That looks very nice indeed. If you're looking for a crew for the loco, I suggest you check out Modelu's range of 3D printed figures. In our scale they're very expensive at £25 each, but in my opinion worth it, when you've put that much effort into building the train.
Very nice. If your train was the real thing, I'd be thinking, wow, an express engine heading our local train. But as we bump along in those 4-wheel coaches, I would also be wondering how long I could go before needing a pee! Rail passenger amenities had barely changed in mid 1950s Manchester.
Thank you for the kind remarks, I have a problem with model figures as they are usually quite crude and make good models look like toys. I have seen the Modelu's figures and they are very good, 3D scanned I believe, but still not convinced.
I take the point about an express engine hauling a branch line train, but what the hell it’s Christmas!!
Modelu’s figures are indeed 3D scanned, indeed, if you go to the right show, or his premises, Alan will scan you in the appropriate pose to be firing, or driving, your loco. Or both, if you fancy having a twin brother!
I have only purchased his 7mm products, but they are fantastic, IMO.
These photos show a Modelu GWR policeman in G3, the man himself, and some partially painted figures. I think they're very good, but spoiled a bit by my clumsy painting. As an aside, my policy with faces is to add a minimum of shading. I have seen figures with the whites of their eyes painted, which I think is too much.