Work on the ‘Duff’ has started this afternoon. It’s only baby steps, but it’s work none the less. The main aim was to remove the moulded grab rails off the front of both cabs in preparation for some proper rails to be fitted.
All in all, it was a pretty simple job; remove the glazing from the inside (to protect it… but then I’m toying with replacing it with Shawplan lazer cut windows anyway) before sanding it gently down with a sanding stick. Five minutes spent on each side and the job was done, as you can see below.
You’ll notice I’ve nicked the black cab window surrounds, but again, I’m very tempted by the etched cab window surrounds to improve the face of the loco. Initially, I was thinking of only doing very minor changes, plus the renumber, but already I’m beginning to think about a few more bits and bobs such as the lazer glaze and cab windows. Watch this space, I guess…
Amy (SWMBO) lives in Shropshire and I’ve long fancied a trip on the TSR. So, with me moving in over the summer we decided – finally – to go and pay it a visit last Sunday (19th). It’s not a huge heritage line by any stretch (but they do have big plans of expansion down to Coalbrookdale in the Ironbridge Gorge) but it was a most friendly and enjoyable trip. We were pulled by ‘Rocket,’ the mainstay of the fleet, and housed in one half of a DMU.
I thought I’d include a few snaps of the visit.
Not a big railway by any stretch, but well worth a visit! I shall certainly be back over the summer!
One thing that has happened whilst I’ve ignored this blog is that I have got a new job. I’ve not currently started it but will be doing so in September. The new job has necessitated the house move although, in a way, the new job came about because I wanted to move house so that Amy and myself could move in together – after three years we’ve both had more than enough of just seeing each other at the weekend!
So despite not starting until September, today I spent the day at my new place of work.
Recently, I’ve been struggling with motivation for several of my hobbies. Firstly, I enjoy writing music, but the urge to write just isn’t there. I’ve arranged a few bits and bobs, but as for creating my own music… forget it.
It’s the same with something else I’ve always enjoyed. As a kid – like many – I had a train set. As I grew up this got left behind until I started working on the railway. When I left as part of my leaving gift I decided to spend a part of the gift on a model of a class 66 locomotive as a memento of my job. This led to me rediscovering the hobby and since then I’ve built a few small models. However, the last model I built was ripped up in 2014 and I’ve built nothing since.
I don’t really know why. Space, or severe lack of it, is probably a big reason. I’ve downsized the stock I own and spent lots of time planning micro layouts however nothing has stuck with me and made me want to continue.
I’ve got a house move coming up in late July/early August and so can’t really get too stuck into anything in the meantime anyway, but Amy has granted me some house room for a model.
If only I knew what I’d build!
Six months, in fact. Apologies for that. I’m hoping to update the blog far more frequently… certainly more than once every six months!