DEFINE VISITED THE new home of Dave Furmage on November 15th for a social and semi-workshop night. Not a great deal of modelling was done, but plenty of plans were discussed!
The centrepeice of the evening was Dave’s layout Longcarse West, which had been set up earlier in the day for a photo shoot for an upcoming feature in RAIL EXPRESS magazine. A selection of outtakes from the photography are illustrated below:
Class 26/1 No. 26028 shunts the general sidings at the right hand end of the layout. Who can resist 'Prestwins' and molasses tanks!
The whine of 'Chopper' No. 20046 reverberates around the yard as the loco drops off three loaded 16-tonners in the coal merchant's siding.
One of just four Class 25/1s built without boiler water tanks, No. 25029 arrives at Longcarse West with a short parcels train.
A short air-braked trip, consisting of a carbon dioxide tanker, a VAA van and a 20-ton brake, are the load for No. 27024 on a late-summers day in the mid-1970s.
Two classic vehicles from the 1970s are parked up at Longcarse West. The 'Prestwin' has clearly seen much modification to bring it up to this standard.
Longcarse West's current loco fleet, Nos. 20046, 25029, 26028 & 27024. Shortly to be joined by larger power in the form of Classes 27, 40 and 50!
Thanks to Dave and Anne for the invite, the excellent hospitality and the sublime lemon cake!
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