Lots of written work has taken up my time over the past week or so. However, I did manage to make a bit of progress on a pair of Lledo GUY Tippers for Maudetown Colliery. A couple of hours' work have now seen the detailing complete, with new etched mirrors, steps and wipers, plus scratch-built rear fenders installed. This will be described in MR155 as part of a larger look at improving road vehicles.

The weathering needs to be finished and some suitable coal slurry loads added to the tipplers, which I hope to achieve by the end of the week, before the lorries can go back into safe storage pending progress on the Maudetown extension. However, it's been a busy time in the Dent household and we have a new member of the Collective: Pepper, the white Border Collie. She's settling in, slowly but surely, and is already helping me in my work and proving to be a lovely companion.


  1. I am sure Pepper will settle in to the Dent household! Looks like she has the same photogenic gene as Maude!Is she a rescue dog?


  2. Hi Ian,
    Yes, Pepper is settling in nicely, although she's still a bit nervous. She does like the camera, though! It's taking a bit of getting used to having a much larger animal around. Whereas Maude was fine lying on top of my layouts, I'm not sure it would be the same with Peps!
    Oh, and yes, she was rescued by the Freedom of Spirit Trust, near Bingley - see the link on the right hand panel to see the amazing work that they do...

    All the best,


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