Ridings - the Locomotives


This page has pictures of the Ridings Locomotives fleet. As mentioned on the index page, I have selected locos which aren't normally available, or certainly aren't straight out of the box. Hence, some are kit built, some are difficult to obtain, others are well modified. All have to be the sort of stock that used to operate in the Ridings of Yorkshire in the early-to-mid 1960's. The steam locomotives are generally weathered to a state that I remember them in - dirty, patches of rust, and often difficulty in reading their markings. The diesels are more lightly weathered as they were relatively new in at this time. In addition, a varied collection of green DMU's are being assembled, as these were becoming very common around this time. This table shows the steam locomotives first, then the diesels and DMU's.
During 2016 I tackled the weathering of the Diesel, DMU and coaching stock. Having experimented on a couple of old coaches, I developed the technique of masking and spray-painting the lower sections of these. I used a spray can of Olive Drab and the results look quite reasonable.
Spilling into 2017, the Transpennine set has had a makeover as the coach stock should be open gangway rather than corridor. I converted one of the mk 1 coaches to this format (TSL) and it looks a lot better. I also realised that the Brake End (MBSK) needed engine equipment and exhausts on the undercarriage, so these have been added, along with improved undercarriages on both Driving motor composite ends (DMC). 2017 also saw the strengthening of the diesel locomotove fleet.
Another deviation started in 2017 was the addition of sound modules to the fleet. These aren't DCC and aren't as flexible, but experiments suggest that they will be an interesting addition. Pictures at bottom.

The 4F's.
Although the same prototype, these models are entirely different.
One is an Airfix, with tender drive, renumbered 44467 and dirtied up, the other is a white-metal kit with re-wheeled chassis and motor in the loco. This has been numbered 44056 as this was shedded at Mirfeld.
I look forward to comparing the two in intensive operation!


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Ivatt Class 2 "Mickey".
This started life as a green Hornby version! Now numbered 46498 of Holbeck, this loco did some work on the Penistone line from Huddersfield when Low Moor or Huddersfield were short of engines.

Dirtied to a lesser extent, as these locos tended to be used on lighter duties.


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Hughes 'Crab' 2-6-0.
42721 certainly operated over the Standedge line hauling the Leeds-Manchester trains. It was based in Lancashire in the 1950's and 60's. It is seen here running out of the bay platform and also leaving the tunnel. This is another white-metal bodied loco, with a modified and re-wheeled Hornby 2-6-2 chassis. The valvegear is etched brass, and everything moves. Boy, did that take some constructing and setting up! (See below).

A later addition has been a weathered Bachmann Crab. Again, it will be interesting to see them in operation together.      (>>)

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(Left) The Crab chassis wheeled with the main coupling rods in place and the cylinder etching fitted. The piston rods, slide bars, cranks and cylinder sides can be seen.
(Right) The completed article after many, many hours of assembly and re-assembly to get it to work. Even the upper valve rod operates, so it is quite satisfying to see running!


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A BR Standard 4.
This Bachmann example is a useful addition to the fleet as these were used on various duties, and I can use it to haul my planned coal trains around.
Numbered 75006, it arrived already weathered, but needs some more work done on it yet.


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A busy scene with 3 new locomotives on the roster. These are, in order from bottom to top:
Black Five 44666. This is lightly weathered.
BR Standard 5MT 73162. Not weathered as yet.
Ivatt 4MT 43039. A useful little engine.


The same location as above, but this time with another new arrival:
Jubilee 6P 45691. This is not weathered as yet. Nice to have a green loco amongst all the black ones. Here it is pulling a rake of 'blood and custard' carriages.
Coming the other way is the Standard 4 hauling a recently built/weathered/coaled set of 16 ton coal trucks.


EE Type 4 - class 40 - with split headcodes leaves the bay platform and into the tunnel with a train of empty coal wagons. This Lima product is D335 and runs very well, having pickups on most of the many wheels.

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Brush Type 4 - class 31 - D5531 leaves the station with passenger train. A 'blood and custard' coach is in view.
This is another Airfix model, and is rather lacking in pickup capability, making it the worst runner in the fleet.
A Halifax single deck bus looks on from the river bridge.

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A Prototype Deltic sometimes makes an appearance; here it leaves the tunnel with a train of maroon coaches. Tested on several lines in the UK, I have no evidence that it ever came through Huddersfield but must have been in the Leeds area - it certainly strayed 'up north', being tested on the Settle and Carlisle line and later hauling passenger trains between Doncaster and Kings Cross on the Hull-KX service.

Of course the prototype was never numbered.
This is a motorised plastic kit with etched brass plates.

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Further diesel motive power has been added with the following locomotives:

Brush Sulzer Type 4 (class 47) D1500.
English Electric Type 3 (class 37) D6984



A 5-car Transpennine Set (class 124) stands in the bay platform before crossing the down line and heading into the tunnel. These sets were used intensively on the Standedge route, and started life as 6-car sets with a buffet, but this was later removed to leave 5-car sets.
This is a Trix set. I have added a number of transfers to make it more complete. I had to convert the centre cars (two saloons and a brake) from Trix maroon coaches. The scale is slightly smaller but it makes a fine sight all the same. The set is weathered now.

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The 2017 upgrade to the Transpennine set.
Here the Brake end (second car, on the left here) has been 'engined' on the undercarriage and one of the coaches has been transformed into an open gangway version (on the right here).


This is a Pressed Steel DMU set, later classified 117. Made by Lima, it works very well. However, it is greatly modified, with a proper all coach saloon instead of two brakes, flush glazing, lowered chassis, extra pickups, larger brass buffers, and closer coupling. It is whiskered at one end and yellow panelled at the other to represent the change-over period. A flush-glazed and lowered centre car has since been added.
While not strictly prototypical for the Ridings (a 101 would be better), there were many small 2 and 3 car DMU's running all over the area, which this represents.
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Some interesting shots with the above DMU's.

(Left) The TP hurtles through the station on a non-stopping service, while the local hums gently in the bay platform.

(Right) A worms-eye view of the station throat from the tunnel.

Note that the bridge is temporarily removed in all these shots for more scenic work to take place.

(Left) Transpennine, 117 DMU, Halifax bus and trolleybus.

(Right) This shows a 110 DMU. These are available as a Hornby 3-car set, but I managed to acquire an extra centre car as well. This set has since been weathered.


The 101 green DMU fleet, which I finally managed to acquire.

These Lima models can still be obtained in various liveries, but I only need the green 'whiskered' and yellow-panelled versions for my era.

I ought to prefer the whiskered version, but oddly enough I don't, perhaps because the yellow-panelled one had had some of the errors removed by Lima by the time they had released it. I have since acquired a centre car so can run a 3-car set (or even 4, by using two 2-car sets). Now generally weathered.    (>>)

The latest acquisition is a Bachmann Cravens class 105 2-car DMU set. This is a particularly fine model and runs extremely well.

I probably have enough DMU's for the layout now, although a class 108 is under consideration......


....and sure enough a 108 3-car version without headboxes came along at the right price, so that is also in the collection now!

In the first photo it is entering the station, and the other shows it passing the signal box with the town above.


I also obtained a 108 with Speed Whiskers fairly cheaply, although I had to make a seating unit for the trailer car.

It also has headcode boxes, so it makes it look different.

All the 105 and 108's have since been weathered.

Sound Modules.
These work by detecting movement and produce steam engine or diesel sounds. I am awaiting the introduction of DMU modules to use on the fleet as well.

The best way to implement them is to add them to rolling stock, otherwise every locomotive would have to be modified. Shown here are a coal wagon for the coal train - steam sounds, and a boiler load which can have any freight behind it - diesel sounds. Left - being assembled, right - hidden away ready to go.   (>>)


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