N gauge Class 90 progress.

More on that Graham Farish Class 90 which is to become No. 90 033 – masking for RfD International blue.


Masking removed after painting. This is done whilst the paint is still soft.90033-6The livery is starting to take shape. The strange shade of blue used on the revised (International) RfD livery requires a light base as an undercoat for a decent coverage. Flint grey is the next colour to be added which will finish the bulk of the painting.

So which Class 90 will be next for Dudley Heath? I fancy one of the trio painted in pseudo European liveries. However, they did not quite make it into my layout’s time frame. There was one special livery that did manage to survive until around 2013 and that was 90036 (90136) which was finished in a scheme similar to the SNCF special. Called ‘Sybic’, I think I am pleased the livery never progressed beyond 90 136 – note that it has managed to retain at least one of its cast double-arrow plates. I photographed the loco under the roof at Edinburgh Waverley on 23rd September 2004 when it was deployed on ScotRail Edinburgh – North Berwick services. There’s enough livery elements on Fox Transfers sheet F2308 to cover this loco as well as No. 90 033 plus a couple of others.


Other Class 90s found in Edinburgh on the same day included No. 90 040 resting between sleeper duties and 90 023 also working North Berwick services.





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