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New 009 models/1

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New 009 Models: Three passenger coaches to start the rolling stock ball rolling.  Dundas Models DM28's, and a DM29 with the guards compartment modification.  I have added clerestories to the two single compartment coaches.  Roof's are not yet fixed as I have to add passengers.
Although the weather here has been so hot, I have built a few items to go with the tram.  Three 4w passenger coaches (as photograph above) a station building, and a baseboard. A few goods vehicles are on the list next and hopefully a scratch built tram loco.
The basic station building, with adverts and notices still to add.  The walls are made from the Ratio Grand Junction panels.
The baseboard that has been recently made, in the hope that a model railway will appear on it one day.  In two sections, it is 7ft long by a little under 2ft wide.  The fiddle yard will be behind the angled back scene board.

A Diversion Back

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A diversion back 009 Kitson Steam Tram
So what happens when you are suddenly and acutely aware of a lack of space to keep building and storing these large scale models?
An inspirational trip to the Beds & Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day at Barton-le-Clay in May started to answer that question.  There were several great 009 layouts exhibited there - wonderful modelling.
Then I found some old Railway Modeller pages with an article that has kept bugging me for many years.  It was H0e scale, it ran steam trams along a town street, then ran out into the country.  I saw a  smaller version of the same layout exhibited at ExpoNG in 2007 - "Pontevedro" by Don Sibley.  A glance at some steam trams running in Britain and Ireland, especially the short-lived Alford & Sutton line, pushed me into building this Kitson (non-condensing) 009 scale steam tram.
During it's build, I seem to spend more time losing, then trying to find small bits of plastic, I don't know whethe…

Railcar - No.7

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Railcar No.7 "Bay" I wondered if it was possible to build a fictitious IC railcar on a Hornby 0-4-0 chassis. Whatever type of body I built (to seat for example 4 - 6 persons) it would have overhangs at each end which would have to be kept to a minimum.  So I did a rough sketch of a small railcar and set about cutting-out the body parts.
Here are the body parts along with a second hand re-wheeled Hornby 06 shunter chassis.  The window apertures looked too big at first, but any prototype would have framing and beading to hold in the glazing, so I added these to the inside of the body sides.
A couple of days later it looked like this.
Seats, drivers partition, throttle lever and brakes in the cab, dummy frames, a silencer and exhaust were all made from bits and pieces of plastic.
After glazing and painting it started to look more like a possible nippy little vehicle.
I altered a cheap Chinese figure for the driver, and painted some passengers to fit in the vehicle.  A roof was ma…

So what next?

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My first Gn15 loco "Proteus" leaves Fox Gill with a goods train.
So, I have built my planned layout, what to do next?  
I have several wagon kits in the drawer waiting to be built, but at the moment I have an idea to build a small rail car, if that is possible.  I would like to do another small operating diorama to attach to the Maintenance Shed board which would then give it more operating potential, and I have a plan for this.  Then, in the future I would love to build a series of Gn15 "modules", these are partly planned but need many trials an measurements to find the ideal size for such a system.  It was easy in the small scale 009 days, but in 1:24 it is a different matter.
Here are one or two photos I took recently of "Longstone".  The next exhibition for the layout will be at the Beds & Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day on Sunday May 13th 2018 at Barton Le Clay Village Hall, Hexton Road, Barton, MK45 4JY. 
"Delta" seen near the cha…

Locomotives for Longstone

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Locomotives Loco's 1, 2 & 3 at the maintenance shed.
As I may have mentioned, it was a picture of a Smallbrook "Harlequin" kit in the Railway Modeller magazine that started me off in 1:24 (Gn15) scale modelling, and then constructing a layout.  I very unusually strayed away from my beloved 009 models to try something different.  As I was beginning in a new scale, I didn't know what the kits for Gn15 were like to build.  All I knew was, that there were locomotives by Smallbrook Studio, they were resin cast, with brass details and needed a cheap Hornby chassis.  It was probably this fact...that they were reasonably priced...as to why I swayed towards having a go, because 009 scale locos had become quite expensive.

All the Gn15 loco kits were in the region of £50, with the chassis costing between £15 and £25 extra depending if you bought a second hand example or a new one.  With a few pounds spent on nameplates and Kadee couplings they are still cheap models, and fa…

Wagons for Longstone

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Wagons for Longstone
There are several wagon kits for sale in the Smallbrook Studio and Sidelines ranges and I have collected a few of them (some still to be made) for use on Longstone.

These kits are usually made of resin and are supplied with wheels.  In the case of Smallbrook Studios  they come with tension lock couplings.  I have continued to replace the couplings with Kadee's.  The kits are basically a body moulding, chassis frame moulding, and wheels, - very simple to make.

The mouldings are thoroughly washed to clean off any residue, then glued together with superglue.  I have used Humbrol enamel primer, then Humbrol enamel matt top coats with added weathering, but I believe good quality acrylic paints can also be used.

The Sidelines three plank open wagon kit.  Cleanly moulded and easy to assemble.
Vehicle No's 21 and 22 are Sidelines SL501 Covered Vans.
3-plank open wagons No's 25 and 26 are Smallbrook Studio kits running on "00" scale Dapol 10ft chassis. 

Coaches for Longstone

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Some more about the Coaches
"Jiro" with the first bogie carriage, No.12.
When I started modelling in 1:24 scale (April 2016) I found a distinct lack of passenger coaches in the kits available.  The type I wanted to model were enclosed, or semi-enclosed vehicles suitable for transporting visitors two or three miles.  As far as I could see, there was no way around it other than to build my own vehicles.
I had loads of 4mm Wills materials sheets from my 009 days, so I looked at the various types and decided to use them for building coach bodies along with Plastruct angle and Evergreen strips. The Wills sheets are quite strong, and over 1mm thick, so seemed ideal for building the bodies.  I mainly use the Tongue & Groove Boarding and Sheet Roofing sheets.

Coach livery is Humbrol Satin 195 "Dark Green" and 71 "Oak" Cream, with a mixed Cherry Red line and Matt 27 "Sea Grey" roofs.

The tension lock couplings are all removed from "00" scal…