It is still an all change situation at Ennitoun. When Susan and I started the layout in 2016 it we used the surviving coaches, engines etc from my layout in 1971. The majority of the stock was Tri-ang Hornby with some earlier Tri-ang locos (original black Princess Elizabeth and Princess Victoria), along with LNER & BR version of A1 Flying Scotsman and a type 37 Diesel locomotive . A M7, Dockyard Shunter, and an old “Hornby Double 0 City of London converted to two rail), Tri-ang Hornby B12 and Britannia. It became apparent that the older Tri-ang and some of the Hornby-Tri-ang stock would not run on the newer finer scale rails – the points in particular caused them problems due to the wheels on these loco being a lot broader than modern. Mind you that was no surprise as the earlier locos were really toys and not fine scale models so the wheels were broader to let little hands get the engines on the rails easily. Considering that in 2016 many of these locos were 45 years and in the case of the City of London 50 years old. I was amazed that all ran straight from the storage boxes to track. In addition to the original stock I had 3 locos purchased in 2002 3 Black Fives which changed Honby from a tour train to a precise model railway. The detail was superb and the wheels were to scale. 3 version were released by Hornby LSM, Early BR Crest and Late BR Crest. The latter was weathered to reflect the closing age of steam power on the railway.
The oldest loco was the converted Hornby Double 0 three rail loco. This was heavy die cast metal body a frames it had no problem on the finer track. I’m a Glesga keelie and an engine named City of London was not my favourite name. The model did represent a class of express steam locomotives I admired. I call them Coronations after the original streamlined loco 6220 Coronation. Now days the go by Coronation, Duchess Coronation and Princess Coronation – to me they will always be Coronations. I had one particular favourite in that class BR Number 46242 “City of Glasgow”. A good friend of Susan and myself , Paul James, undertook a repaint and renaming task and the “City of London” in BR Red became “City of Glasgow” BR Green later totem:
Ennitoun locomotive stock now numbers 65, 20 of them will be retired or sold on if they cannot meet new modifications as Ennitoun is going DCC (Digital Command Control) Adding this add so much more to the atmosphere of running a model rail layout. As well as being able to control more that one train/loco at a time with one hand controller sound can be added to the locomotives when fitted with DCC decoder chip+sound. To enable this change over the layout underwent a big P-way task. The engineers were out in force replacing 37 Hornby points/turnouts and two diamond crossing to Peco points/crossings. This solved one problem of older engines stalling at the points / crossings. After that task was completed all locos were tested on all routes – two of the older (Tri-ang) locos still failed… they have now been selected for the Ennitoun Railway Museum and will shortly be encased in their own highly desirable display case.
Of the 65 locos – 14 will not be used on DCC layout (they will undergo a conversion programme – currently held in abeyance due to current movement restrictions. 7 are undergoing Conversion and held in workshop again due to current movement restrictions. 8 are fully fitted with decoders some with sound they can be run on old system at present but without the sound <sigh>. 17 are DCC ready – i.e. they have the connections in place and they just need chips fitted. This will be done as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
However, before any DCC can be run the layout has to undergo another track replacement programme. Under current operation if more that one loco shares a line it has to be isolated from the controller and that means isolation track has to be fitted. In total there are 36 isolating tracks (approx 6″), this mean that all the 6 inch/12 inch track between the isolated track can be replaced with 36 inch continuous track, all points have to be made continuous power – thankfully that is a minor job using point clips which elevate the self isolating points problem (too expensive to replace all 60 points)
Timescale – task has started supplies of clips, DCC fitted locos available, DCC controller needs to be ordered so it is planned to have all completed by End of this month (April) failing that middle of May 2020.
Regarding the Hornby Double 0 City of Glasgow it is earmarked for a special display cabinet – however a special order has been placed for a new modern version. One that has sound, DCC, smoke, crew, flickering fire box and operating oil lamps and in BR Green to take pride of place on revised Ennitoun layout. Meantime there is still a City of Glasgow loco – only it is in LMS Wartime Black numbered 6242:
Just for my friends in Auld Reekie to keep them happy I have 6241 City of Edinburgh as well:
Link to Ennitoun Motive Power Album
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