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What, more rolling stock?

One may wonder why a layout of this vintage still needs new rolling stock. When the main Happisburgh layout was sold to MRC and GOG member Martin Long, most of the stock was passenger vehicles. A lot of what freight stock we had was returned to its original owners and what we had left was showing its age (just like the real thing!) So a few new vehicles have crept in here and there. Peter Rayner produced a Parkside Horsebox a while ago, and more recently it has been joined be a second one and surprise surprise, has even given permission for us to weather them. Another useful vehicle he’s currently building will be a standard BR brake van so the new one will make a welcome addition as we were particularly short of serviceable brake vans.

 

Some of the locos were also showing their age, so for a start the J15 has now been refurbished. She had lots of chips on the paintwork, had parts of the coupling’s missing, loose handrails, a missing buffer, etc, etc. There was no sign of any crew either (not sure if she ever had any) so some suitable Omen figures were purchased at Telford for the purpose and other locos have now also had new or additional crew figures installed.

 

Dave Coasby

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Autumn in Happisburgh

We’ve had Alan West’s BTH Class 15 diesel running on Happisburgh Goods for some time. It was constructed from a kit many years ago, but it never looked or ran very well. However, after extensive rebuilding of the mechanism and bogies by the late Peter Elmslie, it at least ran well, and with some very heavy weathering applied by your scribe, this at least hid some of the many imperfections.

However, Bob Smith caught a glimpse of the forthcoming Little Loco Company’s model of the same class at Telford, while it was on display on 82G. He is now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the postman so he can get his hands on this lovely new model. Hopefully this will be seen running on Happisburgh Goods in the near future.

Speaking of which, we are taking Happisburgh Goods to The Garden of England Modelfest at Knockolt, Kent on 10th & 11th December. Then in the New Year to the Canterbury Model Railway Exhibition on 21st & 22nd January, quickly followed a week later by the Longfield Model Railway Exhibition on 28th & 29th January.

Dave Coasby

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