On the Beaten Track

A picture post this time, I think. Having been home recently, a couple of weekends ago and before that at Christmas, both times going by car and ferry, I was able to take back with me a lot of the rolling stock for Starlingford that has been accumulating over the last few years here in Aberdeen. Allow me now to introduce it to the wider world… As always, click on the images to enlarge them.

First, the locomotives of the London and North Eastern Railway and, later, the BR Eastern Region:

Gresley A1 'Royal Lancer'

Gresley A1 ‘Royal Lancer’

Peppercorn A2 'Sugar Palm'

Peppercorn A2 ‘Sugar Palm’

Gresley A3 'Flying Scotsman'. This is the locomotive as she appeared in 1947, rebuilt from A1 to A3 standard and still wearing her wartime austerity black livery.

Gresley A3 ‘Flying Scotsman’. This is the locomotive as she appeared in 1947, rebuilt from A1 to A3 standard and still wearing her wartime austerity black livery.

Gresley A4 'Kingfisher'. Note the absence of the side valances: these were removed from all the A4s during WW2 to facilitate maintenance and were never restored.

Gresley A4 ‘Kingfisher’. Note the absence of the side valances: these were removed from all the A4s during WW2 to facilitate maintenance and were never restored.

Robinson J11. These Great Central locomotives earned the nickname 'Pom-Pom' for the distinctive sound of their exhaust.

Robinson J11. These Great Central locomotives earned the nickname ‘Pom-Pom’ for the distinctive sound of their exhaust.

We now move across to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway – the LMS – and its succeeding BR Midland Region:

Riddles 4MT. This class was based on a design by Fairburn for the LMS, but it was actually introduced after BR was formed, so it never wore the LMS livery! This model is a Wrenn, based on the Hornby Dublo tooling, which is contemporaneous with the real thing. As such, it is very heavy, and the motor polarity is reversed - set the controller to 'forward' and this thing will set off smartly in reverse...

Riddles 4MT. This class was based on a design by Fairburn for the LMS, but it was actually introduced after BR was formed, so it never wore the LMS livery! This model is a Wrenn, based on the Hornby Dublo tooling, which is contemporaneous with the real thing. As such, it is very heavy, and the motor polarity is reversed – set the controller to ‘forward’ and this thing will set off smartly in reverse…

LMS Class 2P. Based on a Midland Railway design of Johnson's, this particular example was shedded at Kittybrewster, Aberdeen, not far from where I live.

LMS Class 2P. Based on a Midland Railway design of Johnson’s, this particular example was shedded at Kittybrewster, Aberdeen, not far from where I live.

Johnson 3F. This heavily weathered example is at the head of 12 12-ton ore hoppers. Bachmann produced 512 sets of three wagons each: 4 such sets are in this photo.

Johnson 3F. This heavily weathered example is at the head of 12 12-ton ore hoppers. Bachmann produced 512 sets of three wagons each: 4 such sets are in this photo.

Fowler 4F. The train comprises an array of wagon types and very much lives up to the name 'mixed goods'.

Fowler 4F. The train comprises an array of wagon types and very much lives up to the name ‘mixed goods’.

Class 03 shunter. One of these, D2094, can currently be found on the Royal Deeside Railway.

Class 03 shunter. One of these, D2094, can currently be found on the Royal Deeside Railway.

Turning south, we find the Southern Railway and, later, the Southern Region:

M7 tank engine. This engine, No. 111, was nicknamed 'Three Woodbines' for the number painted on the tank sides.

M7 tank engine. This engine, No. 111, was nicknamed ‘Three Woodbines’ for the number painted on the tank sides.

Bulleid Merchant Navy 'Bibby Line'. A powerful pacific locomotive such as this would have made short work of the short train of 6 Maunsell coaches seen here. Owing to the surfeit of pacific power on the Southern, however, such impressive engines were sometimes to be found pottering along branch lines pulling a single coach!

Bulleid Merchant Navy ‘Bibby Line’. A powerful pacific locomotive such as this would have made short work of the short train of 6 Maunsell coaches seen here. Owing to the surfeit of pacific power on the Southern, however, such impressive engines were sometimes to be found pottering along branch lines pulling a single coach!

Still in the Southern sphere of influence but very much a law unto itself lay the Longmoor Military Railway. The purpose of the facility was to train army locomotive drivers who might have to work overseas ferrying troops and materiel around behind the battlefields of Europe and further afield. The railway continued operating until the 1960s.

350HP Derby shunter 'Basra' - a Modelzone exclusive limited edition, as are the four wagons it's hauling...

350HP Derby shunter ‘Basra’ – a Modelzone exclusive limited edition, as are the four wagons it’s hauling…

Finally, a number of model aircraft I built for the Aberdeen Modelzone store have now come home and are displayed over Starlingford:

A Messerschmitt Bf-109K in an aerodynamically slippery polished aluminium finish finds itself pounced on by a much bigger and heavier P-47 Thunderbolt.

A Messerschmitt Bf-109K in an aerodynamically slippery polished aluminium finish finds itself pounced on by a much bigger and heavier P-47 Thunderbolt.

The pilot of the P-47 lines up on the Messerschmitt...

The pilot of the P-47 lines up on the Messerschmitt…

Guy Gibson's Avro Lancaster 'G George' of 617 Squadron flies over Wyndham army base as it slides down to its attack height of 60' on a pre- Dams Raid training op.

Guy Gibson’s Avro Lancaster ‘G George’ of 617 Squadron flies over Wyndham army base as it slides down to its attack height of 60′ on a pre- Dams Raid training op. The locomotive emerging from the tunnel is a Robinson O4, itself a war veteran: they were built in enormous numbers during WW1 as the wartime Railway Operating Department’s standard freight locomotive.

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About Gavin

I am a 32-year-old PhD student in Aberdeen, Scotland. I work in QC at an e-learning company. I'm originally Northern Irish, though I've lived here in Aberdeen for several years. I am, essentially, somebody who is very normal, yet to whom very strange things keep happening...
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One Response to On the Beaten Track

  1. Trainman says:

    Nice post

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