Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

The Dog’s B…. Bone


At long last I’ve managed to find five minutes to post the pictures of my single cab class 58. It is still in need of a fair amount of cleaning up and weathering, but hopefully it gives the basic idea.

BR promotional model

BR promotional model

As the donor loco had a really poor body I bought a replacement and used the poor one for the new end bits.

End preperation

End preparation

Here the second cab has been hacked off and plasticard has been added in preparation of the new end.

A section of the old body was cut to length, black plasticard added to form a bulkhead, and then end detail was needed.

Buffer beam removed from old cab

Buffer beam removed from old cab

For this I used the end of the original cab, cut out, a section taken out of the middle to make it thinner, and then stuck back together again.

New end

New end

Lining up

Lining up

It fits!

It fits!

The only other thing that was needed was to modify the running plate to cover the gap where the cab was.

Running plate modification

Running plate modification


A final reassembly and the model starts to look the part. I still need to refit the handrails and add a few other detail parts but I’m pretty pleased how well it captures BR’s “might have been”.

Ready to roll

Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales and Beamish. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

2 thoughts on “The Dog’s B…. Bone

  1. Good to see the single cab 58 in model form. It’s a pity that BREL didn’t even produce a prototype for trials. One thing; on the rear cab there wouldn’t be any mu facilities as the cables wouldn’t reach as far as any following loco. But it’s an impressive loco so far. Good luck with it!

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