lamps, documents holders, welded and rivetted duckets as well as disc and spoked wheels.

Dia 1543 3D test print. Picture courtesy A York

  • R6911 – LSWR 20 Ton Warner ‘New Van’  goods brake van, No. 9646, in LSWR goods brown livery [Q4]
  • R6911A – LSWR 20 Ton Warner ‘New Van’ goods brake van, No. 5359, in LSWR goods brown livery [Q4]
  • R6913 – SR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. 55062, in SR Pre 1936 goods brown livery [Q4]
  • R6913A – SR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. 55009, in SR Pre 1936 goods brown livery [Q4]
  • R6915 – BR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. S55040, in BR unfitted grey livery [Q4]
  • R6915 – BR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. S55032, in BR unfitted grey livery [Q4]
  • R6840A – BR ex SR Cattle truck –  Bauxite livery, No. S52347 – Bulleid diagram 1530. [Q1]

TTS DCC Sound decoders

  • R7141 TTS Sound Decoder – Merchant Navy Pacific [Q2]

Arnold N Gauge 1.148 scale 

The 5Bel Brighton Belle Set is reintroduced, in the 1934 livery as set 2053. Although primarily a continental Brand Arnold part of the Hornby Hobbies group are producing these units in the more usual UK N gauge scale of 1:148. Supplied as driving car pack numbers Motor Parlour 3rd Brakes No. 92 and No. 93 and an intermediate three car pack comprising of First Kitchen Cars ‘Mona’ and ‘Gwen’ and 3rd Parlour No. 85.

 

Other new tooling for 2019

In addition to the Southern Related items above the new 2019 Hornby range also features the following new tooling items, including a building on the success of the industrial 0-4-0ST Peckett W4, two more industrial locomotives:

  • Peckett B2 0-6-0T (3 liveries)

    Picture courtesy A York

  • Ruston 48DS 0-4-0 supplied with match truck including additional pick ups (four liveries)

    Picture courtesy A York

  • LMS Princess Royal 4-6-2
  • GWR Large Prairie 2-6-2T 51xx/61xx class
  • LMS 20T brake van
  • GWR 57′ bow-ended non-gangwayed stock
  • BR Mk.IIf coaches
  • Refurbished BR Mk.III with automatic doors

Certainly an ambitious plan that shows confidence and positivity within Hornby as it heads to its centenary in 2020. The full Hornby 2019 range can be found on the Hornby website here or RMweb here

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It’s the start of 2019 and two separate votes for UK Model Railway Awards have opened.

Voting for the 2018 British Model Railways Awards promoted on RMweb and British Railways Modelling Magazine is now live and open for voting until 20th January with the winners being announced in the Spring edition of British Railways Modelling Magazine and on RMweb.

As well as giving you the chance to vote for your favourite models and manufacturers of 2018, the categories also celebrate excellence and innovation in the wider British model railway scene such as websites, retailers and exhibitions.

Also voting has also opened in the Model Rail Magazine Model of the Year 2018 (MOTY) which is live until January 18th 

There have of course been a number of excellent Southern / Southern Region related models released during 2018  so I urge you to support the production of these models by choosing your best in the relevant category and voting accordingly. These Southern models are as follows:

N Gauge:

  • Dapol Maunsell Brake Third Coach

00 Gauge

I am also very humbled to see that this little corner of the blogosphere of mine has once again been nominated in the British Model Railways Awards (it was voted 6th in last years awards) within the website of the year category, so and this is a bit of a, well a big, shameless plug, please feel free to vote for it, if you have enjoyed my ramblings over the last twelve months.

Also if like me you have received excellent service from a particular retailer such as Kernow Model Rail Centre please also vote accordingly.

Please make sure you vote counts to support the Southern / Southern Region models that have been produced in 2018 by voting here in the British Model Railway Awards open until the end of Sunday 20th January   and by voting here in the Model Rail Magazine Model of the Year (MOTY) open until Friday 18th January.

Here endeth the shameless plug(s)….

 

 

 

 

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The results from the annual Wishlist Poll for for 2018 for new 00 models are now available. The purpose of The Poll is to provide an easy way for modellers and collectors to tell the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling (excluding models announced, tooled or made since 2000).

My kit built U Class, could this be a candidate for an RTR?

Once again the the SR U class 2-6-0 tops the SR/BR(s) list and was this year 4th overall (it topped the SR list and was second overall at the last poll in 2016), the GWR Manor 4-6-0 was 1st this year.  The second place SR loco was the humble Q Class 0-6-0 ,  which as it was in 2016, was 11th overall this year. The top 10 for SR/BR(s) were as follows (overall position / number of votes):

  • U Class 2-6-0 (4/271)
  • Q Class 0-6-0 (11/ 315)
  • Bulleid Leader (14/310)
  • K Class 2-6-0 (18/281)
  • Z class 0-8-0T (19/277)
  • D Class 4-4-0 (25/267
  • SR Milk Tank Wagon (30/247)
  • SECR Wagons, Vans and Brake van (31/244)
  • LSWR Wagons, Vans and Brake Van (39/235)
  • Isle of Wight ex LBSC/SECR 54ft Bogie Coaches (41/233)

The complete results file can be downloaded here 1. Results – The 00 Wishlist Poll 2018 – Most Wanted and by category here 2. Results – The 00 Wishlist Poll 2018 – By Category

You can join in the discussion regarding these results can be here on RMweb.

As always it will be interesting to see how many of these items feature in the manufacturers plans in the coming years.

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The annual Wishlist Poll is back for 2018 following a break in 2017 and has started today. The purpose of The Poll is to provide an easy way for modellers and collectors to tell the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling (excluding models announced, tooled or made since 2000). It should be noted that the poll is only being tun for 00 gauge models this year.

There are plenty of Southern Railway / Southern Region related items to vote for, hint hint. A lot has happened since the 2016 poll results were published. The breakdown of items announced so far including those SR related, and sometimes even delivered by now, is as below:

  • 10 From the Top 50 (inc. the Lord Nelson, Terrier, P Class & Maunsell RF)
  • 17 From the High Polling segment (inc. 10¼” vent Bulleid coaches)
  • 9 From the Middle Polling segment (inc. the E1, Class 410/412 & 15” vent Bulleid coaches)
  • 3 From the Low Polling segment (nothing SR)

There are 20 categories covering steam locos of the Big Four and BR; Diesel & Electric Locomotives; DMUs; EMUs; Coaches; Non-passenger-carrying Coaching Stock; Freight Stock; General Service Stock; Standard Gauge Industrial Locomotives; and finally London Underground.

So what’s new or different for SR modellers in 2018? You will find all your usual favourite / possibly wanted locos still listed; such the U, Z, Bulleid Leader etc., but the following are included within the poll for the first time this year:

  • LBSCR Marsh J1 & J2 Class 4-6-2T
  • LSWR Adams A12 ‘Jubilee’ 0-4-2
  • LSWR Drummond K10 4-4-0
  • LSWR Drummond L11 4-4-0
  • LSWR Drummond T14 ‘Paddlebox’ 4-6-0
  • Shunters 15201-15203 (SR1-SR3)

The poll has ‘split’ the previously combined SECR D & E classes thus:

  • 4-4-0 SECR D (31057-31750 with gaps)
  • 4-4-0 SECR E (31036-31587 with gaps)

The following are new in the EMU category:

  • 5 BEL Southern Railway Brighton Belle (c.1957-c.1964)
  • Class 700/707/717

The following are new in the SR Coaches category:

  • LBSCR 4-wheel Stock
  • LBSCR Elliptical (‘Balloon’) Stock
  • SECR/SR – Pull & Push No.660

Last year Bachmann announced its Bulleid range, but this has left the following gaps, which are now listed individually:

  • (SR) Bulleid 10¼in Vent Corridor Brake Composite ‘Loose’ (Diag.2406 BCK of 1948)
  • (SR) Bulleid 15in Vent Corridor First (Diag.2552 of 1949)
  • (SR) Bulleid 15in Vent Open Third (Diag.2017 of 1950)

The following are new in the Non-passenger-carrying Coaching Stock category (NPCCS):

  • LBSCR Horse Box
  • LSWR Horse Box
  • SECR Passenger Luggage Van (PLV/PMV)

In General Railway Service, you will find listed new:

  • LSWR Drummond’s ‘Bug’ 4-2-4T
  • Southern Railway Inspection Saloon DS291

And finally, within London Underground (inc IoW stock) category, you will find:

  • Underground 1940 Waterloo & City Stock (later Class 487) (inc Match Trucks for transport to BR Works)

The poll will be running from today, 15th October, until the 3rd November. Full details can be found here on RMweb.

Lets hope that by voting Southern we can continue the great expansion in Southern related models being produced in the future!

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This post is a bit of mix of a couple of updates in the BR(s) related model world and also where and when you can see Canute Road Quay on tour.

Heljan 07

Firstly, Heljan have announced a further run on their excellent 07 Class. This has been in response to strong demand and positive reviews, such as mine here, for the first production run.

One of the original releases D2985 is seen at rest on Canute Road Quay

Nine additional Class 07s are now being prepared for release in early 2019. These will cover new identities for the most popular BR green and BR blue editions which sold out quickly earlier this year, the well-known Eastleigh Works shunter of the 1970s/80s, D2991, plus two more  industrial versions in ICI grey/orange and Powell Duffryn blue/white. These model have a 6 Pin DCC socket and will be priced around £139. see below for the full list.

Artwork drawing for 2906: BR Eastleigh Works light green D2991

Version 1 – as-built BR Locos

  • 2904: BR(S) green D2986
  • 2905: BR(S) green D2988
  • 2906: BR Eastleigh Works light green D2991
  • 2907: BR blue D2998
  • 2908: BR blue 07002
  • 2909: Powell Duffryn blue/white ‘07006’

Version 2 – Later BR and industrial dual-braked variant

  • 2914: BR blue 2989
  • 2915: BR blue 07009 (weathered)
  • 2916: ICI grey/orange 07005 Langbaurgh

247 Developments

Friend, excellent modeller and proprietor of 247 Developments Brian Mosby has advised me that he now has produced 22 etched smoke box number plates 30081-89, 30092-103 and 30147 for the Dapol ex LSWR B4 Class 0-4-0t. Brian also stocks a range of SR etched nameplates and smokebox door number plates including the Lord Nelson class which will be of great use when the forthcoming new Hornby model arrives. In addition he stocks dated smokebox door roundels for the Bulleid pacifics and SR Engine Head Signal route discs. Brian’s products are of excellent quality and I can wholeheartedly recommend them.

Canute Road Quay on tour

It was a very enjoyable weekend at the Worthing MRC show last weekend with Canute Road Quay, Thanks to friend and fellow modeller Simon Paley for his assistance and company over the weekend and all those readers of this blog whom dropped by and said hello.

Simon keeps the visitors to the Worthing show entertained
A Dapol ex LSWR B4 ‘Caen’ in Southampton Docks livery makes her debut at the show

It is always a pleasure to exhibit at this show, I took Fisherton Sarum there in 2015, 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 again, 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).

For those that could not get to Worthing, Canute Road Quay can be seen a few upcoming shows, the first of which is my own Model Railway Societies show in four weeks time, on Saturday 3rd November 2018 the High Wycombe and District MRS Wycrail 18 show being held at , , Cressex Community School, Cressex Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4UD It is always a good show and Canute Road Quay will be one of 30 layouts on show.

The first couple of months next year sees Canute Road Quay attending the following shows:

26th / 27th January 2019 – Canute Road Quay: Southampton MRS, Barton Peveril Collge, Chestnut Avenue, Eastliegh, SO50 5BX

23rd Feb 2019 – Canute Road Quay; RisEx Princes Risborough and District MRC, Community Centre, Wades Park, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 9AX

As always the full list of show dates can be found on my Exhibition diary page here. 

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Whilst many when asked about Southampton Docks will generally immediately think of the ex LSWR / Southern Railway docks with ex LSWR B4 0-4-0 tanks and later SR USA tanks, however there were a myriad of rail served private docks and wharves in the area including inner and outer docks and those along the River Itchen such as Dibles Wharf, Notham, Britannia and Victoria wharf,  many of which had their own locomotives.

The recent advent of ready to run industrial tanks, that it has to be said are pretty cute really, such as the Hatton’s Andrew Barclay 14″ 0-6-0t and Hornby W4 Peckett 0-4-0t has opened up a few quick win options for use on Canute Road Quay. One thing I like about many of the locomotives used in such private wharves and quaysides is their use of dumb, usually basic wooden blocks, buffers.

The modified Hattons Andrew Barclay simmers outside the quayside officers at Canute Road Quay

The process for fitting the dumb buffers is to remove the model buffers which are either one piece inserted into the buffer beam or heads and moulded shanks, as per the Hornby Peckett and cutting off the shanks. In both cases any raised detailing on the buffer beam such as rivets etc is filed smooth to enable the replacement wooden dumb buffers that comprise of shaped plastic rectangular section to be glued in place. These are then painted with a grey weathered wood colour paint.

The Hornby Peckett modified with an open cab as well as dumb buffers on Canute Road Quay

With the Hornby W4 Peckett I went one stage further than just replacing the buffers but modifying to one of the open cab versions of the W8 and as per a picture I have seen of such a locomotive at Dibles Wharf in Southampton (I can not post this photograph as I do not own the copyright).

Work in Progress on the W4, Dumb buffers shaped fitted, the cab upper rear removed, and new top ledge fitted and the first brass handrail in place

The cab rear on the Hornby model is a separate moulding, so perhaps an open cab version is on the cards in due course, and I carefully cut the top half away just above the strengthening bar. You can choose to keep the original plastic handrails that extend to the underside of the cab roof but I chose for strength purposes to replace with 0.45mm brass rod. I then added using think plastic micro-strip a top ledge to the now lower cab rear panel.  A crew member has also been fitted.

Dry brush weathering is underway, picture is before the use of a cotton bud to remove some of the dirt

Both models have been weathered in this case using dry brushing techniques, rather than airbrush or weathering powders, and then in many places the weathering rubbed off using a cotton bud. The colours used include: weathered wood on the dumb buffers, brake block dust on the brake blocks, dark rust, roof dirt (essentially dark grey). Area such as the tank and cab sides have the dry brushing removed more than for the example the boiler top where more of a build up of soot etc builds up.

Another view of the Peckett W4 on Canute Road Quay

The modifications I feel give an added dimension and alternative to the out of the box model, and the open cab Hornby W4 Peckett shows off very well the amount of details that Hornby have incorporated within the cab itself.

These industrials and the usual Southern Railway locomotives can be seen at Canute Road Quay’s forthcoming exhibitions appearances: firstly,  the Worthing Model Railway Club exhibition at Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 1LA. that is taking place on the weekend of 29th and 30th September 2018; and Secondly, Saturday 3rd November 2018 at Wycrail 18 organised by my own model railway society the High Wycombe and District MRS, being held at Cressex Community School, Cressex Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4UD .  If you are attending either show please drop by and say hello.

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