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CR Grampian corridor stock , part 3, running frames


Dave John

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I have now made all four underframes. Perhaps not in itself blogworthy, but I thought I’d share a bit of silly video. No couplings so I can’t pull them round, but with bit of tape to stop the buffer bodies locking I can do a push test. I’m happy with the way they move, the bogies do seem to follow the rail well.

 

 

The buffers are made up, but a few tests needed to ensure I get them just where they can spring correctly.

 

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Electric lighting for railway coaches was very new in 1905. Seems a shame not to have a go at some realistic lighting on the models too. There are commercial modules available, but none have the leds spaced to suit either the first or third compartments of this stock. No choice but to make up individual compartment lights. This is what I have come up with, they illuminate a compartment without being over bright from a 3V cell. Just a chip , a 1k 1/8 w resistor in a but of U channel styrene then potted with cyano. Current consumption is 0.5 mA

 

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I have made the first roof up. Effectively half etched brass, so it was gently pressed to shape with various round bars. I am having a hassle with the roof vs the sides length and I have some odd ideas about how I’m going to fix it all together.

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Some nice smooth propelling there Dave, shows the quality of the work.

 

I enjoyed the rest of the running too. Your videos always make me want to plan big!

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Sorry I have nothing constructive to say, I just wanted to note that I spent a happy couple of hours reading through your blog from the beginning. Thanks for posting your really impressive pre-group modelling. I only stumbled on it as I have always had an interest in Glasgow's railways and when Hornby/Hattons announced their four wheel carriages I suddenly thought "h'mmm, is there a Cathcart Circle line layout in my future....?"

 

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Thanks Forward. 

 

It would be an interesting project. "The Cathcart Circle " by Jack Kernahan is a good book, lots of detail. Caley coaches do an etched kit for the 104 class which would match the hattons coaches. Not just passenger traffic , a few of the stations had small goods yards too.

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, Dave John said:

Thanks Forward. 

 

It would be an interesting project. "The Cathcart Circle " by Jack Kernahan is a good book, lots of detail. Caley coaches do an etched kit for the 104 class which would match the hattons coaches. Not just passenger traffic , a few of the stations had small goods yards too.

 

 

 

 

Exactly my thoughts! I have the Kernahan book, and a few of the excellent CRA books on operations and rolling stock. I think Maxwell Park is my pick.

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