|These notes describe how I have attempted to make a more
realistic rake of Southern Hopper wagons from the Lima
"Sealion/Seacow" models. I would not claim that the conversion is
100% accurate but is certainly closer than just repainting the Lima model.
Although Lima has now gone out of production, these models can still be found
at swap meets etc.
Additional notes as of early 2006 - : Recently, Hornby have released a new tooled version Seacow wagon. It should be noted that these represent the batch constructed from 1981, which are of welded construction, all coded YGB, and are not therefore totally suitable for this conversion. Bachmann however announced in January 2006 that they intend to release their own version and their website shows photographs of the older 1971 version (being as per the Lima model), which is of riveted construction. Therefore this may provide a better base for the conversion as described below.
Southern Livery notes:
The Lima Model:
The Lima model before conversion
|Differences between Lima 'Sealion' and SR
The Southern diagrams 1774/5 being the last of the Southern / ex-constituent designs are the closest to the Lima Model. The first obvious difference is the bogies which are not correct for the Sealion/Seacow let alone the SR dia's 1774/5. Diamond frame bogies were used on the SR dia 1774 whilst AAR Cast Steel bogies were used on the SR Dia 1775.
A single large vacuum cylinder is fitted centrally at each end rather than the two represented on the Lima model.
The buffers fitted to the Southern hoppers were of the same style as fitted to the SR brake vans rather than the later BR style as depicted on the Lima model.
Other variations include the angle of the hopper sides, hardly visible to the naked eye, and some very minor body differences which I am more than happy to accept with a very small amount of modellers licence, as life would be too short otherwise!
Notes on the conversion:
|The Pre-1936 large letter livery|
|The Post-1936 small letter livery|
all photographs are copyright Graham R 'Muz' Muspratt.
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