Four days of intensive work this week have seen most of the outstanding paintwork items dealt with. The "Queen Anne" advertising vinyls will hopefully be applied by an expert in a week or so.
This is the colour for the buffer discs, draw hooks, wheel rims, cab edging, cab interior and lining out. These items (except for the lining) had up to now been painted in a cream undercoat.
|Cab interior painting in progress
|Cab interior complete
Note that the windows are now fitted as are the curtains.
The lining on Queen Anne is quite complicated and is over 36 metres long in total. It consists of lines 9mm wide in Sand Yellow. The original was probably painted by (a very skilled) hand but it was decided to use masking tape this time. For the straight lines (ie. most of it) 3M Fine Line Striping Tape 06314 was used. This is 1" wide with 8 x 1/16" strips down the middle that can be peeled out after the tape is in place. For the curved lines two strips of flexible 3M 471 masking tape were used with the gap between set by eye.
The original Autocad drawings for the cab platework were modified to include the lining. The actual size and placement was determined by examining many photographs of Queen Anne in the original livery. Guidelines were then added to the drawing 12mm outside of the centre of the lines, which is approximately half the width of the striping tape, so laying the edge of the tape against these lines would put the painted lines in the right place.
|An extract from the lining drawing.
The guidelines were drawn on the cab using a black Chalk Marker (this is supposed to rub off with water, but requires a bit of scrubbing). The striping tape was then carefully applied inside the guidelines :-
|The guidelines drawn in
|Striping tape on the rear panel
The gap between the strips of masking tape was rubbed down with a thin strip of emery paper to remove the gloss and provide a key for the Sand Yellow paint. The paint was then applied using a small brush and left to dry overnight. The following day, once the paint was fully hardened the tape was carefully removed to reveal the finished lining. The 3M tapes work very well and are easy to peel with no seepage under the tape.
|Bonnet lining complete
As stated earlier, the "Queen Anne" vinyls are due to be applied soon and the loco will again look as it did when it arrived from Longmorn Distillery in 1980.
Another reminder that Queen Anne will be in action giving brake van rides at the Strathspey Railway Diesel Gala on the 18th, 19th and 20th of March 2022. She will be top-and-tailed with the ex BSW Sawmill Fort William Thomas Hill Vanguard. Both locos are 4-wheel chain-driven diesel shunters. We hope to see you there.
If you upload any videos featuring Queen Anne at the Gala to YouTube, there is now a new page on this blog "Queen Anne Videos" to provide links to appropriate content. A search of YouTube will be made periodically and links to new videos added. To make sure your video is found, please add tags "queen anne", "ruston" and "shunter" to make it easier to find.