Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Big update (again!)

I have not been keeping this blog up to date mainly because I have not really been able to do very much to the railway for some time as we have been doing a lot of other things that have taken up my time.

The locomotive stud has been added to with the addition of a LAT locomotive built from a PDF kit.

The LAT body ready for paint

The kit consists of a 1 piece body with a chassis block that has a few extra pieces bolted on plus an engine block to fill in that big hole.

The body was sanded off as the 3D printing process does leave striping marks behind as the various layers are added one at a time. This does take some time but it is worth doing as it leaves a good surface for the paint to be applied.

The chassis went together very quickly with the side plates bolted on and the engine mount fitted along with the motor itself. Wheels and gears completed the build ready for use

The body and chassis were bolted together to make sure everything fitted and it all looked good.
Loco in one piece

With the engine casting fitted the loco looks great
 Wiring followed and then the external paint and the roof were added. The loco was lightly weathered and had other details added.

It doesn't yet run as a loco as I am aiming on creating a battery and control wagon to run with the smaller locos that has not yet been built so the LAT will not be seen running for a while yet.
The roof, vents and paint added. 

Completed (almost) loco out on the railway.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Wittenberg Schafer Loco

This little box cab locomotive is a nicely detailed kit from the Houston Gate Locomotives Works and is one of their usual laser cut wood kits. It features some nice extra detail and a neat 4 wheel drive chassis.
Kit contents

The kit also includes some vac formed windows which will make the glazing much easier.

I started by making the chassis which has extra detail for the drive shaft access panels and some nice axle boxes plus some nice chassis framing that is added to the sides and could be painted and added after the rest of the chassis is painted if you wanted to make them a different colour.

The chassis under construction

Once the frame is dry the axles boxes, wheels and motor are then added.

The buffer beams are completed with overlays which have rivet detail etched in although I decided to add some plastic rivet heads to them and some bolt heads to the drive shaft covers.

The chassis nearing completion
Once this had all dried I added the buffer beams and then I could get on with the body
The body under construction

This is a simple box structure with an engine compartment at the front which has a removable lid which has an air filter and control panel on it.

The engine bay is reasonably large and took 4 AA nicad's and the remote control board. An on/off switch and charger socket were added to the cab engine bay wall. Once complete the body was glued to the chassis.

The roof was now built. This is a removable roof to allow access to the batteries and consists of a frame covered with plywood sheet.

With all sections complete paint was then added and the model is slowly taking shape in a nice yellow and orange livery with framing in black.

The model is not yet finished, the final picture shows it's current condition.
The roof is removable and the frame is seen here drying

The model with the external painting almost complete.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Probably need to update more!

A very busy summer has lead to me not being able to update the site as I would have liked to so another big update is in order.

The railway is in the middle of a big rebuild in the station area. The platform will be relocated between the running lines in an island format and all the buildings will be repainted as they have begun to look rather shabby. The engine shed is also relocated to the opposite end of the station area.

I hope to get the track laying done this week and then the platform will be built before the weather really gets cold.

I have had some good time in the workshop where new wagons, coaches and locos have been built, all of which will be detailed in following posts.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Into 2018

A belated Happy New Year to you all now that we are all back to normality with the Christmas Decorations down and the last of the goodies being consumed.

It is usually during these long, cold, wet and dark days of winter that the garden railway modeler starts to plan the tasks for the coming spring and I am no different.

Firstly the steam up area needs to be connected to the main railway and this will be no.1 task when the weather improves plus a general tidy up.

Next the station area needs to be redone as it is currently not working. A new platform and moving the engine shed to a new area will be the main tasks plus I want to add fencing and some general clutter to the yard area.

The factory area will, hopefully, be started in 2018 although it might not be finished until next year, depends on time and money.

The kits I received at Christmas are waiting on the bench for me to get the time to start putting them together and I am planning on making a couple of videos of the process.

Lots to do, better get on with it!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Big Update Part 8 - Harecroft Threlkeld Quarry Runner Wagon

This is an unusual kit or at least the version I decided to build is. The kit is wonderfully designed and easy to build and because real wood is used its easy to distress and weather.
The top planks ready for distressing 
The three planks after being attacked by wire brush and craft knife.
Time for the chassis to get attacked. The top is pre attack and the bottom is post, The small blob on the bottom part is my blood!
With the chassis frame glued up the planks were placed on it to get an idea of the final look.
Couplings and axle boxes in place
The axle boxes and couplings have been painted whilst the frame has had a coat of indian ink very diluted.
The wheels have been added and the frame looks really good.
The planks have been added and the wagon is complete
Posed on the railway it looks really good.
This wagon will probably spend most of its time parked on a siding somewhere along with a couple of other decrepit pieces of stock although it does run but is quite light due to the lack of hiding places for lead weight. Matt, the designer of the kit, thinks this is the only customer version built to depict the wagon as it currently is as most others are built as working wagons.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Big Update Part 7 - Phil Sharples Little Steam Loco + Tender

Another kit from the Phil Sharples stable but this time its a locomotive. Its a small 0-4-0 steam outline powered by a couple of AAA batteries via an on/off switch so no speed control or direction control. It will be fitted with remote control in the future.
What the loco should look like I hope
The kit of parts in all its glory
The wheels are the first job complete with coupling rods.
Wheelsets ready for use
The chassis under construction
The body under construction
The boiler top detail added
The body with details added
Cab detail going in
Electrics in place
Almost complete and getting a test run
Last bits of detail going in. I also added rivet and bolt detail on the buffer beams.
Painting in progress
A little while later I bought a tender kit which is build in the same way as most of the wagons.
The loco completed
And the tender
I was going to get some nice pictures of the loco at Brambleton but one of the wheels slipped on the axle putting out the quartering and derailing the loco. It caused no damage but I didnt get the pictures. Once I sort out the wheel I will get those pictures.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Big Update Part 6 - Phil Sharples Fuel Bowser Wagon

This little wagon will join the PW train and brings a bit of interest to the setup.
The parts for the wagon using the Binnie Skip Chassis.
With all the parts painted and glued together only the hose needs to be fitted and finished.
With the hose, pump handle and hose hook in place it just needs touching up to complete.
Completed and on the line. Just needs numbering.
Another nice wagon joining the ever growing fleet of Phil Sharples wagons on the railway.