11th October 2016
One may wonder why a layout of this vintage still needs new rolling stock. When the main Happisburgh layout was sold to MRC and GOG member Martin Long, most of the stock was passenger vehicles. A lot of what freight stock we had was returned to its original owners and what we had left was showing its age (just like the real thing!) So a few new vehicles have crept in here and there. Peter Rayner produced a Parkside Horsebox a while ago, and more recently it has been joined be a second one and surprise surprise, has even given permission for us to weather them. Another useful vehicle he’s currently building will be a standard BR brake van so the new one will make a welcome addition as we were particularly short of serviceable brake vans.
Some of the locos were also showing their age, so for a start the J15 has now been refurbished. She had lots of chips on the paintwork, had parts of the coupling’s missing, loose handrails, a missing buffer, etc, etc. There was no sign of any crew either (not sure if she ever had any) so some suitable Omen figures were purchased at Telford for the purpose and other locos have now also had new or additional crew figures installed.
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