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Monday, 31 August 2015

Jinty Renovation - Part 1

Years ago little bro' gave me his Triang Hornby Jinty (a model dating from 1960s). Now he has taken up the hobby he wants it back.

Neither of us can remember what state the model was in when I received it and I was convinced I no longer had it until on opening a drawer this week I saw its body there in a very poor state. How the buffer beam came to be broken and the chimney, both of which are missing is a mystery and whilst he is convinced he gave it to me with its chassis I can't find it anywhere.

Most people would throw the remnant away since second hand replacements are relatively inexpensive and there are better detailed models available new. But, with a 3D printer to hand I felt it would make an enjoyable project to renovate the body.

From this photo you can discern what was missing and the 3D printed replacements in grey plastic. The dimensions were scaled from various photographs of original models.

Having primed the body with Halfords grey primer (not shown) the light colour has highlighted details of the plastic moulding that are lost to the eye with the black finish. The moulding details are very fine indeed and embossed '3F' markings are revealed near the cab side windows.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Train Watching

Following on from the previous post, the train set is a hit with birthday boy.

Monday, 24 August 2015

What Do You Get A 6 Year Old For His Birthday?

Every Thursday and Friday after school we take our Grandson to see the trains from an over bridge on the Basingstoke to Southampton line (It's one of those caged pedestrian walk ways that afford good views of the trains from a position of safety). His favourite train is the container freights invariable pulled by a class 66 diesel in EWS or Freightliner livery.

With his birthday looming I suggested to his dad that we should make up a train set for him. We'll get the train, I said, and dad can get the track since there is no off the shelf train set with a class 66. I had in mind a simple oval with a siding, a class 66 and a container wagon to get him started.

At the present time an EWS livery version is only available second hand and only Bachmann do a Freightliner brand new. Well the first shock was the price. A diesel at well over £100? I am used to that for intricate steam locomotives but for a box on wheels?

The demand for class 66s on Ebay is very competitive and whilst a second hand Bachmann may be won for less than £40 on a good day they usually push towards a hundred. Having looked at reviews of the cheaper Lima version (later adopted by Hornby and re-released with enhancements) I decided that, whilst not as detailed as Bachmann, it would be ideal for a 6 year old. After a couple of failed bids in auction I bought a Lima Freightliner version on a 'buy it now' sale.

Later on I won a Hornby Railroad dual container wagon. So, that is my side of the gift sorted.

Next I went to town with his Dad to see about some Hornby track (BTW I was also donating a Hornby controller and a circle of 1st radius curves from my stock, which once belonged to another son of mine.)
Dad spotted a level crossing on the shelf and insisted on buying it because his son has a fascination with those as well. But, this was not a single - no it was a double level crossing. Can you see where this is going?

We needed some standard track of course and Dad spotted a track extension pack that included a double level crossing. Of course, my simple oval idea was now turning into a double track layout with cross over and link wiring! He bought the extension pack and I volunteered to spec. and source the remaining track on his behalf to make a usable train set.

I won a set of second radius curves off Ebay for about half the high street cost and bought the extra turnouts, straights and link wiring in town.

I just totalled up the costs and it's come out to about £130. That's good for a train set of this complexity compared to boxed train sets but far more than my original expectation.

Birthday and Christmas presents are now sorted for the future - we just expand this and Dad is already talking about boarding the loft.

For a seasoned modeller like me this has been a refreshing exercise to get back to basics in the hobby.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Visiting Locomotives

Little Bro' brought his recently acquired locos to my railway room for track trials (He is yet to build his own layout).

We had to disconnect Zero 1 from the track and temporarily fit an analogue DC controller.
First up is the T9. A great looking locomotive and fantastic runner - well done Hornby. It is the loco I wanted but did not get it because it did not run regular services on my line in the period I modelled.

We had a bit of frustration trying to fit the accessory pack Apart from being fiddly we could not get poly glue to work and the Superglue was tricky as well, not helped by the fact that one of the brake rods was too short between brake fixing points. The 3-link coupling joints were very stiff, which meant it interfered with the NEM coupling socket. Not sure if the links were meant to move but with some force realised they are suppose to and eventually it cleared the socket. The lower vacuum pipe saddle fixing needed fettleing to fit onto the buffer beam.

We can forgive all that for such a beautiful and highly detailed model. Photo shot above is before the accessories were installed.on the front buffer beam.

Next up is the Southern Railway 2BIL EMU in Maunsell olive green livery. Another fine model but way out of territory here on a line that was never electrified!

We could only run the EMU part way round the layout before it ground to a halt as it hit a ground signal. Modellers need to consider the overhanging shoe beams that may interfere with track side furniture. I read on southernelectric.org.uk that the shoe beam is so true to scale that they do not line up with the third rail positioned on the end of sleepers ( I guess it refers to Peco sleepers, which are under scale length).

I know the EMU has cabs at both ends but don't know if there was a convention on which end faced the normal direction of travel. In the photo the motor car is trailing on the down line. Does anyone reading this know?

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