Sunday, 16 November 2014

Its Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas...

Hi there everyone. Today I spent a few hours at a chilly Shackerstone, working in the shed with Jason. Jase was working away on the Class 73 electro diesel whilst I put the Brasso to good use on GWR 3803. With the stove lit and roaring away, the shed was at least semi-workable, with the aptly named Mess Area being fairly cosy. The cab brasses were polished up on the 1939-built 2-8-0, along with the brass bonnet atop the barrel, and of course the two whistles. Talking of whistles, the 38 is still brandishing what can only be described as an item of whistle extravagance!...
"Whistle While You Work"
Yes, allas, for several Great Western fans out there who are now crying into their Swindon handkerchiefs, the 38' still has the Brit' whistle on. Ahh well, it does sound good and it certainly clears the herds of elephants. Jokes aside the big chime does give the public some variety, and makes you feel like Casey Jones when you're on the regulator! But, yes, I must admit, the two normal GWR's do make more sense. Ahh well, it looks nice polished up! The loco is still waiting for springs but these will be fitted very shortly and the engine can then haul our 'Santa Special's with pride, although the odd enthusiast may well be disappointed when "Oliver Cromwell" doesn't show up pulling the train! All the best guys, Sam...

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