This cleaning up is really boring especially when the place gets into a mess such as this.
One solution might be to ask for some assistance from SWMBO, but I fear a lot of my "treasures" would get discarded when I wasn't looking. So I guess I'd better keep my head down and get on with it.
I started to sort my freight stock by making sure all boxed wagons etc were correctly marked and placed into cartons ( including those on the trainset ) I have quite a few kit-built wagons and these do not have boxes but are wrapped in bubble-wrap and stored in cartons. These were placed on the tracks whilst I could check and list them and make good any breakages and replace missing items such as couplings or buffers.The result of this was the tracks were almost covered ,so there hasn't been any train running for a few weeks.Most of the wagons in the next picture are Peco Wonderful Wagons which I put together almost 50 years ago .
A little bit of light relief brought this foreign intruder to the GVR.
Just after starting out in this Hobby I wondered if I could make Locomotives etc . At that time if you wanted anything a bit different from the normal Dublo or Tri-ang fare you had to make it yourself or do without .A lot of excellent loco- building articles appeared almost monthly in the Magazines using various materials but most ending up with very nice looking locos. Apart from these articles I hadn't a clue where to start. So armed with a small side-on photo of an LNWR 4-4-0 ( from which I made my version of a 4mm scale drawing!!!) a scalpel ,some thin card , and lots of enthusiasm, I set to. Kitmaster had just started producing their very nice plastic kits, and I had made a few of these, and this gave me some confidence. The first of these was a Schools class 4-4-0 which I had not made a good job of so I removed it's chassis and wheels and my cardboard wonder was built around this.The chimney was from paper rolled around a paint brush handle and the dome was carved from balsa wood the valves are pins in wire insulation and the wash-out plugs are also large headed pins. every thing else from footplate upwards is card. I hand lettered the model on one side but used proper transfers on the other .
I hand wrote the name plate with a pencil on card for one side only , perhaps I should try to obtain a set of engraved plates.
The tender used the Schools chassis with a card top .The curved top was shaped on a needle file . Card can be persuaded to bend in two directions if well wetted and teased out with tweezers . I find spit is good for this. So there is my model of George V class
25373 Ptarmigan . non-working of course but it proved to me that I could make these unusual models with a lot more practice.
Later I tried using Plastikard using the chassis from a Kitmaster Duchess of Gloucester . The results are shown in the next two pictures. Patriot class 5543 Home guard and parallel boilered Royal Scot 6137 The Prince of Wales's Volunteers ( South Lancashire) both at the north end of Eccles station,
I never progressed further as about this time whitemetal kits became quite plentiful through the endeavours of Robert Wills , George Mellor and Keysers and others so I took the easier route.
I enjoyed unearthing these models and telling you something about them . I hope you enjoy too