Monday, September 05, 2016

0-4-0T Barclay


Let's start the week with a finished project. The Barclay has been heavily weathered and is now ready for service - or at least standing in the display cabinet until I work out what to do with it. 

Most of the muck is earth/track colour/black Humbrol enamels sprayed over the model and then cleaned away with cotton buds and kitchen roll. Finishing touches from weathering powders, mainly rust around the front end. 

It's certainly a funny looking locomotive, but then that's why the kit appealed to me when I bought it. I can imagine the real thing (it's sort of freelance but stick with me) wuffeling around a grotty industrial site nosing its way between down-at-heal buildings covered in a layer of soot.

Until preservation, it will never pull any coaches and even that might be a dream as lorries take over the day-to-day work leaving the railway with less to do. Daily steamings become twice a week and then once in a blue moon. With a bit of luck the driver greases up the motion as he sticks his faithful steed away in the back of a shed for what might be the last time, hoping that the bean counters forget she is there so they can't send for the scrap man.


Jeffrey Showell said...

Page 18 of Irwell Press's Industrial Railways in Colour: South (ISBN 978-1-906919-39-9) shows its even dirtier standard gauge brother in 1960, near the end of its life. Your semi-freelance kit is a bit stubby by comparison, but definitely looks the part. The photo shows the Barclay at the Gas Light and Coke Co.'s Beckton site in East Ham.

Andy in Germany said...

Beautiful model. I wasn't convinced when you painted it green, but it really does suit her now.

It reminds me of 'Dougal' of the Welshpool and Llanfair railway, with the same solid looks and high water tanks at the front.

I look forward to seeing where she runs...

Phil Parker said...

Dougal was in my mind when I built her!