A Model Railway depicting Thurstaston station on the Hooton to West Kirby branch on the Wirral Peninsula

As progress has been painfully slow over the last few years, especially in getting any models to a finished state and photographed for inclusion in the model photographs page, I have started this separate page to show work in progress. However, as this also needs time, we'll see how it goes.

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This is the body for 47627 awating the paintshop, like so many others.

The basis is a London Road Models kit, with added details.

The part in front of the loco is a representation of the slide bars and crossheads using a spare set of High Level brackets.
This is the updated body for an ex-GWR 41XX now with the top feed and pipework, so just awaiting the paintshop.

I have had a Finney kit maturing for about twenty years, but saw this Airfix body on eBay and thought it would be a quick build to give a second loco. After removing the plastic handrails, much other detail has been added, mostly pipework.

The chassis to go with it is a Comet one with the rear pony replaced with a dummy radial truck.

The initial plan was to have this as 5176 as it appears in the brief video at the head of the non-stop passenger in ex-works black with large early British Railways totem and a red numberplate.  However, I'm now thinking that the Finney kit should be used for the ex-works loco so this will be a more workaday 4126.
This is of the D109 Brake Thirds from the 4 coach B-Set rake.

The basis is the Comet kit with some replacement and additional parts, running on Bill Bedford bogies.

Since the photo of the whole train being tested, the bodies have been undercoated and one side sprayed cream, awaiting the chocolate.  The other side will be newer British Railways crimson.
This is the body and roof of one of the D141 Composites.
The underframes have a lot of added detail - 4 trusses, brake linkage, steam heating pipe with drain valve, replacement battery boxes.  The D141 composite is at the front, D109 at the rear.  The key differences are in the battery box positions and the inclusion of steps under the guard's door of the D109, which are in line with the dynamo.
The left hand wagon is an LNER 6 plank open made from an ABS kit in an unpainted wood livery including some more recent replacement planks.

The right hand is a GWR O29 5 plank open still in late GWR livery from a Ratio kit.
These opens will form the first two wagons of the 1962 final down freight behind Crab 42923; As such, they need to be sheeted but I need to complete the weathering of the bodies before fitting weights and the sheets, then fixing to the chassis.

The left hand wagon is an ex-LNER 5 plank vacuum fitted open from a Parkside kit with a Bill Bedford chassis.

The right hand wagon is a British Railways D1/048 shock open.  The body is from Parkside again, with an Exactoscale chassis.
These are a pair of Slaters kits with POW transfers, weathered and painted to represent pre-war private owner mineral wagons which have now been taken into British Railways stock and allocated a patch-painted P number but without being fully repainted.
These are 2 out of 3 early 16T steel minerals being built from Cambrain kits.

The one on the left is a rivetted LNER built wagon with replacement welded side and end doors.

The one on the right is an ex-LMS D2109 mineral with original pressed steel doors and the addition of bottom doors.
This is the third early 16T steel minerals built from Cambrain kits.

This represents a ex-MoT British Railways diagram 1/102 mineral with pressed steel doors.  This will be painted in Ministry of Transport bauxite and lettered accordingly.
The D1/107 21T mineral on the left is one of a pair being built.  One is for the 1952 through freight, the other for the 1962 final down freight. The body is from Parkside parts; the sides are from the PC32 kit for the 1977 rebuilt wagons, with the right hand side door put back in.  The chassis is the Bill Bedford one with some modifications to better suit the D1/107.

The 8 plank 13T mineral represents an ex-PO repainted by British Railways, another Cambrian kit.
The left hand van is from the Alistair Wright starter etch, made up as the LNER variant. I still need to roll and fit the roof before fitting the doors.

The right hand van is a GWR vacuum fitted V33 mink from an ABS kit. W114671 was photographed standing in the goods yard at Thurstaston on the day of the RCTS Special in 1962 which is ample excuse to build it.
A Parkside Palvan to be added to the train of empty vans heading to the Cadbury's factory at Moreton in 1962.

I remember seeing palvans going to Levers at Port Sunlight so had to have one.

It is using an Exactoscale chassis.
This is a Pocket Money Kits LMS D1919 20T brake van with Masokits suspension.

The plan is to have this as one of the brakes for the pick-up freight trains.

There is a lot more weathering to be done as it represents a vehicle that has survived 4 years into British Railways ownership without being repainted into its new owner's livery.  Once that is done, it can be glazed and the roof properly fitted.  The chimney for the guard's stove is a brass tube that continues through the floor so I will just solder a washer to it from underneath to hold the roof down.
This is another Pocket Money Kits, this time for the BR Standard brake van.

This will be the other brake van for the pick-up freight trains.

This represents an unfitted van built in 1950 to diagram 1/506 lot 2137.  As such, it has a number of early features including
* Split handrails around the verandah dorways;
* 2 lamp brackets on the verandah end;
* 2 pane doors into the van section;
* Side handrail above lookout.

I'm waiting for the correct axleboxes and springs from Rumney Models before completing the build.

I have another to build from a later lot which will have the later version of these features.

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