Hi again all
Ok, the background.
Some time back I saw and fell in love with the Stirling 8 ft. Singles - lovely little locos, so I bought three kits - one complete and two in original boxes. The first one I obtained was from a lovely bloke I met on this forum - thanks again Bill! I hope one day to convert the other two to runners and have been casually researching how to do so ........
Anyway, to my present situation - I recently purchased three items through eBay - all Tri-ang war department items:
- Jinty in Khaki and no markings at all - with a smoke/chuff chuff device inside I "think" ..... saw it when I removed the body but remain uncertain what it is but I think so. It is a diecast block with what appears to be a filament under a removable cover and has a drive gear that runs off the main worm drive.
- 12 wheel well wagon, I believe designed to have perhaps a tank loaded on it. Khaki and no markings
- 8 wheel well wagon, similar to above. Khaki and no markings.
Bloody long-winded I know so I will get to my point. The Stirling and tender look like a perfect contender for placement on these wagons so I am thinking that I will set it up to look as if she is being transported for storage and eventual preservation, seeing as at least one must've lasted over the years as there she is in all her glory in York. What I want to do is set it up with scale tie downs and tackle etc. and in addition, have some banners that would celebrate its rescue from the scrap heap. I work as a graphic designer so can create a convincing array of banners etc. but am wondering when the practice of preservation was taken up and where it may have begun. My (proposed) layout will be set in the late 1930's and while I am not a stickler for dates, would like to have the banner reading something like "BOUND FOR YORK" except the national railway museum is much newer than my era apparently.
I feel it will be a worthy project and look lovely being pulled along. As I am also building a factory complex that is meant to represent the Pullman Carriageworks, perhaps that's where I should say it's bound, but don't want to pre-empt everyone else's ideas ......any suggestions, especially with links to pics of earlier museums etc. (or places that might've convincingly stored the Stirling) would be greatly appreciated.
thanks and apologies for the lengthy post.