Resurrecting a Duchess...

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  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    What a lovely job you made resurrecting an old classic by giving it a new lease of life. :tophat:
     
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    Nice model Wolseley, well done. Its good to see historic models still being used and not stuck unloved in drawers. :tophat::tophat::tophat:

    Pete.
     
  3. Wolseley

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    The Duchess/City population to date.

    Left to right: Duchess of Montrose; City of London (to be converted to three rail but not done yet); un-named City which I picked up cheaply because someone has brush painted it Brunswick green and put a GWR roundel on the cabside (to be finished in BR lined green and named City of Edinburgh); City of Leicester (Dublo with Tr-ang Hornby streamlined tender body); gloss finish Duchess of Montrose (needs a bit of restoration work and cosmetically in a bad way - to be repainted in lined black as City of Lichfield); (on turntable) Duchess of Abercorn; Tri-ang Hornby City of Bristol (to be converted to three rail but not done yet); gloss finish Duchess of Montrose (needs a bit of restoration work and will probably end up renamed as Duchess of Buccleuch); "Canadian Pacific" Duchess; City of Glasgow (three railed Wrenn) and, last but not least; the Duchess of Atholl.

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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Excellent line up you have there Wolseley :tophat::thumbs: and on the topic of LMS Duchess loco's I always thought what a short sighted move Stoke on Trent City Council made in deciding to reject the donation of 46254 when British Railways withdrew that locomotive... if only they had had the same acumen as Birmingham City Council did at the time.
     
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    My Brother-in Law's late Father was Lord Mayor of Sheffield at the time when the "City of Sheffield" nameplates were donated to the City. He had one and the other was displayed I understand, in the City Hall. To the chagrin of Bro-in-law, there is no trace of the plate his late Father had.......it'd be worth thousands by now I guess!
    Keith.
     
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    I finished three railing my City of London last night and it was running nicely around the layout, although almost finished might be a better way to put it - I intend to short out the insulated wheels to improve pick-up, but I haven't done that yet. The condition of the locomotive is almost (but not quite) as good as new, so there won't be any further work to do to it other than to uninsulate the wheels.

    I thought I would be reporting that I've finished three railing my City of Bristol (the streamlined one in my collection) but it seems that I didn't pick the best spot to affix the Marklin skate and ended up creating a short circuit. If at first you don't succeed.....
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Another 28 Coronation Class locomotives and you'll own the whole fleet produced ! Nice work on your models. :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    I decided to set aside the City of Bristol for now and concentrate on some of the others. Tonight I worked on the chassis intended for the City of Edinburgh (a City chassis) and the City of Lichfield (a Duchess chassis). Both were very reluctant runners when I bought them, barely able to move themselves under their own power. This time there was hardly any movement at all, with the City of Edinburgh chassis indicating distress by sending out smoke signals from its motor. After cleaning both of them two or three times over, lubricating them and fitting new brushes, both sprang back into life, after a bit of prompting in the case of the City of Edinburgh. The City of Edinburgh is now a very good and fast runner, but Lichfield less so - it runs well but very slowly in both directions. It seems that Lichfield's magnet has passed its use by date. I have ordered three neomagnets tonight (always handy to have spares) and will probably start work on the bodies and tenders tomorrow.
     
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    As I mentioned elsewhere, I just finished painting the City of Edinburgh in Humbrol BR green. The colour just doesn't look right, especially when I place it next to any of my other green locos. It seems too pale and insipid, more like a GWR green than a BR green. I'll have to strip it back to bare metal and repaint it with something better.
     
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    I didn't really need another Duchess, but a City of London, repainted green, came up on eBay at a reasonable price (and in Australia too, so postage was minimal) and I couldn't resist it. It arrived yesterday. It's pretty simple to convert a Dublo or Wrenn 2 rail City to 3 rail (I've already done two) so that's my latest project. It has been painted, lettered and lined by hand and, with the exception of the nameplate, to a particularly high standard. It was renamed City of Lichfield, a rather odd choice, as Lichfield was one on the non-streamlined ones with a curved footplate. It might end up as the City of Edinburgh, but I haven't decided for sure yet.

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    I've fitted a three rail pickup and rerouted some of the wiring and had it running around the track for about 30 minutes. I'll have to short out the insulation of the wheels on one side to improve the current collection, but for now it's running quite nicely although it does hesitate at low speed on one point. It did slip badly at first but it turned out to be due to a lack of vertical movement in the pony truck which was causing the rear drivers to occasionally lose contact with the track. I filed off a bit of metal and it cured the problem. I suspect this locomotive might not have run under its own power for a few decades.

    I've just ordered a pair of City of Edinburgh nameplates from Fox Transfers - I also ordered plates for the Duchess of Buccleuch and City of Bradford, but more on those two later....
     
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    I haven't done much in the way of modelling lately, mainly due to a deadline for the car club magazine and also having half the windows in our house replaced, the latter of which has necessitated the dismantling of the partially completed layout (it's almost back up now) as it stood alongside one of the windows that was being replaced.

    The nameplates arrived a few days ago and, around the same time, I was digging through my desk drawers and found a pair of City of Edinburgh nameplates I bought a few months ago but had forgotten about. So now I have two sets. To solve this dilemma, and avoid having to waste a pair of nameplates, I have purchased a Tri-ang-Hornby streamlined Coronation, which I will convert to three rail and rename City of Edinburgh. I will therefore end up with two Cities of Edinburgh but as one will be a red streamliner and the other a green BR engine with the later logo, they are not going to be seen together on the layout at the same time.
     

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