A Roundhouse SR&RL joins the battery locos

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I've taken the plunge and dipped my toe in the world of live steam, in the form of a Roundhouse SR&RL.

This should give the battery fleet a fright! In keeping with the rest of the fleet though, she is radio controlled.

A chuffer and FX control is winging it's way from Nigel and I will soon start construction on a momentum wagon for it.

I like the loco and it had a good reputation but I can't help thinking the lack of detail let's it down. I accept it's not in the Finescale camp, but I'm sure it can be improved a but further.

So let the beautification commence!
First up, the pressure gauge has been downsized
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I'm not a huge fan of the glossy paintwork, so am trying shooting it over with my trusty flat clear coat, which seems to be going on okay
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A consignment of detailing parts are on their way from Trackside Details, Ozark and Swift Sixteen. The plan is to detail the loco and tender, to raise the tender and cab height some to make it look a bit better proportioned:
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Whilst waiting for various parts to arrive, I've made a start on changing over the various bolts to hex-head, in the spirit of it being the little things that make a difference.
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And lastly she's getting some additional electronics, starting with some front and rear lights.
 
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Roundhouse, at least up till fairly recently, is a make one bought because one wanted a loco based on good sound engineering, that was a robust and reliable runner and had a superb back up service behind it. Fiddly fine details that might consign it to a display cabinet was a secondary consideration. However, I get the impression Roundhouse have realised they have had to up their game on the detail front to satisfy the market given their the standards shown in more recent new releases and redesigns of older product. You have got a beauty of a loco there, I hope you get many years of enjoyment out of it and the steamie bug bites. The specialist rolling stock makers seem to have woken up to the sales potential this SR&RL loco's existence offers - see Bowater Models offerings. Roundhouse also have a Fourney in their back catalogue that I think had SR&RL associations and there is always the new Davenport. Enjoy. Max
 
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There was me thinking from the title that it had been converted to battery operation, not an unknown crime to be commited to Live Steam. But a Sandy River would of course have been a little extreme. SR’s are very nice beasts I well remember one of our guys at the Ridgmont 16mm group regularly running his with many oohs and aahs from the assembled group.
 
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Thanks both :)
By all accounts it's a great running little engine, as all Roundhouse products are. I'm hoping to make any detailing additions discreetly and sympathetically.
I'll be going to Bowaters for a box car or two; should be ideal for the momentum device.

More pictures as I make some progress. I'd love to add a Davenport when funds allow!
 
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Is this a new model, or just new to you? The early versions from the 90's had not an awful lot of detail. There is still, as you note, a remarkable lack of finer detail, but as Maxi-model pointed out, RH are a brand that you buy to run and run, as they seem to do forever, thanks to a dedicated team of builders in Doncaster who can provide you with just about any spare ever needed.

I'll be very interested to see what you make of it by way of extra detailing, and wish you all the very best of luck in your dealings with Ozark Miniatures/Precision Scale - I was kept waiting for MY components for a couple of months while they totted up enough orders to make a casting session worth-while, and the shipping and duty + VAT made sure that I'd never deal with them again at a trans-Atlantic distance.

Best of luck with it - it is a VERY fine model, one that has now got something to haul behind it to do it justice, thanks to Jon and the team at Bowaters.

PS - you'll need to renew your top sight-glass washer - soon.