Operating your layout with only a limited selection of classes is entirely prototypical – but how do you make near-identical engines look different? TIM SHACKLETON shows how you can do it through weathering effects alone.
WHEREVER YOU went in steam days, you’d see the same classes over and over again. If you went round the sheds at Crewe or Carlisle in the mid-1960s you could pretty well clear your ‘Britannias’ – some clean, some more presentable, some absolutely filthy. In the West Riding, where I lived, you’d see an awful lot of ‘WD’ 2-8-0s – ten of them to one of anything else and, on a Sunday morning shed bash, around the Wakefield area you could reckon on seeing a hundred or more.