New 009 Models/3 Tram No.2

Just recently I have built a new tram for the layout - No.2, which is inspired by the Alford & Sutton Tramway's Black Hawthorn tram locomotive.

I built the loco on a Kato 4 wheeled tram chassis, here is the base plate with one or two added cab details from bits of plasticard and brass tube.  The chimney was later enhanced with a copper cap.

Above is the body under construction using more plasticard.

... and the completed locomotive.  The lamps are from RT Models and the bell is a reproduction Hornby item sold on Ebay.

Here is a photo along with No.1, the Kitson style tram loco built earlier.  The "SNT" stands for the newly named tramway "The Stakesby & Newholm Tramway Co."

New 009 Models/2: Station building and first goods vehicle

Station Building Just recently I built a station building using the Ratio Grand Junction L&NWR components:-

I shortened the panels by two planks along the top of the panels and also added a pitched roof using Wills Slates, and a valanced canopy and chimney.  It looks in proportion with the tram loco and coaches already built.

I bought from this goods van from the 009 Society Sales stand.  It is a shortened Bemo 2002 6-wheeled van, and nicely matches the tram too.  I think I am going to buy one or two of the Dundas Irish goods vehicles as they will look in keeping with the stock already built.

New 009 models/1: 4-wheeled coaches and baseboard

New 009 Models/1 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.

Livery for the coaches and the tram engine is Revell 350 satin "Dark Blue", Humbrol 71 satin "Oak" cream, and for the lining Humbrol 132 satin "Red".  I have always brush painted.

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.  In front of this i…

A Diversion Back

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

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?

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

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 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…