Last updated March 2019
Plumpton Green is now in an exhibitable state, and running reasonably well, with just occasional on-going improvements and new additions to scenery and buildings. All of my stock has now been tested on the layout although a few tweaks are required here and there to improve reliability, and particularly to reduce derailments.
I spent the first few months of 2016 working on locos, trying to get them all fully finished and working, and having done that, the time seemed right to open some new boxes and start something new, and also finish a couple of half-completed projects.
The first of these is a High Level Models kit of a Black Hawthorn 0-4-0ST which I started a couple of years ago, and which for some reason got put on the shelf, whilst I worked on Plumpton. This has now been completed, and will take its place on the Plumpton Green Brickworks roster, with a first public outing at Burgess Hill MRS in 2017.
These High Level Models kits are such a delight to build that I’ve been lulled into buying yet another one - the Hawthorn-Leslie. This looks very ‘modern’ against the Neilson and Black-Hawthorn, but these were first built around the end of the 19th century, so very much within period. This is almost complete - just a few bits of pipe to add, plus the difficult bit, getting the cylinders and connecting rods in place and working.
The most recent additions to the roster are two more Terriers - ‘Stepney’ as an A1 in Stroudley IEG livery, and ‘Martello’ as an A1 in Marsh umber, and two goods tender 0-6-0’s, a C and a C1, both EB Models kits (aka Mike Waldron). These are all now complete, and had their first outing at Brighton MRS in 2018.
Currently on the bench is an Albion kit of a ‘Gladstone’, which will be finished as no 184 ‘Stroudley’ in umber.
The loco index leads to some photographs and descriptions of a few of my locos. Most of my locos are scratchbuilt, with the exception of the High Level kits, a white metal kit of an E1, two Wealden kits of E4s, and a kit of a G single from an un-named source which was so appallingly badly designed it had to be virtually scratchbuilt anyway! All the locos have handbuilt chassis, fully compensated, and with split-axle pick-up (with the exception of the HLModels locos, which have scrapers). Many were built originally with open frame motors (mostly Anchoridge D11's and D13's) but most have now been converted to Portescaps or Mashimas, with much improved running.