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There has been quite a lot of activity chez mois in preparation for St Ruth's forthcoming appearance at Nottingham, mainly on the buildings front as those watching the St Ruth blog will have seen. This has meant something of a hiatus in areas like locos and rolling stock because once I get started on these the buildings won't get a look in.

 

Those who saw St Ruth at the Oxford Expo in 2010 may have noticed a lack of many things including (but not limited to) coaches. This show came at an awkward time because it was a few months before Farish released their excellent Blue Riband Mark 1 coaches, so we needed more coaches but we didn't want to spend money on things that would be eclipsed by the shiny new offerings.

 

Anyway, that isn't such an issue now and the credit cards have been in action on several occasions since then to acquire some of the nice new things. The only snag being that until recently, they were all sat in a carrier bag inside their original boxes - hardly a convenient way to take them to and from shows, so something had to be done.

 

Some years ago when I needed a stock box I did a 'proper' job and made one from wood and ply with modules inside that would plug into my then layout. Nice, but rather time consuming. This time I decided to opt for a solution that could be done in the bare minimum of time.

 

The trick was to find some sturdy boxes that were just a little larger inside than the height of a coach. The first thing I found was a gift box which once contained some socks. This was then lined with 5mm foam board and some partitions made from the same material. One partition was made from mounting board in order to squeeze 5 rows in. This is a handy box for parcels vehicles but is too short to fit two 64ft coaches end to end. The second box looks almost like a quality product (provided that you don't look to closely). In fact it is a box which once contained a children's painting set (the paints had already been used by said children I hasten to add). After ripping out the vacuum formed plastic inserts and getting rid of the strange adhesive that held them in place (something that looks rather like it might have come out of your nose), the box was lined and partitioned with 5mm foamboard.

 

I didn't keep track of the time for the first one, but the second one took less than 90 minutes to make and cost me pretty close to nothing.

 

Both boxes are already full of coaches, so I'm on the lookout for other suitable items to recycle.

 

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photographers flight cases make good boxes for this and can be found quite cheap sometimes.

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photographers flight cases make good boxes for this and can be found quite cheap sometimes.

 

Good idea, but I guess that something designed for an SLR camera might be a bit big for 2mm stock. Still I guess I could make some tray inserts and go for a double or triple decker arrangement. I don't have quite that many coaches though.

 

Regards, Andy

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Nice innovation Andy.

 

Guess you might have to wait until next Christmas to get another pack of socks to use (or is it just me who gets presents like that now at my age?)

 

If you don't find anything to recycle and you are looking for something inexpensive you could try these I have 3 and am going to get some more as they do what they say on the tin box...

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Nice innovation Andy.

 

If you don't find anything to recycle and you are looking for something inexpensive you could try these I have 3 and am going to get some more as they do what they say on the tin box...

 

Thanks Pete. Those boxes look interesting. Do they come with the foam ready cut or do you need to make the cutouts yourself?

 

I'm thinking that they might be suitable for loco storage - to date I've always kept my locos in their original boxes because being heavier than rolling stock it seems like they are best kept in something that fits snugly to their contours.

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Hi Andy,

 

The boxes as bought come with the trays with the foam precut and you then remove the 'insides' as per your stock requirements...i.e. for small wagons you remove one of the segments, for locos and coaches you remove two etc (check out my photos as I think it will be clearer to understand that visually)

 

I have both of mine arranged with a tray of locos, a tray of coaches and a tray of wagons and I will order a few more soon and perhaps some other versions for my two sons growing collection of 4mm rolling stock.

 

A sustainable neat solution (putting the foam issue to one side of course) and not badly priced IMHO.

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