GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)

The GWR 1854 ST is now done. To recap, this is a much modified Finecast body on a Bachmann chassis.

The original plan was to find an acrylic spray paint that gave a suitable representation of the pre-1928 green. When that failed, I was recommended the Belton bottle green which has the RAL code used for landrover green. However, while this and some of the others looked fine outside in the sun, they all looked wrong under my layout lights.

Eventually I reverted to good old brush painting. Not my best effort but I can live with it.

Lining is HMRS Pressfix. I never use the preprinted shapes as they rarely fit. Instead I cut out individual bits and piece them together.

I know some people don't like Pressfix. Personally I feel that it gives good flexibility and leaves no traces of film.

The number plates are from Narrow Planet. You enter the number you need on their website and receive the plates pre-painted. We have it easy these days. No. 1853 is for a future model of an 1813 class.

I was going to fit a cab sheet, but on the photos I have of 1854s none actually have a cab sheet, so unless further evidence turns up I’ll leave it off. The fire irons are the Springside set for tank locos.

Incidentally, I saw this nice fire irons fret by DJM on Mark’s RM Web blog, and ordered some from Kernow. They turned out to be a bit too long for this particular loco, but will find use on my 3232 class.

Here she is messing about on the new layout. In my defence, there is progress at the other end of it!


  1. Great work Mikkel,
    I have followed your progress since you began as I am modelling the same era as you in Western Australia. You have inspired me to keep biting away one piece at a time, as you put it. I also model Western Australian Government Railways in Sn 3.5 in a slightly earlier era.
    Keep up the fantastic work. I love following your posts.

    1. Thanks very much Motley Rail, and interesting to hear that you are taking the same approach! I know very little about the Western Australian railways, but have occasionally comes across some very alluring photos of the lines in early days. I see there is a collective blog for WA modellers in your scale, some very attractive stuff in there.

  2. Mikkel,
    Thank you for your inspiring posts. I also model the GWR in the pre WW1 era .I have followed your blogs since the beginning but I was reluctant to reply till now. Can't wait for the next post.

  3. Nice to hear you model the GWR also! Any particular area?


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