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  1. Just came across your first post. There were actually 3 different types of bogies. The plan shows 1400 to 1429 which were phase I models. the orginal bogies limited these locos to freight as they road poorly . 1430 to 1439 were built by Clyde in Australia with different bogies which road better and so were used for express work. They also were slightly longer with a rear platform and larger fuel tanks. The phase III Da's (with slight dfferences in the car body grills )were on Dofasco bogies which look identical to the bogies on US SD7/9 locos. The Phase II bogies are a bit of a cross with
  2. Continuing on the Oz theme. Puffing Billy railway (east Melbourne) boxing day 2013. 100 year old Baldwin 2-6-2's in the Australian bush. First photo just out of Belgrave station. And a better action shot leaving lakeside.
  3. When I looked at the tank hull I thought M48/M60 han't considered anything earlier.
  4. Managed to find my notes from back when I was building a model of Paekakariki. After the desealisation of the Wairarapa line in November 1955 no steam locos were alocated to Wellington. They would pass through under tow to and from the Hutt shops. If the power was off for maintanance Ka's would run the expresses into and out of Wellington. Surprisingly no locos were allocated to Paekakariki as it was only a servicing point. Palmerston North was the lower North island main depot. Ab's alocated to Palmerston North in 1964 were; 714, 737, 741, 751, 758, 761, 816, 819. They were used for shun
  5. Just saw this pop up. I was lucky enough to know the cameraman on this film, Brian Cross. He was also a very acomplished modeler in Sn3.5 and an interesting blke. I still have a copy of a Barry Norman book that was his (he passed before i could return it). Brian was a unique character who was compleetly fearless. Some of the scenes on Kb Country were shot by him riding a jigger (powered cart) in front of 150 tons of locomotive (not counting 500 tons of coal train behind). He also shot movies on the Denniston incline on the west coast of the South island. The most interesting part starts a
  6. Space 1889, now that does take me back. Brought one of the board games (cloudships and gunboats) when I was at university nearly 30 years ago(what scientist could resist a couple of pages on the scientific properties of the Luminiferous ether. Its still sitting on my bookcase in the spare room. My victorin sci-Fi needs currently are taken care of by In Her majesties Name, which is an entertaining steampunk skirmish game. However I've mosly layed Historical games (DBX series, WW2 and Modern Spearhead and currently Napoleonics). I must admit that the warhammer games never grabed me possibly
  7. Hi Annie, I have the Geoff Sheapard book, and it doesn't have any plans in it. The Oakwood press volumn only has side elevations of the locos. I was a member of the broad gauge society for a couple of years, and they do accept modern payments (otherwise i too would have been stuffed). They have a lot of infomation but its not well organised or easy to get hold of it if you are not on the right side of the planet. Cheers, Rhys.
  8. You certainly could buy them assembled ands painted, but they were done to order as far as I know, and not in a batch. To my mind they don't qualify as brass models, more professionally assembled kits.
  9. From my recolections, there were 100 models made, and I think only one of each number plus some spares. I recall seeing a list somewhere of the names of the orginalowners (but can't recall where, might have meen the NZMRJ). the only other brass model made was a 30' guards van, which was a run of 200 pieces. These are all from locally made kits (either etched brass or white metal).
  10. Just thought I would add my 2 cents having had some practical experience with this sort of thing. One thing that you want to think about is what sort of effect you are after. With the real thing when you are standing beside the track the sound you hear mostly is the track joint closest to you. With a model you can see and hear the whole length of the train and you will get overwhelmed by the 'clicks' very fast and it just will not work. I used it on a TTn3.5 layout (TT on N guage for 3'6" NZR) and cut one pair of deep knicks with a triangular file right through the railhead at the top of
  11. The Otago Model Engineers hae layouts in both 16.5mm and 9mm gauges. The smaller scales (and don't write off NZ120) are easier in terms of space required and also starting materials.
  12. Never assume you won't have time to model at Uni. I found it to be a great way to get away from the dayly stress's. Having friends outside of university at the club I was a member of was I built this in my 4th and 5th year out of cardboard, brick paper and bits that I found round the flat.
  13. Can't remember if I have asked this before, so I appologise in advance. Can anyone tell me the spacings between the axles on the 14xx chassis kit. I'm pondering using one for another project. Also, is there a source for separate 6 wheel tender underframe etches?
  14. Rhys

    Bus Models

    Cheers for that, though I was looking for older prototypes (and only one level).
  15. Rhys

    Bus Models

    Can anyone point me in the direction of bus models in 3mm (or 2.5mm for that matter). I've been searching but have not come across anything suitable.
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