Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Bachmann LT Pannier Tank Gets Started

Way back in November 2011, I uploaded some piccies of a Bachmann GWR 57xx Pannier tank in the lovely red of London Transport. Sixteen months later, the project has finally got underway, having worked its way to the top of my Model Rail 'In Tray'. I've been looking forward to this, although it had been put back a few months to better tie-in with the magazine's schedule. Now, though, with a firm issue in mind it's running under clear signals for a detailed and weathered destination!

So far, the Western Region lamp brackets have been replaced with a more fitting style, along with a new smokebox door handle. Vacuum pipes have been cut away and I'm about to try scratch-building a set of trip-cock apparatus for fitting to the running plate. Stay tuned for more progress updates.

Oh, and on the subject of London railways, I was asked to write a review of a recent BBC documentary for the esteemed academic Journal of Victorian Culture (who'd have thought it?!). CLICK HERE to read it, if you're interested; you can always count the railway puns...

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