Light relief


With the railcar being painted I spent a quick half hour starting on another back burner project – 6320.

Regular readers will know that I sold my Mogul as I bought a foreign interloper – an LMS Crab. I had a 28xx and my plan was to turn it into 4801, one of the oil fired locos. For the immediate post-war period, the oil fired locos were one of the interesting experiments. As an ex Ffestiniog fireman I understand the benefits of oil firing despite some claiming it “doesn’t smell like a steam loco”. 🙄

However, coming back on point, I’ve always wanted a 30xx ROD for my “heavy freight” loco so the 28xx is going to depart and I decided to do the only 43xx as my oil fired loco. This was 6320 and was reported to “go like a Castle” when oil fired. I already had a spare…

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Paint shop


Well the railcar is in the paint shop.

I have always known what the exterior would be but wasn’t so sure about the interior. It depended a bit on what was available and I thought would look good.

I eventually plumped for Phoenix BR rail grey for the third class saloon and vestibule floor, Humbrol satin 131 green for the third class seats and floor of the first class saloon, LNER teak for the tables and saloon internal partitions, and Railmatch Midland Railway Red for the first class seats to look a bit like Chesterfield Oxblood colour.

The underframe and driver’s seats were painted in Humbrol Matt black 33 (which looks glossy in the photo as it was still wet at the time.

I’ll add some oily colours to the engine area before considering it complete.

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