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Phil Parker

Garden Rail 293 - January 2019

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View from the end of the platform


Time travel in a 1929 Railbus by Dave Skertchly


The Biscuit Tin Railway by Larry Sampson


Robertson's "Re-Recyled" Railway 2018 by Lew Robertson


Hereward the Wake – The Bodging by John Rogers


The Cathedral Mountain Railway – The Bridge by Ralph Pitcher


A Basic Engine Shed in 16mm Scale by Ray Byde


Constructing the Swift Sixteen Uncovered Wagon by Greg Oehm


Annie by Steve Howard


Giant's Causeway Tramway Car No. 9 by John Perkin


Water Water everywhere, but not for my engine? by Alan Macfarlane


Isle of Man railcars by Mike Buttell


Mailbox/Diary dates


Product News


The Minimum Railcar by Chris Dowlen

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It's just been pointed out that some text has gone missing from the Biscuit Tin Railway article between pages 19 and 20. The missing text is:


Rod has made a number of trams based on prototypes from Britain and Munich.


The question has been asked as to how Rod produces his models and where does he get his plans from? The answer is that he does not use plans – he works from photos or any other source material he can get.


For instance, Rod made a detailed model of an Indian railways NDM6 using a 16mm/ft Roundhouse Model of the same loco which he borrowed from a fellow garden railfairer. He measured the 16mm model and reduced the dimensions pro-rata. Rod’s model used the chassis from a Marklin Tram and a body made from plastic sheet. This, of course is a prototypical model but often Rod will produce a model based upon an impression of the railway itself – for instance the little DHR 0-4-0 tank Locomotive. He has used photographs for the Kalka- Shimla Railcars and scaled it accordingly.


The BTR has a range of around 50 coaches and freight wagons based upon English and Indian prototypes. The earliest were models of Corris railways coaches (now 37 years old) made from cereal packets. These are detailed, painted and varnished and are still running. The bogies are made from plastic with Romford wheels – these are later additions to improve running. The last coaches to be made are models of DHR coaches in blue livery with opening doors. Rod has also made a model of the post coach used on the Indian Hill Railway. Some of the coaches are made with working tail lamps and others carry Indian LV signs in place of the lamps.


When Rod started working in this scale he found that the only ‘people’ available in the scale 10mm/ft were from Scalextric. These however were


I'm sorry that this has happened.

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