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Department of unintended consequences - an 009 diversion!


Barry Ten

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As mentioned in the Paynestown topic, I was a bit underwhelmed with the slow speed running of the Dapol N pannier. So, determined to give it a proper run-in, I temporarily back-converted the Gulf, Atlanta & Eastern to DC and let the pannier do many laps (nearly 3 scale miles each time). The running did improve, but that's another story. While I had the layout connected up to a DC controller, I remembered a little 009 loco that had been in my possession for 18 years, but which had barely turned a wheel.

 

Flash back to 2003: when my wife and I lived in the Netherlands, we often enjoyed visits to the Valkenburg narrow gauge museum and railway:

 

https://stoomtreinkatwijkleiden.nl/en/

 

It's a great little museum, situated next to a fine cafe/restaurant (which changed hands several times while we were there, but which was always worth the trip) and

near enough to our house that it was within cycling distance if we were feeling adventurous. The museum hosted a narrow gauge model railway exhibition from

time to time and I visited one of these in the aforementioned 2003. The Dutch are very into Welsh narrow gauge so there was a strong representation of British

themes, as well as some UK-based models and a presence by the 009 society. 

 

After enjoying the exhibition, I was tempted by one or two goodies on the second-hand stall. The idea was to possibly add a narrow gauge feeder line to my then-layout,

still based in the Netherlands. For various reasons that never came close to happening, but I did acquire a small 0-4-2T loco and two coaches. 

 

Subsequent research has established that the loco is a Roxey model of a Kerr Stuart type sold to Hampton waterworks, while the coaches are I think Dundas models,

possibly WHR types, although I must check.

 

There were a few problems, though. First the loco barely ran, which is why it got put aside for 18 years. I also managed to lose part of the pony truck. But, spurred

on by the Dapol pannier, I took another look at it. Once the wheels and pickups were cleaned, the loco grumbled into life, powered by an Ibertren chassis. A little

lubrication also helped, followed by lots of running-in which gradually saw the performance moving from dreadful, to acceptable, to - actually, that's getting quite

good now!

 

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There was still an occasional tendency to stall, not helped by running it on deeply ballasted Code 55 track (i've a feeling it would be fine on Peco 009), so I added a couple of extra pickups to the restored pony truck, visible below:

 

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One painted black, I think these will be nicely inconspicuous.

 

Speaking of paint, the loco was quite well assembled but the paint was a roughly applied shade of unfetching light green. Since I had no plans to do anything prototypical with this model, I decided to cut back the paint and reapply a gloss blue of my own choosing, the idea being that the Kerr Stuart has been sold into private usage.

 

The coaches were well assembled, but alas very poorly painted, with splodges of cream all over the glazing. I couldn't get this off to any satisfactory extent, so I bit the bullet and carefully removed the roofs and a sub-ceiling, thereby allowing the glazing to be removed and discarded. The cream part of the panelling was redone in BR cream, and then the lower part, which had been brown, was redone in the same blue as the loco. Glazing was then reinstated and the roof temporarily balanced back in place.

 

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This shows the first carriage to be so treated, with the second one still being worked on. It's a bit of a cheat as the rear one is only running on three axles! At some point I've lost a wheel. That was when I discovered that N wheels aren't any good as the axles are shorter. So, a new wheel will need to be obtained! Various bits of damage to roofs and step-boards are also being attended to.

 

I rather like the setting above, as although the train is posed on N scenery purporting to be somewhere in Georgia, it could just as easily be somewhere in North Wales. Where will this lead? Who knows ... but

some ideas are quietly brewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A great restoration job, Al. With those memories, I bet the loco and coaches are now much more than just a train to you.  

 

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The Dutch are very into Welsh narrow gauge 

 

I wonder how that came about? I suppose anything hillier than a pancake will appeal :) (says I, in Denmark). Anyway, an NG railway and museum within cycling distance must have been quite a bonus! 

 

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I'm going to put that on my office door.

 

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I'm not sure why the Dutch are such fans of Welsh narrow gauge, and it might not be an accurate impression, but I did bump into several Dutch who holidayed in North Wales quite frequently, including volunteering on the lines. Perhaps it was near enough to drive to, while still being very different from the Dutch landscape. I also notice Dutch number plates quite a lot when driving in the wilds of West and North Wales!

 

There are some fine standard and narrow gauge preserved lines in the Netherlands of course, and I think I visited most of them. This was always a favorite:

 

https://www.stoomtram.nl/en/

 

All very modellable!

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Wow, impressive website. And very appealing stock. 

 

Just to prove that I wasn't joking :) (sorry about the hyphen, it helps the Danes!).

 

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As mentioned above, I'm not tempted to do anything prototypical with the 0-4-2 and its coaches, so thoughts have been meandering in

somewhat whimsical directions, with a view to what could be accommodate on a single small-ish board (say 4 x 2 or thereabouts) with

a continuous run.

 

Among the ideas that have come up (none original!): are:

 

A garden centre with a narrow gauge railway.

 

A zoo.

 

A seaside narrow gauge railway, going around a boating lake, duck pond etc. I wondered

about modifying the loco and coaches to make them work in 7mm or 10mm, suggesting

a proper miniature railway. 

 

Portmeirion - essence of "the Village" with Italianate architecture, locos numbered 1, 2

and 6 etc - the PMSL (Port Meirion Steam Line).

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Barry Ten said:

As mentioned above, I'm not tempted to do anything prototypical with the 0-4-2 and its coaches, so thoughts have been meandering in

somewhat whimsical directions, with a view to what could be accommodate on a single small-ish board (say 4 x 2 or thereabouts) with

a continuous run.

 

Among the ideas that have come up (none original!): are:

 

A garden centre with a narrow gauge railway.

 

A zoo.

 

A seaside narrow gauge railway, going around a boating lake, duck pond etc. I wondered

about modifying the loco and coaches to make them work in 7mm or 10mm, suggesting

a proper miniature railway. 

 

Portmeirion - essence of "the Village" with Italianate architecture, locos numbered 1, 2

and 6 etc - the PMSL (Port Meirion Steam Line).

 

 

 

My reaction would be, in order of attraction:

 

4.  2.  1. 3.

 

Scenario 4 seems strangely plausible. The structure work could be a lot of fun, and the walk from the Festinog to the Village is rather long as I recall . Groundle Glen also comes to mind in this connection

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1 hour ago, Ravenser said:

 

My reaction would be, in order of attraction:

 

4.  2.  1. 3.

 

Scenario 4 seems strangely plausible. The structure work could be a lot of fun, and the walk from the Festinog to the Village is rather long as I recall . Groundle Glen also comes to mind in this connection

 

We walked from Porthmadog to Portmeirion, but sensibly caught a bus on the way back.

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