DBR sunset on the Hokitika line
One of the depressing things about the NZ diesel scene is that we've had the same engines for ever. On the plus side for modellers, we've had the same engines for ever.
So for me to build a collection of locos to run on a modernish midland line, it will be pretty easy: just repaint the ones I have. To think, with a DX, I could model any year from 1972 to the present, taking my pick from popsicle, fruit salad, blue, black, Toll green, two Kiwirail schemes and whatever the next ten years of service we get out of them holds.
The first of my Wellington 1990s fleet to undergo a makeover was DC 4191, which became blue DCP 4559 a few weeks back (I believe this loco has just arrived at Hutt, so that number choice for a blue loco might have been a mistake).
Now my DBR 1267 has become 1213, which lived on the coast for years until its recent removal to the North Island. I tried stripping the '67' numbers off using mysterious solvents but this started to melt some of the paint as well, so I had to splash on some red after all before popping on the '13' decals, all these numbers being leftovers from DA/DC sets from Mr Wells.
Close enough. In the near future, grubby, nose-headlighted red DC 4939 will become one of the few red DCs that still ply the western rails - 4876 perhaps. Red DX 5448 will probably become blue DX 5448 (which was teamed up with one of the Kiwirail DXs recently on a coalie), the DXR will have Tranz Rail patch logos added (it visited the coast a few times, although I'm not sure if was ever on a coal train), and who knows, perhaps DF 6064 will be DFt'd. RhysResin DC 4444 (complete with those weird high-tech enhancements) will probably become black DC 4421 and then I'm left with one unassembled eTch ceTera DC to assemble in whatever colours I fancy on the day. Now I just need a few more DXs. Quite a few in fact.
Under the surgeon's paintbrush