Potpourri #1068

Making good progress with the bubble cars.  A second wagon is complete, and more wagons and cars are under way.  Hopefully, they will be completed by next weekend.  The most time consuming bit is the transfers for the LOWFIT’s.  They are tiny…..

But to start this Potpourri, a possible load that might raise a few eyebrows?  I thought this must be American, but the surroundings look more European.  They do seem to be well supported by a frame to stop them rattling about!


Slightly less ambitious, but should get plenty of comment?  May be tricky to use at speed????

This picture was taken long before the last one – even before the first world war.  An LSWR X2 class at Salisbury.  It must be early in the 20th century, as the “&” in LSWR was dropped in later years.  Adams designed some beautiful locomotives, and the cleaners in the photograph have done a good job on it. 


Keeping the LSWR (and Adams) theme, an O2 on the mainland (before its IOW exile) in 1910.


Another O-4-4T, an SECR ‘H’ class parked at Three Bridges – another pretty little locomotive that was useful and long-lived.


Drummond’s L12 class 4-4-0 in 1955.  A development of the famous T9 class, these were solid locomotives, but offered no great advantage over the T9’s, that outlived them.


Beauty and the beast?  A Merchant Navy class in original air-smoothed form, and Maunsell’s first diesel shunter for the Southern Railway.

Two Southern Railway carriages.  An LSWR saloon, and a Southern GPO coach.  Elegant designs.


Finally, Accurascale are producing this lovely GER ‘Buckjumper’ in OO.  Please could they do one in ‘N’?  One of my favourite locomotives (even better than a Terrier,) and I’ll probably buy one anyway.


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3 Responses to Potpourri #1068

  1. Paul Ingraham says:

    A close look at some features in the photo shows that the covered hoppers on the right are Russian designs. Also, a look at the end of the box vans at the left and the space between the hopper wagons shows there are no buffers, so this can’t be on the western European network. There appears to be a central knuckle coupling – in this case, probably an SA3 Russian Williston coupler – on the end of the box van. So I’d say this is most likely Russia or some adjacent ex-Soviet block location on the 1520mm gauge network in Eastern Europe. Some military modeller could probably identify the missiles to clinch the deal.

    As for being American, only Lionel or Bachmann would put a missile on a train model – and they’d do it out in the open! Much more intimidating!

    Paul Ingraham


  2. Paul Ingraham says:

    This is a follow up to my first reply. Attached are a couple of photos that may explain a bit more about your missile train photo. First, a photo of a Russian-style grain hopper which I believe is of the same type shown in your missile photo. It should be noted, however, that this type of wagon is also widely used in Ukraine, and the source says this is a Ukrainian car, based on the wagon identification number.

    The second photo is of an American Patriot missile being launched. This is the type of missile being supplied by the USA to Ukraine. Look carefully at the proportions and design details of the rocket. This looks amazingly like the missiles shown in the missile train photo. So


  3. Paul Ingraham says:

    More follow up on the missile photo, this time focusing on the Ukrainian grain cars. Would you like to do a Ukrainian grain train? Here’s an N scale 3D print model available from a Ukrainian company in Kyiv. Whose up for a string of these? Their website is at the top of this screen shot. It says they are set up for batch production.

    One note, though: The description simply says “Hopper Model”. This model only has two bottom unloading hoppers and, while it looks a lot like a grain car, those typically have three bays. This may actually be a cement car. There are photos on Euro Gunzel’s website that you can check out for more details.

    Paul Ingraham


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