Thursday, 1 March 2012


Recreation of a trip working features in new Model Rail, out today.

Today was the official 'on sale' date for the April issue of Model Rail magazine (MR167), although subs copies have been arriving for the past week. We'd taken a big bundle of them to the Glasgow show last weekend but had sold them all by Saturday lunchtime. Within this issue is a wee feature on how I was inspired to recreate a specific short freight train, from a black & white photograph that I came across by accident.

The 4mm scale 'Jinty' is a detailed Bachmann model, with a comprehensive detailing kit fitted from Brassmasters. Representing non-vac fitted 47629, quite a few modifications were needed, including larger bunker coal rail and flat coupling rods (the model originally carried fluted rods). A full demo of the conversion appeared in my book Detailing & Modifying RTR Locomotives, Volume 2. The brake van (also a Bachmann model, as is the tank wagon) also needed to be converted to an ex-LNER style, with different handrail, lamp bracket and footboard arrangements. See the mag for more info and to see the original snap by J. Cooper-Smith that started the ball rolling.


  1. I was browsing Jinty pics for researching my own Jinty and found this and instantly rang a bell - glad you found my pic from 47 years ago worth modelling! John C-S

  2. Hi John,
    Many thanks for posting the comment - the photo was a real inspiration, stumbled upon in the Steam Railway archives by accident. Serendipity had a part to play as I think I was actually looking for images of 9Fs at the time but someone had misfiled your Jinty image into the 'BR Std' drawer! It's a shame I didn't have time to mock up a MR signalbox for the diorama's background, which would have really captured the scene.
    All the best,