Bachmann 32-256 WD Austerity '90243' BR Black. Late crest. 00 gauge.
Formerly 90566 now renumbered to 90243 and heavily weathered as typical in late years of BR steam. Shelf tired box with paperwork. Bachmann Blue Riband label. Chassis serviced and good runner, mostly stored throughout life.
This is a complete makeover of Bachmann 32-256 from running number 90566 into 90243 in very late BR condition toward the end of steam when 90243 was close to withdrawal from service and receiving little attention, yet still working; the injector on the fireman's side has a huge question mark chalked over it, in the hope of fitters attention on shed; no doubt it has become troublesome in getting water into the boiler. The weathering is immense, having many hours of work to produce fine layers built up with airbrush, and hand finishing, to create an advanced state of neglect so typical of the class in the late BR steam era. A hand painted crew are fitted, as is a soft metal fall plate designed to bend if you come to grief during handling and easily straightened between two lolly sticks - rather than break off. Real coal is in the tender. Rust, grime, and texture abound on this locomotive, and there is much weathering detail to be seen on close inspection. I did consider fitting DCC sound into this locomotive, and the tender interior is part prepared to create space for a Loksound V4 sound decoder; however, much wiring and drilling to create sound holes in the tender floor would still be required; and I am aware from recent surveys that not everyone wants DCC or DCC Sound, and there are many of you still happy out there with analogue layouts, so this is a heavily weathered individual locomotive for someone who wants something special for their analogue layout; if you do decide to fit DCC sound after purchase, and do not have the necessary skills or experience to take this loco apart and carry out the installation, then I strongly suggest you obtain the services of a professional sound installation service who will handle the locomotive carefully; the cab handrails have been slightly modified to fit solely to the loco body making separation from the chassis easier. The detail pack is fitted, the mechanism is serviced and running nicely, sold as used although having spent years in the box; the box has some shelf wear but is complete with paperwork, including the Bachmann Blue Riband label outside and the seal inside the box. This is a one off creation of 90243 and I will not be making another one of this individual locomotive; signed in pencil underneath on loco and tender.