This months picture…
This months picture…
The budding trees, the new flowers, and birds that sing, whisper to me that it’s Easter, and that the supermarkets are full of chocolate of all shapes (many irrelevant), sizes and special offers!
Here is wishing a warmth in the firebox of your soul on Easter & always!
This months picture…
In partnership with Dapol, Rails of Sheffield have announced that they are producing the ex SECR / SR D1 Class locomotive. Production is already well underway with a current ETA being late Autumn 2022. The first livery samples have already been ‘apparently’ reviewed by Dapol.
The model will be available in six liveries:
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class SECR Grey 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive No.735
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class Southern SR Maunsell Green 4-4-0 Loco No.1749
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class Southern SR Maunsell Green 4-4-0 Loco No.1741
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class BR Black (Early Crest) 4-4-0 Locomotive No.31741
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class BR Black (Late Crest) 4-4-0 Locomotive No.31246
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class BR Black (Sunshine Lettering) 4-4-0 Loco No.31487
After 1901 the D class locomotive further more powerful locomotives were investigated by the companies. After Richard Maunsell took over as CME from Harry Wainwright in 1913 he worked on a series of new locomotives which were intended for a long service life, this involved the conversion and upgrade of 11 E class locomotives, resulting in the E1 class. This proved very successful and led directly to the conversion of 21 D class into the D1 class between 1921 and 1927. Though arguably, not as elegant as the D class equipped with a larger boiler, a belpaire firebox and longer travel cylinders the D1 was able to produce a considerable haulage and power increase over its predecessors.
Initially allocated to Ashford shed, this class was to be found all over the south-eastern division from London to the south.
All were withdrawn by November 1961, no preserved examples exist.
The model variations include:
- Two frame variations (to include early D class conversions)
- Two cab types
- Two Chimney types
- Two Smokebox types
- Three dome types (with/without top feed and plated)
- Two safety valve types (Ross-pop and Ramsbottom)
- With and without smokebox snifter valves
- ‘High capacity’ tenders
- Manual and automatic lubricators
The technical specification includes: Diecast Chassis, Sprung buffers, Pickup from tender and driving wheels, 5 pole motor located within boiler, Pull-out PCB for tool free DCC & Speaker fitting, ‘Snap-fit’ conductive tender drawbar, Options for bass reflex speaker in tender (pre-wired) and Firebox glow.
Rails of Sheffield advise “The images shown are of early decorated production samples and are NOT final production models. Various amendments and alterations have been reported and will be altered on final production models.” Lets hope that that the review includes improvements to some of the colours lining and lettering, but such issues were not improved on the previous D class (I still need to replace the decals’ on mine with correct versions).
This months picture…
I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to present the January lecture at The Model Railway Club on Thursday 13th January.
The lecture starts at 7.30pm, but doors open at 6.30. The Model Railway Club licenced bar has a range of beers, wine, spirts and soft drinks plus snacks.
Guests are welcome, there is no need to book, but please note that there are stairs to the lecture room, and anyone with concerns about accessibility should contact The Model Railway Club in advance. There is a voluntary collection, with a suggestion of £3 for non members.
This is a hybrid lecture in person at Keen House and on Zoom. Please complete the form here to indicate you are either coming or register for the zoom link .
Merry Christmas to you all, fill up your life with love, compassion, tolerance, peace, happiness and perhaps hopefully some time for modelling.
Who knows what the next few weeks or even months might continue to bring, please make the time to contact your friends and family, especially those whom might be alone, and not able to be in the company of others during these still most unusual of times. It is good and OK to simply ask “Are you OK?” and likewise it is “OK not to be OK” and reach out for assistance. The one good thing, if anything, this past 18 months has been the kindness and generosity of others to help and support each other, and long may this continue.
As the festive season and New Year break is upon us, I just wanted to say many thanks to all of you whom have taken the time to read my ramblings over the past 12 months. I hope you have found such ramblings interesting and informative. I have always enjoyed corresponding with many of you that have made contact me via email or the comments field on my various posts. I look forward to corresponding with you again in the New Year and maybe, hopefully, in person at an exhibition…
A further flurry of activity will be taking place at the start of the new year with Hornby (January 10th) announcing its 2022 range followed a few weeks later, at the beginning of February, by Bachmann making the next of their now quarterly range announcements. I will as always bring you all the Southern Railway / Southern Region related news on here as soon as their announcements are made.
Seasons greetings, whatever your faith or beliefs, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (or Nadelik Lowen ha Blydhen Nowydh Da! from the boss’ side of the Tamar) to you all!
A Pictionary carol, snapped in my locality, for more of my local photography check out my Twitter feed and use the hashtag #viewfromthecottage
KR Models revealed it is developing a ‘OO’ gauge model of the experimental BR Southern Region 4-DD double-deck Electric Multiple Units (EMU) at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show on October 2. Information below is courtesy of Hornby Magazine see here.
Built at Eastleigh Works in 1949, two four-car double-decker EMUs were developed for use on the Southern Region’s Eastern Section. Each was formed with Motor Third Brake vehicles at each end, sandwiching two Trailer Thirds. Designed by O.V.S. Bulleid, they were an experiment to find ways of reducing overcrowding on commuter services to/from London termini such as Charing Cross during the peaks.
Numbered 4001 and 4002, both units featured seating on two levels with a notably different appearance to a standard 4-SUB unit, particularly the bodyside profile with exterior doors and curved windows along the roofline, which added to their cramped appearance. The two four-car units could each seat 552 passengers, compared with 386 in a standard 4-SUB unit.
Whilst their capacity was impressive, their loading capabilities were not as dwell times at stations took longer while passengers boarded and alighted – standard units could stop and restart much quicker. No further units were built, although the two 4-DDs continued in regular use for just over 20 years.
KR Models is planning to release examples of 4001 and 4002 as four-car packs in BR green, BR green with small yellow warning panels and BR blue. Each ‘OO’ gauge unit will feature two powered motor cars, interior illumination, steel buffers and close couplings.
Visit www.krmodels.co.uk for more information.
Prices start from £350 for Digital Command Control (DCC) ready units, while DCC fitted and DCC sound-fitted (ESU LokSound V5.0) examples will also be available. An anticipated release date has yet to be confirmed.
Thanks to my friends at the Blood and Custard website the unit history including livery change dates is covered here.
As I hinted in my Workbench Witterings #10 Forward dating @Hornby Bulleid Merchant Navy 21c7 to 1947 condition post here, I also intended to do the same with my R3435 21C3 ‘Royal Mail’ model.
Like the latest Hornby model of 21c7 the previously released model R3435 21C3 ‘Royal Mail’ model has been produced in her early condition, with the ‘widows peak’ and without smoke deflectors. 21c3 was introduced in September 1941 in malachite green livery but repainted in plain black as a wartime measure in May 1943. Changes to the smoke deflection stated in September 1944 when she was fitted with the top cowl and short flared deflectors. 21c3 was repainted malachite green in November 1945 and was subsequently fitted with standard length and style of smoke detectors in May 1947. She stayed in this condition until June 1948 when she was renumbered 35003 and British Railways in SR style sunshine lettering.
I have therefore took the razor to hand and modelled 21c3 in her May 1947 condition just after she received freshly painted new standard deflectors, complete with the baton along the top for mounting the Devon Belle wing plates as a per a photograph of her that I have in my collection.
Like my 21c7 conversion I have used etched smoke deflectors, electric lamps and a replacement smoke box dart from the excellent Albert Goodall range supplied by my friends at RT Models. The replacement lamp irons are simply staples cut to length and I have replaced the flat printed nameplates and smokebox door roundel with etched versions from Fox Transfers.
I have followed the same steps as per my Workbench Witterings #10 post here so will not repeat the stage by stage details. Who knows when we might see this version from Hornby, as I said in the #10 post once you get over the brave step of putting a razor saw to a brand new model the modification is reasonably quick and easy to complete.