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  1. G'day, Florence Locomotive Works, I've just sent you a PM with a scanned copy of the Sep 1963 RM article that others were chasing. I hope it will help. Regards, Rob
  2. G'day, all, I've used a chassis block and motor mounts from a Hornby Bill/Ben to restore a Toby chassis afflicted with Mazac rot. As mentioned above, the chassis block has alternative positions for axles to facilitate assembly as an 0-4-0 or 0-6-0. Regards, Rob
  3. G'day, all, Here's something else rebuilt from a Hornby L&Y pug - a GWR Peckett: Some details of construction may be found here: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/155869-gwr-968-peckett-0-4-0st/ Rebuilding can be so enjoyable! Regards, Rob
  4. A casual search of “Thingiverse” in August 2019 revealed several basic locomotive body designs provided for free by 2A Rail. These were downloaded and stored for future use. They are no longer available on Thingiverse. The first project I attempted was a Manning Wardle 0-6-0T, the body of which was mounted on a Hornby Terrier chassis. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/147303-3d-freelance-manning-wardle-0-6-0t/ The next project used just the saddle tank of a Peckett W6 to make GWR 680. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/154031-gwr-680-–-ex-alexandra-docks-0-6-0st/ The latest one is a GWR (ex-Swansea Harbour Trust) Peckett 0-4-0ST. http://www.gwr813.org/GWR968.htm This was almost unique on the GWR, as it retained its Salter safety valves until scrapping by BR in 1960. For this, I printed a Peckett W6 body in PLA on my Ender 3 machine. After cleaning up the print and removing unwanted details, I fitted it to a slightly modified Hornby L&Y pug chassis. I added quite a few details to the body, as listed below, then finished it with Humbrol acrylics and enamels, followed by HMRS Pressfix transfers, as well as home-printed numberplates. Parts List · Hornby L&Y 0-4-0ST (R3024) · 3D printed Peckett W6 body · Scrap lead weights · Slimline tension-lock couplings · Home-turned brass chimney & dome · Large whitemetal buffers (from scrapbox) · Dressmaker’s domed button (for smokebox door) · Scale couplings · Commercial handrail knobs · Misc. brass sheet & tube · Copper wire - for injector pipes · 0.4mm phos bronze wire · Bell from scrapped Bachmann H0 “Jupiter” 4-4-0 Results Here are some images: Hornby pug donor model: Assembled model, almost finished: Finished model: It isn’t perfect, but looks ok and runs superbly. With its boiler packed with lead, it is amazingly powerful. I’m happy with it as a learning exercise using 3D printing. The only cost was A$50 for a second-hand Pug. (Everything else came from the scrapbox.) The current Hornby Pecketts sell in Oz for around A$160-200.
  5. G'day, all, A further alternative would be to scratchbuild a new chassis, as detailed here: It worked for me! Regards, Rob
  6. G'day, all, Another, relatively inexpensive solution would be to install a 4-wheeled tram mechanism into the coach, as done here: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/103776-motorise-gbl-stephensons-rocket/ It worked for me! Regards, Rob
  7. Introduction I have a soft spot for GWR locos that ran in Central and South Wales, due to historic family connections with those areas. I am especially fond of those engines that did or may have worked in the Oswestry Division in the early to mid-1930s. Currently, this part of my collection includes the following: 2-4-0T: 1196 0-4-2T: 848, 4833 0-6-0ST: 1331 0-6-0T: 1376 0-6-0PT: 1565 2-6-2T: 4508 2-4-0: 3515 0-6-0: 908, 885, 1195, 2322, 2573 4-4-0: 1043, 3283, 3265 2-6-0: 2620 Looking through Ref.1, I long ago wanted to model No. 680, an outside cylindered 0-6-0ST that was built by Pecketts for the Alexandra Docks but worked out of Oswestry after Grouping. I baulked at this, as the construction of the cylinder/slidebar assembly was beyond my skills. However, a similar assembly has become available as a spare for another Peckett loco modelled by Hornby. I recently used an example for my model of 2195 (Ref 4.), so I gathered other bits and pieces and commenced work. Components · Cylinders etc from Hornby Peckett 0-4-0ST (X7164) · Saddle tank from 3D printed Peckett 0-4-0ST (Ref.12) · Backhead, reduced in size from that used for Manning Wardle 0-6-0T (Ref.13) · 2nd-hand 0-6-0 chassis & wheels · Hornby Type 7 motor (X8259) or similar · Hornby tension-lock couplings (X9072) · Brass rod for turning · Sheet brass & copper · H0 scale NSWGR buffers and couplings (new old stock branded Mansfield Models) · Turned brass handrail knobs · Whitemetal injectors (from scrapbox) · Turned brass whistle (from scrapbox) · Office staples (for lamp brackets) · 0.4mm dia. Phosphor bronze wire (for handrails and pickups) · PC board for keeper plate & pickups Construction This began with the loco chassis, which had been used in a revitalised Tri-ang “Polly”, formerly used in my club’s U-Drive layout. The wheelbase and wheels were about right. The chassis need to be cleaned up, trimmed and overhauled. Using the dimensions and sketch in Ref.3, as well as photographs of 680 and published drawings of similar Peckett saddle tanks, supplementary drawings were made of the cab, footplate and buffer beams. The footplate was then cut out and assembled with side valences and buffer beams. The chassis block was trimmed to fit neatly under the footplate and between the buffer beams. The Hornby cylinders were too narrow to fit this chassis, so the assembly was split and rejoined with a wider spreader. Test fitted to the chassis & footplate, they looked like this: The project had to pause in Nov 2019 for a few months because of the terrible bushfires in eastern NSW. My family and pets had to be ready to evacuate with little notice, so all important things were packed, ready to load in the cars and run. These included some of my models and project items. Construction resumed in mid–March 2020: this time during self-imposed isolation for COVID-19. Crossheads were fitted to the slidebars and the slidebar supports were installed onto the chassis. Pickups were fabricated from printed circuit board and phosphor bronze wire. The previously-used motor had seen a lot of use and was suspected of being tired, so it was replaced by a brand new Hornby Type 7 motor, held in place by a home-made motor mount. The motor was connected electrically, then tested and adjusted to ensure smooth running. A 3D printed saddle tank body (Ref.12) was printed in PLA on my home printer. The tank was removed from the rest of the print, then trimmed and rubbed back until it was a good fit over the motor/gearbox when placed on the footplate. The smokebox door on the 3D print was quite unlike that of 680, as seen here: http://www.gwr813.org/GWR680b.htm, so the centre of the printed door was carefully drilled out, leaving just a rim, the underside of which was cut away. A dressmaker’s domed button was then glued into place. A backhead (Ref.13) was 3D printed and trimmed to size. The cab was fabricated from 0.010” sheet brass and copper, with trim pieces and cab edging made from modellers’ brass and soldered on. Cab handrails were added at this stage from 0.4mm phosphor bronze wire. Test fitting of the saddle tank to the footplate revealed that too much of the motor was visible. In the real 680, there was no “daylight” visible under the boiler, as it was set too low. Therefore, a simple skirt was made from thin brass and soldered to the footplate. Cabside steps were fabricated and fitted at this time also. The saddle tank was then attached with 5-minute epoxy cement. The chimney and dome were turned from brass. The tank filler was made from brass tube, cardboard and scrap brass. The smokebox door “dart” was made from a handrail knob, 0.4mm bronze wire and a 14BA washer. These fittings were glued into place, together with: · scale couplings, · buffers · whistle · handrails and their knobs · whitemetal injectors · detachable roof. · lamp brackets · cab floor · vac pipes · reversing lever · tension-lock couplings Finishing The chassis was touched up with Humbrol matt black enamel. The body was spray primed grey, then painted in GWR colours with Humbrol enamels and acrylics. The internal bunker was coaled and a Dapol crew fitted. HMRS Pressfix transfers were used for the buffer beam numbers and the roundel. Home-printed number plates were fitted to the cabsides. Green and red areas were then varnished with Humbrol satin clear enamel. Results Driver’s side portrait: On shed at Carmarthen Junction, with other Central Wales locos: Shunting at Gennigael: Awaiting departure from Gennigael with branch line passenger train: Reflections I guess I could have modelled this loco with a kit from Agenoria, where the estimated cost would have been in the order of A$500. Inclusive of all parts, this project cost less than A$100 and had the additional satisfaction of designing, making or adapting all parts. It’s not of museum quality, but it works well and fits in with the rest of the collection. Oh, yes! There’s one more thing. It was a great project to do while in self-isolation. References & Further Reading 1. C.C.Green: “Cambrian Railways Album – 2” (Ian Allan, 1981) 2. RCTS “The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway – Part 10 – Absorbed Engines1922-1947 (RCTS, 1966) 3. J.H.Russell: “A Pictorial Record of Great Western Absorbed Engines” (OPC, 1978) 4. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/148059-gwr-2195-cwm-mawr-project/ 5. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/67786-gwr-1376-ex-bristol-exeter-0-6-0t-project/ 6. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/88895-gwr-ex-cambrian-railways-73-class-0-6-0/ 7. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/126196-gwr-ex-cambrian-railways-large-belpaire-passenger-4-4-0-94-class/ 8. www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/72460-gwr-1331-ex-whitland-cardigan-0-6-0st-project/ 9. www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/134586-gwr-stella-2-4-0-kitbash/ 10. www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/137953-gwr-517-class-no-848-%E2%80%93-a-tale-of-three-chassis/#entry3315390 11. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=user_activity&mid=17793 12. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3343816 13. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3848743
  8. Background In 2013, I posted several articles about stock on my fictional GWR layout “Carmarthen Junction”. Links to them are available at the end of this post, for those who may be interested. I am grateful for the kind comments and encouragement I received at that time. Since then, much modelling has been done, most of which has been reported in this forum, with images of the newly completed models posed on my layout. I have been asked recently (in another forum) to provide more information about the layout itself: size, design, operation, etc. The layout’s name was chosen long ago, in recognition of my Welsh roots (Radnorshire and Carmarthenshire). It does not pretend to be any particular place. It exists to display my collection of model trains and give them some context when operated and photographed. My first permanent layout was shared with my brother at our parents’ home, in a 12ft x 8ft garden shed that our father converted from being his workshop to becoming our train shed in 1965. This was the origin of the size of successor layouts. Here is an image of this first one, taken in 1972. I left home in 1977 and built a new set of baseboards – a group of 8 boards which bolted together to make another 12’ x 8’ layout. Eventually, it was sufficiently detailed to be exhibited at my Church’s model railway club’s first model railway show in 1986. In time, this layout needed refreshing, so it was stripped and rebuilt. Here it is, at another of my club’s shows in 1998. As time passed, the old boards became rather tired. No surprise here, as they had been recycled from old office partitions. A new set of boards was designed and built from scratch using finger-jointed pine frames and 8mm thick MDF tops. They rest on a set of plastic-topped trestle tables (cheap, but effective). A new track plan was devised to suit the boards and their joins. It was planned to be built in two stages: the ground level first and the inclined track and elevated rear section after that. So far, I have not begun the second phase. Design Materials Only Boards 1 to 5 have been built. Board 2b is yet to come. Temporary elevated scenery is in place over Boards 1 and 3 to simulate tunnels and help conceal the rear storage sidings. Most boards are joined using case clips and located with patternmakers’ dowels. Track circuits are carried from board to board via multi-pin plugs and sockets and heavy-duty wire. Point control circuits are carried on rainbow coloured ribbon cable, Tracks and points are all Code 100 Peco, with live frog points wherever feasible. Each rail join has a wire soldered to each side of it to minimise voltage drop across it – essential for live steam operation. Fishplates are in use, to allow for thermal expansion/contraction, as Sydney’s temperatues range from around 0 to 40 degrees C during the year. Points in the hidden siding area are operated by Peco point motors equipped with an accessory switch which lights green/red LEDs to indicate which tracks are selected. These same points also have latching relays to ensure proper electrical connection, instead of just depending on the point blades. Points are activated by means of electric pencils, boosted by a CDU unit. At every baseboard join, the rails are soldered to brass screws. Cables, plugs and sockets take the power from rail to rail across the join. Once all tracks were installed and wired up, they were extensively tested and adjusted until everything ran smoothly. Only then was the track ballasted, using Faller ballast for the main lines and granite chippings for the sidings. Control Systems There are four independent 12V DC circuits, each equipped with a PWM controller. Each panel has a relevant track diagram which mimics the relevant track layout and provides the contacts for the electric pencils. The two main line controls are side-by side and include DPDT switches to select either 12V DC or 17V live steam systems. The loco and shunting yard area has numerous isolation switches to facilitate shunting of the MPD. The Peco turntable has its own home-made PWM controller and DPTD switch to control its home-made motor/gearbox. The layout’s wiring loom has provided connections for the planned elevated branch line terminus. Its control panel is next to the controls for the hidden sidings. When live steam is to be used, the relevant main line DC system is switched out and the 17V LS system selected. Here we can see the Hornby rolling road, used to warm locos up before use, the standard Hornby control and the Hornby Live Steam Club’s superior hand-held “Live Drive” controller. Scenic Details This early image shows the layout at the beginning of detailing. Many of the buildings ultimately used had not yet been constructed. Another early shot, which is much more advanced and which features the bespoke card platforms. The layout was built over a six-month period in 2010 and was sufficiently complete to be shown at my club’s annual exhibition in November 2010. The model buildings derive from many sources, including Airfix, Alphagraphics, Dapol, Peco, Hornby, Metcalf, Prototype, Wills, Mike’s Models, Builder Plus, etc. The loco shed was scratchbuilt. Where feasible, the shops have suitable signage and interior details. Scale figures and vehicles have been used to give little cameos to further enhance the illusion of reality. The following images are of the scenic areas used as backdrops for the model train images featured in the links listed below. The Salvation Army shop has a bilingual sign! For those who took pleasure in the “Great Gathering” of A4s, here’s my version, featuring 4468 (motorised GBL), 2509 (Hornby LS), 7 (Hornby-Dublo 3-rail), 60030 (Hornby-Dublo 2-rail) and 60008 (Hornby LS). It’s not hard to imagine yourself being miles away when watching the models go by………. Links to some earlier posts 1. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/70550-carmarthen-junction-miscellena/ 2. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/70468-gwr-absorbed-locos-on-carmarthen-junction/ 3. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/70438-gwr-4-4-0s-on-carmarthen-junction/ 4. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/67522-carmarthen-junction-engine-shed/
  9. G'day, Al, For the last few years, I've been getting my knobs from Casula Hobbies https://casulahobbies.com.au/, usually at one of the several shows they attend around Sydney. Joe, his wife and crew are always kind, courteous and helpful. A few years ago, I asked them to bring some dummy leaf springs to a show I aimed to attend, so as to avoid driving to the other side of Sydney from my home. They did so and I was then able to complete my model of 1565. A visit to their shop can also reveal lots of other treasures not seen on-line or at shows. I hope this helps. Regards, Rob
  10. G'day, all, Here's a link to the thread describing my conversions of Tri-ang Blue Pullmans. I hope it's of some interest. Regards, Rob
  11. G'day, all, Rosemount Tramway will again be one of the guest layouts at the North Shore Model Railway Association's annual exhibition at Forrestville (Sydney, Australia) over the weekend of 7-8 March 2020. (https://www.nsrma.com.au/exhibition-2020/) I hope to see some of my fellow tramway modellers there. Regards, Rob
  12. G'day, AVS1998, I've upgraded the Triang Caley coaches, as described here: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/102076-motorisation-of-gbl-caledonian-single-and-upgrading-of-her-coaches/ I'm happy with the result. Good luck with your project. Regards, Rob
  13. G'day, Andymsa, I've had some success with this product, having used it on a couple of Tri-ang Dean Singles, some Mainline/Hornby Dean Goods and a repair of a friend's Athearn pacific. My best effort was its application on a model of a GWR Stella class 2-4-0, described here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/134586-gwr-stella-2-4-0-kitbash/ The secret to subsequent smooth running is to brush it on thinly with the wheels rotating so that it sets evenly around the tyre. Bullfrog Snot is an essential part of my toolchest. Regards, Rob
  14. G'day, all, A Grafton crane is preserved (?) on the dockside at Strahan, Tasmania. Lacking any vestige of a cab, it was easy to photograph it in detail, which may help other modellers. I hope this helps. Regards, Rob
  15. G'day, all, During the rundown of steam depots here in NSW during the 1960s, Eveleigh Loco Depot lost its huge coaling stage and its loco shed. The small number of steam locos remaining for shunting Sydney Station and Darling Harbour were coaled by means of a vertical boilered crane: There were several varieties of such cranes scattered around loco depots and workshops, from such builders as Coles, Harmon and Grafton. Quite a few survived to be preserved in various museums around Oz. There are plenty of images of Coles cranes here, which may help with the scratchbuilding of a model. https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNQ4dha_WDBXuqn88JI82yRSWCHbrA:1571514848807&q=coles+steam+crane&tbm=isch&source=univ&client=firefox-b-d&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjM5MmCjanlAhWFTX0KHUJ-D3cQ7Al6BAgJECQ&biw=1400&bih=764 I hope this helps. Regards, Rob
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