First Great Western Night Riviera

13 oct 1 (2)

30 September 2008

The start of a new project is always exciting. I have been asked by a fellow modeller to create a contemporary First Great Western Night Riviera set, in the recently re-branded "neon" livery; so it was a request I was happy to help with as it's only a little more work to do my own set at the same time.

I have already completed a couple of the new Class 57 liveries, see here, but will need to start afresh with the coaching stock as no manufacturer yet produces them and I don't expect Hornby, the most likely, to do so for at least 6 months, so here goes.

After a bit of research I've concluded that a manageable rake will be,

Class 57 Loco+2x Mk3 Open+Buffet+Mk3 SLEPs


The number of SLEPs on the prototype is 2-4, so for space reasons I'm going with 2. I plan to install lighting in my set and fix Kadees to minimise the spacing between the coaches.I've ordered a number from Hattons, picking out those livery types on special offer, now I'll have to wait til tomorrow to get started!

The Buffet is different to the standard Hornby version and is the TRSB version, for this I have to get a brass overlay from Hurst Models, so got that ordered today.

1 October 2008

Postie arrived with a great parcel from Hattons - time to get started..


I've got three main types to work on first, the Sleepers, the Mk3 Opens and the Mk 3 TGS.

Disassembling the Coaches

From experience the trickiest ones are the Sleepers. The original Lima model, which Hornby have re-issued, is held together by the roof and windows clipping into the lower body. To open it, you have to depress the windows as much as possible and remove the roof from the body,


The Mk3 Open is a lot easier, simply remove the bogies, and with a sharp fingernail separate the bodysides/roof from the chassis. You then can gently pop out the windows,


fortunately the window glue is not too strong (unlike a lot of other Hornby coaches).

Famous last words on the TGS, they are almost impossible to separate successfully, so much so that I've managed to write one off!

Decided to go with Plan B and mask out the windows on this one.

So, I'm going forward with 4 bodies in the first batch, 2 x SLEPs, the TGS and the Open.

Preparing for Spraying

Usually I strip all my projects before painting, this time I've decided to rub down the bodywork to remove raised paint lines and spray an extra coat of FGW Blue.


Here it's important to rub down any paint lines that you can see, although many don't appear obvious until you have applied a uniform coat, in this case FGW Blue, which is the next step.

2 October

Got the first coat on the 4, on the open the coat is even and the previous paint lines not noticeable


However on the SLEP, the old Inter City branding is still slightly visible, so some more rubbing needed...


13 October

I had a meeting in London and so decided to take the opportunity to take some further reference photos, so after setting off from Stroud at the ungodly hour of 0530 I had a few minutes to take some further shots of the Night Riviera at Platform 1, waiting for its trip back to Old Oak Common...

13 oct 1

From these I am creating some decals to add to my 57, most notable of which is the Old Oak Common depot sticker which FGW is adding to a number of HST powercars and the Class 57s...

13 oct 1 (3)

Progress continues here


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