Brown Toad…


Today, in an effort to do some actual modelling, has seen me paint my Toad. Formerly an Acton, GWR grey, it is now bauxite, in keeping with the TSR’s version.

I’ve used Humbrol acrylic (no 70) and brush painted. It’s taken well and the few areas where the coverage isn’t perfect don’t overly matter as some weathering will take care of them.

I do want to add the Wellington R. U. letters and any other relevant signs as well – they’ll have to be a custom job I think.


Finally, here’s a quick shot just to check how things look overall on Little Lawley. Quite happy if I’m honest, but as Mr Portillo will have quite a climb to get on any carriage currently, I’m thinking the platform should be my next job.


Welcome to Wilbert


The TSR (Thompson Steam Railway) at Little Lawley – not to be confused with the TSR (Telford Steam Railway) at Lawley Village have today taken possession of a rather well-known new steam engine.

The 38th book of the Railway Series by Rev W Awdry – and latterly his son Christopher – was about an Austerity locomotive, Wilbert, which was based on the Dean Forest Railway. It was a special request from the Railway after they had named that very loco Wilbert after the Railway Series’ creator in 1987.

Wilbert has become quite a celebrity and this has led to the Dean Forest Railway commissioning 200 of these locos from DJ Models.

Mine arrived today.


First impressions are excellent. The box is great with wonderful foam inserts that fit perfectly. The loco is beautifully finished (particularly noteworthy is the crisp printing on the nameplate), with a few extra details to add. Operational staff at the TSR are said to be extremely impressed.

Sadly Wilbert is currently unable to steam as the fictional TSR have yet to lay any track in order for him to stretch his wheels but all staff are looking forward to seeing Wilbert in action.