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|2538 will have worked all the way from Leominster dropping and picking up wagons at the various goods yards along the way. Inspiration comes from the Oswestry - Newtown pick up goods which were more often than not hauled by the last Dean Goods before their withdrawal and in the case of 2516 preservation.|
|This photo just goes to show how small the Deans were, the fireman is no doubt going to have some explaining to do seeing as he left the lamp on the rear of the tender !|
|Journeys end as 2538 rumbles over the bridge and draws into Penhydd, hopefully the weather will stay fine for the return journey, it can't have been much fun running tender first.|
|This is the second chassis but built in rigid form, apart from the lack of sprung hornblocks the spec. is the same.|
Note the wire sand pipes, the old Airfix plastic ones were used as patterns for these. The chassis has since been weathered and the missing balance weight attached to the leading driver,
|In the end I decided to finish 2538 in a rather run down condition. If you look carefully you can just see one of the lamp irons mounted on the front of the sandbox, the turned brass smoke box dart makes a huge difference to the face of the engine. As usual I made the number plates from Martin Finney's etched components.|
|The cab is very well detailed considering the age of the model and a little time spent picking out the detail is well rewarded. The planked footplate was made from scrap brass suitably scribed.|
|Extra detail in the form of a tarpaulin and half cheek seats for both driver and fireman round off the cab detail.|
The tarpaulin was made from tissue paper soaked in epoxy and rolled to shape, the securing loops.are made from split pins.
|The new tender chassis and removal of the excessive coal load make a world of difference,|
|This is a pre production example, each piece of glazing is pre cut and just needs the minimum of cleaning up around the edges with fine wet and dry paper.|
|I removed both the roof and underframe prior to fitting the glazing hence the unsightly gaps. Doing so makes the job much easier and helps prevent any accidental damage. I think you will agree that the face of the coach has been transformed thanks to the glazing and it now captures the look of the prototype.|
|Additional detail from the Dart kit such as front cab steps, grab handles, lamp irons, not to mention the controls in the cab can all be seen in this view. Full pipework, auto control linkages, cab and passenger door steps can also be seen. The passenger door handrails will be fitted once the body is reunited with it's underframe. During the coming week I hope to add the remainder of the glazing and can't wait to see the finished model.|
|The real 2538 is seen here at Middle Hill on it's thrice weekly trip down the Mule Gorge from Kerry to Abermule. The date is April 1956 and four weeks later this branch of the Cambrian Railway was closed. The old station house at Kerry is now a private residence and the station yard at Abermule a small industrial estate.|