We've had a bit of a tradition going over the last few years that Himself finds a new locomotive kit beneath the Christmas tree.
First there was Lyd, followed 12 months ago by the NGG16 he has turned into 138 which is being painted currently.
And this year we're going back to where it all stated with another one of these....
(I forgot to take a snap of the Five79 (ex-Chivers Finelines) kit for Conway Castle before I wrapped it up. Oops!)
It was the very first OO9 model he made back in 1989 in its orange, black and grey livery dubbed Liquorice Allsort.
It's still going strong a quarter of a century later, although its Ibertren chassis has had a motor transplant, being exchanged for a Mashima unit.
On Bron Hebog, though, it looks very out of place.
Conway Castle played a big part in the reconstruction of the WHR along with Upnor Castle, but all the while wearing the push-pull green livery its had since the early 1990's.
Making a new one has been on my To Do list for a long time now and at last I've got around to buying one,
I do, however, have a small supply of spare Ibertren chassis so we'll be able to have two 'Conk Out's in operation at the same time should we every have the need....