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4 View from the end of HAVE CHAINSAW,
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View from the end

of the platform
Back to the workshop good idea, can I point readers
at another possibility?
Over on our RMweb forum,

ecember signals time for me we are running The Cake Box
to wish all our readers the Challenge, a competition to
compliments of the season. build a diorama that will fit into
Hopefully tis the season to be merry a standard 8 inch square, 6 inch
but for most, at least in the UK, tis the tall cake box. Each scene has to
season to retreat to the workshop in include at least two railway items,
front of a roaring log fire and indulge in anything from a locomotive to a
some model making. tail lamp is acceptable, but apart
Some of these models on the bench from that the only limit is your
will be presents from Christmas past. I imagination.
know I have a few kits that have been Entries will be posted
maturing for a few years, but that on the forum
doesnt mean Im any less pleased to find and judged
a new one under the tree. by votes
Family and friends should be grateful towards
to our hobby. When the question, the end of
What would you like for Christmas? 2018.
is asked, we dont struggle for ideas. No This might not
socks or amusing ties for us. Railway seem like much
modellers can simply brandish a copy of space for garden scale
Garden Rail to suggest that something modelling, but with some imagination, Cakebox mockup and 8 inch square board
from any of our advertisers would be its perfectly possible. Small scale doesnt seem a lot for the scale we tend to work
perfect. locos will fit in but not all lines used in, but with a little imagination, an attractive
scene is possible.
With potential gifts to suit every mechanical power people pushing
budget from model cats (whos layout wagons, horses, all make excellent
couldnt find space for another scale subjects for a non-moving scene. Garratt Scratchbuilt over 20 years, this
moggie) to live steam Garratts (Santa has Since the competition was my idea, fantastic Garratt was running on Portmadoc at
the Elsecar show.
failed me every year on that one so far) Ill going to have to build something
the choices are endless. A wagon kit is large scale just to prove it can be done.
both welcome and easy to wrap up too! If you fancy joining me, head over to
This month, we have the busiest www.rmweb.co.uk and look in the
Product News section for some time Modelling Zone for the BRM/RMweb
my present to our designer Neil Cakebox Challenge area for rules and
will have to be a shoe-horn to squeeze inspiration.
everything in! In the meantime, a Merry Christmas
Dark nights and weather that sees to all our readers.
only the hardiest of souls operating their
railway mean indoor pleasures appeal
and whilst something for the line is a

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The Ashford High Line

Adrian Johnstone builds a simple Gauge 1 garden track

en years ago I was attending a radius curves look unrealistic, and in The railway that floats over the flowers.
model railway exhibition and I any case smoke and steam and carpets
thought I smelt coal smoke. In dont mix: the natural home for live
a corner I found huge oval of track and steam is the garden so in 2015 I built and then pretty much disappear under
a live steam Garratt locomotive which, a simple Gauge 1 track in a small the ground in winter. That represents
whilst big for a model railway show, was garden. My particular interest is in a challenge, because I didnt want
tiny compared to the ride-behind live engineering rather than modelling. the railway to dominate the plants in
steam locomotives I was used to. Whilst I very much appreciate the summer, or to stand out too much in
This was my introduction to Gauge 1: super-detailed, beautifully turned out winter when the garden is dormant.
mainline (not narrow gauge) engines models that many of my friends run, Typical G1 garden railways are double
running on 45mm track. Since then Ive I dont think I could realistically face tracked affairs running on plywood
learned the intricacies of G1 technology, spending thousands on a model that I bases mounted on 75mm square fence
from simple pot-boilered spirit burner was going to set fire to and run round posts. In a large garden that can look
tank engines to water-jacketed fireboxes in the open. Similarly, constructing terrific, but on my small plot that would
for coal. beautiful outdoor models of stations be pretty ugly.
These days Im the one inside the track and infrastructure is not my thing. My Why fence posts? Well G1 engines
at shows, and I still find the spectacle of preferred style is to find an old unloved move fast. The scale is 1:32 and so a
a long train running at speed through engine, restore it to running order, and train doing a scale 90mph is running at
a reverse curve unmatched by anything then take the thing out and see it go. 3mph which is a determined walking
in the modelling world (real steam, real What I wanted for myself was a pace. If they start to run away, then they
smoke, and real sound: not effects) or simple, and relatively cheap, track on can go a lot faster than that, and indeed
even in the model engineering world, which I could test my engines, and on take off if you are really unlucky. You
where budgets almost never allow for a which I could perhaps run a train round need to be able to adjust the controls
detailed engine and a long rake of well whilst tending to the plants. Actually whilst they are running, and if they are
modelled coaches. the plants are the problem. Im a keen at ground level that is very hard on your
You would need to live in a mansion gardener, and my particular thing is back. G1 mainline tracks are usually
to build a complete G1 layout indoors: herbaceous plants and annuals that elevated to about 1m above the ground.
anything tighter than 3m (10 feet) put on a terrific display in the summer, (There are 16mm narrow gauge ground-
6 Garden Rail 280 | December 2017

level tracks with lovely scenic effects, then soaks up moisture again in winter, The garden cleared and ready for trackwork.
but those engines move slowly, and the levels shift. Thats why houses have good
preferred gas-fired technology is perhaps foundations.
a little more well-behaved than G1s Some soils are worse than others. For
traditional meths and coal.) instance, Salisbury Cathedral famously The reverse curve.
What I really wanted was a floating
track that would waft round just above
the flowers on slender supports. I dont
think my design is the last word in this
respect, but it certainly meets that main
criterion. It was also simple and cheap
to construct, at least by G1 standards. I
thought stainless steel and aluminium,
with a decking board top might do
the trick, but stainless steel tube is not
cheap. However, a few years ago IKEA
made a shoe rack with stainless runners,
and two of those provided enough tubes
to support my track, with one side
running on stainless steel shelf brackets
screwed to the fence posts.
I discussed the design with my good
friend Alan England, and in particular
some ways that I might arrange some
height adjustment. The problem is:
what looks like a nice calm bit of garden
is really moving around all the time. As
the ground dries out in summer and
Garden-Rail.co.uk | 280 December 2017

The track wafts from side to side of the deck


has foundations only just over 1m

deep, but they stand on a 9m thick
bed of weathered chalk atop another
11m of solid chalk. Thats going to be
pretty stable. At the other extreme,
heavy clay soils as I had in my previous
house can heave themselves about so
much that levels shift several inches in
a season. Live steam G1 engines dont
like downhill slopes because they have
no driver to close off the regulator,
so the engine can run away. We want
a level line, and regular track height
adjustment may be needed.
Alan went away to think, and came
back with something he had made out
of 3mm aluminium angle. He had slit
the angle on the bandsaw and bent the
ears back to make a bracket that could putting the finishing touches to the patio are at the bottom of the drawing.
be screwed to the underside of the track, so he never saw it in action. I There is an approximately 12m by 9m
track, then cut away the other end to built his prototype bracket into the growing area, and then at the bottom a
allow a hose clip to clamp the bracket top curve; Im rather pleased to have substantial free-standing building that I
to an upright. I worked up the design something he made for me doing the
a bit, using my CNC Sherline mill to
cut slots for the clip, and annealing
job it was intended for.
Peter helped me to draft a plan of
the aluminium on the kitchen hob the garden using a free Autocad-like What is the black soap method?
using the black soap method, taught 2D drawing tool called DraftSight When annealing aluminium, a trick
to me by another good friend and fine and then loaded it into Templot, the of the trade is to rub soap on to the
G1 engineer, Peter Jackman, before well-known and rather unintuitive track surface of the metal and then heat it
bending. planning software. The garden is slightly on the brazing hearth with a torch.
Sadly, Alan passed away just as I was wedge shaped. The house, and a large After a short time the soap turns
black. Turn the torch off immediately
Left: Track support detail. and allow the aluminium to cool
slowly. It should now be very soft and
Below: Cutting slots in the brackets on a malleable.
Sherline mill.

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Bending back the ears after the aluminium has

been annealed.

use as a combined workshop and office.

During 2014 I had finished clearing
the garden and laid out beds to suit
the railway. The running line is a basic
oval with 3m radius curves. The right
hand straight goes up the fence and the
return is a gentle reverse curve which
gets the trains swinging as they come
back towards the house. There is a single
trailing point off of the running line
leading to a pair of 5-6m long sidings
down to the house to hold stock and for
steaming up.
I spent quite a lot of time trying
different geometries for the deck board.
In the end I used an 18-segment circle
(thus an angle of 20 degrees between
segments) for the basic curves, adjusting
to suit on the transitions and the reverse
curve. I wanted an odd number so
that there would be straight section
alongside the top and bottom paths.
The track drifts from one side of the
board to another as it goes round the
Originally I planned to leave the deck steam engines. On the other hand, it always intended to use scaffold pole
board plain, but it was a little stark with doesnt stick brilliantly well to smooth uprights for robustness either side of
the track on it, so over the winter of planed deck board, so I may have to the path which is spanned by a lift-out
2014-15 I painted it with a proprietary regularly patch it up. section. In the end, I put in a scaffold
wood treatment that has some wax in Alan had wondered whether in the pole every five or so stainless ones and
it. This is quite good at shrugging off end the stainless steel tubes would made double-clamp versions of the
the oil and hot water thrown out by live be rigid enough... They are, almost. I bracket to suit.

The lifting section and scaffolding

pole support.

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The AT&T building, New York City. Goods trains

once ran straight through here.

The main running loop is around

24m long which comes out as just under
half of a scale mile; a train running at
a scale 30mph takes one minute to go
round. The track and points are Peco:
I found some excellent bargains on a
well-known auction website, and the
points in particular are very well made.
They might not suit the purist since the
code 200 rail is a bit chunky, but for a
test track like mine they look great, and
I like the look of nickel-silver outside.
The uprights are inserted into 10cm
diameter holes in the ground drilled
with an auger Peter lent me, and cleaned
up with a sharp trowel. I set the posts
using fast-curing concrete, the kind
that is sold for fence posts. About one
third of a bag was enough to hold each
one steady. The uprights, track sections
and brackets were assembled together
before concreting and then temporary roses. Rivet counters, on the other hand, is the New York High Line. This was
stacks of bricks used to hold everything might not enjoy my style of railway. an elevated freight line that ran down
in position whilst the concrete set. This Fortunately, theres space for everybody the Hudson River side of Manhattan
way the track geometry and neatness in Gauge 1. until the 1980s. They even punched
of the posts is assured without needing One other thing: the name. There it straight through existing buildings:
carefully measured groundwork. are not many prototypes for G1 style the Bell Labs building on the Lower
The garden is not overwhelmed by elevated lines. My father grew up West Side had freight trains running
the railway, and I rather like the look near the Bootle end of the Liverpool through it.
of my little tank engines fighting their Overhead Railway, which perhaps Much of the rest of the line is now
way past scale 3m diameter peonies and qualifies, and of course the first line into an elevated public park; I like the
London (Greenwich to London Bridge) juxtaposition of technology,
was built on a viaduct. trains and public
The New York High Line is now a public park. The real source of the name though gardens. n

Meet the
The real source of the name though
is the New York High Line. This was
an elevated freight line that ran down
the Hudson River side of Manhattan
until the 1980s. They even punched
it straight through existing buildings:
the Bell Labs building on the Lower
West Side had freight trains running
through it.
Much of the rest of the line is now
an elevated public park; I like the
juxtaposition of technology, trains and
public gardens.

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A Turntable for the

Cathedral Mountain Railway
Ralph Pitcher sends his locos for a spin

n my last previous article I
mentioned I hoped to finish the
turntable extension project by the
end of the year. But why did the line
need a turntable?
I had previously constructed a small
16mm scale turntable from a Ford
Escort wheel rim and felt that with
more space available it would be a
challenge to build a much bigger one
that would accommodate a G Scale
K27 or my Roundhouse Darjeeling
B, together with four wagons. That
was just an idle thought until I was
planning the track work on the final
extension and wished to utilize all my
surplus track. There was enough for a
long passing loop but I now had two
spare points and more spare curves, so
I needed to consider how to use them
and fit them into the loop. The points,
which were 10ft radius, could only of the main turntable bridge. The drop blocks and concrete infill that would
be fitted into the new passing loop in frame cradles would in turn be carried be needed, but would involve more
locations which would be too closely at each end by a pivoting bogie that ran time being spent on designing and
spaced to accommodate another on the circular track. constructing two made to measure
outer passing loop, so after much Needing to keep the weight down, I bridges. These would, however, provide
thought, my earlier idea of a large decided on an inverted arch span bridge two very accessible steam-up bays.
scale turntable was the only solution design because it would only have to Me and bridges, no clues here as to
to connecting the two tracks. The be wide enough to carry the track, which option was taken.
turntable of course would be an all any other form of bridge would need At last work now really began with
round asset (please excuse the pun) in side clearance and end up much wider much digging of the foundations for
turning trains around. and heavier. Another advantage of this the block work turret. This was a 6 inch
design was having the centre of gravity deep concrete pad which also required
Design thoughts of the bridge well below the circular a drain underneath that would carry
The obvious thought was to just build a carriage track on which it would be rainwater away from the centre of the
larger version of the previous turntable. rotating, thus making it very stable. block turret, hence more digging. Then
I could utilize a 42 inch diameter there was the new section of concrete
tractor rim and cut it down, but that Work begins pathway going around the turret to be
would not be large enough, so thoughts The obvious place to start is the laid, meaning even more digging and
of basing it on a circle of 4ft diameter bottom, or correctly speaking, the shovelling. I drove several lengths of
track appeared to be the easiest solution. foundations. I estimated that I needed steel tube into the ground to prevent the
I was kindly given the track and it a 6ft diameter width of blockwork to concrete foundation pad from drifting
seemed an obvious requirement to have support both the turntable and its outer away from the existing wall. The tops
four two axle bogies, two at each end of retaining wall. But, should I just build of the tubes I kept to a precise level that
the turntable bridge. an extension bulge to support it and corresponded to a block course of the
Copying previous welded structures the two approach tracks, something perimeter wall. Thus the turret block
on the CMR, I planned to use a solid which would consume a large amount wall courses would all correspond with
20mm square steel bar for the main of building materials, or a simple turret those in the existing wall.
turntable bridge and the two drop frame with two approach bridges? The second After the concrete foundation pad
cradles. They would each carry one end option greatly reduced the number of was laid and set, (with my drainage pipe
Garden-Rail.co.uk | 280 December 2017

in the centre) I built the wall with the The turret construction
blocks end ways on, giving a wall width begins. To avoid the
turntable pit becoming
of 18 inches and the centre left hollow. a swimming pool, a
Every other block being used on the large drainage pipe
end curve had to be tapered which was was included.
quite time consuming and hard work.
The ground plan of the turret was half
circular at its outer end with straight
sides joining it to the perimeter wall of
the extension. At four courses from the rain water. Hence my initial drainage measurements being the same. The
top I bricked the turret completely over. work and the 4 inch diameter pipe, circular carriage track would not be
To bridge the 3ft wide centre void I which would empty into a ditch. fixed down but free sitting, relying
had built a centre arch of blocks, which These top three courses would have to solely on the outer retaining slabs to
was then able to support two lines of wait until I had finished the complete hold it in position.
18 inch long blocks. These I set 10 mm turntable. Until I knew the exact height
apart so that rainwater would drain difference between the circular turntable Constructing the
away, down into my drainage pipe. carriage track and the track level of the turntable
Upon this layer I would later build passing loop which the turntable bridge I decided to start with the four bogie
the ring of bricks, two courses deep, that had to join with, I could not proceed units, suspecting that they would have
would carry the circular carriage track. with the brick work any further. to carry a lot of weight, so heavy duty
Around that would be a higher level of The circular brick base supporting and coarse scale wheels were the order
stone slabs cut and shaped to the outer the turntable carriage track would of the day.
curve of the track. This would hold the have to be at the exact height to ensure Searching through our store of
circular track in shape whilst leaving it that the turntable track levels were all steel offcuts I found a length of box
free to move a tiny amount sideways for the same. It also had to be absolutely section which was the required width.
temperature expansion and contraction. level and in a completely flat plane, By cutting length wise through it I
Finally, higher up again would with no undulations, otherwise the produced a channel section. Once cut
be the outer top guard course of turntable simply would not function. into four lengths each piece would
perimeter bricks which would ensure The circular track itself needed to be be slotted in the sides to take 45mm
that no loco could ever plunge off the a perfect circle to prevent derailments gauge Accucraft Lynton and Barnstable
end of the turntable! of the turntable bogies. This meant gondola axles. These would run in brass
The base of the turntable was that the outer retaining stone slabs channels that would be set square on
starting to resemble a model Roman which would limit the sideways to the track (parallel to the sleepers)
amphitheatre, which at its lowest centre movement of the track, also had to and not the frame of the bogie. This
level, would collect a large amount of be perfectly circular with all diameter would be a simple arrangement with the
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Using a cardboard template to lay out the sides.

weight being taken across the full width

of the axles. To prevent axles dropping
downwards when lifted, I installed a
light gauge brass plate underneath each
unit that lightly sprung upwards at each
end against the lower edge of the axles.
These retaining plates were bolted to
cross members that were welded under
the bogie chassis. This would also make
changing axles very simple to do. A
centre spindle hole was drilled and
would be the bogies pivot point.
Next to build would be the two end
cradles that would each be supported
by two of the pivoting bogies. I needed
to keep not only the cradles as low
set as possible but also the turntable
bridge that they, in turn, would carry.
This would lower the centre of gravity
even more, thus increasing the general
stability of the turntable. I used 20mm
square bar for the cradles. This is a
The turntable carriage
very good material to use model wise. is supported by coarse
It might rust, but being solid will last four wheel bogies.
for years and if one grinds back the
edges to be welded, not only is there flattening off. By welding three pieces simple drop frame shape was achieved.
better penetration but there is very together with the centre length over The centre length that would carry the
little surface weld showing that needs lapped by the upper pivot ends, a ends of the turntable bridge, only just
cleared the circular carriage track. The
centre of the cradle was then drilled to
accept a bolt that would retain it rigid
to the turntable bridge, but would still
be able to be adjusted to ensure equal
dimensions between the bogie pivot
points on both sides of the turntable.
The final piece which was the inverted
arch span bridge that would link
everything together. First there were a
lot of measurements to be collected, the
most important one being the distance
between the two bolt holes in the
centres of the drop side cradles. This was
just a simple matter of placing the two
cradle units, complete with their bogies,
opposite each other on a temporary
circle of track which I checked for a

All the steelwork has been well painted in an

effort to repel rust.

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At first, the bridge was supported on the bogies

without a centre spigot but proved difficult to turn.

common diameter all around. I then together. I formed the two bow sections weight, at least changing a failed axle
positioned their centre drill holes over of the arches together as an identical would be quick and easy!
opposite rail joins on the track circle right and left handed pair. These were I now had the vital measurement
to ensure an accurate measurement. made from the 25mm angles that I cut which was the height difference between
This was checked at different points and shut to follow the template and I the upper deck track of the turntable
around the track circle thus giving me used a finished one to clamp the other bridge and the lower circular track
the distance needed between the bolt to it before welding. They were then on which the whole turntable steel
holes which would be drilled at either clamped to the deck edge members that structure would rotate. By measuring
end of the turntable. If the end cradles ran the full length of the bridge. The down with a gauge stick against the
were bolted to the turntable bridge deck edge members were cut from the existing level of track that was adjacent
even 1mm too far apart or too close 20mm square bar and they, in turn, to the blockwork turret, I would now
together, then one side or the other were clamped down on top of a short be able to finish the circular tracks
of the bogies wheel flanges would be length of steel girder. This ensured that supporting brickwork at the exact
binding against their rails. In a nut shell, there would be no welding distortion. height. In the event, it required two
all of the measuring was about one basic With the main welds completed, the courses of second hand engineering
requirement, which was the need for turntable was freed of all of the clamps bricks plus a layer of heavy, slate
all four of the bogie pivot points, not and the lighter steel braces could be coloured, floor tiles that I cut to shape.
only to have an equal length of radius added with no worries about the bridge Before cementing these down I checked
out from the centre of the turntable deck not being completely straight and the levels very carefully and with double
but also of the exact length of radius in flat. glazing plastic shims placed and glued
relation to the diameter of the circular The cardboard template was where required (different colours for
track. Another measurement was the invaluable in checking the various thicknesses) it was possible to
clearance of the circular track and measurements of all the internal braces achieve a very flat and level surface. The
the ends of the inverted arch, which and cross struts. Two heavy cross beams, stone sections that would support the
naturally had to miss each other. Also if each situated near the ends of the outside of the circular track also had to
I got the depth of the inverted arch too bridge deck, could now be drilled to be cut to shape and fixed very accurately
great, it would contact the surface of hold the fixing bolts of the step down so as to not push the track unevenly in
the lower block work. I was now able to cradles - hopefully the right distance one place and make it egg shaped.
measure that the best overall length of apart. The holes also had to be exactly Next came an outer and higher
the turntable bridge and its track would equal distance from the turntable bridge course of bricks at the same level as
be 4ft 8 and a half inches! With all of centre point and also equal distance in the turntable deck, followed by a final
this information, I marked out a full from either end, otherwise one end of higher perimeter course that would
size template of the bridge profile on a the turntable would be longer than the guard against any engines going over
length of cardboard. other, which obviously would not do. the edge. As the internal brick work
A mass cutting session with the When I picked up the completed had progressed, I had built up the outer
mechanical hack saw followed, and a structure, for the very first time, I was wall of the turret using more of my
mix of 20mm square bar, 25mm steel staggered to discover its heaviness. engineering bricks. I had corbelled out
angle section and various width steel Worries grew about the poor bogie these courses to add some detail to the
strap pieces soon awaited being welded axles that would have to carry all of this turret. But the very top course needed
18 Garden Rail 280 | December 2017

to be curved on its top outer edge to when an engine was moving on or off it. The amount of time spent thinking
make it more user friendly. My sister With the turntable being so heavy it was problems over, did however keep the
had salvaged a number of blue half absolutely rock solid when moving an old brain busy, which will hopefully
round engineering bricks from a skip engine from one end it to the other. So, prevent future daffiness. I do make lots of
and brought them where she knew they for the time being, no track alignment mistakes at times, but then I remember
would be used again. I carefully cut mechanisms are envisaged. a saying of my father, The trouble with
them in half, with a diamond cutting clever people is that they find too many
disc, and they finished off the turntable Was it worth it? reasons for not doing things. Well I
turret with their nicely aged patina. Was it worth all of the time and effort? cannot be accused of not doing things,
It took many times longer to construct only just not having a precise plan in
The turntable in use than I had originally thought. The place before starting. On the other hand
Now the big moment had arrived, simple notion of using a circle of 4 I did not have to spend much money on
after all the building work, would the foot diameter LGB track seemed an the construction, the blocks were from a
turntable actually work? To set it on appealing idea at the time as short demolished building and cost nothing,
the circular track, the bogies were first cut over other possible methods of the steel was mainly off cuts from a local
approximately placed on the rails, then constructing the usual basis of a steel fabricator and my own time was free.
the whole of the rest of the assembly turntable, a wide diameter single rail. One unexpected plus point was
was lifted on top with the pivot bolts In retrospect, I walked into the the visual surprise element. From a
being inserted one at a time as the turntable build with a blind faith that it distance one can see very little of the
bogies were each brought into position. would simply all work out. But having turntable, only the profile of the turret
My previous, much smaller, turntable a notional idea and then relying on wall. Although 9 inches in depth, the
used a centre spigot, but I had been measuring, cutting, and working things turntable remains hidden, deep down
apprehensive about using one in this out as I went along, was always likely below the top level of the turret with
construction. With the track not being to cause me problems on this complex only its track deck being evident. It
fixed down, a fixed centre spigot might project. Because of the larger diameter is only as one comes up close that the
have caused complications, especially over the previous turntable, I had turntable reveals all of its steel structure
if it was not absolutely dead centre. In assumed it would be easier to construct. together with its accompanying levels
the event the turntable did rotate, but Having, a 1mm margin of error in a 4 of circular brick and stone surround.
I found that it was quite heavy to push feet 3 inch diameter turntable would However it is the thought that this great
around. I was unsure as to the exact be proportionately tiny compared to heavy mass can now actually rotate
cause of this difficulty. I had used a having the same margin of error in my gracefully and safely with an engine on
dry silicone spray lubricant on the axles earlier 1 foot 8 inch diameter turntable. top that I think made the whole project
and their brass housings that hopefully But, in hindsight, trying to keep within worthwhile.
would not attract grime, but despite the that margin of error on that great It was a project that, once it was
lubrication I still needed to push both expanse of circular track was always started, had to be seen through to the
ends at once to whiz it around like a going to be very difficult. The bogie end. Although it is now finished and
childs roundabout. In the end I built axles were always going to have the same will be a useful addition to the garden
and installed the centre spigot which tiny gauge tolerance unless I went for railway, I am happy that the CMR
could be adjustable if necessary. It did much wider and coarser wheel rims. In will not require another turntable. Of
not carry any of the turntable weight the end the centre spigot came to the course when I say finished, there is still
but just acted as a rotating spindle. rescue but it was luck not judgement the little matter of the two approach
The moment of truth had arrived, that it was fixed dead centre. bridges... n
would it improve the turntables rotation.
One spin of the roulette wheel so to
speak would reveal all resulting in either
much happiness or upset. The result was
much relief as I could now happily now
spin it around quite freely. With even a
sudden, harsh push from only one end,
there was just a smooth motion with
no hint of derailing from the turntable.
This was for extreme test purposes only.
Of course with an engine in place, the
turntable would be moved very carefully.
One good result about the turntable
being so heavy is that whilst moving at
speed the inertia would keep it going. If
I moved it slowly it wanted to stop and
I did not think that it would rotate at all

With the centre spigot added, suddenly long

trains can be turned with little effort.

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A cheapncheerful
starter 16mm loco
Bill Watson builds a Houstoun Gate Locomotive Works kit

alled in on HGLW the other
day, David had left the gate open
again, and I could smell laser
cut wood in the air. I looked in to see
a brand new body and chassis being
cut. This is HGLWs latest offering, the
body was originally designed to fit on
an old Triang Big Big chassis, and then
the grey matter kicked in and low and
behold a new chassis was developed and
added to the catalogue. GORDON
was born!
I usually have to buy my own
birthday present, so therefore decided
on an early gift this year, and after
parting with some of my Bawbies
(Pounds, shillings and pence to those
of a non-Scottish upbringing), I said
cheerio to Mr HGLW with a smile and
a little package under my arm.
On coming home, I downloaded the
instructions from the website, made a
cup of tea, and sat down for a read. painting with your favourite colours. axles driven, and with the addition of
One can press or twist most of Davids Remember to use acrylic paints, the some lead to give it a little more traction
laser cut parts out of the sheet, but I like sealer is acrylic based, and enamel paints it performs beautifully. n
to just cut the little pips with a scalpel, if dont like going onto an acrylic base
your fairly confident you can cut them The kit comes with a battery holder Garden Rail Resource
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according to instructions. Its all very switch, which is fitted in the cab. You Houstoun Gate Locomotive Works
straight forward, and you can use PVA can wire it up as you wish, but I like 66 Buchanan Crescent, Houstoun
for a slower build, or break the sound switch up for forward and fully down Gate, Livingston, EH54 7EE
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finished in less than an hour. (Make sure your loco in power for hours. Please mention Garden Rail
you wear a mask when sanding the pips I added a radiator cap, an air when contacting suppliers.
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The four-wheel
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Cannon Pig here poses by

Trematon Rock, overlooked by
an incontinent seagull (we are
blessed with many of these in
our hill top eyrie overlooking the
Royal Albert Bridge) and the
fireman leans on his shovel and
admires the view.

Tag Gorton finishes his modifications with a look at the body beautiful

ou too can have a body like mine lined boilerbands and other items we whistle itself. The only thing I would
and this article concentrates mostly will come across later, produce simple say is that a template is supplied with
on the bodyshell. The Ragleth is a rain strips for ones roof. This is simply the kit. Before one starts then put a bit
comparatively inexpensive generic model a matter of drilling four holes, using of masking tape on both the front and
and is therefore fairly plain as found - but the strips themselves as a template then rear of the area to be drilled and there
to me, this is an opportunity to be a little bolting into position. Once fixed, I is a certain amount of offering up to
bit creative. give the roof a coat of semi-matt or do. You see the whistle has to be sited
Now I will say right away, that eggshell for the reason afore mentioned. so that it does not conflict with the
I generally follow the line of least The most difficult job of the lot is to spectacle window (and we are going to
resistance. The lining mentioned in a drill the holes for both whistle and the do something with these in a bit), or
previous instalment is an example. I ejector pipe on the spectacle plate. This the safety valve bonnet and we must
could certainly have a go but even an operation is dodgy, partly because of the also ensure that the resonator chamber
inexpensive loco is not cheap by any difficulty of manoeuvring the bodyshell in the cab does not want to occupy the
means and, trust me, a bad lining job for drilling in ones drill press. If one same space as the steam turret. Having
is quite expensive to row back from. drills from the back then, if one does done this then mark and pop the holes
There are however, many items available not have a suitable extension, the drill to be drilled. If you have picked a spot
from a range of suppliers to customise chuck will hit the top of the cab. If equidistant from the edge of the window
ones new pride and joy. Be careful drilling from the front then the chuck is (without the brass ring) and the safety
however, not to hang white metal items very liable to hit the side tanks, thereby valve (bonnet on) then you should be
around your loco like baubles on a damaging the paintwork. Now, I am no able to drill with little trouble.
Christmas tree. There are only so many engineer and so I can only tell you what
buckets, toolboxes and jacks required. I did here. Remove the Coal Bunker
Lets start with an easy one. There is no need to go through the To set up for drilling, then remove the
Locoworks, apart from their slim-line instructions for drilling the holes for the coal bunker/basket (you will have to
Garden-Rail.co.uk | 280 December 2017

do this anyway later) and also remove shafts, then push into place
the Accucraft tank filler castings. Wrap perhaps with a drip of Loctite
some thick card around the sidetanks on the resonator shaft and
and secure with linen masking tape. He there you are a very neatly
reason for this is that if your hands are fitted whistle!
not rock steady and the chuck touches Next job was to sort the
the side tank you will remove a bit of spectacles. I do have an
paint. Better card than paintwork! The excellent spectacle kit from
hole for the ejector pipe is too close to Swift Sixteen, but given
the side tank to allow front drilling in the extra real estate on the
this way. It is also too long a distance platework required for
from the back and luckily, I had acquired this kit and the fact that
and extension collet designed for small I have fitted a whistle
size drills from the local Pound Shop. it made things a bit The basic
This enabled me to drill a very small hole tight. I therefore had bodyshell (lining
in the correct place. Unfortunately the a bit of a think. and coachwork by
extension could not cope with a suitably Normally I use the Berry Hill Works) is
prepared for fittings
sized drill bit and so I had to open out to spectacle lenses
but I have only
size with a needle file. This takes a while provided by ACME just noticed that I
but then my time costs nothing. Think Engineering and it had not yet drill the
how much all this would cost to have struck me that, if I got holes on the front of
done professionally! a friend to turn down the sidetanks for the
Locoworks oilboxes.
Offer up the resonator to the inside the standard Accucraft
of the cab and screw fix from the front. spectacle rings so that
If you have drilled really accurately they would actually just turn in the working spectacles. I rarely close them
then you should be able to push the holes I could sort some sort of hinging completely but they look fine when I do
whistle shaft through the platework and well it was easy! Drill a 1.5mm hole no different to my previously standard
into the chamber. Realistically you will top and bottom of the turned down trick of just turning the rings round so
probably need to do a bit of adjustment ring and pop in the ACME lens. Cut that the smaller diameter part of the
with a needle file. The top hole should 6mm (ish) sections of handrail wire ring was external. Mostly however they
be a slightly larger diameter to allow for and push into the holes. If you then are open because we all like to show off
a millimetre adjustment up and down set up the bodyshell on its nose you our work a bit dont we?
(dont worry you wont see this when we can carefully position the windows
have finished). centrally in the hole, resting them on Diamond Plate
To cover any adjustment filing, I use the two items of wire. Given that these I had already ready ordered a set of tank
black silicone fuel tube to slide over both items are not under any sort of strain, I front oilboxes from Locoworks and
shafts. These need to be about 6mm removed a strip of paint around where these went on next. Like most of their
long and an easy way to get sharp square the wire would sit, then permanently stuff dead easy to fix and a check of the
ends is to slide a length of tube onto a fixed the wire top and bottom with two photographs will show you how. An
bit of rod, put it in your drill press and part epoxy, I didnt need much. Once alternative is to make a step and use the
just touch it with a craft knife at 6mm dried overnight, I touched in the cream little sheets of diamond plate from Swift
intervals. Slide the lengths onto the two paint inside the cab and there I was, Sixteen to put on the top. If you have
decided on a step then of course you
will need a short handrail on top of the
side tank for the driver to pull himself
up. I have actually replaced the standard
Accucraft tank fillers on this model, but
I cannot remember where I got them.
What I do know is there are various
brass or white metal items that may be
used or indeed, you may wish to retain
the Accucraft version.
I do an otherwise fairly standard fit

This top down view shows various modified

items. The Swift Sixteen toolbox is dead easy
just a dab of silicon over where the bunker
used to be and affix You can see the bunker
now on the port side, where, with real coal, it
camouflages the gas tank filler very well. The
brass tank fillers, sadly no longer available,
replace the standard Accucraft type. I am very
pleased with the working spectacles.

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on the various four-coupled Accucraft The business end of the

locomotives that I have worked on and locomotive is significantly more
attractive than the standard
the most obvious modification to me model. The lamp is a standard
is to not replace the coal basket/bunker cheapo white metal item with
where you found it. First of all dig out the reflector drilled out and
that horrible 0 gauge scale coal from varnish dripped in.
the basket, or indeed start again with a
Swift Sixteen version.
Offer up the basket to the port side
tank over the gas filler hole. You will
have to first of all drill out fixing holes
using the holes on your basket as a
template and then mark out and drill
a hole through the floor so that once
fitted, you can fill the gas tank. Fit your
empty basket onto the tank, and then
break up a piece of real coal to get scale
lumps. Carefully add the coal to bunker,
securing with dabs of silicon as you
go, ensuring you leave a direct entry
through the coal to the gas filler valve.
Trust me, you will have to look very
carefully straight down to see any sign
of a filler valve at all
Of course we still have two holes on number plates wherever you wish, but circumstance, the ordering and simple
the top of the starboard side tank top do remember that these items can cause fitting of new nameplates will reduce
where the bunker used to be, and I just more damage and hassle than taking a the pain somewhat!
cover this with the very inexpensive drill to your locomotive. The latter is You remember that I mentioned
large toolbox from Swift Sixteen. You fine if you use masking tape and pop diamond plate earlier. Well I have fitted
may drill and tap to secure, or be lazy the place to start the drill in the right this to the standard Accucraft cab steps,
like me and use a small squirt of silicon place, but off square plates or using but intend to fit the Swift Sixteen set
to fix. Silicon actually is removable too much glue can mean a new paint because the look so good. I have put off
without damage, but sticks like the job and that aint cheap! I therefore writing this again and again as I have
proverbial to a blanket. use silicon. It secures into place, but will added or modified, but while there may
twist off and the stuff then removed by be other improvements, one really has
The Home Straight rubbing with a finger. to call a halt at some point or this would
Burning on gas now, we are heading for I also know at this time the never be written. Fitting the body is
the home straight. Of course you must locomotive may be your pride and joy, largely straightforward. The ejector pipe
fit your name plates, work plates and but when it comes to selling, badly is a bit awkward, but what I do is just
fitted permanent plates or use of an put a dab of silicon on the end of the
Photographs pick up every item of dust and dirt. You unpopular name will significantly pipe that goes into the ejector elbow in
can see the long resonator chamber for the whistle reduce the value of your model. It has the smokebox and I use this so the cab
and actually when one glances into the cab, the also been known for someone to name is easily removable. The silicon tube
items that catch ones eye on the port side are the
fireman and the cup of tea, while on the starboard
his steam locomotive after a significant
side it is the oilcan and the driver. A bit of art is other who subsequently, has run off The draincocks are rather more impressive than
always a good adjunct to bush engineering. with the Vicar. In this unfortunate the actual working ones.

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from the whistle valve is then connected

and secured with tiewrap. To remove
the bodyshell then, we are just looking
at four screws, removing silconed items
and there we are.
Turning our attention to the cab again
I would make a couple of suggestions
regarding internal appearance. Of
course the cab of a comparatively simple
gas fired generic loco (or indeed even
a really expensive one) can never look
like the real thing, but this you see,
is where we add art to engineering. I
have already mentioned employing a
redundant boiler band, but you will
note that I have added both driver and
fireman. Easy now that the reversing It is surprising just how little
change can produce a cab that
quadrant has been removed. The easiest does not appear to be stuffed full of
way of fixing these is to use dabs of working bits. With a bit of a nudge
silicon, both on the soles of their feet the eye sees what it wants to see.
and anywhere else the figures touch. The
driver (ex Brandbright and hopefully
back in the catalogue soon) you will a handy grip for removing the cap. polished safety valve bonnet from
note is holding on to the sidesheet with On the port side you will note that I DJB, which just drops on I dont
the assistance of a small dab of silicon. have retained the standard Accucraft understand why everyone does not get
plastic knob on the gas regulator. I one! Finally I would say do have a
A Handy Grip did this because it is partly hidden go! It really is not that hard and one
I dont much like the T handle on by the sidesheet and also because it ends up with a locomotive that looks
top of the lubricator and so I used a makes a platform for the firemans significantly different, not only from
standard blank water filler cap, drilled mug of tea. These are dolls house its stablemates, but with RC whistle
and tapped on the top to accept a items, painted as per enamel mug, and draincocks, plus working glazed
Model Earth Design brass oilcan then the half drunk tea added as a bit spectacles, is very different to anything
casting. This draws the eye and is of painted plastic rod, just dropped on the market today n
into the mug. This mug is also handy
Cannon Pig for adjusting the gas. These items are Garden Rail Resource
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the etymology of this name. In fact it burner and steam turret. 1 The Coppice, Beardwood,
is named after Dave Gillman of this I dont think I have mentioned Blackburn, BB2 7BQ
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The wagon nestles nicely amongst my other G3 PO wagons.

500,000 SHADES OF
Mark Thatcher concludes his build of a Flexi-kit Gauge 3 seven plank RCH PO wagon
from Williams Models

hope you enjoyed part one of this
review last month. This is a really
well detailed model and will build
up into a fine looking wagon, but you
will need to invest time in the early
stages of this build to prepare all the
components, prior to assembly, if you
want a really first class result. There was
still a little left for me to complete on
the chassis before I could move onto
the building, painting and adding
transfers to the body. This is the part
I particularly enjoy as the kit starts to Masking up the wheels prior
really come to life. to the red oxide undercoat.
Fitting of the buffers into their guides
was a breeze. The instructions mention selfish lot eh? the buffer beam ends. After that it was
that you may need to clean out the The fact that the an easy job to refit the buffers, attach
guides so the buffers are a nice sliding solebars and buffer the brake levers, which have to be bent
fit, but mine were fine out of the bag. beams are yellow, meant I had to mask to shape, and brake supports. I added
The buffers have a spring, slid down these areas after a red oxide undercoat, a bit of chain to these, to represent the
their shaft, and are inserted into the and before spraying the chassis satin chain and locking pins, which may not
guides, being retained by a small nut on black. Once the chassis was painted have been present on the original, but I
the inside of the buffer beam. I test- black, I had to remove this masking like them!
fitted these prior to painting, and re- and re-mask the chassis, Looking at a reference photo supplied
fitted them later. I also chose to leave off so I could spray on by John Candy, who has been a great
the brake levers and supports as I could the yellow authority on this kit and
see these would get in the way of the colour. resource for the build,
painting of the yellow, on the solebars. In fact if it looked
you look
Bumble bee paint scheme on -line, you
Painting the wagon did need a little will find examples
thought, particularly, if like me you in OO gauge of
prefer to use rattle cans. For folks more this wagon, with
adept with an airbrush than myself, black solebars and buffer
this will also apply. The Derbyshire beams so they had the same
Carriage and Wagon Company, who problem too.
in 1936 came up with the original Next, I hand painted the black details
bumble bee paint scheme, obviously like the buffer guides, hook plate and
gave no consideration to the Gauge 3
modeller when painting this wagon After the primer coat, further masking where the yellow top coat will be.

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slides through the buffer beam from half way between the V hangers and the
the outside, then I needed to hold the buffer beams, also on the solebar, and of
spring on the inside, whilst inserting a course makers plates too could be added
split pin to hold this whole assembly in if one wishes.
place. The split pin provided is overly
long, but even cutting this down, there The London Plank
was simply no wiggle room to get this The building of the wagon body was
inserted through the hole in the hook, very straightforward with one caveat.
as there was only 10mm between the Regrettably the instructions in this kit
two frame stretchers, and cutting the referred only to the building of the
pin down to say, 4mm would be too chassis, and there was no mention of
short to hold the spring! I had thought the body, but it is pretty easy. Before
of twisting the brass hook through you start any assembling, you must
90 degrees, fitting the pin and then thoroughly clean any mould release
untwisting the hook but did not want agent off the resin parts this is a must
to risk snapping the brass casting. do job otherwise the paint wont stick.
Fortunately, John had alerted me to this I found the release agent particularly
issue and showed me his work-around, stubborn to remove on this model. Then
which is what I ended up doing. I roughed up the insides of the side
Using a rotary saw blade in a Dremel, panels to ensure they would stick to the
two slots were cut into the underside end sections.
of the frame, which allowed a short If you wish this wagon to by an
brass rod to be inserted laterally in the empty, then now is the time to scribe
slots through and super-glued into some faux plank lines onto the inside
place. Next an extension coil spring was of the body, as the detail is on the outer
threaded through the draw hook and face of the part only. An alternative
stretched to snap over the brass rod. would be to add some real wooden
A box of 150 Rolson assorted springs, planking from a dolls house shop. The
costing a couple of pounds, is useful end sections fit into the inside of the
A handy tree is used to let the top coat dry! to have in stock. I then used a dab of side panels, and the bottom corners
Isopon P38 to fill in the slots, filled may need some fettling so they locate
them back to their original profile on properly on the frame. Four vertical
like the outer faces of the wheels were the frame, which put some strength body supports were provided. These are
picked out in white, although I chose back into the assembly, and touched up located on the ends of the wagon, and
not to do this, as it would look out with black paint. helpfully, two scribed lines are provided
of place when sat in my rake of other Looking at a reference photograph of to locate these in position. However,
PO wagons, as they dont have this the original wagon, there are a couple of without any instructions to refer to I did
highlighted. Apparently wagons often other bits of detail which I could have not know if these were located inboard
had such wheels highlighted for their added, but due to pushing along with or outboard of these lines. I quick call to
works photo, but in practice the wagon this build did not. There is a hook for Mike Williams confirmed my guess that
would not run with the white rim. horse shunting, probably around 10mm they go inboard.
long, which could be added to the left If you want to model the London
No wiggle room end of each solebar, around 2cm in plank, then this is best done prior to
The final job was to fit the sprung hooks from the buffer beam (a suitable casting
through the end of the buffer beams is available from Williams Models).
which sounds simple but was actually There are also two L-shaped body The stages involved in modifying the hook
rather tricky. The challenge is, the hook support brackets, which sit pretty much assembly.

32 Garden Rail 280 | December 2017


Masking tape
now removed,
ready to re-mask
everything again!

assembling the body.

But what exactly is a London
plank? A kind of torture instrument in complete
the Tower of London? Boris Johnson? chassis.
Any ideas? No - me neither. Well it is in
fact a small reduction in height of the
top plank which runs the full length
above the side doors. It enabled coal
merchants to more easily gain access for
unloading the coal. It garnered so much
popularity, that it earned the ubiquitous
title of the London plank. I used a
rotary saw in a Dremel to cut out the
slot, rounding off the corners with a file
afterwards. Be careful when you do this,
as one slip with the saw blade equals a
messy repair job and much cursing.
With the body loosely fitted to the
chassis, I then cut the floor to size, I have also, in the past made a fairly summarise this kit for both the
using the piece of Plasticard supplied removable tray out of Plasticard, manufacturer and the reader.
in the kit. The material is over size, but supported on balsa dowels, so I could
it is an easy job to drawing round the run up the line full and return empty. Conclusions
inside of the body, to create a template. For awkwardly-shaped areas like There are lots of things I like about this
I actually made two, as the second one the bunker of a loco, I stick the coal kit, and some challenges too, most of
would be used to support the coal load. to flexible foam to allow this to be which could be overcome by clearer
To fit this base, set the body onto the squashed into position, but it can be instructions and more illustrations.
chassis, to determine where the base will easily removed - great for accessing radio Some bits were plainly just frustrating
fit, then lightly tack glue it into place. gear that often may lie beneath. I chose too. But the kit is brilliant as a set of
Then remove the body and reinforce the the fixed load option for this wagon. parts. I love how Williams Models
join. After that the body was painted All that was left to do now was has used some very high quality
in Halfords rattle-can yellow, before to sit back and admire and to give
any details were picked out and hand- consideration as to how I could
painted in Humbrol satin black. I swear
by Tamiya masking tape, as it provided
a great edge to paint up to, and the
paint does not creep under the tape
yet being low-tack, it does not pull the
paint off either when being removed.
A sheet of transfers are available for
an extra tenner, and I would suggest
applying this in sections. Dont expect
just to cut it out in one lump as it wont
go nicely over the raised detail on the
body and you will end up with
unsightly creases in the transfers.
I used a decal softening setting
solution to help the transfers settle
around these.
The final job was to add a coal load.
I have three methods. For a fixed coal
load I just crush up some real coal and
add it to a flat surface 2cm from the top A test fit of the body to the chassis.
of the wagon, soaking it in a 50/50 PVA
glue/water mix. It dries like concrete!
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The decaling has begun, one large character at

a time.

components, many from their more

expensive kits, and have worked them
into this kit too. But if you want the
sum of all these components to add up
to a great looking wagon you must
be prepared to invest the time in the
early stages to file, fettle and clean the
components up.
Is this effort all worth it? Heck yes
it is.
I started part one of this review by
saying how much I disliked corporate
jargon and daft expressions, well here
is one to round off with that is very
pertinent to this kit. The time-money
A handy reference picture to aid decal
equation. The more money we make, placement. (Photo: John Candy)
the less time we have to enjoy it and
vice versa. So if you are prepared to
invest your time into this great-value Garden Rail Resource
kit, you will be amply rewarded, if not,
then you wont simples! Cons Williams Models
There is a fair amount of preparation 23 The Avenue, Wellingborough,
Pros needed to clean up the components Northamptonshire, NN8 4ET
A great value kit using superior prior to assembly www.williamsmodels.co.uk
components from more expensive The instructions have a couple of
kits in the range errors, could be clearer and need Flexi-kit variants
Slaters wheels included in the price more photographs 7 Plank PO wagon without end doors
Great quality resin mouldings and The fit between the leaf springs and (as reviewed here) 70.00
lost wax white metal and brass the W irons need examining 7 Plank PO wagon with end doors
castings Instructions and design on attaching 70.00
Excellent laser-cut W irons and V and springing the coupling draw 8 Plank PO wagon with fixed ends
hangers hooks needs revision. 70.00
Builds up, with care into a very Possibly not a kit for the novice 5 Plank Stone Wagon 70.00
realistic model indeed builder n Decal sheet (2 decals) 10.00
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The finished job in all her glory.

34 Garden Rail 280 | December 2017


Weathering a terrier
Real steam engines are rarely clean so Matt Scrutton add a bit of dirt to his Gauge 1
model with weathering powders.

n my quest to model the railways of
Colonel Stephens in Gauge One, it
was inevitable that I should buy a
Tower Brass Terrier. This excellent little
model is of what I would call a generic
A1X tank; with condensing pipes and
standard bunker/toolbox arrangement
(Isle of Wight and some Col Stephens
engines were altered to suit their
respective roles, having altered bunkers
among other things).
Before I started weathering the
model I converted it from 2 rail track
power to battery powered radio control
using the Peter Spoerer kit to facilitate
this. I wont go into this as it is an
article all in itself, suffice to say it went All photos Shelley Putterill
relatively smoothly, and the loco was
soon running happily up and down the the bright unpainted wheel tyre rims a blowtorch and some old engine oil
kitchen floor! and shiny coupling rods. Both were (heat with the torch, plunge in the oil).
As supplied the model comes in easily dealt with, the tyres being painted This produced a huge improvement in
several options, unpainted bead blasted satin black following degreasing, and the appearance for minimum outlay, and I
brass with painted chassis, plain satin rods and crank pin heads with a mixture felt I was off to a good start.
black or specific liveries (SR, BR or of grey, black and leather enamels, the The next thing to do was apply
pre grouping). I wanted to letter it colour being arrived at by referring transfers for the railways initials plus
up for my Ferndale Valley Railway to photos of real Terriers at the Kent numbers. These were generic lettering
so plumped for a plain black version. and East Sussex Railway. Great care from Fox Transfers, being red backed
When it arrived I was impressed with was taken to avoid over painting these gold Franklin Heavy font. These were
the quality and finish, but a couple of parts and causing them to gum up with applied and varnished using Humbrol
things had to be addressed immediately, paint. I also blackened the buffers with Glosscote, thinned 50% with white
spirit. Why use gloss varnish on a
satin painted model? All will become
Looking down on the cab roof. clear! I also picked out boiler fittings in
brass colour to lift the model up a bit.
After that I could start thinking about
mucking up this spotless loco.
The first thing I did was to find
period pictures of as many different Col
Stephens Terriers as I could to see what
sort of state they got into. As it turned
out they were kept in relatively clean
condition which I found somewhat
surprising; I am only familiar with the
WC&P engines. They went through
patches of varying dirtiness but on the
whole were as clean as those on the
mainline. Clearly the Colonel had
standards. I started by applying a light
dusting of Humbrol soot weathering
powders using a medium size modelling
paint brush. Now I implore you, this
is best done in the garage or outside,
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On the smokebox, loco again lightly with the soot powders

you can see the and then wipe off with a kitchen towel
effect of again, preferably in the direction of
the metallic
rainfall etc. The smoke box, boiler and
tank tops were then treated to Tamiya
gunmetal powders, this giving the
further appearance of soot and grime,
and by applying more liberally to the
smoke box and chimney, these parts
looked like they were subject to a lot of
heat. I then applied some Tamiya
rust around the base of the tank
filler hatches (they open by the way,
a nice touch for photo opportunities)
and down the side of the tanks. Not
too much just enough to give the
appearance of overflowing water. I also
applied some to the bunker sides to give
a bit of colour, as well as some Tamiya
the stuff goes everywhere! I had to wiped down with kitchen towel to bright rust around the smokebox
clean the kitchen, myself and the table remove any excess. This left the loco door, saddle and the chimney, as these
afterwards; thankfully nobody else looking somewhat grey looking, and I areas often went a little rusty due to the
was home at the time. The model was wafted on a coat of Testors Dullcote to heat, or a heavy handed driver/fireman.
seal it. This has the effect of mottling After all the powders are applied I then
the powders and producing a textured went over the model with cotton buds in
effect (totally accidental discovery Im a circular cleaning motion as it blends
afraid Im not that clever!). It also everything together, makes the powders
seals the base coat of dirt to the surface. adhere better to the surface, removes the
The next thing was to go over the excess and makes it look like someone
has been wiping the engine down. The
Above: The top of the boiler shows rust gloss varnish I used to seal the transfers
around the tank fillers and down before gives the impression that the
the side where the crew has
cleaner has wiped the railways initials
over-filled the tanks with
water. and number down more thoroughly
than the rest of the loco. Not known for
cleaning heroics are the Ferndale Valleys
cleaners, the General Manager insists on
number 1 remaining spotless, so number
2 suffers for it!
This more or less covers it. All that
remains is to fit a crew and blacken
the buffer heads. I did not varnish
the model afterwards as I was happy
with the finish, and it is so compacted
into the surface after buffing that it
is unlikely to come off with handling
unless my fingers are particularly oily.
You could apply a satin varnish if you
so wished. Hopefully Ive encouraged
you to have a go, the techniques apply
equally to all scales or gauges, be it O, 1
or G, or indeed smaller. n

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Entertaining the public

Glen Brooks explains the highs and lows of running a permanent railway that is part of
a tourist attraction.

e are very fortunate as a group We have noticed and confirmed maybe telling you that you have
to have a permanent railway at with other hobbyists that it is often the wrong livery on a loco in a most
Bressingham Steam Museum the Mum with children in tow who matter of fact way. I recently had an
which any 16mm member can use if the are the most forward when it comes to 8 year old telling his mum all about
museum is open. To show our gratitude asking questions, the male of the species my Garret K1 and he was spot on.
to the museum for hosting the layout we tending to remain aloof and silent as Another member, who had no driver in
as a group try to run most weekends and if asking a question or taking a slight the cab, was told in no uncertain terms
more intensively during special events interest may be a sign of weakness. that this was dangerous.
like the Santa specials which the museum People are generally very Equally we have knowledgeable
runs as a Christmas attraction with their appreciative and occasionally we can people who will tell you where youre
narrow gauge Hunslets. convert one or two into the hobby. going wrong in a more vociferous way,
Running frequently for the public The keen gardeners (typically the and we patiently explain that we are
is a mixed bag. You may often not see wife) are quick to see the possibilities just a group of blokes (for we sadly lack
a single person all day, or you may that a garden railway present, though any female steamers yet) who like to get
find you are the only operator with a too often we hear that people dont together and yarn, drink tea, eat cake
sea of people to entertain. Its unlike a have the room or the garden planning and run trains.
dedicated hobby show as we are mostly authority would not approve, which For we have no committee, no rules,
running for joe public who initially we counter with using the permanent no agenda except to be safe and have fun.
think the trains are track fed electric like layout as an alternative. But we are However even the most entertaining
their 00 train set; the most common used to this by now. We do it for the hobby can wear you down, after a few
question is what makes the smoke. kids mainly anyway and the look on weeks of constant running leading up
When we show them that they run on their faces sometimes fills you up. to Christmas, we all need a rest. The
butane or even coal it blows their mind. Once in a while we will get a real locos need some maintenance too, along
But you mustnt make it complicated, or little brain box who knows more than with the rolling stock which we have
you will lose them. you, which keeps you on your toes, dedicated to the layout.
But it is also very rewarding. An
unforeseen aspect of the railway is that
we often attract families with disabled
children who enjoy the railway perhaps
more than most. They will also come
back time and again. The parents are
often relieved when we show them
that we are very comfortable with their
childs sudden outbursts perhaps, as
often they will be autistic and perhaps
not able to speak, and behave in
excitable fashion. It helps to talk to the
parents and reassure them (I also have
an autistic Child) so they can relax.
Theres something about little steam
trains which captures the mind, and
I wish I could bottle it. n

Web link
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
A typical day at Bressingham. We steam up www.bressingham.co.uk
as close to the public as possible to engage
them in the practicalities. Please mention Garden Rail
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Runs Like Clockwork!

Big Jake hauls two gravel

wagons over the main bridge
across the pond. Cable tie straps
can be seen linking the cane bridge
to the track sleepers.

Peter Robinson find a good use for tatty old Hornby O gauge models.

ve nursed the ambition of creating cuttings, bridges and embankments. A few My grandchildren range from 2 to
a garden railway for many years but shrubs and bushes planted along the front 10 years old and putting myself in
have always found any excuse not garden wall would solve the security issue. their place I know that they would love
to start anything. Although our back To spur me into action, I bought an LGB to see the trains running around the
garden is a reasonable size, it has too Starter Set, some extra track from eBay, garden, but not as much as seeing locos
many untouchable areas for vegetable as well as a couple of Brandright battery and stock tumbling off embankments
patches, greenhouse, runner bean frames powered kits. and bridges and disappearing into the
and a flagged area for family socialising. Many trackplans were sketched to use pond! This prompted me not to use
This leaves little space for only a small this space, trying to make the circuit electric or even battery power locos as
and quite simple track circuit; not as interesting as possible, including replacements would be too costly. I
enough to keep my grandchildren, or climbing crossovers, double tracking, looked for inspiration from back issues
me, interested for long. a siding and a turntable. This was total of GR and remembered an article which
My front garden already has an pie-in-the-sky rubbish! Measuring the mentioned using old Hornby clockwork
interesting rockery with a waterfall and garden, it was clear that even using track to create a disused mine railway
tumbling rapids that empty into a pond. I minimum radius 45mm curves, I could alongside the 45mm trackway. I already
had originally discarded the idea of using only create a very simple loop which had on display some clockwork locos
the front due to perceived security issues, wouldnt touch the more interesting and stock and I soon found some track
as there is only a small wall separating areas of the rockery and water rapids. in a previously forgotten cardboard box.
the garden from the pavement. However, So, all the 45mm stuff has been put Because I was now working with O
the more I looked at it, the more I could away until we downsize the house and gauge with its smaller radius curves, a
envisage an interesting track circuit with upsize the garden. circuit could be designed that used all
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Track is laid out to determine gradients and to

find the best route across the rapids. The big
plastic frog was banished from the site!

parts of the rockery, that would cross

the rapids and need a bridge to cross
the pond. Also space could be found to
create a passing loop, I decided against
trying to fit in a turntable.
The final layout was not so much
as a paper plan made to fit the space,
but a circuit that fitted around what
was already there. Im so glad this
happened as the trains amble through
a varied landscape, disappearing and
reappearing behind cuttings, rocks From the rockery ledge, the single a short S curve carried on a simple
and plants without dominating it. track goes clockwise and enters a right trestle and joins the start of the 2 foot
Further research on YouTube showed curved natural cutting, although one embankment that runs alongside the
me industrial and mining railways with rock had to be hand chiselled to give garden path. The embankment was
a lot of make do infrastructure using sufficient clearance. It then emerges created using readily available sections
lots of trestles and log structures. These from the cutting through another of pathway edging bought cheaply in
all help the railways to blend into their chiselled gap in the rock and begins a B&Q sale. They are made of small
surroundings, as well as giving them a a wide right curve across the water diameter logs and fit in perfectly with
personality of their own. With this in rapids carried on a combination of my slightly run-down rustic look.
mind I started work. wooden trestles and natural rocks. The The embankment is topped with a
I used a ledge on the rockery as a start single track then crosses the pond on decking plank, the trackbed being
point as this was the highest point on a log bridge that is well over 3 foot raised further using the bamboo and
the circuit. Using a spirit level, string long. Its constructed around a metal T cane technique to keep it level. A
and pegs I plotted out the trackway, bar screwed to a length of hardwood. right hand turn using another wooden
trying to keep the track level. This Garden cane and bamboo has been used trestle takes the track across to a second
showed that it would have to run on an to give the bridge a rustic look and to embankment made using the same
18" high embankment for about a third keep the track as level as possible. These technique as the first. This follows a
of the circuit in order to seamlessly join are pinned together using brass pins and gravel pathway running towards the
the track running across the rockery and a glue gun. Extra strength is provided by rockery where it enters a flattened area.
over the bridges and trestles. black cable ties, cut neatly to fit across A point here splits it into two running
the track sleepers and the bridge canes, lines which both turn right and then
Construction of the flattened area of the rockery stopping the track from wandering. run parallel with each other before
to create a train marshalling yard. Once off the bridge the track takes turning right again before joining at a

Big Jake leaves the cutting and heads across

the rapids.
Continued on P45 4
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3Continued from P42

Big Jake crosses the main log bridge over the
pond. Nice chimney steam for a clockwork

second point. The flattened area was

created by filling in a section of the
rockery, using concrete as a base, then
decorative stone to create cliff sides.
Builders gravel was used to complete
the area between the running lines,
creating a safe, secure space big enough
for the grandchildren to stand and
marshal the trains.
An S bend then takes the single
track left, then right over a wooden
bridge before linking with the track
on the rockery ledge, completing the
circuit. Only the double track section
on the rockery and the short single line
through the cutting have been ballasted.
This was using small white decorative
garden ballast chips pressed into a
mortar/pva mix. The rest of the track
either runs across bridges or along cane Dan the Man waits
trestles so ballasting was not required. at the points as
Big Jake takes his
The finished circuit was then gravel wagons into
tested using a standard Hornby 0-4- the cutting. The log
0 clockwork loco with tender. This bridge across the pond
pinpointed a few curves that needed can be seen in the
banking, as these locos have only background.
2 speeds - off or warp speed! Extra
banking strips were incorporated into
these areas to try and solve this issue.
The other thing that this proved was
that these O gauge British outline locos
did look a bit odd running across log
embankments and trestle bridges. So I The saddle tank under
decided it would be better to run it as a construction.
narrow gauge quarry line for me, whilst
still running O gauge clockwork stock
for the grandchildren. the back of this block, being further
I checked out lots of pictures of strengthened by a brass eyelet screwed
industrial engines, eventually picking through it from the rear. This gives a
out a side tank quarry loco and a saddle firm coupling for the 3 ring chain hung
tank industrial engine that would from it. To complete the cab a wooden
look at home on my railway. I chose 2 splash screen was cut and glued to the
engines from my clockwork collection, front edge of the remaining cab front.
both with good running mechanisms This has a straight top and reaches to
but with shabby bodies (a bit like chest height of the standing driver. A
myself!). The side tank loco was created small ledge was glued across the firebox
by first cutting off the cab roof and top for the drivers tea mug, or oil can. were finished off with plastic screw head
snipping back the cab sides until it was The overall width was increased covers glued to the top to represent lids.
level with the back of the boiler, leaving by gluing hardwood planks onto the An oval dome, salvaged from my
the directional and the on/off levers in original running boards. Two wooden wifes perfume bottle was a perfect fit
place. The cab floor was extended by blocks were cut, sanded then glued over the original boiler dome. I like the
2" to give space for a single standing onto either side of the boiler, onto the images of these little industrial locos
driver. The floor was simply lolly sticks running boards, to form the side tanks. with high smoke stacks, so from my
glued to a wooden block that had A small square wooden box was also bits box I found a " diameter steel
been superglued to the underframe. glued to the centre of each running pipe which was a perfect fit across the
A wooden buffer beam was glued to board to represent sanding boxes. They original Hornby chimney. A 4" length
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was cut and fixed onto the chimney

using superglue and Milliput. The bits
box also surrendered a plastic electrical
screw connector block. Painted to look
like brass safety valves it was glued
to the top of the boiler between the
new dome and the splashboard. To
complete the loco front a wooden beam
was added. Like the rear one, it was
glued to a wooden block fitted beneath
the original frame, being further Dan the Man nearly finished.
strengthened by the brass eyelet screwed Sorry about the colour!
through to provide a fixing for the three
link chain.
Now I had kept the off cuts from the a Playmobil shovel and hammer were front of the tender. I decided that Dan
black cable ties used when laying the added. Lead weights were glued to the Man would be a wood burner, so
trackbed. I found they have the perfect the underside to make it less bouncy its tender was stacked with logs and a
balance between strength and flexibility and also to help slow the engine. After Playmobil axe.
so a piece was glued between the side painting and varnishing the tender was The loco and tender were both
tanks as a boiler band. Further pieces united with the loco. painted in quite a bright orange, with
were glued across the tops of the cab Big Jake now looks the part, black frames. Im not sure how long it
splashback and the front buffer beam, particularly pulling its tender and two will keep this colour but maybe it will
as well as along the wooden edges of the hopper wagons with gravel loads out weather in Dan the Mans clockwork
running boards. The latter provide extra of the cutting and across the rapids, mechanism isnt that powerful so he is
protection from bangs and knocks. The smoke spiralling from its tall chimney. happy ambling along with his tender
final touch was to add bolt heads to the The smoke is created using 2 joss sticks and a single loaded gravel wagon.
boiler band. These are tiny beads glued pre-soaked in 3in1 oil which are ignited So Im glad I made the effort. The
in place. A wire handrail was added then dropped into the chimney. As railway works both for me and for the
to the rear footplate and a standing long as the chimney is regularly cleared children, with all sorts of different stock
driver figure was painted and fixed to of ash and unburnt bits, this system in useand yes, I have had to fish a few
the footplate via a small rod inserted works very well, giving decent smoke wagons out of the pond after a couple
through a drilled hole in his foot, this for several minutes. It really impresses of stones accidentaly finding their way
being inserted into another drilled hole the grandchildren as well as passing onto the track. A quick oil bath and a
through the wooden floor. An oil can neighbours; dont forget this railway is wipe down saved any damage. I intend
taken from a Playmobil engine was in the front garden! to give Big Jake a trailing bogie, as well
glued to the drivers shelf Im still The second engine named Dan as altering the running gear of both
looking for a scale tea mug. the Man (yet another grandson) was engines so that all wheels are driven.
The engine above the running boards constructed along the same principles, This should improve both stability and
was given many coats of Taminya acrylic except that a cut down plastic container pulling power.
blue paint which gives it a mottled, faded was glued across the boiler to create a In the future, an LGB 45mm railway
industrial look. Everything below was saddle tank. Extra weight was added, combined with Hornby O gauge
given a coat of matt black enamel. Big although it is more stable than Big Jake. tracked industrial line looks feasible and
Jake nameplates (one of the Grandsons) This is because I decided not to extend achievable. n
was printed from the computer and the footplate backwards, instead keeping
glued in place. A few coats of varnish it as a compact unit. As a result the Dan the Man crosses the timber bridge with the
were added to everything. driver has to sit on a bench seat on the rapids in full flow.
Initial running was not brilliant.
Its centre of alignment was now too
high and this combined with its all or
nothing acceleration of the clockwork
mechanism saw it derailing regularly,
often flying off into the shrubbery! This
has mostly been solved using lead strips
glued underneath the chassis, both
bringing down the centre of gravity
and also slowing it down due to the
extra weight.
A small 4 wheel tender has been
made to accompany Big Jake. The sides
of an original Hornby tender were cut
down, leaving just the back half of the
coal box in place. Some false coal and
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From the
Trade information on new products for
the garden railway modeller...
If you are a trader with any new product,
then contact phil.parker@warnersgroup.co.uk

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Loco lining services
Tag Gorton writes: Berry Hill Works has
an enviable reputation for professional
locomotive lining/painting services and
Garden Rail has the first pictures of the
superb new Roundhouse Lilla class
freshly lined.
Certainly there are a few of these
models going through the works and
shown here are the first two, by now
on their way to their new owners. The
black locomotive here is in full lined
red/blue Penrhyn livery with the cab
in cream, while the green version has
been lined in the livery of the Cilgwyn
Slate Co Quarry at Nantlle, which in
fact was the original purchaser of Lilla. I
didnt actually know that but isnt the
Cilgwyn livery superb? I can see one or My locos are nearly all lined by Berry Matt Acton at Berry Hill. Weathering
two prospective owners changing their Hill and I consider that, not only do jobs are available from 90.00.
livery choices they look much more attractive, but
Anyway the Penrhyn livery is from a professional job adds value to ones Berry Hill Locomotive Works
200.00 and the Cilgwyn is from model (not that I worry too much about 46 Southpark Avenue, MANSFIELD
225.00. Please remember that for the the latter myself ). NG18 4PL
latter one will need to order a Lilla in I also rather like the Peter Angus www.berryhillworks.co.uk
Roundhouse Mid Brunswick green. quarry Hunslet seen here, weathered by

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Loco steaming equipment box
I think we are all getting a bit posher
these days in terms of our locomotives.
Years ago one would turn up at a garden
meet with our simple meths fired
potboiler in either the card box it was
supplied in or any other half suitable
carrying item. Nowadays locomotives
are carried in neatly designed purpose
built wooden boxes with the model
carefully protected from any knocks
or shocks by adjustable layers of fire
retardant foam. This is of course very
suitable for stowage at home and these
stackable boxes are allowed within the
confines of the central heating precisely
because they can be stowed away neatly
in my locomotive cupboard. This was
something that could not happen with
our old plastic toolboxes cos they would
not stack comfortably.
The paraphernalia required to run The handle is retractable for stowage otherwise fall over and water can begin
ones locomotive however, have tended and there is a removable small tool tray to siphon out leaving a nice wet carpet
to remain in any old stowage, be it card with a compartment beneath designed in your car boot!
or plastic toolbox. ANG however, have for two large gas canisters complete Excellent bit of kit for the garden
come up with a purpose built steaming with their filler valves screwed in. There ferrinequinologist at 46.50
box that not only matches the range of are small foam pads to stop any rattles.
locomotive boxes but keeps everything In the full height section there are
comfortably to hand. My box measures two elastic straps to secure both radio Anything Narrow Gauge
19.5in by 6.75in by 6.25 wide. It is transmitter and oilcan securely, plus 1 Market Arcade, The Square,
manufactured from superior grade ply, there is a larger strap on the outside to Holsworthy. Devon EX22 6DL
finished in double boiled linseed oil stow ones water pump bottle. The latter www.anythingnarrowgauge.co.uk
inside and out and then wax polished. is an excellent idea because these can

Locoworks Secondly, a set of four polished brass oil boxes, with

Detailing parts pipework detail pre formed and ready for installation.
New from Locoworks, detailing items for the popular D Price: 6.99
class Garratt locomotive.
Firstly, a pair of cast brass mechanical lubricators with fine Locoworks
pipework detail. Painted in satin black and ready to install on 5 Bowburn Close, Wardley, Gateshead, NE10 8UG
your model in minutes. www.locoworks.co.uk
Price 28.50

48 Garden Rail 280 | December 2017


Mamod manufacturing model steam engines Specification:

Boulton diesel outline locomotive in the UK. To compliment this Length across beams 245mm
Mamod are pleased to announce the range they have decided to step into Width 90mm
release of their new diesel electric the electric powered field,with the Height 150mm
locomotive. For the last 70 years the introduction of the Boulton diesel Weight 1.5 kg
company has been designing and outline locomotive. Dual gauge (32 and 45mm)
Axle centres 77mm
Wheel diameter 32mm
Internal frames
External cranks
12v MFA motor with bevelled gears.
On/off toggle switch
toggle switch
2.1 mm DC charging port
Steel construction,with brass hand rails.

Price 295 for the first 30 in black,

available direct from Mamod

Summit Crescent Industrial Estate,
Summit Crescent, Smethwick, Warley,
West Midlands, B66 1BT

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Christmas cards
The new card is based on a painting specially commissioned
from renowned railway artist Jonathan Clay, and shows Beyer
Peacock 0-6-0T No.822 The Earl, dwarfed by a standard
gauge Pannier tank loco in the old Welshpool exchange yard.
Cards are available at prices of (including postage, any
mixture of 1, 2 and 3 subject to stock): five cards 4.00;
12 cards 6.50; 25 cards 11.00; 36 cards 14.50; 50 cards
19.30. Please make cheques payable to W&L Sales.

W&LLR Christmas Cards (EG)

12 Maes Gwyn, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys, SY21 0BD.

Steel wheels for Binnie tippers
Hot off the press this month from IP is not a new kit
but something that many people will like in the shape of
steel wheel sets plus bearings for those lovely little Binnie
Engineering tippers. Not only will this lower the centre of
gravity and make for smoother running, but also provides a
nice sound when running.
Cost is 10.00 per wagon plus P&P from stock and IP tell
me that these may be purchased as an option when buying
skips from their online shop.

IP Engineering
Carousel, Spilsby Road, New Leake, Links PE22 8JT

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New soundcard range
The range of soundcards MyLocoSound
have been selling for five years have
received their first major upgrade with
a new fast processor and expanded
memory. They are calling the new
soundcard MyLocoSound Blue, as
a result of its blue coloured PCB, to
distinguish it from its predecessors.
The steam soundcard is designed to
suit a wide range of North American,
European and Australasian locomotives.
Sixteen pre-selected whistles are
included, all of them adjustable in
pitch and volume. These include GWR,
LMS, SR whistles plus a host of chime
whistles from Gresley, the US and
Australasia. Other sounds include a
bell, guards whistle, All aboard, safety
valve blow off, live steam injectors,
Westinghouse brake pump and brake Both Blue soundcards are designed crossing sequence at appropriate places
squeal. The chuff can be set for 2, 3 and for both battery, radio controlled locos on the layout.
4 cylinder units including geared locos. and for analogue DC track power; A 10 TV remote control is used to
Similarly, the diesel soundcard is but not DCC. With radio control, select and adjust all sounds. A tiny IR
also highly adaptable. Adjustable horns all sounds can be triggered using the receiver on a flying lead is included so
include US, European two tone and transmitter function buttons or, if that users can adjust soundcards which
small diesel hooters. Engine sounds are buttons are lacking, can be set to trigger are totally enclosed within the loco
also selectable and adjustable and include automatically depending on what the without having to take it apart.
industrial diesels, EMD, Alco, English loco is doing. These automatic modes Price: 55
Electric and railcars with automatic are particularly useful for analogue DC
and manual transmissions plus optional track power where the ability to trigger
start up sounds. Other sounds include sounds is usually limited to magnets MyLocoSound
a bell, All aboard, airbrake release, under the track. For example, a magnet www.mylocosound.com
turbocharger and brake squeal. can be set to sound the US grade

Motley Miniatures with the full range of bodies, but

Roundhouse Loco driver for now wed recommend the WW1
The driver body is designed servicemen bodies without putties,
to fit in the left hand side with many more to come in the
of the Roundhouse cabs and WW1 range in the near future.
has a cylindrical cavity which Railway People, by Motley
fits snugly over the oiler. Miniatures, are a range of
There is also a hidden slot polyurethane resin 1:19 (16mm)
in the foot which can slide miniature figures designed with
over, and conceal, the drain. interchangeable heads for variety
Some slight tailoring may be and personalisation. The miniatures
necessary to get an ideal fit, are sold unpainted (a painting
as locos can service is available) directly from the
vary slightly, website, prices are 5 per figure for
but nothing most and delivery is usually around
more than a five working days for unpainted
few cuts with a miniatures, up to three weeks for
craft knife, or painted ones with P&P at a flat rate
a slight filing, of 4.50 regardless of order size.
should be
Policeman Motley Miniatures
The policemans 20 Bradley Rd, Warminster, BA12 8BP
head is www.motleyminiatures.co.uk
50 Garden Rail 280 | December 2017

New G3 products

Gauge 3 track
64 mm gauge track pointwork either
RTR or in kit form.
Length of the points: 810 mm
03401 Regular point: Ready made
249,00 , kit 165,00
03431 3-track-point as shown on the
photos: Ready made 499,00 , kit

Pikowagen conversion kits

Convert narrow gauge 2-axle Pikowagen
to standard gauge with replacement
wheelsets and buffer beams.
09906 Axle 64 mm track, 45 mm valves and whistle
diameter 13,50 are taken from the
09908 buffer for PIKO-wagon 1 pair existing locomotive;
39,00 the air pump can be
09909 kit to change the axles from 45 included if desired.
mm track to 64 mm track 9,50 08061 saddle tank loco kit
JustPlainFolk G scale figures 08062 loco lamp 6,50
SKU 13056 Sitting man, sleeping 08069 complete loco kit as shown on
SKU 13055 Man, lying the photos with control
SKU 13053 Man, sitting and air pump 169,00
Price 9,00

LGB saddle tank conversion Modellbau-Werkstatt Bertram Heyn

A conversion kit for the LGB Rusty. e.K.
The cab is replaced and saddle tank Knigsallee 32, 37081 Gttingen,
is extended. Further details are a new Germany
chimney, the signs George or Lizzy www.modell-werkstatt.de
and real coal for the bunker. Safety

G scale oil drums
Resin cast oil drums.
38mm tall and 28mm diameter.
G3 A/001 Plain drum
G3 A/002 Groved drum
Price: 5.50 per pack of 3

Unit 1, Charnwood Business Park,
North Road Loughborough
United Kingdom LE11 1LE

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Harecroft to support huge armies in the

Laser-cut 16mm scale wagon kits field for years on end, including
London Lead Company Hopper transportation of millions of
The London Lead Company, owned by artillery shells. To do so, the
Quaker industrialists, was chartered in shells were initially transferred
1692 and began extracting ore in Teesdale from standard gauge railways
in 1753, owning many operations such far behind the lines onto
as Nenthead, Killhope and Cornish narrow gauge lines,
Hush, the latter being home to Samson, which then transported
a Stephen Lewin overtype now re-created them in bulk to the lines Artillery shells
by Beamish. The hopper wagon this kit is and stores, or dumps as they were Lacking ideas of what to load your
a model of could be found at many of the often known. Oxford Circus with? How about a
companys mines, all with slight variations The Oxford Circus (named after the 15inch Howitzer Shell. 3D printed
(strapping, square or round ended frames junction they were photographed at) in conjunction with SLR Models,
etc). Many can still be seen at Killhope were stumbled on by mistake whilst the shells are available for 1.50 each
today, although this kit is more specifically browsing the Imperial War Museums unpainted, or pre-painted, weathered
based on the newly restored example at archives. Being too numerous and and lettered (as so many were) from
Beamish. similar in design to being cobbled Harecroft for 2.50.
Price 16 together and just big enough to be
locomotive hauled, the wagon has Harecroft
Oxford Circus Trench Tramway been painstakingly scaled from the two 6 Marina Drive, South Shields, Tyne
Wagon existing images to recreate it in perfect and Wear, NE33 2NH
During WW1, railways provided the 16mm scale. www.harecroft.co.uk
enormous logistical capacity needed Price: 14

Model Earth Designs supplied unpainted, the first release is

Teddy Boston and Teddy Boston. This two piece figure,
oil drums the head is separate, would be ideally
ModelEarth suited to crew the new Accucraft
are please to Bagnall.
announce that The latest rolling stock
they have reached release is a 55 gallon oil
an agreement drum carrier.
with Short Staff Supplied unpainted,
of Australia this will be available as
to offer their a single barrel priced
figures. The at 10.00, a pair of
range has Barrels with the carrier
been sculpted at 20.00, or together
by Chris Johnston with the Budget flat it was
, and is designed designed for 34.00.
to compliment Rob
Bennetts 7/8ths Busy Model Earth Designs
Bodies figures. 8 Greville Road, Warwick, CV34 5PJ
Manufactured in the UK, using the www.modelearth.net
latest pressure casting technology, and
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A Timber Tunnel
When Matt Bourke went out gathring winter fuel, he came back with a tunnel!

y girlfriend Erin and I were
battling the bitter Australian
Winter in the Snowy
Mountains when the requirement to fill
up our wood stock drove us out into
the cold. Making firewood with my
chainsaw around here is a fulfilling and
fun side line to my railway hobbies. I
was sawing away, having a great time,
when she points out two massive hollow
logs and quips, thatd make a cool
I honestly laughed and said No way!
then I looked again, and the old grey
matter kicked in.
We dragged them into the car and
carted them home. As soon as we got
there I unloaded them, fed a coach
through the middle of it and crikey, it
was a perfect fit!
So I got to work and started work on
them them up with the saw. Essentially secure the line. 30mm screws were then utilising stone from the Snowy River for
I made two cuts down the sides, parallel placed through pilot holes in the sleepers authenticity.
to each other at the width of the and driven into the stakes. This was I also added some buttressing around
sleepers. I then squared the cuts off to then covered in 5mm rough blue metal the outside, planted some shrubbery
make a smooth surface for them to lay ballast. This technique allows for a very and moved a couple of attractive
flush on the ground. I also squared off stable and heat resistant right of way, flowering plants on top.
one end of each so they made a snug fit. which my live steamers absolute love. For price (free), appearance (riveting)
The outside ends remained untouched Once we had made a final and general effectiveness I have to give
to preserve the weathered tunnel mouth visualisation I took the logs and laid the credit to Erin for this one, but in the
appearance. I especially liked this effect. them into position over the track. So end the team effort paid off. Thats the
Laying the track was next. I built up far so good, it was starting to come best thing about this hobby, creativity
a slight embankment to maintain a together. The next step was adding some and like minds.
reasonable gradient and placed the track back fill against the fence to give the Now for the elevated loco shed
for some spirit levelling and a string Line effect of a natural piece of landscape, branchline - Ive noticed a really
to ensure level and straight track. After a very important consideration for my attractive boulder just outside town
this I sank 20mm x 200mm dowelling garden rail construction. Aiding this that might fit the bill....lucky I have an
into the ground at 250mm spacing to was the addition of a natural rock face engine crane and truck available... n

Left: Steam shooting

out of the tunnel
mouth before the
engine shows itself
just like the real things.

Right: Matt and his

chainsaw, no little tool
for railway modelling!

54 Garden Rail 280 | December 2017

Garden Railway Specialists
A GRS electric K1 kit
The Wait is Over! for Illustration only

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Radio Controlled Grey
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See Website for our range of Professionally built Brand new R-T-R Locos, plus great second-hand electric and Live steam models

We will be at the 50th Warley Model Railway exhibition being

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The reinvigorated LGB will be next to us once again, showing
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We have an exciting raffle promotion running from

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There are five prizes in total and you can win more than once

Accucraft Gauge 1
RCH 7 plank Wagons, In BR
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liveries - 75.00
BR Mineral Wagons, Bauxite
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see website for current stock

Garden Railway Specialists Ltd

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E-mail: sales@grsuk.com Website: www.grsuk.com Tel: 01844 - 345158
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:30hrs Saturday 10:00 - 16:00hrs

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Accucraft Live Steam Locos
Booking Now Arriving soon, date or may vary
Dates and prices may vary Pre-Order now!

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W&L 3rd Class Saloon Coach or

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for stock due Jan 2018 or later,
Bundaberg 0-6-2T Feb 2018
manual. All types..3750
Man 1578, R/C 1745
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Dates and prices may vary. 2017 or later, pre-order now..80

NEW! Exe, Taw or Yeo, live L&B Open wagons, SR brown,

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Leek & Manifold 2-6-4T Apr
IOM Railcar #20, Feb 2018 or 2018 Manual 1723, R/C 1935
later. Track powered 995, Cattle wagons, W&L Grey or
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Lilla 0-4-0ST May 2018 W&L Goods van, GW Dark

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band additional 40
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