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I’ve always liked engineers trains (what do you mean, we know?) so a short one for Brettell Road was always going to be on the cards. I’ve shown you my build of a gannet before but now it’s painted.
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Shown here with a Cambrian starfish ballast open.

From one of thier old kits to one of thier newest, the recently released herring ballast hopper. There were 2 very different designs of ballast hopper given the herring title. One of them was closely related to the mackerel and of the catfish ilk (walkway one end, single hand wheel).
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The Cambrian kit is for the GWR design and it suffers from the same problem the gannet had, that being to discharge the ballast a track worker had to stand by the side of the wagon, right next to where the falling ballast is going to be. It’s a diminutive little wagon and features a one piece hopper and a one piece chassis, the latter being a big improvement on the catfish and dogfish kits. For such a small wagon there’s a lot of details to be added and the underside shows a nicely pleasing complicated look. Of course most people probably won’t notice so if you wanted a rake you could probably miss a lot of this stuff off but having said there nothing that’s really tricky if you take your time.
I swapped the buffer heads for MJT ones and drilling the shanks for these proved a bit tricky with the sides ending up really thin. I didn’t spring them (never do) but think the metal heads are a worthwhile improvement.
Some of the smaller parts had quite a bit of flash on them which was a bit of a surprise as most Cambrian kits I have built recently didn’t have any. That’s the only negative of what is a nice little kit.
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I have a couple of Tunnys still to do and I might throw in a catfish too but that’s for another day.

2 Responses

  1. Kevin Prince

    Nice work as ever Jim. Ref the ‘disadvantage’ of being on the ground. If our YC and Yf designs are anything to go by it’s not a major problem operating the doors while walking alongside and you do get to keep a close eye on how it’s discharging. That said its a pain for the driver.

    06/03/2015 at 12:13 am

  2. Very useful write up and photos Jim. Just started one and that underside shot is very helpful.

    Cheers

    Tom

    18/04/2016 at 10:32 am

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