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  1. James Makin's Workbench - 1990s dirty diesels & grotty wagons
    James Makin's Workbench - 1990s dirty diesels & grotty wagons

    Hi guys,

     

    After tackling all the above locos, this year through the (first) lockdown and the Summer, I thought I'd have a bash at personalising my OTA timber wagon fleet, and now here we are!

     

    50555315302_3c52ffeaf9_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    As most wagons are fairly similar in condition, instead of spending years going through and giving wagon-by-wagon updates, instead is an overall summary and a 21-wagon timber bonanza!

     

    Similar to the first two tackled in the original update, all of these are from the Hornby stable, and then painted and weathered to represent various different ones seen across photos on Flickr.

     

    The starting point was usually to dismantle the wagon, the wheels are fitted with Colin Craig brake discs and weathered, while attention turns to weathering the deck, the ends and the side stanchions.

     

    50554444303_685920d10d_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    Various Humbrol paint shades are used for the weathering, Humbrols 62, 186, 113, 133, 258 and 32 all come in handy, along with other shades of browns and greys as required. Recommended listening for all OTA weathering projects is the solo album from ex-Girls Aloud redhead Nicola Roberts (the best one really).

     

    Now when it comes to OTAs, most normal people like to use it as a great reason to have fun chopping up tiny logs and running loaded trains, but when I did see OTAs occasionally at Didcot Yard and varying other places, more often than not they were empty, so it seemed fun to model them without loads, weather all the wagon interior and recreate the load strapping from bits of cut up masking tape.

     

    50555171076_802328017f_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    There's many different colours used on the prototype, I simple painted some Tamiya tape on both sides and then when dry, slit with a craft knife to about a 1mm width (match to photos) and then glued on to the deck of the finished wagons, twisting here and there to get the often-curled appearance of the fabric straps.

     

    All my Hornby OTAs were either the EWS or teal green releases, but the real things wear a coat of many colours, so here's a few of the versions I tackled:

     

    50555161801_9d23a88e22_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    Up first is the irresistible blue of the former Thames Board OTAs, my take on the faded livery being some of the old Railmatch 'British Steel Blue' from the Class 60s.

     

    50555160301_b8bf6bcbe7_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    Some of the stanchions were modelled as missing and generally weathered to a battered appearance, drybrushing browns from light to dark around the raised edges until satisfied.

     

    50554424793_5601f65419_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    The underframes were weathered by mottling on a mix of greys and blacks and browns, with finishing touches like the yellow axlebox covers to complete.

     

    While going through pics, I spotted some OTAs with low flat ends, so did a bodged cut job on my Hornby model, to replicate these faded Railfreight red versions:

     

    50555290897_63c3ddc464_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    There's extra stanchions & supports on each side too, added from various bits of styrene strip and angled plastics. The planked decks were just painted in an array of browns and greys, weathered with drybrushed greys, before the load strapping is secured on top.

     

    50555154691_71ca16208a_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    Next up of course is the lovely EWS versions!

     

    50555285092_ddda1d6625_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    While most are very similar, I spotted variations in wagons with some having faded or repainted stanchions, while there's plenty of opportunities to have fun battering the parts clobbered by numerous logs!

     

    50555287612_5c84c157b4_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    The decks on the refurbished EWS versions are metal plated, and so weathered slightly differently from the wooden plank versions. 

     

    50555283497_0d192fa09a_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    Layers of light and dark browns and greys are mottled on, and effort gone in some cases to replicate the weathered on the flooring where the load has been sitting, or where rainwater gathers in dents on the floor, all subtle variations that can be seen in real life. Humbrol gunmetal grey is drybrushed across the floor to highlight the checkerplate texture.

     

    50555144031_cf385b40f3_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    The inner ends also seem to get a good battering as well by all the logs! Some of the ends are either painted in body colour, or a light grey or browns, photos show a wide variety of styles. Then, a range of browns and greys are stippled on with a large brush until the desired effect appears.

     

    50555142216_16bfce2517_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    Finally, I had to model some of the attractive teal coloured ones too!

     

    50555266602_5864910bc0_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    The original Hornby colour is retained but changes once weathered, flattened and muted under shades of browns and rust patches.

     

    50555137786_12bf47e252_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    Again, significant weathering was done to the stanchions and deck planks to get the full effect of lots of log bashing!

     

    50555270777_86c04d06b9_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    It's been great fun putting these all together during the extra modelling time this Spring & Summer, and blasting through a 21 wagon-rake in just a few months is a new speed record for me so far!

     

    50554393588_e9dc1942a6_k.jpgOTA Wagons by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

     

    As we now enter another lockdown it'll be interesting to see what gets blitzed next, I've got a stack of Parkside 'Barbel' wagon kits looking right at me..!

     

    Cheers,

    James 


  2. New range of simple to assemble 00/EM gauge pointwork kits
    New range of simple to assemble 00/EM gauge pointwork kits

    Hi Guys,

     

    Many have asked for pricing and I have finally received all the manufacturing quotes from the various suppliers in order to set a final retail price for the standard turnout kits.

     

    So, to summarise:

     

    The new 4mm Finetrax 'E-Z Build' standard bullhead rail turnout kits will have the following features:

     

    • Available in:

      00 Gauge 'Standard' - This uses 1.25mm flangeways and will allow RTR loco's and stock to run without wheel modification (unless the is a rogue wheelset).

       

      00-SF - This uses 1mm flangeways. 'RTR loco's and stock 'should' run through without modification, but a little more strict in having correct wheel 'back to backs'. The base will have the gauge narrow to 16.2mm through the crossing frog area only, the transition between 16.2mm and 16.5mm will be 'baked' into the turnout base.

       

      EM Gauge - Standard 1mm flangeways as per EMG standards.

       

      All of the above will be available in either thick sleeper (to match Peco bullhead and C&L Thick sleeper) or thin sleeper (to match C&L thin sleeper & SMP track).
       

    • Plastic turnout base complete with ALL chairs fitted to the base as one single piece. Includes standard 3 bolt S1 chairs, P Slide chairs, L1 Bridge chairs, PW & PWX check rail chairs, Correctly represented slab & bracket 'A' chair that bolts the V on the crossing frog.
    • 'Wood' texture on the Timbers.
    • Nickel Silver cast crossing frog, complete with correct blunt nose, correctly aligned over the timber (which has a correct slab & bracket A chair on the base), minimal infill behind the splice, spacer blocks and bolt heads represented, correct wing-rail length, correct end flare on the wing rails, correct knuckle gap radius. Electrical feed wire pre soldered into the cast crossing frog.
    • Cast crossing frog has pins underneath that accurately locates into holes in the plastic base.
    • Pre machined switch blades, complete with pins pre soldered, the pins will locate into pre drilled holes into the tie bar.
    • CNC machined tie bar, with pre drilled holes for both switch rails and 1mm hole for 'switch machine' actuator wire.
    • SMP Nickel Silver Bullhead rail.
    • Full colour printed instructions

     

    The final retail price for the complete kits will be £22.99 plus postage.

     

    After working solidly on these since March, I hope these kits will help many a modeller in fulfilling their dream model railway plan to fruition!

     

    Thanks,
    Wayne.


  3. coombe junction - moorswater - how low can you go?...
    coombe junction - moorswater - how low can you go?...

    No problem John...


  4. How I lower my Farish Class 37s - a step by step guide
    How I lower my Farish Class 37s - a step by step guide

    Hi Pete, your work is awesome! I think there are a few methods to do this - I just picked what I thought was easiest after a disasterous attempt to move the bogie frames up a la Mercig. I know Farish have to cater for tight corners but can't help but feel the 37 is excessively high..it's not an issue I have with my Western or 24?

     

     

    Thanks Jonas - yes I must admit, the method of moving up the bogies does help but I guess further heightens the gap between them and the rail...

     

    Note that if you put a sound chip in your 37 you will need to profile the speaker as lowering the body further reduces available space - can be done though :good:


  5. Mk3 BFO. Any photos?
    Mk3 BFO. Any photos?

    Thought I have a picture somewhere.....

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  6. Photo location ID help please
    Photo location ID help please

    The 7th coach also looks like a buffet, ...two brakes, the second coach is a BFO- the yellow line doesn't run along the whole Cantrail length...

    Well spotted. Here's a blown-up crop, showing what you said above. Ta.

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  7. Graham Farish split chassis - DCC guide
    Graham Farish split chassis - DCC guide

    Fitting a TCS M1 decoder to a Graham Farish 170.

     

    This guide applies to pretty much any chinese manufactured split chassis Diesel or Electric which is not DCC ready or "DCC friendly"

    So, Classes 25/31/33/37(old model)/40/44/45/46/47(old model)/50/52/55/56/87/90/91/158/159/168/170 are covered.

     

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    The chassis looks like this:

    There are variations between the different models, particularly in frame length and position of the screws.

     

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    Remove the underframe detail, this is often held on by one or two screws (Shown) but on smaller locos, this will just pull off.

     

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    Before seperating the chassis halves, check and note the position of the bogie mounts. These are a rectangular black plastic piece with two protrusions and a small hole at one end (Small circle)

    The bogie fits into an of centre peg,the hole indicates the correct position for the mount. The protrusions fit into one of four sets of recesses.

     

    It is essential that these are put back in the same positions as they affect bogie clearances with the bodywork and whether th driveshafts will fit properly in the motor or not.

     

    In this case, they fit into the outermost of the four recesses, with the hole facing inwards. (I had already undone the chassis at this point, when I remembered to take this pic!)

     

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    Undo the screws holding the two chassis sides together - the 170 has two, many have a third in the battery box/fuel tank area.

     

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    Carefully remove all components and place somewhere safe.

    (There are quite a few component parts)

     

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    In order to isolate the motor, it is necessary to remve a chunk of metal from each half of the chassis.

    The part to be removed is indicated below. this is a well defined rectangle that is relatively simple and quick to remove.

     

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    This can be quickly removed using a decent set of needle files.

    You can drill or mill it, but by the time youve plugged your kit in, put the chassis in a vice and selected an appropriate drill, the files would have finished the job.

    (Took me about 2 minutes each side)

     

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    This is the chassis half with the area cut out

     

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    Place the motor in each chassis half and make sure the brass contact of the motor is not making contact with the chassis half. Use a circuit checker to be sure.

     

    Reassemble the chassis ensuring everything goes back where it came from (A three handed job if ever there was one)

     

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    A small channel must be cut in each half to accomodate the wires from the motor to the decoder, otherwise the bodyshell will not fit back on.

     

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    The decoder wires should be trimmed to the minimum required prior to fitting. Ensure you know where the decoder is going in relation to the body. Some locos may require modifiction to the ribs inside the roof to allow space for the wiring.

    Ensure the decoder is not positined where it will foul one of these ribs.

     

    Class 158/159 will require more dramatic modification as the bodyshell is in two parts. The roof must be removed and all decoder wiring passed through a hole drilled above the motor position - then a decoder sized hole cut in the clear ceiling of the main bodyshell so that the decoder will fit with the roof on - all wires are channelled between body and roof as the roof is refitted (A bit of a nightmare)

     

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    My preferred method of connecting the red and black ower wires is to secure them using one of the chassis screws and retainers to hold the wires against the chassis sides.

     

    I strip about 10-12mm of insulation off each wire and tin it.

     

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    I then wrap one wire around the screw and the other around the retainer, then fit them back in place, ensuring that the wires contact the chassis.

     

    Some chassis will require a channel to be filed to allow the wires to fit flush. this is not the case with the 170 ehre there are cast recesses.

     

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    Once the decoder is fitted, test it on the programming track, give it an address and check on the main line.

     

    Position the decoder (Use double sided tape if required - but not a sticky pad as it will raise the decoder too high)

    put the body back on, test once more, and its all done.

     

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  8. EFE Rail launches N gauge Class 17 and Mermaids
    EFE Rail launches N gauge Class 17 and Mermaids
    7 hours ago, dagrizz said:

     The derailing occurs when the leading bogie meets the switch blade; when running very slowly you can see the wheel lift up. Looking at the Kato points, the switch blades are pretty sloppy and come to rest above the rail level.

     

    These may help.

     

     

     

    This video has some loud burst of music at the start.

     

    Good luck

     


  9. PFA, by Accurascale 07/07/20 NEW RUN ANNOUNCED!
    PFA, by Accurascale 07/07/20 NEW RUN ANNOUNCED!
    2 hours ago, newbryford said:

     

    So you can do this?

    Cumbrian Coast Mixed

     

    Is that picture taken at Dalston in Cumbria?


  10. SPA Completion in 4mm
    SPA Completion in 4mm

    I thought I remembered someone wanted some SPA underframe details. I managed to get these for you. Hope they are of use.

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  11. Track Plans for North American Layouts
    Track Plans for North American Layouts

    Over Christmas I had to do a lot of sitting around holding a sleeping baby so I drew a trackplan to the UK Freemo specs.

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    It is based on Lawrence MA, but with the new station to the east of the original station cut off and one of the spurs converted to a siding (which I think it had been years ago)

    Contrary to most plans here, its not about the industries, there is only one, B & D Advanced Warehousing, who actually have a pic of a boxcar in their warehouse on their website!

    The two links off the mainline are in reality short spurs to single industries, but are the remains of lines to other towns, however Freemo allows themto go whereever you want!

    The station platform is accessed by a subway from the road underbridge, it is served by MBTA trains and the Downeaster also passes through.

    I got bored before I added all the buildings, hence the bare areas at the southern end.

    I don't see myself building this, but I think its an interesting counterpoint to most US designed US layouts and UK designed US layouts.


  12. SPA Completion in 4mm
    SPA Completion in 4mm

    Hello all!

     

    This is the stage I have reached with a number of SPA wagons; basic Cambrian kit with new buffers and lamp irons with Bill Bedford bouncy bits.

     

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    So basically I want to complete the wagons - this is where my ignorance of air braked stock comes in. I think most things I need (or can purchase) can be had from S Kits, but this is where I need help!

     

    I think it'll cover the axle boxes and springs and hopefully parts of the air brake system, though I expect that the brake calipers and their supports will require to be fabricated.


  13. USP 5000C - new kit from Clockwork Ideas
    USP 5000C - new kit from Clockwork Ideas

    I now believe our one (77327) is now the last mainline example in the UK. Will be measuring it up at some point, and asking Plasser for a set of drawings, in order to build my own model.


  14. Fryers Lane - Speedlink in the '80s (P4)
    Fryers Lane - Speedlink in the '80s (P4)
    9 hours ago, Mark Forrest said:

    Hi Will,

    Good thanks, although as I work for a food retailer, it's keeping me rather more busy than usual!!!

     

    I've removed the parts of the Wills rodding that had fitted so no other photos unfortunately.  I'd suggest looking at the Modelu rodding stools, etched cranks (think the ones I have are from Brassmasters) and square wire from Wizard for the rodding.

     

    Good to see your layout progressing.  Stay safe, keep well.

     

    Cheers,

    Mark

     

    Thanks for the info Mark much appreciated! 

     

    I’m really enjoying the EM switch, definitely distracting from the ongoing situation! Thanks - you too.

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Will


  15. Aberdeen Kirkhill T&RSD
    Aberdeen Kirkhill T&RSD

    I very quick update to cover the progress of last weekend.

     

    Fifteen cement wagons now individually numbered with offloading instructions on side boards added. I have ordered some Stenson Models disc brake actuators but they won't arrive from Shapeways until about May. Many thanks to Railtec for supplying the larger style numbers on eight of the wagons, they certainly make a difference. For a complete change for me here's a 45 second video of the rake, not great but you get the idea:

     

     

    Once the brake gear is modified, and the lock-down has finished, they will all get a proper weathering job from Alex.

     

    I haven't done any more to the other wagons yet, I'll post an update when I have something to show you.

     

    In the meantime many thanks for stopping by.


  16. Eddie's ScotRail 2mm, 4mm and 7mm workbench
    Eddie's ScotRail 2mm, 4mm and 7mm workbench

    It was a bit of everything to be honest. I watched the video Richard at Everard Junction did recently and followed his methods for the most part. But to summarise, I did a quick blow over the roof with a mix of roof dirt and a tough of exec dark grey that gave a hint of colour. Next job was to mix Tamiya “Black Rubber” and acrylic thinners to create a wash that was applied to all the creases and crevices on the roof etc. Various door shuts and bodyside cavities also done with the wash. The mix was then thinned further and some vertical streaks allowed to run down the bodyside before being rubbed with a cotton bud to remove the majority of the wash, leaving a nice bit of dirt that wasn’t too heavy. You can repeat until you are happy with the amount of dirt on the sides. 
    This was all left to dry overnight then a quick blast of Railmatch black round the exhaust port before another dusting of roof dirt with the airbrush. 
    As for no airbrush, mine is one of the very cheap ones from eBay- think they are about £10 each. I know it’s limitations but if cleaned properly then it’s adequate. I will invest in something better in the future. 
     

    Hope that is of some use to you. Below is the link to the video 
     

     

     


  17. MK2 Air conditioned coaches - Detail differences
    MK2 Air conditioned coaches - Detail differences

    Andrew

     

    Do yourself a favour and buy a rake of Bachmann Mk2f stock when they come out. However on a few coaches change the unit with the fans on (and the box to the fans left) and add the pressure ventilation box on the other side using old Airfix modellings and have a mixed rake of Mk2e and Mk2f stock. Then the bodies will not be out of place and the chassis parts can be weathered in to look like the rest of the chassis.

     

    Most of the Mk2f stock had Inter City 70 seats, with permanent middle arm rests which meant you couldn't lie across them overnight, whereas the Mk2e stock had original Mk2 style seats. Whether these should be changed if anyone wishes to make a Mk2e is up to the individual.

     

    Note: 6100 was never allocated to the Western Region it was always on the London Midland, I have changed my original listing to reflect this. This coach is one of the 8 which were out of sync with the rest of the allocations. The Western received 5981-88 from a group of coaches that otherwise went to the London Midland and 6100, 6108-14 were allocated to the London Midland and Eastern when all the stock around them went initially to the Western.


  18. MK2 Air conditioned coaches - Detail differences
    MK2 Air conditioned coaches - Detail differences

    To summarise the exterior differences:

     

    First Open

     

    All FO coaches have both the toilets on the motor alternator (m/a) side (the large cylinder by the left hand bogie).

     

    All Mk2d and Mk2e FO stock have a pressure ventilation cabinet under the fourth window from the right on the m/a side, MK2f FO stock do not have this cabinet. Mk2d 3170 - 90/3211 - 16, all of Mk2e and Mk2f 3276 - 3220/3357 - 81 have Stones air con equipment with 2 small fans on the non m/a side. Mk2d 3191 - 3210 and Mk2f 3321 - 3356/3382 - 3439 have Temperature Ltd air con equipment with one large fan on the non m/a side.

     

    Second Open

     

    All Mk2d TSO coaches have both the toilets on the motor alternator (m/a) side (the large cylinder by the left hand bogie). Mk2e and Mk2f TSO coaches have the toilet to the right of the passenger windows on both sides.

     

    All Mk2d and Mk2e TSO stock have a pressure ventilation cabinet just to the left of the fourth window from the right on the m/a side, MK2f TSO stock do not have this cabinet. All Mk2d TSO stock (except 5653) and all the Mk2e TSO stock have Stones air con equipment with 2 small fans on the non m/a side. All Mk2f TSO stock (and Mk2d 5653) have Temperature Ltd air con equipment with one large fan on the non m/a side.

     

    Brake Second Open

     

    All Mk2d and Mk2e BSO stock have a pressure ventilation cabinet just to the left of the fourth window from the right on the m/a side, MK2f BSO stock do not have this cabinet. All Mk2d BSO stock and all the Mk2e BSO stock have Stones air con equipment with 1 small fan on the non m/a side. All Mk2f BSO stock have Temperature Ltd air con equipment with one large fan on the non m/a side.

     

    First Corridor

     

    Only Mk2d FK stock was made therefore they have a pressure ventilation cabinet under the fourth window from the right on the m/a side and Stones air con equipment with 2 small fans on the non m/a side.

     

    Brake First Corridor

     

    Only Mk2d BFK stock was made therefore they have a pressure ventilation cabinet under the fourth window from the right on the m/a side and Stones air con equipment with 1 small fan on the non m/a side.

     

     

    Mk2d FO and FK stock have two roof vents at the non roof panel end and one vent on the non toilet side (and a water tank filler) at the roof panel end. All other FO stock have two vents at the non roof panel end and one vent at the roof panel end on the non toilet side.

     

    Mk2d TSO stock have two roof vents at the non roof panel end and one vent on the non m/a side (and a water tank filler) at the roof panel end. Mk2e and Mk2f TSO stock have one vent at the roof panel end on the non m/a side and at the non roof panel end they have one vent offset nearest to the m/a side and another vent on the centre line and nearer to the centre of the coach. Mk2e TSO stock up to 5804 had water fillers at each end on the roof.

     

    Mk2d BFK and the Mk2d and Mk2e BSO stock stock have one roof vent at the roof panel end on the non toilet side and a water tank filler where the other vent would be. Mk2f BSO stock have one vent at the roof panel end on the non toilet side.

     

    Mk2d FO stock before 3189, all Mk2d TSO stock, all Mk2d BSO stock, Mk2d FK stock before 13585 and Mk2d BFK stock before 14162 had bump stops on the doors, all other air con stock had no bump stops. Mk2d stock, Mk2e BSO and Mk2e TSO stock up to 5852 had door windows deeper than the passenger windows. Mk2e FO, Mk2e TSO stock from 5853 and Mk2f stock had door windows the same depth as the passenger windows (but door swaps did occur!).

     

    Finally! Mk2d and Mk2e stock have friction dampers on the bogies, Mk2f stock have hydraulic dampers.

     

    Mark 2 air con stock do not all look the same!


  19. Mk2C coach liveries
    Mk2C coach liveries

    PC had a very large fleet of 2D coaches, mostly TSO but also BFK

    They were typically formed TSO-TSO-BFK-TSO-TSO

    Two of these would form the service south of Carstairs, typically with a Mark 1 buffet between the two sets (and normally remaining attached to the Edinburgh service north of Carstairs)

     

    On a Saturday there was one service southbound to Birmingham, which then continued to Euston

    This then returned early on Sunday morning (also routed via Kilmarnock)

    This initially took over from the Stranraer service and was not included in the public timetable

    It was a bit of an oversight, but was put together due to the continued high demand after Sprinters took over (Stranraer to Newcastle), and at weekends the amount (lack) of First Class was not an issue

     

    The other was the daily Edinburgh to London Paddington, again also via Birmingham

    This also used one of the PC rakes, but slightly modified as there was no Glasgow portion

    PC had a large fleet of Mk2E TSO coaches, not Mk2D. These ran with, as you have said, Mk2D BFK coaches. Looking at the 1989 Platform 5 Summer Special they have forgotten to put the title in for the Mk2E TSO stock on Page 55.

     

    The Mk2D TSO coaches were allocated to NC (Norwich Crown Point for Anglia), MA (Longsite for Cross-Country), EC (Craigentinny for ScotRail and until May 1988 East Coast), EN (Euston Downsde for Midland Mainline) and OM (Old Oak Common for West of England) in 1988. By 1989 the vast majority were at NC and MA with twelve at EC for ScotRail, four at OY (Oxley) and one at PC (Polmadie).


  20. Photo request for ScR Mk2 BSO(T) please
    Photo request for ScR Mk2 BSO(T) please

    I agree, there were two different versions within the allocated Mark 2 BSO(T) 
    I suspect the later batch was a "cheapie" Glasgow Works or Cowlairs conversion 

    From memory 

    The first batch had one entire bay converted
    Seats removed 
    On one side a trolley locking bay / passing corridor 
    On the other side a serving counter 

    The second batch had one side of seats removed only, on the toilet side (see photos) 
    That side had only the trolley locking bay 

    In both cases the toilet and area was converted for staff use 


  21. Information on Mk2 micro buffets
    Information on Mk2 micro buffets

    2. A Mk1 BSO conversion is easier than most people think (apart from the fact it will always be a cut and shut)

    Take a BSK and a BCK

    That's a nightmare in N gauge

    Looks like I will be modifying a Mark 2A BSO, that's much easier!

     

    Just waiting for the Farish Mark 2F coaches now

    Shortage of Mark 2A TSO isn't helping, but next release is only a few weeks away now (pre-order enough for 4 rakes including 4 for repainting into ScotRail livery)

    Can't see how I can include the Mark 2C coaches


  22. Information on Mk2 micro buffets
    Information on Mk2 micro buffets

    To help a future project, can anyone help with any details regarding the Br Mk2d/e/f micro buffet conversions.

     

    How large were the buffet counters?

    were they sectioned off from the remainder of the coach?

    any details on where they were used?

     

    any information would be gratefully received.

     

    Thanks to all

    The counter was the length of a seating bay because the entrance was from where the toilet used to be. There was a narrow shelf by the windows on the other side of the coach as far as I remember, perhaps more like a bum rest. Between the counter and the next seating bay was a standard partition, the kind used between the smoking and non-smoking sections.

     

    The Mk2c ones were used on Wat-Exe, the Highland line and Trans-Pennine. the Mk2d ones were used on some Paddington trains (including the Night Riveria from about 1988) and the Glasgow/Edinburgh to Aberdeen push-pulls. Both types were also used on selected cross-country trains.

     

    I'm assuming you are talking about the TSOT micro-buffets (converted in 1981), not the RFB conversions from the early 1990s.


  23. Farish announce BR Mark 2A coaches
    Farish announce BR Mark 2A coaches

    My mk2 BFK conversion....simples........

    I agree

    I already have one surplus BSO and one surplus FK

    Open the BSO and remove seats

    Apply curtains

    Open the FK and remove the four bays

    Insert the four bays into the BSO

    Apply yellow stripe and First Class door transfers

     

    Remove the bogies from the FK (swap or spare)

    Remove the coupling arms from the FK  (spare)

     

    Throw the remains of the BSO and FK in the bin

     

    The roof will still be slightly incorrect, but hardly noticeable unless you compare to photos


  24. Motts Lane - a foray into EM
    Motts Lane - a foray into EM

    Hi Will,

     

    A timely post as I happen to be working on some VGAs (and other vans) myself. I think what you're referring to are Chivers axle boxes, these aren't available as Chivers are no longer trading.

     

    On mine I used BR hooded axle boxes from 51L Models. Not sure how well it shows in the photo but here's one of mine.

     

    Glad to see you're going down the Bill Bedford route - it's the only way! ;)

     

    Cheers,

    Wayne

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  25. big jim's workbench....it's all gone a bit yellow!
    big jim's workbench....it's all gone a bit yellow!

    mentor is looking good, this has been one build ive really enjoyed doing, only a couple of evenings work to get to the stage shown below and an absolute pleasure to build

     

    this is how i clamped the sides while the glue set, left it overnight and it is solid!

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    scraped, cut and rubbed the detail off the ends

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    cleaned off glue residue from around the window holes etc

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    marked up and curved the end panels

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    and glued them in place

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    back to the roof, filled in gaps with squadron putty and cut the remaining roof area at an angle for the observation window

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    and fitted up

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    superglued those in place and again squadron putty in gaps

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    also filled in the edges between the etches and when set rubbed them back

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    it was then onto someohe finer detail bits of the etch, shane says he had trouble with some of these parts not being produced correctly with no fold scores but i managed to do something with them

     

    generator intake

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    fuel tank

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    this one i did struggle with though

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    body on the chassis

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    end gangway spot glued in place, will be removed to paint the coach

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    few more its to add, these make up fire pull handles,hinges, door handles and fuel tank gauges

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    then last job, window frames (on one side) secured in place with glue and glaze

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    the big bit is going to be the roof areas, luckily as well as prototype pics i have the real thing to use as refrence in work this week!

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    im going to have a nose inside tomorrow with a view to getting the floorplan as i am feeling like detailing this inside with lights etc, i have a spare lightbar from a Hornby mk2 that is ideal for the job

     

    one final question, my model has the wrong bogies, do Hornby do suitable ones on any coaches in their range?


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