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The Old Sage, Chris Leigh, of­fers some more mod­el­ling mis­cel­lany.

Just re­cently, I seem to have used ‘Backscene’ to give a lit­tle in­sight into my non-rail­way-re­lated in­ter­ests. First it was ships - this time it’s buses. Our oc­ca­sional con­trib­u­tor, Ja­son Shron of Rapido Trains, has bought him­self a bus, had it re­stored and passed his bus driv­ing test. I did much the same, back in the 1970s, when I bought a share in a for­mer Thames Val­ley Bris­tol sin­gle-decker, known sim­ply by its fleet num­ber as ‘616’. It was a mis­guided at­tempt to buy some­thing in which to trans­port lay­outs and their op­er­a­tors to ex­hi­bi­tions as it proved im­pos­si­ble to get our lay­outs through the door, so it sim­ply be­came a preser­va­tion project. Like Ja­son’s bus, it be­gan with restora­tion to an au­then­tic liv­ery. We bought it from a Scout group and had to ‘bump start’ it across a car park in Ha­zle­mere, near High Wy­combe, be­cause the battery was flat. It still car­ried the black and white colours of its pre­vi­ous owner, the Coal­porters Am­a­teur Row­ing Club. They had drilled holes in the roof for boat racks and painted it in what ap­peared to be ei­ther un­der­coat or emul­sion paint. We re­stored it to sparkling Bri­tish Elec­tric Trac­tion( BET) red and cream, and I got the job of sign-writ­ing the ad­ver­tise­ment for An­stie’s tobacco that ac­cu­rately re­flected the ve­hi­cle’s 1950s con­di­tion. From us, it passed through the Ox­ford Bus Mu­seum at Hand­bor­ough sta­tion, and I be­lieve it’s now in Devon, still car­ry­ing ‘my’ ad­ver­tise­ment. When I re­cently ac­quired a Corgi Orig­i­nal Om­nibus Bris­tol L, I couldn’t re­sist giv­ing it a quick re­paint. I al­ready have one in Thames Val­ley liv­ery, so the new model has been given a slightly ‘tweaked’ ver­sion of the black and white in which I first saw ‘616’.


A quick re­paint and some home-made decals trans­formed my Orig­i­nal Om­nibus model, which will stand in the yard at ‘Pol­wyd­de­lan’. Left: “616 against a back­drop of GWR sig­nals and, just vis­i­ble to the rear, a ‘Hall’ 4-6-0 at Read­ing Gen­eral when in...

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