A long job completed recently was the painting of my cut and shut N gauge 3-car Class 150/0 project. The lining took days to complete and as neatly as I could manage; this being an N gauge model. 4mm scale is so much easier to work on in some regards! Posing on Wheal Annah, my new pint-sized N gauge china clay layout, the Class 150 looks reasonably good at last. It is not destined for this layout but will take up residence on Dudley Heath alongside two Class 150/1 units, both of which are being painted in the same Centro scheme. There’s not much left to do: transfers, varnishing, reassembly of external details and the fitting of the original glazing. The underframe will be lightly weathered and the obstruction guards fitted after being painted yellow.
In the meantime, relatively modern china clay works buildings have been completed for Wheal Annah, as far as the detailing stage. The one shown in the picture above is a clay store and bagging plant with a dock for the loading of vans.
I like the old buildings of Cornish china clay country and could not resist building a representation of one which would be used for loading bulk clay and china stone into open wagons and eventually Polybulk and Clay Tiger wagons using a loading shovel – not bagged clay as the bogie van would suggest. The building sits at a slight angle at the front edge of the layout and will not be fixed to the layout permanently. I plan to replace it with a more detailed version with an interior which can be seen from the front of the layout. The building would be longer in real life and would have a chimney at the far end, being a coal-fired dries. However, space constraints prevent me from modelling more than you see in this photograph. Scenery and small details are next to be applied to the layout.
Whilst on the subject of layouts, the Perth and District MRC model railway exhibition is nearly upon us and guarantees many excellent layouts. It is held at the Dewars Centre in Perth on the 28th and 29th June (this weekend). The venue is a stone’s throw from the station, so train is a good way to travel to the show. There’s plenty of parking for those who plan to drive and even better: Sarah and I will be there with Nairnshire Modelling Supplies.