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

Siphon T

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“What’s a siphon T?” I hear you ask. It doesn’t exist I say. It stands for Siphon (Track).

In my idle doddling I get to do sitting in front of my computer I thought I’d look at colouring my Dapol track cleaner. Mine is the usual garish blue.

When I was planning the original Penlowry, it would have formed part of the tech centre fleet so I had procured the vinyls from Electra Graphics for the RTC red / blue mock livery.

However, neither that nor the blue are quite right for late 1940s Cambrian… The vehicle is never going to be a scale model or look exactly like a particular vehicle but I thought if at least I could get rid of the garish blue it wouldn’t be quite such an eye sore.

I have therefore sketched up some Siphon sides using pictures off the interweb of siphon models. The “G” and “W” are further apart than they should be but if they were where they should be they’ll be in the vacuum grille area so I used artistic licence and moved them. I’ll add a grey roof and some ends and at least then it won’t be such a blue beacon. Printed out onto vinyl inkjet paper and fixed with vinyl fixative it should do the job.

Siphon picture2



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. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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