Stroudley Passenger Lining from Woodham Wagon Works

Last updated 28 June 2004

Some pictures of the Stroudley passenger livery lining from Eric Gates' "Woodham Wagon Works" in 4mm scale.

D tank Brompton, illustrating in unforgiving detail the effect of lining tranfers to complete the Stroudley livery. Name by Ian White, kit by Albion.

Brompton in the goods yard at Cardinal's Wharf with a Grande Vitesse van.

The pictures show a GEM Gladstone tender, which has been sitting in the cupboard for several decades, and which has been pressed into service as the test piece for the Stroudley lining transfers. I should have invested in some new tins of paint and taken a bit more time over the olive green borders. The lining, however, requires a little patience, but produces a startling effect.

The end view shows the slightly simplified version of the buffer beam. The toolbox comes as a series of ready drawn panels, while the lines for the main panels need to be applied separately, and then joined together with the corner sections.

Notes, models & photographs copyright © 2004 Eric Gates.

Some review notes from Ian White

These following notes provide a brief review of the newly released Stroudley transfer lining "kit" from Eric Gates ("Woodham Wagon Works"). Eric kindly provided me with a sample sheet of the transfers and I decided to test them on two recent projects of mine, initially a Billinton B2, and then I switched my attentions to a Craven Victoria class single (Stroudley rebuild of 1871). The result is two half-lined models!

The attached photo shows the scratch built Victoria class loco, with the Craven tender kit from 5&9 models (4mm scale, 00 gauge). The dome and safety valve cover were Gibson parts designed for his GWR 517 class kit. The chimney and most small parts were from 5&9 models. Several parts are yet to be added (pump, valves, lubricators, springs, brake lever, communicator bell, brakes, sand pipes, crew, coal, grime) and some sections are not yet fully painted (e.g. splasher/sand box). The name and number plate were produced as transfers using an OKI-DP5000 printer.

The lining kit includes the following:

  • straight lines (red-black-white);
  • semi-circles and circles in a variety of radii, some inside-white, others outside-white;
  • panels for toolbox lining, including the shaped ends; panels for the upper section of tenders;
  • valence (or outside frame) lines of red-black-yellow;
  • lines for buffer shanks of red-black-yellow-black-red;
  • boiler bands of white-blank-red-black-red-blank-white (you apply your own green under the blanks);
  • 32 angled corners and 82 double curve corners;
  • 3 buffer beam panels.

The green component of the lining scheme is not supplied. I found that in most cases I could apply a sufficiently fine green line by hand, and I only used masking tape on very long straight sections. Being a scratch build, I had to design-in my own boiler bands and I made these by painting some transfer film and cutting that into strips; the pre-printed boiler bands from the "kit" were then overlaid onto these green strips. Being a "kit" of transfer lines, curves and corners, some overlapping is inevitable and experience showed that it was advisable to fix both the underlying and overlaying pieces with a transfer fixative, as well as allowing curing time. Fixative was not otherwise required.

The splasher lining pattern was built up in several sections and involved the use of both inside-white and outside-white curved pieces. A slight imperfection is visible where the curve reverses under the word "Victoria". It would be quite impossible for a "kit" of transfer parts to fully allow for every variant in splasher design.

The buffer beam lining is slightly simplified and can be used to approximate either the Stroudley or Billinton versions of the beam. Buffer lining is also supplied (but not used here as its presumed not to be applicable to locos with Craven style buffers). I did test it on my B2 and found it easy to achieve a good result. The toolbox panels would normally be of considerable help in applying lining to the small toolbox ends, although I had to cut mine into sections for the small Craven tender.

The lining on "Victoria's" cab front is incomplete and I have since printed my own transfers for the inside-white curve needed below each side of the roof. Unusual prototypes will inevitably need a few shapes that no "kit" could ever allow for.

Another part of the lining still to be applied is the red-black-yellow lines on the outside frames; the "kit" provides only straight lines. Many prototypes only have a short curve into the cab steps but some have a more sinuous footplate, e.g. the B2, and this prototype takes that to the extreme. I plan to experiment with a combination of yellow and black Fox Transfers lines, applying 0.5mm yellow first, and then largely overlapping it with 0.5mm black, disregarding the red component. I might even decide the entire outside framing is best done this way, rather than mixing this method on the curves, with Eric Gates' full red-black-yellow on the straight sections. I have no plans to print my own as the DP5000 will not produce a solid yellow line.

To complete the scheme a second application of green paint was needed to cover any excess transfer lines, e.g. where straight sections overshot curves, particularly in the complex area of the splashers. Green paint was also applied retrospectively to the outside of the double corners, as they tend to leave a small area of ochre showing.

In conclusion, the lining kit has made the Stroudley livery almost as simple to achieve as many of the more popular liveries, such as SR and BR.

Notes, model & photograph copyright © 2004 Ian White.

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