Hattons 14xx Finale

Well here it is, the end game has been played for this one I think. It’s been a frustrating journey for such a pretty model. Starting with my initial thoughts here https://albionyard.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/hattons-djm-14xx-review-h1410/, and the subsequent trials and tribulations with the chassis https://albionyard.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/14xx-frustration/.

The locomotive sat on the shelf of doom for the best part of a year, and a re-organisation of the man cave identified a few fast fixes, this being one of them. After the chassis mods, it’s still running on a reduced drive with replacement coupling rods, I decided to bite the bullet and complete it. There were two standout visual compromises for me, the cab glazing and the lack of ash pan with also a lack of brake pull rods.

There’s no question the cab is nicely detailed, but it has an internal front wall giving a double glazing appearance. As part of the breakdown I did I removed all components and removed the inner wall. Once this was done I replaced the glazing flush glazing the front windows, it makes a massive difference!

I discarded the rear glazing too with the prominent rear window bars the lack of glazing isn’t noticeable, apart from there’s no prism effects!

Cab shutters and roof vents were opened and replaced, allowing light into the cab, making the best of the interior detail.

Whilst still in two minds regarding replacing the chassis the ash pan was next on the list.

The brake pull rods aft of the rear drivers isn’t represented and for the time being I’ve left those off, they’re not too noticeable, but I may revisit them in future. A simple H frame was made, and the outline copied from a drawing, this has been lightly glued the final effect above filling a very noticeable gap on the underframe.

So as 1430 around 1957 this is it, just the auto gear to add and a light weathering. It still cogs on gradients, but the layout design may not use different levels so the impact will be negligible. The changes have been worth it, the biggest improvement being the coupling rods. The engine doesn’t look sloppy when it runs, both axles turn in synch, and that definitely improves the slow running.

Earlier today I had the pleasure of operating Geoff Taylor’s Cambrian layout and watched his example working without hesitation across the scenic sections, and the hidden inclines.

So that’s my 14xx then, into operating stock.

I’m pleased it is, but still frustrated that it’s not as good as it looks, or as it can be :-/

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Wordless Wednesday (Laramie)

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We Will Remember Them

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Bachmann Class 121 at Spalding

Bachmann Class 121 35-525

Bachmann Class 121 35-525

Bachmann Class 121 35-525

Bachmann Class 121 35-525

Today at the Spalding show the EP for Bachmann’s BR class 121 is on display. Due in about 12 months time it’ll be worth the wait. Underframe details look exceptional including the speedometer drive from bogie to chassis. The internal seating etc look full depth and better defined than Dapol’s 121/122, and that’s far from a bad model. Later variants with different buffers etc are also planned. At a similar price to the Dapol version it could be a tough choice!

A few other shots of the Bachmann display

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#justdoit the colours of autumn

It’s probably no great secret to long term readers of the blog that I like the Autumn or Fall season. I’m lucky in my occupation gives me time out and availability to capture and enjoy the seasons that perhaps nine to fiver’s don’t get. Shelfie2 is underway and I’m hoping to build on trials I’ve previously done to capture the subtlety of the Autumn season of the UK. Just occasionally we get those wow!, moments, and this morning I was able to spend a couple of hours just capturing the light and enjoying the serenity of a beautiful October sunrise. There’s no filters here, what you see, is what I got.

The location? Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.

Don’t miss these opportunities, sometimes capturing life’s more important than toy trains!

Just do it!

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Hattons products GETS 2018

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PCA Accurascale at GETS

Announced at GETS today Accurascale PCA bulk cement wagons in OO Gauge. Three pack £69.95, discounts for rakes, estimated arrival January 2019

7mm HUO EP was also on the stand as was the 4mm PCV’s

And at the end of the line for December this year OO Rawie bufferstops.

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