BR 4MT 4-6-0 Recreates Last Days at Northern Shed.
The current issue of Model Rail magazine features an article on various forms of banking locomotives employed in the UK over the years. To tie-in with the theme and mark 50 years since the closure of Tebay shed, on the uppermost reaches of the West Coast Main Line, I decided to upgrade a Hornby BR 4MT 4-6-0.
Working from colour images of Tebay’s 75039 during its last weeks in service, the already-excellent Hornby model was made even better with a few extra details and modifications. Most notable is the removal of the smokebox number and shedplates, with the numerals being reinstated with an ink pen, mimicking the hand-painting of the prototype. I assume the original cast plates had been sold or ‘liberated’ by that point.
I was very pleased with the outcome of the weathering job and, after a run of more modern subjects, it was nice to work on something ‘steamy’ for a change!