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Loco's received this morning - they look brilliant!! You have rescued what was a poor effort on my own part!! Thanks again and I'm sure I'll be in touch in the new year to sort out some more locos.  BC



Just received my Pannier Tank from you. Superb job, excellent service, well impressed. Will send off my Prairie Tank when I get some literature. Once again brilliant job, thank you. Regards, ML



Nice one Ste! Arrived today and will be run tonight. Looks like the real thing, could sell this on e-bay for a nice sum, but I shan't!!! I'll use you again. You've done a splendid job.  GM


Ste at Grimy Times has the ability of turning my average kit-builds into something very presentable and my better models into something fantastic! Highly recommended!    Alan C, Stetchworth, Cambridgeshire



I got Steve to weather a couple of locos for my Stockton Mill Layout - everyone asks about them when I take the layout to exhibitions. They look so realistic.

Katherine Stephenson



Good morning to you. This is just to let you know that the DMU arrived yesterday and also to say many thanks for an excellent job. As soon as I have some more locomotives that require weathering I shall be using your services. Thanks again. Regards,  CK



Hi Steve, I will be sending my 2-6-2 Prairie Tank to you for Weathering in the next couple of days. I have enclosed a cheque for £30 with a covering letter. As I said before, the weathering on my Pannier Tank was exceptional and I look forward to your work again. Regards, Mike L




Ste has done some weathering for me and I am amazed at the difference it makes to a loco. A W.D. 2-8-0 that he has weathered looks absolutely brilliant. I have many more locos for him to do for me.


Rob Dwyer - Widnes



Fantastic service. Weathering is beautiful and has really brought the 3F to life. It really is spot on and was exactly what I had in mind even though I provided you with very little information to go on. The renumbering job is faultless. The turn round time of less than 2 weeks is brilliant and the fact that you fitted the supplied 21 pin decoder and my pre-painted figures for free really is outstanding value.


With Bachmann's recent announcements for a 4F and a L&YR 2-4-2 tank on the way you will be getting more business from me soon. I will recommend your services to anyone. Outstanding!


Many many thanks.





The weathering is superb! Fantastic service!  Steve's work is amazing and his turn around is very quick, his prices are silly and he is a great person to deal with. I have had 8 N gauge locos made filthy by Steve and they all look incredible. Totally recommended.


IA, Weston-super-Mare.



I just wish to say how very pleased I am with 34008 Padstow; it’s exactly what I required, absolutely perfect. Many thanks.   DD


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Don't just take our word for it - check out the referrals made by customers below as a first-hand reflection of the quality service we provide.

The first time I saw some of Steve's weathered locos what struck me was the sheer care and detail he had clearly taken to create a truly authentic replica of a real life working engine. They were so good I was utterly seduced and had to have one. The problem was once on my layout, it made the rest of my locos stand out like 'toys.' Since that time Steve has weathered all of my locos to the same superlative standard and I've bought many more customised ones, which he has done. The result is I have loco stock that looks so 'real' with engines varying in appearance from a few months out of the workshop to decrepit, but full of character workhorses, so typical of the late steam era. I could not recommend Steve's work with greater conviction or sincerity. He is a highly skilled craftsman, plain and simple.


Michael Addison - Warrington


"I've had a number of models weathered at Grimy Times and am always impressed by the high quality and consistency of the service provided."



Grimy Times have weathered almost all of the locos on New Mills with very positive comments whenever it's exhibited. The service is second to none and will always use them in the future. Highly recommended.


Rob Cooper - New Mills Exhibition Layout


If the need should arise again, I will certainly have you do the work and I’ll certainly recommend your services. Again, a big thank you for a superb job.   JG

Steve has now weathered six of my locos and will be doing many more, and I'll also be bringing a rake of coal wagons for the Grimy Times treatment. I have seen some good weathering at exhibitions but Grimy Times are the best, and Steve's willingness to go the extra mile is what really impresses. He even re-created two of my old favourites with "chalked on" names -- a Patriot that masqueraded as Lady Chatterley, and a Jinty called Yogi Bear. Even the "chalked on" names look authentic!


Dave Richardson


Just got them back on the layout and put my decent modelling glasses on! Absolutely delighted with the results and the variety. They look so professional', but then you are a professional!  They look so good on the layout now and there is a real air of authenticity starting to emerge, thanks again. Look forward to seeing you soon.  MK



The work that has been done on my Railroad 9F and Black five has turned them into little masterpieces. Steve's weathering skills are absolutely the best I have seen. I would certainly recommend anyone else to contact Steve. I will also be sending other engines to be done he always makes time to listen to what is required.   TB


Ste has weathered many of my diesel locos and also weathered and faded a rake of various railfreight wagons, which all look stunning. It has made a great difference to my layout. Ste has done a first class job.


William Albiston - Runcorn

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Steve's weathering as far as I am concerned is some of the best I've seen. So far he has done for me 6 X 37, 1 X 47 large logo, 8 X 100 ton tanks & at least 3 Bullied pacifics. Highly recommended. Phil Creaghan - Chester


Thanks very much for the excellent work Very nice indeed. Regards  DO



Picked it up from P/O this morning – top job Thanks RM



08 shunter arrived today; looks great! Will be sending some more stuff along shortly. Thanks for what you do. NM



Received 0-6-0 – another great job.  ST

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