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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

4mm Scale Coach Gangways

The more astute will notice from my previous posting about my ACE train that the photographs were taken from an angle that disguises the fact there were no gangways between the coaches. (A common situation on most model passenger trains.) I remembered that a guy on Ebay sells gangways he manufactures so I popped over to take a closer look. They look really neat but are advertised for use with Bachmann Mk1 coaches. Mine are Bulleid coaches so, with trepidation, I decided to have a go at making some myself.

Once I worked out the concertina design I discovered how easy and quick they were to make. I did not want to remove the dummy, short gangways from the Bachmann model and as it happens they serve to hold my gangway extensions in place without the need for adhesive.

The gangway extension was made in five parts from copier paper painted matt black. A piece of 3mm cork tile was cut to push-fit into the doorway aperture. The gangway extension is stuck to the cork. The assembly can be easily removed to preserve the original model.

The gap may be wider than prototypical but I wanted to retain the standard Bachmann hook and bar coupling for easy detachment.

coach gangway on curveTwo gangways are needed, one for each coach. They slide across each other as the coaches move through track curves and crossovers. This second picture shows the concertina effect working on a 800mm curve. There is no degradation of coach perfomance because of the sliding and concertina action.

They really do enhance the appearance of the train. Don't know why I had not made them before.

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