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Cromford Wharf’s J94…

I picked up this old DJM J94 decorated as 68012 on eBay a month or so ago whilst deep in Cromford and High Peak inspiration… Here it is, a good few steps closer to completion. It took me a few weeks to finally decide on a new identity, choosing 68013 as a prototype that saw out its end of days on the line and I’ve photos of working the wharf at Cromford Bottom. Once that was settled a trawl for prototype photos turned up enough to determine where she had warning flashes fitted and any peculiar details. Modelling from photographs is definitely the best way to capture a moment, turn that 2D image into an evocative model, and details as well as finish count. To that end I noted the prototype did not have a tank side handrail, so this was removed and the holes filled. There is also a piece of pipework which seems to go from the balance pipe on the tank, behind the smokebox, to the cab, fabricated in brass wire. A pair of lamp irons beside the firebox are Bambi staples. Extra centre grabs

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