Above: The J83 showing the smaller Hornby Coupling at the front of the chassis and my simple card Cab 'Floor' ( before painting).
The J83 assembled - I just had to put a Floor in the cab as I couldn't bare to look into the cab and see day-light....much better with a Floor - and it will provide a sturdy base for the Locomotive Crew.
I would have to say that Hornby have come a long way since the 1970s in terms of the finish applied to their products ....the printed Lining, Numbers, Lettering and Logo -are just simply perfect!
Whilst at the bench this afternoon I made up a simple 'Un-Coupling Tool' from scrap styrene ...the idea is to place the 25mm x 25mm 'Spade Bit' under the Hornby Tension Hooks and lift upwards - to unlock the Hooks. (This Device Works Perfectly- every time!).
Very pleased with the Hornby J83 0-6-0T ...it is altogether a splendid little Locomotive.
( I may need to obtain a back up J83 for parts -as things do eventually wear - a second new chassis would be advisable and a good idea).
Through the week I purchased some Hornby Rolling Stock in the form of those offered by the Thomas The Tank range.
One of the grey Covered Wagons will be painted up in an all-white scheme for 'Milk' service.
I now have two Cattle Wagons, Four Closed Vans, five Open wagons and one Guards Van.
Above: The essential Guards Van -most suitable for British Rail service.
Yes, 'SODOR' printed on the open wagon does not worry me as I am thinking of building my Layout with a Thomas type 'feel' about it. Very fond of TtT.
For my Hornby J83 Locomotive I purchased the 'Old Slow Coach' for service. Thinking of a Branch Line....will probably need to de-Thomas the end of the Coach and restore the end to a regular appearance.
Well that is about it for this installment.
Until next time.