‘O’ how I’ve missed you!

With all the hard work put into Winkle’s Yard, you would be forgiven for thinking I was changing scale yet again and returning to my OO gauge roots. However, that is not the case and my O gauge layout is still in the garage with lots to do. I have not lost interest in it!

A number of months ago, I took advantage of an opportunity to purchase 6 bogie bolster wagons from the good folks that have made and run Dubmill Sidings. This is really a very special layout and it has been quite inspirational to me as I was contemplating what to do in O gauge. I love it’s selection of wagons, diesel engines and a healthy dose of grime.

The bogie bolster feature in the above picture. When they arrived with me, it was evident that they had worked hard on the exhibition circuit over the years and they looked a bit tired. One of the wagons almost fell apart in the post. Given their condition, I decided to strip them down, re-paint them and weather them again in the style used by our collection of exhibition layouts.

So far, I have stripped 4 wagons of their loads and bolsters as these were glued on and they have been primed ready for new paint and transfers from Railtec.

Here is one of the wagons ready for bauxite and black paint, transfers and the all-important weathering.

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