Resurrecting a Duchess...

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  1. Wolseley

    Wolseley Full Member

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    The latest is the City of Nottingham, one of the wartime batch of non-streamlined Duchesses with the curved footplate. It was also one of the few painted in British Railways lined black, before the final livery choices had been decided on. This one is a repainted Dublo Duchess of Montrose:

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    I’ve just been looking to see how many Coronations/Duchesses I have accumulated, and it seems that I have quite a few more than I originally intended. I also seem to have been getting them faster than I can finish them. The streamliners (identified in the list below with "S") are all early Tri-ang/Hornby ones that are being converted to three rail (without the benefits of Magnadhesion they’re pretty gutless things, so I’ll have to do something about that). The remainder are Dublo, with a couple of Wrenn thrown in. Here’s the tally so far:

    6220 (S): Coronation (LMS crimson lake to be finished with bell and headlight - not started yet)

    6221 (S): Queen Elizabeth (LMS blue - not started yet)

    6227 (S): Duchess of Devonshire (shop grey - not started yet)

    46230: Duchess of Buccleuch (BR blue with LNWR style lining - not started yet)

    6231: Duchess of Atholl (LMS crimson lake - standard Dublo finish)

    46232: Duchess of Montrose (BR lined green - standard Dublo finish)

    46232: Duchess of Montrose (BR lined green - gloss Dublo finish)

    6233: Duchess of Sutherland (LMS crimson lake - partly done)

    6234: Duchess of Abercorn (LMS blue-grey - finished)

    46236: City of Bradford (LMS lined black with BR number and British Railways on tender - almost finished)

    6241 (S): City of Edinburgh (LMS crimson lake - almost finished)

    46241: City of Edinburgh (BR lined green - finished)

    46242: City of Glasgow (BR blue - three-railed Wrenn - finished)

    46243 (S): City of Lancaster (BR black - not started)

    6244 (S): King George VI (LMS black - not started)

    46245: City of London (BR red - standard Dublo finished - originally two-rail Dublo, three railed)

    46251: City of Nottingham (BR lined black - finished)

    6252: City of Leicester (LMS wartime black - finished)

    6256: Sir William A. Stanier, F.R.S. (LMS lined black - not started - I have a Wrenn City of Glasgow minus a tender that I’ll probably use for this one))

    Canadian Pacific Dublo replica (finished)

    I think I have another Dublo Duchess of Montrose somewhere in a box, but I can't lay my hands on it at the moment.....
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Thing is Wolseley we didn't want to tell you because we were all hoping you'd model the whole fleet... in fact that seems like a great idea but where is 46254 City of Stoke on Trent? Absolutely loving this thread... keep 'em coming I say.:tophat::tophat::tophat::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Wolseley I totally agree with Yorky, I had a feeling you were silently on the way to at least one of each.

    With a class of only 38 and 19 models already your well on the way to covering the entire class so why stop I say
    The more the merrier
    It’s been great following the addition’s to your fleet
    Now they say we all need a hobby and collection of a complete class of locos in model form is well within the realms of a Hobby within a Hobby.

    Now I know of a gent who has a model in HO scale of at least one of every NSWGR 48 Class Alco now that class has 165 members :facepalm: so with only 38 in the Duchess Class see its as a bucket list challenge.:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    Its rather like wagons built for limited traffic (the dumb buffered 8 wheeled armour plate carrying monstrosity that the Midland built). We get them and have them "just coz". I'm tempted to do every single Brecon and Merthyr iron mink. Similar dimensions as the Ratio GWR mink kit, only 15 built and yet find a picture of a B&M goods train that doesnt have at least one mink that doesnt say GW on the side. Crack on and have all the Duchesses says I.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I saw your post in late July (I don't always log in every day) and would have replied earlier were it not for me unexpectedly ending up in Norwest Private Hospital for over a week. I'm home and on the mend now though, so hopefully I can call in at the Thornleigh exhibition.

    The Duchess seems to have been sold, but not to me. The Duchess of Montrose, together with the BR 0-6-2T, is probably the commonest of all the Dublo locomotives, so only near mint, boxed examples (of which this appears to have been one) are worth this sort of money. I already have two Duchesses of Montrose in excellent condition (but unboxed - but then I collect locomotives and rolling stock, not boxes) and I am only now seeking out cheap playworn examples for repainting. My latest is a Duchess of Montrose which I am repainting in pre-war LMS red as the Duchess of Sutherland - the only Duchess to run in pre-war livery while fitted with smoke deflectors. It's only partly finished, so no photos yet.....
     
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    I'm slowing up on my collection of Duchesses now to concentrate on other things but, who knows, maybe in a few years time....
     
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    Oh dear. After saying that I wasn't likely to be buying any more Duchesses for a while, I have gone and got myself a Wrenn City of Stoke on Trent, in LMS post-war lined black. Next job now is to convert it to three-rail and to fit a proper coupling instead of that tension lock thing......
     
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    What a mint loco to own Wolseley... (4)6254 City of Stoke on Trent... that's the next one on my build list. What a shame Stoke City Council turned down the offer from BR to have the loco donated for public display as was the case with City of Birmingham.
     
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    Here she is, together with the City of Bradford (a three railed and repainted City of London) for comparison. Sorry if the photos aren't of the best quality, but they were taken indoors at night time.

    Also, as you can see from the bundles of wires and tag strips, construction of my layout is about to enter its next phase.

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