Saturday, 9 July 2011


Hi all,

In this blog we have 8133 in need of a wash!  The model is based on the 81 class locos on the cover of Railway Digest issue December 1988, showing 8122 and 8132 trailing the rebuilt 4527. Both the 81's are heavily blackened from working coal to Port Waratah.

Unlike the 44 class below, the paint is still well kept. It's just covered in soot and coal dust, and in need of a wash. One reason for the paint not showing signs of wear, is the fact that the locos are working coal and not passenger coaches, where they do get plenty of washing.

This combined  with the harsh caustic based detergents and scrubbing by maintenance staff,  has left some locos not just in need of a wash, but a repaint!