BR Standard class 4 4-6-0 no. 75068

BR Standard class 4 4-6-0 no. 75068. Very well built by a person unknown from the very good but challenging DJB kit. This loco was originally expertly painted by Conrad Cooper as 75069 in fully lined BR green livery as the loco had ran on the Severn Valley Railway in preservation. Bought on-line from an Eldreds of Plymouth auction via Normally I prefer to handle and be able to closely inspect models before purchase at auction. But this day I must have been up for taking chances, buying Ingleborough, The Great Marquess and 75069 on the same day. The K4 and Peak have both proved to be excellent buys and well worth the risk. 75069 had however been well worked by its previous owner. It was what could be termed play worn, with lamp irons and handrails missing and steps lost. However the paintwork was still stable with few chips and the mechanics are good. I bought this model with the intention of having it repainted as an example of the class that is not preserved and that is exactly what I have done with the expert help of John Cockcroft, who has repainted her as shown above. In my opinion she now looks absolutely fabulous.