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DM4 Restoration

A Dundas 4-wheel Coach Restoration
Completed restoration
The early Dundas 4-wheel coach below once belonged to Norfolk 009 Group co-founder Ray Fothergill.  It is one of the only items I have from his "Fother Valley Railway", after he sadly died in about 2011.

The coach is a DM4 and dates from about 1981 when Dundas had just started,  it has the white metal sole bars and gives the coach a nice bit of weight.
What would we have done without Dundas Models?

So I thought it was about time I did the right thing and re-painted it for use on Shortwaite Hill, which I am sure he would have liked.

I did think about trying to strip the body, but as I've never attempted this before, from plastic anyway,  I took the easy way out and carefully sanded the panels with 500 grit foam-backed paper.

Here is the completed coach before adding weathering.
I added some seats and seated passengers, re-glazed it, and retained the original roof adding new rain strips and gas lamp tops.  I am having …

Shortwaite Hill Tunnels Mouths etc.

Tunnel Mouths etc. The tunnel entrance under the upper station.
I have made one or two walls and tunnel mouths for "Shortwaite Hill" this week.  Built usually with Wills Coarse Stone sheets, I have added capping stones from thick plasticard.  The above tunnel entrance has a girder support, and Ratio Double Rail Stanchions added between the pillars.  The stonework is painted with a mix of Humbrol matt 121 and 29, then after 48 hours drying time, thinned Humbrol 28 is washed over to collect in the mortar joints, and also thinned Humbrol 75 used for the mossy corners and damp mortar and stones, this is all rubbed off the stones with a lightly turps-soaked rag, to leave the mortar lines in the joints.  Dry-brushed matt 80 is also used for more moss effects.
Left-hand tunnel mouth made with sanded Wills Coarse Stone and also uses Peco N gauge wing walls from an NB33 kit.  It is the entrance to the hidden gradient.
Right-hand tunnel mouth made with sanded Wills Coarse stone and also…

Shortwaite Hill

Shortwaite Hill There comes a time when one has to get things off one's chest.......

The Minitrains Bagnall Wing Tank 0-4-0 (as new), part of the catalyst to try something different.
I was inspired many years ago by plan "S34*", and again quite recently where others have used the plan as a basis for a 009 scale layout, and also Mr Tincknell's "Return to the 70's".  I never got round with my own project though, fearing that it would be labelled as "un- prototypical", or worse called a "rabbit warren", which it isn't.

* (S34 - in the PECO 60 Plans for Small Railways booklet)

Then, there is the Minitrains Bagnall Wing Tank, the perfect little loco to run on it. 
But, economy is the watch word here.  Finances are not a bottomless pit of money, so I sold some books and die cast buses that I did not need, and hey-presto the Bagnall has arrived, along with some new irregular sleepered track.

So, why not try to build it, or my version of …

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…

Wagons for Longstone

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.