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When I rediscovered my old Scotsman I also found another of my childhood trains, this one an old Triang Transcontinental train set that I picked up second hand back in 1975. Shortly after buying it I repainted it silver & red and covered it with Southern Pacific logos which it ran under until being put away in a box in the early 80's.

 

The plan is to strip it back and repaint it as near to the original blue/yellow livery as I can get and at the same time extend the rake out to include a second some car and a dinning car.

 

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With the set stripped back and a few windows filled in, it's all had a first coat of blue paint. There's a few blemishes to deal with before they get a second coat.

 

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Looking good - what did you use to strip the old paint ?, seems to have worked well.

 

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There were 4 for sale (£30 or £10 each) on the s/hand 

stall at the CMRA Stevenage show in January.

If you're interested make me an offer, as they didn't sell!

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The double ended Transcontinental loco appears to have been inspired by the Victoria Railways B Class with its blue and yellow livery http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/b_class_page.htm no doubt intended to appeal to the Australian & Canadian toy train market as there was a reasonable likeness to the transcontinental trains running at the time in both countries. 

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Can I repeat the question about what you used to strip the paint? Also what was the type of paint you originally used, enamel or acrylic?

 

TIA, Tim T

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Looking good - what did you use to strip the old paint ?, seems to have worked well.

 

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I used a 50/50 Dettol/Water mix. Drop the bodies in, leave for 48 hours and wash off.

It took about 3 goes to strip the bodies right back.

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There were 4 for sale (£30 or £10 each) on the s/hand 

stall at the CMRA Stevenage show in January.

If you're interested make me an offer, as they didn't sell!

I've a rake of 7 coaches at the moment. I'm looking for one more standard coach to convert into a kitchen/dining car.

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The double ended Transcontinental loco appears to have been inspired by the Victoria Railways B Class with its blue and yellow livery http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/b_class_page.htm no doubt intended to appeal to the Australian & Canadian toy train market as there was a reasonable likeness to the transcontinental trains running at the time in both countries.

 

You are correct. In Uk and Canada they marketed them as Triang Railways. In Australia they did a Victorian Railway version.

 

Right now I'm in two minds whether to letter the set TR or VR.

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Can I repeat the question about what you used to strip the paint? Also what was the type of paint you originally used, enamel or acrylic?

TIA, Tim T

The take was originally painted sliver/red in Humbel enamels. They've been repainted in blue acrylic.

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The 2nd coat of blue has gone on Triang Transcontinental set. On three of the coaches, where I've filled on the windows, they need a 3rd coat.

 

The only one I haven't done is the mail coach which still needs some attention to tidy up the windows I've cut into it.

 

The loco is looking good. Once dry I'll get it masked off for the yellow paint.

 

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I've also rebuilt the seating are if the dome coach with scale seats. The rear observation coach will also get the same treatment.

 

I'm in two minds whether to build new interiors for all the coaches.

 

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Cameronian arrived today in need of some tlc.

After seeing her condition, I think I paid over the odd for her.

 

But nothing that can't be fixed. She'll be next on the list, after the Triang Transcontinental set is finished, and I've got an old rake of Hornby teaks for her to haul.

 

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But now an update on the transcontinental train set. I've made a right pigs ear of the pin stripping!

 

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Plus, I don't like the black roof. I think I'll repaint it grey.

 

But pinstripes part side, I've decided to go with interiors. Ive made up the basic structure of the two sleeper cars from 30thou plasticard.

The next question is how far to go with the detailing?

 

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A busy week at work, so not much progress with the Triang Transcontinental refurb.

 

What I have achieved is the basic paintwork on the loco body. I've a decal sheet on order, along with a name plate, which will go on before I turn my hand to weathering.

 

I've also made a second attempt at pinstripe. This time for more successful. Five of the seven coaches done. The Mail Car and Kitchen Car are still to do.

 

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Triang transcontinental loco painted. Now ready for a gloss coat ahead of decals going on.

Dull coat and weathering to follow. I'm going to give weathering powered a go on this one.

 

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Old school Tri-ang Railway Transcontinental refurb update.

I've finished painting the loco. A few bits of detail to add before it gets a gloss cost.

It's come a longs way from the silver/red livery it once wore.

 

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I took Cameronian out for a test run the other night at the local railway club. Unfortunately it didn't go as well as expected. It turns out the it suffered from broken valve gear as some point, which had been repaired with superglue - which explains why the drive wheels didn't turn smoothly. Anyway, glue can unstuck, valve gear partly dropped off. Now loco broken. Gotta figure out how to fix it now.

 

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The new chassis for Cameronian arrived yesterday and is now fitted. I did notice that while the actual chassis blocks are the same, the detailing on Cameronian's original chassis is much finer. While this will get her up and running, I'm still looking to get the original valve gear fixed.

 

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It's been a while since I posted an update on the old Triang transcontinental diesel unit I'm refurbing.

Since the last post, buckeye coupling and vacc pipes have been added to the front, and decals have gone on.

 

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Then I had a go at weathering it with weathering powder. First attempt With the stuff. A complete disaster.....

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I've started putting decals on the coaches. I've got a bit of a problem as the decal sheet doesn't have the 'Tri-ang Railways' lettering for the coaches. I'm going to have to get creative and make some of my own.

 

The interior are also coming along nicely. I've just the dining car to build to complete the set. Then it's a decision on how far to go with the detailing.

 

Personally, I think the whole set is starting to come together nicely. Only problem is I don't have a OO gauge layout to run it on, and my local club layout is only big enough for a loco plus four..... ☹️

 

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With the transcontinental nearing completion, I'll let you have a sneak preview of the next one on the work bench.

 

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A new toy arrived today. Soon to be going under the knife to become 2006.

 

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A subtle change of direction with this thread. Since rediscovering my old Flying Scotsman and Tri-ang Railway diesel set, and rebuilding both to how I wanted them to look back when I was a boy, it's rekindled an interest in completing other childhood projects that due to a lack of knowledge, time and skill, either fell by the wayside or were never completed to the standard  I wanted.

 

The Mountain has been on my wish-list of locos ever since I found the GA drawing for in a book sometime around 1980, but never saw an progress beyond a few pencil lines doodled on a Triang A3 body - which was luck for my Scotsman...

 

A Bugattti nosed P2 has been there almost as long and thanks to Hornby releasing the A4, got as far as crude body and tender.

 

Both may progress a little further this time.

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The mountain Chassis had been tested and checked over short radius turnout, and runs fine.

 

Time to start looking at the body.

 

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First coach on the transcontinental set completed. Lettering, weathering, internal and glazing all done. Pretty please with it.

 

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