13th August.

August 14, 2018

13th August 1905 was an important day for Norway – it held an independence referendum after a constitutional crisis arose which effectively dissolved the union between Norway and Sweden. Whilst there was some hard negotiating after the vote, Sweden eventually recognised Norway’s independence. 113 years later and Norway is flourishing. There’s another oil-rich nation close by with a similar population size but a less challenging geography which, if the folk could just see it, could also flourish equally as well. All it takes is to get all of the powers of a sovereign independent state to the Scottish parliament at Holyrood and I am sure the people of Scotland would do the rest.


Old style DRS livery on No. 37 261.

August 13, 2018

Another N gauge model which is a smart move by Graham Farish is the re-issued Class 37/0 Series 2 as No. 37 261 finished in original DRS colours. This model will fit nicely in a layout theme based on privatisation from around 2004 when it ran in the depicted livery after its short spell with West Coast Railways. Traffic included nuclear flask traffic and Autumn rail head treatment trains (RHTT). It was later re-liveried with DRS ‘compass’ markings and some changes to its external fittings on the bonnet fronts.

It’s a poplar livery for Class 37s making this both a useful model and one that will be desirable too.

Posing on Dudley Heath for photographs: the model has NEM coupling pockets, directional running lights and a 6-pin interface socket. The bonnet front detail, including the long hand rails, are correct for the locomotive when finished in the featured version of DRS livery.

Six-axle drive and a frame mounted motor with twin flywheels gives the model a lot of haulage power – more than enough for a short train of FNAs (in multiple with another locomotive), Network Rail test train or RHTT workings. As a point of interest, during the 1980s this locomotive, together with No. 37 260 became firmly established as Scottish Region locomotives being allocated to Inverness in 1982 after a short spell at Eastfield. No. 37 261 was equipped worked the Far North and Kyle line trains on a regular basis and was named ‘Caithness’ in June 1985.

Catalogue number is 371-471 with a release date of August or September 2018. Priced at £129.95.

37 049 ‘Imperial’.

August 7, 2018

A touch of Trainload Freight Coal colour is due soon from Bachmann in the form of Class 37/0 No. 37 049 ‘Imperial’ (32-790) as it ran in Scotland in the late 1980s, having been allocated to Motherwell in the mid 1980s after a long spell on the Eastern Region. The real loco worked trains relating to the coal and iron ore flows to Ravenscraig steel works, at one time being renumbered in the special pool where Class 37s carried 37 3xx numbers. The approximate date for this model is 1988-89 with red backed nameplates and round instead of oval buffers.The model is an interesting one, with split head code boxes and modelled end door detail.It was not long before the real loco’s appearance was changed with black headcode box covers, black backed nameplate, Motherwell depot plaques and round buffers. It did not run for long in any variation of Trainload Coal livery before its allocation to Immingham and repainting in Engineers yellow grey livery.


A hot afternoon on Nairn east beach.

May 20, 2018

A perfect Saturday afternoon! You can see why we don’t want ship to ship oil transfers just off shore from this delicate natural environment.

An extract from a recent poll conducted in England…

May 19, 2018



(Source: Panelbase.)

Syttende Mai.

May 17, 2018

It’s Constitution Day in Norway today! I wish I was there!

It’s poignant because for the sake of a swing of another few percent in September 2014, Scotland could have had its own day in March every year.

Best wishes to Norway and have a great day!

A new project for Hatton’s?

May 6, 2018

Assuming that no one else has looked at the six-coupled Andrew Barclay saddle tank design. Here’s No. 2139 (1942) ‘Salmon’ currently resident on the Royal Deeside Railwayhttp://www.deeside-railway.co.uk/salmon.html

It works alongside ‘Bon Accord’ an Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST which was hiding in its shed when I visited the railway this Saturday.