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  1. Wellyboots

    Parkside Models

    As Parkside have now been aquired by Peco I thought it might be worth stating a discussion thread for the range in the Peco area. At the moment the Peco website only has holding page for the range; https://www.peco-uk.com/page.asp?id=parkside Dundas Models remains independent and has it's own website; http://www.dundasmodels.co.uk/home.html Regards
  2. In a well ordered and just society I would be able to blame Gareth. The fact that I can't is annoying me somewhat and I think that deep down he (Gareth, whose default fault assuages so many wrongs and set backs) is avoiding any blame just to vex me. But I suppose then he is to blame for something... On that happy note on to the dirty wagons that are 'fresh' - if that is the right word - from the paint shop. It's worth remembering how dirty the old railway was (and the modern one is more than a little skanky too). Even the Edwardian railways couldn't keep humble fright stock clean - it very rapidly become dirty, even in the Elysium fields of the green and pleasant lands served by the GWR (Gods knows what it was like up in the dark satanic mills of the north - black and white pictures don't do the muck justice). Soot, filth and rust soon covered wagons, and that's before we deal with 1) inconsistent paint mixes and 2) weathering through oxidation and fading. And don't forget the chalk marks that seem to adorn almost every wagon. So if your little Disney land has immaculate wagons in ex-works conditions its probably time to get out the paints and practice your dry brushing and if you have one, use of an airbrush... Here are the latest attempts to get the muck spread around: This trio are all 4 plank opens (no diagram number was ever given to these examples) This is a very faded V6 Iron Mink. It's also got the lettering in the wrong positions (deliberately on my part - can't say what the signwritter at the time thought he was doing). Don't believe me? Have a look at John Lewis' lovely little book on the Iron Minks. And an N13 loco coal wagon. Here are three different 'Minks'. 16280 is a V12 (non vacuum braked example) with twin end louvre ventilators, 16685 is a V12 vacuum fitted DC3 braked example with an offset V hanger together with twin end louvre ventilators, and 93182 is a V16 vacuum fitted DC3 braked wagon with twin end bonnet ventilators. They all started off as Coopercraft V4s - the main differences between all of these wagons is brake gear, wagons ends, and buffers. I think you can get 21 different diagrams (or subsets of diagrams) from the humble Coopercraft V4 7' 6" kit so watch this space. This lot are 5 plank O4s with a solitary O2 7 plank and O15 vacuum fitted 5 plank.
  3. A few weeks ago I began scratchbuilding two S Scale Scottish private trader wagons. These particular wagons were built by R Y Pickering based on the Caledonian Railways' Diagram 22 design. Still in the early days of their construction so far only the floor and solebars have been constructed; the solebars and headstocks being made up from Evergreen plastic strip. Scott
  4. The E2 project isn't abandoned, I just need to get around to doing the body. Ok, so, I haven't been on recently much as has been established for a bunch of reasons. My modelling progress has ground down to a halt and I've made little progress on my layout. Well, really it's almost none as I have been 'waggoning' more than anything and before I make much progress on the layout I wish to get Dingham couplings fitted to a enough examples to accurately test if I like them. This means I need to establish a few wagons fitted with them to give the electro-magnets enough to play with. Is 4 enough? Letters and numbers a bit messy as they are a swine to apply. Coal rave removable. (I just bent the legs outward to provide springing, easy!) As you can see by my above two trucks, they have now both received tare weights and such like, yet probably not without error as my research in the matter seems to show more variance than standard answers, also to my surprise the bigger the truck and the more planks does not give accurate estimation of capacity as you can have smaller examples with a higher rating. Oh well. I've done my best and made up a style that I hope is believable; certainly they look much more complete now. "The 4mm Wagon PART ONE - Opens, Minerals and Hoppers (by) Geoff Kent" has been my main reference and research tool and what a great book it is too. The following is a little example of how awkward things can get sometimes, but with perseverance a result can be obtained. I brought a second hand flat tanker and wished to convert it, sadly just swapping the wheels on this one gave ropey performance and so I needed some form of springing or compensation. Unlike the Bill Bedford units that I have been using a lot, I thought I'd try out some MJT Compensation Units. Partly for experimental reasons of product and method type, and partly due to me not wanting to hack the W Irons to bits. I've found this to be 'doable' on a kit but with an RTR example where everything is as one, it's a bit more difficult. So... I removed a wheel-set, Ultrascale in this case (I have to say, as much as I like their loco' wheels, I don't like the wagons wheels - not going to waste though) and after some filing and gentle hacking managed to get the pivot base in place, but... Oh dear! Not going to be simple. So, I guess it's time for some severity with another classic Knux bodge job. Body / tank off, cut accommodation hole for the unit to drop through, pack edges with plastic card. Very crudely I might add, as it's out of view I made zero attempt to do it nicely. Ugly. Superglue blooming is obvious. I took little care with the packing. As I hope you can see this was done to provide a base for a false floor within the tank. It was estimated and 'dummy ran' until the desired height was achieved. Due to the weight now being in the way I had to push glue it inside the tank further up. This also gave opportunity to trap some extra lead weight in there too behind the weight as you may be able to see. True, the centre of gravity is a bit higher, but not enough to cause issues. Flipped over. And err, done. Result! What a faff that was, it runs better now, just not as smooth and free flowing as springs, but it seems to do it's job so I'm happy. - Topside with Dingham couplings installed. On this wagon I had to deform the couplings slightly to change heights but they still work. Probably my error. Next to another wagon kit that I built up. As yet this is the first time you have seen it, no tare weights yet though. Next to another wagon I built. This is another fictitious livery. In my reference books there was a Sudrian pre 1915 NWR railway called the Wellsworth & Suddery, so I've had a stab at a 'might be'. Next to an old 1978 Airfix brake van I brought from the model railway club for £2, (can't whinge) even better is the fact that when I popped some P4 wheels in, it decided to run beautifully and still does. Rare indeed! Clearly I need to paint the (I think) sole bars grey and the detail is dated to say the least...and the brake shoes are in line with the W Irons, but again, £2 for a sweet easy conversion. I can live with that. It offers scope for future fiddling's if I fancy also. P4 wagon line-up thus far. The far left 3 are Dingham fitted, plus the brake van on the right. The rest are 3 links, most of which couple up to the Dingham's - yet a few have an attitude problem and will not co-operate. Never mind. This pic I just think looks nice. I'm quite happy with my weathering and painting. The coal rave extensions on one wagon are removable. Sorry if the picture quantity is undesirable. It has been a long time since I posted anything that may be interesting though. What you think?
  5. Hi all, Some time ago I saw a photo of an RAF tug (one of these Schopf machines I believe) as part of the load of an MoD train. However, I can't find it or any similar images anywhere on the internet. Can anyone here point me in the right direction? I'd also be interested in any other obscure military loads for Warwells, Warflats, OCAs, etc. Thanks in advance! Ed
  6. I'm refurbishing a few Airfix Brake Vans. I'm removing the old moulded ventilators and stove pipe and I'm trying to source a supply of the ventilators as used on the BR 'standard' brake vans. Any suggestions? Many thanks for any help.
  7. I purchased for a small sum (£10 for 12 wagons) a lot of older/cruder N Gauge wagons with the intention of using them on a BR(WR) layout set in the 1950s/60s.There's a few decent wagons in the bunch that I have rebuilt with metal wheels, added weight, NEM pockets and weathering, but there are a couple of wagons I'm not sure about. The first wagon is Peco NR-43W, which is a GWR 12t twin vent van. How accurate is the model? Would this have survived in GW grey, would have been repainted completely or simply patch painted? Would it have had any new braking systems added? The second wagon is Farish 2404-LN01 which is another 12t twin vent van, but it's of a design I can't seem to find a photo of. It looks almost SR style with the ironwork but with GW profile ends. Is it a work of fiction? Thanks you in advance for any and all help. Cheers, Jack
  8. Welsh Railway Records Volume 2 – Barry Railway Drawings By Trefor Jones, Mike Morton Lloyd and Rhobat Bryn Jones 144 pages, A4 size. Printed on gloss paper with laminated board covers. Drawings of 19 locomotives, 2 motor cars, 14 coaches, 2 brake vans and 6 wagons. 80 photographs/ illustrations and 2 maps. Livery and numbering details. This is the second volume in the Welsh Railway Records series, which includes the drawings of Trefor L Jones and Mike Morton Lloyd, with additional drawings by Richard Evans. Livery information comes from ‘Great Western Way’ by kind permission of Cliff Harris and the Historical Model Railway Society. The drawings are reproduced at a consistent 7mm scale, as they were originally drawn, and includes some locomotives as rebuilt by the GWR. They form an invaluable resource not just for modellers but also for historians who wish to learn more about that fascinating period from 1836 to 1922 when Wales had so many of its own railway companies. The introduction has returned to original source material to give a history of the Barry Railway, whilst the Appendices give build, renumbering and withdrawal details of all the locomotives owned by the Company, and details of rolling stock types and their renumbering upon absorption into the GWR in 1922. RRP £20.00 plus £3.50 p&p Shop on line at wrrc.org.uk BEING LAUNCHED AT THE LITTLE CARDIFF SHOW on 26th January Jonathan
  9. Having discovered how to load images to the blog here is a picture of the rolling stock so far acquired for this new 'O' gauge adventure. Now the serious modelling must begin - (1) A layout plan would be useful and much research is currently going on as to what exactly can be done in 7mm scale on a 12 x 2 foot board... It will probably evolve rather like my adventures in 4mm scale, piecemeal - but it needs some overall idea as space is at such a premium. (It would be more than eassy to wind up with some totally unworkable sidings etc.,) (2) I have some Peco kits of lineside features to make up such as signals, level crossings etc., and will get cracking on these with photos to follow, providing 'Hagar the Hamfisted', does not make too much of a mess of them - if these work out OK then I might get a kit for a wagon to try out - probably Parkside... (3) Design, develop a style and paint a backscene that works, first get hold of some bendy MDF to paint on - I am thinking that 2 foot high should be ample... (4) Do a whole lot more research into finding out about such little things as the spacing between telegraph poles - what would a 1950's layout be without these? It all promises to be quite enjoyable, but I intend not to rush at it but let it evolve at its own pace... For now Bill
  10. Recently saw a small undated photo in an old rail magazine of two 37's (possibly 37/9's?) hauling an ore train past the former Isis Link depot sidings at Cardiff Canton. There appears to be piles of round timber stacked alongside the fairly overgrown sidings. Were these awaiting loading onto OTA's for shipping away by rail and if so were they destined for Shotton Paper, Hereford, Chirk or somewhere else? Thanks as always for any help.
  11. I'm fitting new underframes to a rake of 4mm Hornby OAA's and was wondering if anyone supplies the handbrake levers as an etch? Also, what replacement buffers can I use on these wagons? Thanks for any help.
  12. I should know this but am ashamed to say that I don't, so can someone please elucidate ? I had always assumed that wagons were painted 'bauxite' to indicate that they were vacuum-braked stock and to distingush them from loose-coupled vehicles which were painted grey. Is this the case ? In my spotting days (early 1950's until the end of steam on the western region) virtually all the freights that I saw (or, more accurately, recall seeing) were comprised of loose-coupled wagons. My reason for asking is that I recently noticed model wagons being advertised for sale bearing the livery description along the lines of : 'bauxite early'. Does this simply indicate that there was a change in the shade of bauxite with which wagons were painted ? If so, when did the change occur ? And were non-fitted vehicles ever painted bauxite ? And, if so, from what date did this occur ? In addition I also assume (Ah, that dangerous 'A' word again ! ) that bauxite-painted (ie fitted) wagons were not able to be included in goods trains along with loose-coupled vehicles unless located immediately behind the locomotive? Or am I (Again ! I hear you cry) talking rubbish ?
  13. I'm am modify a number of my wagons [LMS, GWR and LNER mostly with some PO (RCH and Gloucester type) mineral trucks] and am looking for suitable sprung buffers with the correct head diameters. MJT seem to do a good range, and from trawling the web I seem to get the impression that most wagons pre-BR had 13" buffer heads. Would this be correct? Many thanks, John
  14. June 2014 was my last post on RMweb, due to a house move back in August my modelling activities had to take a bit of a back seat. I am pleased to say that over the last couple of months I have managed to sort out a new dedicated modelling area and unpacked enough tools for me progress with some modelling. A little bit of progression has been made on the two Scottish Private Trader Wagons. These are currently being scratchbuilt in S Scale and are beginning to look a little more wagon like. Please ignore the cross bracing, these are only temporary and are placed in position to help prevent the wagon sides from bowing inwards whilst the glue cures. I normally leave these in position untill the wagon is completed.
  15. Further progress has been made with painting the Caley wagons. A coat of gloss varnish was applied, then the decals, then another coat of gloss varnish to protect everything. Friday morning I sprayed the wagons with their final coat of matt varnish before disaster struck. For the first time I used Humbrol matt varnish, everything was going great until the varnish started to dry-slowly the wagons were turning white before me eyes. Having done some research on this phenomenon I believe it is caused by there being too much matting agent in the varnish, and unfortunately is virtually impossible to remove. So now the remedial work begins..... Scott
  16. ScottW

    NBR Brake Van

    A friend, and fellow member of the East of Scotland 4mm Group, has been designing a number of 4mm etched kits covering the various designs of NBR brake vans. Very kindly he agreed to produce some S-Scale etches for two of the designs and over the last few weeks I've managed to make a start on one of the brake vans. The first brake van being worked on is a rebuilt version of the original Holmes design with narrow planking, two doors and two veranda's. So far the van is about 50% complete, there are no W irons included with the etches so these will have to be sourced from else where.
  17. Does anyone produce yellow circle 'Circuit' Tranfers in 4mm scale? I'm after the yellow circles with 'Circuit' written in black with a black arrow pointing downwards. Thanks for any help.
  18. Hi all, I have a series of commissions to produce some 4mm wagons in Loadhaul livery. That set me thinking and searching! I started with Wikipedia which gives a rough guide to Loadhaul having in the region of 3500 wagons. The question is - How many of these received the Loadhaul paint scheme? I started over on the DEMU Members Forum but then expanded my search to here and got some more results. The list - so far? BBA 910547 BDA DB950320 DB950414 DB950772 950910 950644 950385 950467 BFA 950526 BIA 910450 BOA 990004 BPA 965008 965011 BSA 900196 900032 CEA 360115 360283 361605 361642 361816 HEA TBC HKA TBC HOA TBC HPA 983239 983271 992714 992804 992836 993173 993194 993230 MEA 391211 391230 391207 391204 391216 391222 MKA 390254 390293 393000 393035 390268 391222 391223 391235 390201 390253 393009 393001 393014 393020 393024 393033 393034 393014 393054 393502 393022 MTA 395251 to 395405 395374 OCA 112284 112171 112258 122398 112229 RAQ 955094 RUQ 993830 993880 993754 VBA 200606? YGB DB982583 DB982587 DB982578 DB982472 DB982652 DB982911 YWA DB996461 DB996663 ZBA DB972644 ZCA DC460080 DC460065 DC460113 DC460702 DC460255 DC460252 DC460944 DC460282 DC461099 DC460702 DC460165 ZFV 993024 993111 993411 DB993230 DB992804 DB993279 DB993024 ZKA 390293 ZUA DB993882 DB993876 993715 993718 993826 993882 ZUB 993826 Where have I searched so far? Photos on DEMU Forum - I've found them Photos on here - I've found them Photos on Paul Bartlett - I've found them Photos on Martyn Read - I've found them Photos on Andy Jupe - I've found them Still looking for more photos - either to confirm wagons already listed or to add new to the list. Thanks
  19. Hi, Been meaning to join and make something on here for a long long time to do with my weathering projects and various other little things. I plan to hopefully make a small update each week or something along those lines, although everything that I will post will probably be a work in process. Comments and Criticism is very much welcome! So I guess I should probably start off with one of my small personal projects that I'm in the process of finishing up. I've got 4 of these seacows by Bachmann which is gonna be used on my layout a lot with it being a virtual quarry. I've already finished one, although it's currently on the layout which I have not been able to work on due to my uncle being on holiday. I've got two on the bench as we speak, with this one just almost finished. Although, an iPhone 6 camera doesn't seem to be that great these days. I've got a fair few Class 66s to work on as we speak, so my next little update will be when I get a few of them finished.
  20. I've got a number of Cambrian Dogfish ballast hopper kits to build and I'd like to add the brake rigging between the vacuum cylinder and the opposite end brake gear. However, I've not been able to find a real version to stick my head into. Can anyone advise on how the brake rigging is passed by or through the hoppers please? I'm not sure but does it run in a duct through the actual hopper (as I believe was the case for piped coke hoppers)? Ian S
  21. + Often PO wagons would go missing, co-opted by other operators. A well document example are the GWR Sheet Rail wagons found so useful by other Companies that the GWR dispensed with the rail to stop them from eloping. Of the various private North Somerset Coal Mines, was there much of a named collieries wagons getting lost amongst those of other collieries fleet? Noel
  22. Since my last post about adding 4mm wagon kits to our 7mm range we have been commissioned to produce some additional wagons these will be ready round about Easter next year. The second batch of 4mm wagons will be: NER/LNER/BR/PO P5/P17 hopper NER/LNER/BR/PO R2/4 Coke hopper NER/LNER/BR S1 Ore hopper. I will up date everyone once design work has commenced. Marc
  23. Now being printed and available from the middle of this month, the final part of the three part record and account of the wagons of the LNWR. Highly detailed and well illustrated with drawings and photographs throughout, this final volume broadly covers coal wagons, ballast wagons, tram trolleys and brake vans. Appendices cover Crewe Tranship shed, an early use of the distribution "hub" idea, ropes and sheets and finally additions and corrections to the first two volumes. This volume also has a comprehensive and accurate index to all three volumes in the series, mainly thanks to initial work by Pete Davis and exhaustive checking and additions from my good friend Nick Smith, thank you to both. And thank you also to the authors and members of the LNWR Society who made all the information available. Design work is by Steve Philips and printing and production has all been done in the UK by Amadeus Press in Cleckheaton. LNWR wagons vol 3 cover.pdf A dust jacketed cloth covered hardback with gold blocked spine, sewn binding and all produced on high quality art paper. Design and appearance consistent with volumes 1 and the hardback version of volume 2. £42.50, available direct or better still support your favourite specialist or independent bookseller by buying it through them. Stockists will include The Titfield Thunderbolt in Bath, Ian Allan bookshop at Waterloo, James Hudson in Matlock, Booklaw in Nottingham and others besides. I will update this thread when I have a firm date for availability. Simon Castens
  24. Firstly Apologies to anyone trying to download new instructions from the web site. I'm having some IT issues with the laptop which contains all our instructions hoping to have things fixed shortly. Thank you in advance for your patience. We will be showing our new Ready to Run Wagons at Reading show. If you want one please order before the end of October to guarantee you get one. Both are being produced in a small batch so availability will be short. Both are £150 and ready lettered. The first is a Midland/LMS/BR Bunker Coal wagon (used for road stone after 1935) and the second is a Midland/LMS/BR Shunter's Truck.
  25. ScottW

    Paint Your Wagon

    A few weeks ago I decided that it was time to start painting some wagons. After all, one of them has been waiting about sixteen years for a lick of paint. The wagons in question, three in total, are all Caledonian Railway and have been scratchbuilt from Plasticard. Two are mineral wagons to dia. 22, one of which has been converted to a coke wagon by the addition of extra planks above the main body. The third wagon is a four plank open to dia. 24. It is this wagon that was built sixteen years ago and is one of my first S-Scale models. There is still a little way to go to finishing the wagons, not least a bit of weathering to remove that pristine look. Scott
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