Cleaning an engine can take many forms. The bottom end is cleaned with a parrafin & oil mixture so as to remove grease and provide a shine to the black and bare metal livery. The sides of the smokebox are blackened and shined with steam oil, whilst the door is polished up using Auto Glym. The boiler barrel & cylinder covers are also polished and the red bufferbeams are parrafin washed. The running boards are cleaned with white spirit so as to be clean & shiney but not slippery, and of course all of the brass and copper is shined up with the traditional Brasso, as are the whistles. All in all, after a few hours work by a good few hands you can end up with a very clean locomotive. However, 3803 is very, VERY big!
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One of the jobs which I tend to enjoy is Brasso-ing up the whistles. The 38 carries two Great Western whistles as per design: a regular use whistle and a deeper-pitch Brake Whistle. However, just lately the 38 has been carrying a multitude of different whistles, as has "Sir Gomer". I personally like an engine to carry its original whistle but this replacement is particularly nice. It is a Britannia chime; the same as those carried on 'Oliver Cromwell' and 'Britannia' herself. Though the 38 is about as much an express engine as 'Sir Gomer' is an A4, the whistle does sound brilliant and with 225psi roaring through it can create some brilliant tones. When you are driving 3803 at 25mph through the countryside you feel like Casey Jones blasting that thing!
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Cheers guys. Sam.