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#526 kirley

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 15:44

Irish Rail Timber Wagons

 

One of the earliest wagons I converted was some Hornby Freightliners into Timber Wagons, a matter of cutting out the middle section, sticking it together and adding the log pallets and ends.  Recently I noticed these wagons were starting to curve up at the ends and a friend suggested I use the Hornby KFA wagon which has a diecast body.

 

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I got one and shortened it to 62’ 9” length.  The original wagons had got damaged along the way so I decided to try and repair them at the same time. 

 

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First thing I did was apply some heat using a hairdryer and I managed to straighten the bodies.

 

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The new Hornby wagon had plasticard ends and log pallets added.

 

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Repairs also carried out on the old wagons.

 

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The new and repaired wagons got a coat of red ochre 

 

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The most tedious and lengthy part of the project was constructing the timber loads.

 

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Cutting the ‘logs’ and sticking them to foam to reduce the weight took hours and hours.

 

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Always pleasing to get them finished and give them a run on the layout.

 

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Could do with a few more to make up a realistic rake, maybe 'someone' might bring out a 62' 9" bogie flat wagon in 3D?

 


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 16:48

What a clever recycling project with great results.  They look fab.


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 18:07

And the frustrating thing is that most people will ask, 'how did you make the wagons?', not how the logs were made!
Nice job Kirley.

Cheers,

Glover
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#529 pat141

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 20:39

Nice job Kirley.

I built one of these wagons with timber but one was enough.


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 16:57

47' & 42' Flat Wagons

 

I got another batch for bogie flats from Neil.

 

LX 47' bogie wagons

 

Different coupling construction to cope with the longer wagon.

 

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Once your get the couplings sorted the rest is straight forward.

 

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LP 42 bogie wagon

 

Slightly different approach to fixing the coupling.

 

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LP 42' bogie wagon with spark guard plates.

 

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LP 42' bogie wagon with round buffers

 

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All I need now is some 62' 9" bogie wagons.....


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 20:06

Looks great Kieran. What did you use for the white styrene NEM pockets you've glued to the bogies? Are they scratch built, or cut from rectangular box section tubes?


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#532 kirley

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 22:04

Noel they are 3 x 4 mm rectangular styrene tube.