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 Posted: 13 Nov 2017 00:45
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So this afternoon I have been building an NSR 3 plank open wagon from JLTRT and I have to say this wagon is well weighted and rolls beautifully well, the body mouldings are nice and crisp and the white metal castings only need a minimum of dressing. So here are the bits all laid out for inspection.
Apologies for using the fridge as a work top its just that the light was good in the boiler room:mutley2:This is what comes in the JLTRT kit apart from the wheelsets and the couplings although a pair of cast draw hooks are included.


As you can see the body is a nice crisp moulding free from any flash. its all a pretty straight forward construction really, the white metal pieces fixing to the resin body easily with Roket cyano. When I build wagons I use a piece of resin stone kitchen worktop as a flat base, it is heavy enough to stay put as well. After cleaning the axlebox guides and the W irons the first fix after setting the buffers and drawgear in the buffing beam is to glue on the W irons, this is where the flat surface come in because with this kit there is no wheel compensation and so it is imperative all W irons are set level or else the wagon will roll crabbed and unlevel on the track.  Once I was happy everything was even it was a simple job building up the wheelsets and brake assembly, the one area I did find a bit faffy was in fixing the axle keeps to stop the wheelsets falling out.


Now here is the end result so far ... a nice North Staffordshire Railway 3 plank wagon, the NSR owned a large fleet of this wagon type and many were build by contractors such as Gloucester Carriage and Wagon Company. So this wagon design was most common years ago on the Wheelock Branch where minerals would be conveyed from the nearby Union Salt Works and the Brunner Mond chemical plant at nearby Malkin's Bank. Here my model is seen standing on what in real life was the Down Sandbach Goods Line from Elton Crossing.



The model now needs fine detailing before painting, on the real wagon there would have been three tapaulin rings on each solebar, one at each end and one in the middle, there was also a set of gedge hooks at each end above the buffers and of course the cast iron wagon builder and ownership plates. Some fine chain to hold the drop door pins will finish the model nicely as well, interestingly the Knotty never fitted protecting door drop irons. I realise this wagon is well outside my modelling time period as a revenue vehicle but I think there may well be a case for a very weather worn one to be parked in the Fodens siding as an internal user vehicle, in fact an original NSR single plank wagon still existed in working condition as an internal user at Thomas Bolton's copper works rail system at Froghall right up until 1966. There were other examples of abait very decrepid NSR wagon frames stored out of use at Shelton Bar Steel works in the Potteries right up until closure and demolishon in 1984.
cheers for now Paul

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Very nice kit build Paul. :thumbs:

As I said to Toto and Paul this weekend, I do like what O gauge has to offer, especially in detail. Looking forward to more of your excellent modelling.

Cheers, Gary.



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Thanks for those kind comments Gary, O Gauge may need lots of space and that restricts what can realistically be done in size but definately makes up for in feel and presence.cheers Paul



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Very nice, and its God's own Railway as well (for the unwashed that's the owd knotty, sterlingly holding the twin devils apart - Crewe and Derby).

I grew up on the Crewe - Derby line in Blythe Bridge, unfortunately, the only surviving building is the old Goods shed, currently being used a a builders merchants.

Keep em coming

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paul_l wrote: Very nice, and its God's own Railway as well (for the unwashed that's the owd knotty, sterlingly holding the twin devils apart - Crewe and Derby).

I grew up on the Crewe - Derby line in Blythe Bridge, unfortunately, the only surviving building is the old Goods shed, currently being used a a builders merchants.

Keep em coming

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Well I never:thumbup: Paul, I've spent some happy times in Stallington signal box and well remeber the station when it was used as a barbers shop... in fact the platform gas lamp columns still exist and are being used to illuminate the drive of a golf course at Checkley I believe and a few also made their way into preservation at the Foxfield railway.
Also as another piece of useless information John Crompton was one of the bobies in Blythe Bridge box before it was abolished, he went on to be Signalmans Inspector at Stoke and was in charge of operations when the last special train went up the Cauldon before final closure of that line... a pair of 37's top and tailing a rake of air braked Network South east Mark 1's up the 1 in 43 south curve. I was at Leekbrook Junction on that day.

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So suffering from post festive motivation lag and having picked various different ongoing projects I finally decided to take another look at a half built Slaters ex LNER 20 ton brake van. This is a kit I started a year or more ago but put down in favour of doing other projects which I felt more worthy, actually recalling now I'd just completed the Parkside 20ton early LMS brake van, so I was probably suffering from brakevan stress anxiety :mutley2: due to all that intricate brake undergear rigging.


Anyway here is a picture of the to do bits complete with mini Christmas Cracker. There is also the brass stove pot and circular tray kit. The reddish strip near to the wheelsets is a piece of leatherette which I'll use to make the ducket head and back pads with and also the seat/locker padding.


So here are the glazed duckets with a coat of pale cream paint applied. From memory the inside of BR brakevans were painted with a multitude of different schemes, I've seen them done in white, rail grey, deep cream, light cream even all over bauxite so it is one of those paint it as you like jobs.


Now here is a close up of the ducket yet to be fitted showing the tiny clear Plasticard pieces. I don't think I'll bother making another Slaters LNER brake van nor shall I bother completing the M&M One for the Wagon kit I have since the duckets are totally over scale. Looks like its one of Jim's excellent kits :tophat:for my next one.:thumbup:
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Thanks for posting up your breakeven build and the corresponding photo's Paul. It's good to have a comparison between the Skaters kit and Jim's. The skaters kit looks very good and makes up very nicely.
Keep up the good work kind Sir.
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Toto wrote: Thanks for posting up your breakeven build and the corresponding photo's Paul. It's good to have a comparison between the Skaters kit and Jim's. The skaters kit looks very good and makes up very nicely.
Keep up the good work kind Sir.
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Thanks Toto but I know Jim's kit is way far superior, my friend in York has one and it weighs a ton:mutley2: so you have the better kit Toto.
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So today I made up the grab rails out of 0.4mm brass wire for the Slaters plastic brake van kit, the way I did this was to solder the two centre support wires to the grab rail, the distance between holes is 22mm so marking this spacing on a flat surface and taping the wire down a simple and quick join was made. I offered this to the body and then joined the ends to the veranda end upright hand rails, I soldered this join in situ and placed a wooden lollipop stick underneath to protect the plastic.



The result is a reasonably clean finish and any slight distortions in the wire can be put right with a gentle tweak using fingers to get a straight line. In reality on the big railway many of these grab rails were bend and bashed about, and as I'm aiming for a heavily weathered and worn ex LNE van incorporating BR mods the grab rails will pass for this build. I used Roket cyano to glue the wire to the body, starting with the two central fixings and working outwards to the end rails and checking the distances were good.



And inside the van, now the excess wire can be trimmed off, the padding inside the duckets is made from a reddish leatherette which has been toned down with water based Roof Dirt colour from Railmatch. The next stage now is to fix the W irons and wheelsets to "prove" that the frames are seated evenly. This kit is an early Slaters offering and doesn't come with any compensation so it is important the van sits level and does not rock. I use an offcut piece of stone kitchen top for this purpose as the polished top is perfectly flat and the item is heavy enough not to accidentally move on the bench if adjustments have to be made. Slater's offer a axle guard compensation add in for the brakevan kit as an extra but for this build I'm not bothering. Once the wheels are in position and the brake rigging installed I shall then set about fitting out the inside with ducket seats, tool locker, lectern, coal box, stove and wheel brake pedestal. 




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Now Dundee Paul has gone down the road of scratch building points which I eagerly look forward to seeing his work results particularly as Santa has been very generous with complicated gizmo thingies for him :thumbs: Not wanting to bomb his thread with pictures I've posted a few more here on my workshop thread.


here is the B9 facing point on the Elton Crossing layout, this pair of point blades are driven by a Cobalt IP analogue motor. When I go DCC I still want to manually set the road, below the layout baseboard at this point is a 15 lever frame which is partially interlocked electrically.


Here is the other end of the B8 crossover in which both switches operate in tandem from Cobalt IP machines controlled by number 11 lever in the frame, the Grampus wagon which when fully lettered up will say its allocated to Stoke Engineers in the North Western Yard. It stands coupled to an unfitted ex LMS five plank wagon parked on the Co-op coal siding which has started to become overgrown.
Now here is one for our Toto, the Slaters 20 ton standard brakevan I was working on last week passed its stability test and now sits comfortably on all wheels. Here it is next to the coal porters loading platform and shed. I'll post up pictures of the coal porters shed build and also the internal fitting out of this brakevan very soon. Hopefully then I can get on with the Fodens factory backdrop and start installing the signals.
cheers for now Paul

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Excellent work Paul, very authentic. I will look forward to the coal porters shed build :thumbsup:.

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jakesdad13 wrote: Excellent work Paul, very authentic. I will look forward to the coal porters shed build :thumbsup:.

Cheer's, Pete.

Thanks for the nice comments Pete:thumbs:, I didn't really take any pictures of that build  but I'll take some to describe what has been done before I carry on. It is really only made from Plasticard sheet and some spare C&L ABS plastic sleepers along with some scrap sprues which held point crossing timbers. The interesting thing about building the coal porters hut was I only had a fuzzy 1950's black and white photo to work from and a few 1960's general view photos taken by Alan Baker. I had to "guestimate" what the Knotty built from certain known sizes and by the use of a little known technique called sight size measurement. More about that later but it works well if you line up the relevant perspectives.
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Some time ago now I purchased a consignment of signal kits from Andrew Hartshorne at Wizard Models (MSE kits), one of the items I purchased was the LMS/BR upper quadrant cantilever bracket signal kit. The kit contains an extension to the landing which allows for a longer overhang, however the column is for making the prefabricated channel and welded plate variety which I did not want. Now what I did want was to scratch build the tubular column version which is representative of the Elton Crossing number 15 Up Home signal. This was part of modifications to Sandbach Junction prior to electrification in which Elton Crossing box became the fringe box to Sandbach and the old wooden McKenzie & Holland lower quadrants were removed along with some track rationalization. So here are the pics. 



The signal model modification involved discarding the etches for the stem and fabricating a new coupling boss to hold the landing onto the tubular post and bracket assembly. The post is 6mm o.d brass tube which in scale terms makes for a 10 inch post, the LMS spec states that for bracket signals above 25 feet but no more that 35 feet in height the post diameter is 11.5 inches and for brackets below 25 feet the post diameter should be 10 inches. My signal is just under a scale 25 feet in height.



I have just located this signal for the photographs, it still needs to have the black band painted in behind the track circuit diamond plate and the Adlake lamp is not fitted yet, this will contain a warm white nano led with fine wires hidden under the landing channels and column. the resistor for this will go under the boards out of the way. You may notice some wire trailing along the cess next to the Down Sandbach track, this wire is 0.3mm dia silvered jewelers wire which will be looped through the signal pulley wheel posts I am fitting. This is purely aesthetic, the pulley wheel posts are brass casts by C&L Finescale and I'm going to put the chain wheels set on benches in also... no expense on detail is spared here.:mutley2:



And a view of the back of the signal, the base will be hidden with fine ash particles to merge in with the surrounding ground.



Now there are two servos here, the second servo is for a yellow ground signal which is also nearly finished, this is number 14 signal and will read through 11 crossover points and onto the single line in the Up direction and up to the signal by the crossing gates. the yellow disc means that 14 signal can be passed at caution for movements up and down the Co-op coal siding the coal porters shed and loading stage can be seen in the distance. More about this build later.



This is a low light shot showing the gates which are now illuminated with nanos, the protecting signal can be seen behind and a lot more work is still needed before it can be hooked up. The gates will be servo worked individually since in the days of the Wheelock branch they were hand worked by a crossing keeper under the jurisdiction of the signalman. 

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WOW - After looking at all that excellent trackwork - where is the Peco Catalog :mutley2:

Paul

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Not only is the track work excellent, the signals and crossing gates are impressive too ! Great work Paul. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

Cheers, Gary.



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