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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This weekend the Country celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty whilst bunting manufacturers reflect on the good times and worry about their ongoing share price and the inevitable drop in sales. To mark the occasion in Southern style I thought I would share a few pictures of my Adams A12 ‘Jubilee’ class 0-4-2 locomotive number 528.
Built originally in 1887, at the time of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, hence them gaining the ‘Jubilee’ name, the Adams A12 class were built at the London South Western Railways own works at Nine Elms, and the first after a long period of its locomotives being built solely by outside engineering contractors.
The 0-4-2 wheel arrangement was pretty unique in the UK with only the B1 ‘Gladstone’ class of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway being of a similar style although the A12 had outside axles boxes for the trailing Axle. Fifty were built at Nine Elms with a further 40 contracted out to Neilson & Co at Glasgow. For quite a diminutive engine they were surprisingly heavy excursions and troop train movements, goods services to the west of England, Weymouth and Southampton and passenger train services in north and central Devon. All 90 entered Southern Railway service and the last of the class was not withdrawn until 1948 (although the four that survived, just, into the British Railways ownership did not gain a BR number).
My model is a Nu-Cast white metal kit which was a little of a challenge to fit a reasonable size motor and gearbox into but manged it with a small Comet gearbox and Mashima motor in the end. Technically for the period I model 1946 to 1949 she should be in unlined black livery but felt at the time she would look better if she had managed to retain Maunsell livery just a little while longer.
I hope you all enjoy the weekends celebrations and that her Majesty, unlike the weather, continues to reign over us for many years to come.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of assisting talented modeller and photographer Chris Nevard at the annual Railex show, organised by the Risborough and District MRS, with his small but stunning Brewhouse Quay layout. Although apparently set somewhere to the north of Bath, for a while at the weekend it was either transported further South East or a couple of aging Southern locomotives must have been on loan to the brewery company of Marriott, Dent and Foster (can you spot the connection?).
It had to be one of the hottest Railex shows ever with the metal clad Stoke Manderville Stadium sports hall acting very much like slow cooker. However with the quality of the modelling on show, from both layouts and demonstrators alike, coupled to one of the best collection of the specialist model trade under one roof ensured that once again this was an excellent show and the heat was a mere slight inconvenience.
Apart from one switchblade needing a slight repair, Brewhouse Quay operated faultlessly all weekend and it was only the shaky hands of the operators (well mainly me in fact) when trying to couple either the 3 link couplings or the shunting chain that challenged the illusion a little.
One of the features of Brewhouse Quay is the working wagon turntable complete with capstan and wagons are shunted using the chain which in 4mm scale is no mean feat, but yes it can be done, and was a popular operation with the onlookers.
Surprisingly within the first 10 minutes of the show opening a couple of visitors plied Chris with various bottles of beer, one of the advantages of a brewery layout perhaps? I was starting to think we would be inundated if this continued at that rate but alas no.
We did of course have to open and sample the malty beverage, each day, purely to ensure the correct atmospheric environmental ambiance around the layout was created you understand…