Monday, January 8, 2018

SERIES 1 ROUND TANK

               44202 AND 4435 REST OVER AT YERONGPILLY DEPOT ON THE 2-6-84


The recently released TRAINBUILDER 20,000 gal elevated , Victorian Railways water tank comes complete with the large pipe framed support structure as used in Victoria.



Upon careful examination of the plans for this it was reveled that the tank section has a remarkable resemblance to our NSW 20,000 gal tank . Both in design and dimension.
ALMOST THAT CLOSE THAT IF YOU DIDNT TELL ANYONE THEY WOULDN'T KNOW !
These NSW tanks refereed to as the type 1 wrought iron lipped tank.Where constructed with elaborate brick stands with semi arched windows and doorways.
In the 1890's between 1892 -1893 at Lismore , Byron Bay , Meranburn , Parkes , Forbes , Possum Power ( Springdale ) , Bobby Mountain , Cobar , Brocklesby , Corowa and Milsons Point .
Two more less elaborate versions where constructed at various sites after these dates.
With this information I had some legless tanks made .
Here is a link to the Victorian tank on there version of a brick stand.
http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/1294

The TRAINBUILDER tank . The external and internal stirrup irons have to be removed , along with the inlet valve mechanism and the bottom outlet pipework . The level indicator is good apart from the float not being in the correct position to suite the external indicator . As a reverse indicator the float should be about half way up to match the indicator.





And then of course I needed the brick support structure to suite.
Byways of Steam No 2 and AJRM  No 9 have articles on these tank which together with some pictures I took of the Byron Bay tank on 15-8-2010 gave me enough information to construct the master for the stand.




                   

                                        The completed master with unmodified tank on top




                                                   The completed plaster castings
           


                                                                    A epoxy version



                                                    The completed tank with stand

I painted the stand with badger Light Tuscan Oxide red . Then with a very small brush added some diluted matt white to form the mortar lines ,by touching the end of the brush to the mortar lines and letting it run along
Then some brushed weathering.
The tank was painted with Model Master ,Dark Anodonic Gray Buffing Metalizer .Which is for air brush only ? .But I used a small brush to try to get that painted with a brush in real life look , or a not to even look.i Also use this on my steel bridge structures for that grey slightly silver speckle look the paint had.
The inside received the same treatment . Then weathered with rust and green for moss .For the rust I use Model Master ,1736 leather which is a good replacement for Floquil rust
I haven't decided on the water effect yet, But this may not be needed depending on the tanks final location.
The window frames and door where painted matt white . but I'm not sure what to do to represent the glass ?























                                                               The Byron Bay tank







                                    Pictures from Greame Henderson of the Meranburn Tank
                              Showing the inside rusted colour and the external faded silver finish .



           These tanks are a great structure for a railway as the tank can either be line side with a swivel jib
                           Or somewhere inside the railway boundary serving a water column at the line side.
I'm almost certain I recently saw an old picture of the Lismore tank taken from the North looking South , that showed a water treatment plant balanced on the top edge of the tank . At the time I though I will remember where that is a put a link in to the picture . But now I cant find it . 
In Byways 18 page 178 there is a photo of this arrangement on the Murwillimbah tank ,which of course is one of the other designs.  
              I do have a few available of the unfinished tank and stand if you would like one PM me.
 




Sunday, December 3, 2017

O , NOW I UNDERSTAND !

          WITH THE IMPENDING RELEASE  OF THE AUSCISION MODEL 442 LOCO'S
              I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE A VERSION NOT BEING DONE BY THEM.
    ON THE 9-6-83 WE HAVE 44234 AT CENTRAL DISPLAYING THE GREEN  EMBLEM        WHERE THE COAT OF ARMS USUALLY IS.NOT SURE WHAT IT MEANS BUT I HAVE 44230
                AT BROADMEADOWS ON THE 9-10-83 WITH THE SAME BRANDING.

There seems to be a lot of modelers who have moved into O scale lately .Using the reasoning of declining eyesight which makes focusing on the subject in hand (to speak ) become almost impossible .Or perhaps there old arthritic hands holding them back from  manipulating smaller items which once was not a problem ,but now becomes impossible for them to satisfy there ambitions.Or perhaps they are more satisfied to see  smaller objects which they have become familiar with, in a larger size or dimension.
I by accident have found a you tube clip which has helped explain the move to O scale much better than any
one has been able to explain to me yet.
You may find this of some interest.And possible help make O scale modelling a more attractive proposition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS-bFTzymuA

For you O scalers you may need to watch this in full screen to appreciate the content.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

FRASERS CREEK

                           WITH THE IMPENDING RELEASE OF THE PAY BUS ,
                             WE HAVE FP9 AT WEST TAMWORTH ON 7-9-83
                              IN WHAT SEEMS LIKE A VERY DARK PAINT



I have not been doing much scenery work to the layout extensions for some time.
I suppose I did do a fare bit of scenery on SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS to get it ready for display, which hasn't come out of the trailer since returning from the Epping exhibition.
So I decided to stop mucking about with carriages and stuff and get some scenery done.
One of the spots that has not seen any progress is the rocky canyon area that leads to Fraser's creek .Which is the entrance to ASHFORD station.
I originally did some work on this back in January 2012.Which I wasn't happy with,as the rock walls ended up looking like granite which I didn't want as I already have plenty of granite.




I did make a couple of rock molds myself which didn't really produce a decent rock strata . So I purchased some rock molds from the US with the right looking rocks I was after .They are pretty big in size .One of them would be 600mmm x 450mm.So I removed the rocks I had already done and came up with a system for using the large molds.Which is a much improved method from the sticks and props I used originally.
The best way is to use sand bags to hold the molds in place .This allows the mold to conform to the foam shapes and hold while the plaster sets usually about 45 minutes for the cornice cement I'm using.
The plaster needs to be left alone while setting ,with no sneak peaking or the plaster pulls away from the mold. 



I wanted to have that orange rusty colour for the finished rocks .Which I over did the first time.so I had to try to remove some of the colour which I managed to do.And to blend some more colours into the rock work.
Some more trees and grass will also help tone the colour down ( I hope ).
The more you look around when driving the more you realize there are a lot of very orange looking rocks and soil out there.
















Sunday, September 10, 2017

BACK TO THE FUTURE


               XP 2009 LAYS OVER AT GLEN INNES ON A LAZY SUNDAY ,THE 30-9-84
              AT THE RAIL MOTOR SERVICING ROAD  USUALLY OCCUPIED BY THE NOW
              REPLACED 900 DEB SET.          
              


Back on the 24-8-81 the first power car and passenger car of the revolutionary XPT fleet was handed over to Nifty Nev at the Granville plant of Comeng.
A revolution was about to unfold for the railways of NSW and its customers. With the new train sets bringing a wave of excitement to country towns across NSW .Crowds gathering at stations to catch a glimpse of the new trains which promised a vast improvement in train services.
Even if at the expense of many old rail motors and mail trains.
Its been a long time since all this excitement .And the the 13th Sept marks 36 years since the XPT first ran through to Tenterfield ,before returning South on the 14th past BOLIVIA with stops at main stations along the Great Northern Line on the buy a vote tour.
How things have changed,we had so much and so many services.You would assume with progress things would continue to get better,but now we have been convinced and trained up to expect nothing .

Auscision released there XPT set which is a great model and a an easy add a passenger train to your layout fix.
Being a modeller of that early 1980,s period I of course purchased a 5 car set in original colour scheme.You may have noticed the lack of XPT,s on SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS .This is due to the XPT not being right for my time period.
A problem which I have finally fixed.
The XPT as supplied has the following wrong for the early period that I have attempted to rectify
Strobe lights
External horns
Radio antenas
Cow catcher
Named and numbered power units
Under-frame equipment colour to light.

So with the help of some pictures I will walk you through the process.
This is only a 3 hour project ,now I've done all the hard stuff for you.

             WITH A CRAFT KNIFE REMOVE THE PAD PRINTED CITY NAME THESE WILL      COME OFF RELATIVELY EASY AND A QUICK TOUCH UP WITH SOME SUITABLE RED




                  REMOVE THE CLEAR STROBE LIGHT  MOLDINGS ,THESE ARE PUSH FIT



                 REMOVE THE AIR HORNS AND RADIO ANTENNAS FROM THE FRONT
                 AND DON'T FORGET THE ANTENNA AT THE REAR OF THE POWER CAR



                                              ALL OFFENDING EXTRAS REMOVED


FILE OFF ROOF MOLDINGS ,AND DRILL OUT STROBE HOLES TO SUIT EVERGREEN
STYRENE TUBE TO BE GLUED IN TO FILL THESE HOLES .USE BODY PUTTY FOR REMAINING IMPERFECTIONS AND SAND SMOOTH.



                                 PAINT OVER WORK AREA WITH SUITABLE PAINT

                                                REWORKED ROOF WITH ORIGINAL 






                              REAR OF POWER CAR REWORKED WITH ORIGINAL


 PAINT THE INSIDE OF THE FRONT WINDSCREEN TO REPRESENT THE SUN BLIND




                                            REMOVE THE FRONT PILOT MOLDING



                        FILE AWAY THE PILOT AND COUNTERSINK THE SCREW HOLES
                                           TOUCH UP PAINT WITH SUITABLE RED





      DRILL 2 HOLES IN LINE WITH THE PILOT ATTACHMENT SCREWS AND HARD UP
      AGAINST THE PILOT CASTING FOR THE NEW RAIL CLEARANCE BARS (PILOT)
      WHICH ARE THE ORIGINAL STYLE FITTED.
     THESE ARE MADE FROM BRASS TUBING APPROX 2 MM DIA GLUED INTO THE HOLES
     WHICH HAVE BEEN DRILLED TO SUIT THE TUBING.THEN USING PLIERS CRIMP OR             SQUASH THE TUBING TO FORM IT INTO A BAR SHAPE.WHICH IS TRIMMED TO SUIT
     BOTH THE LENGTH WITH A CLEARANCE ABOVE THE RAIL HEAD  AND A
     TAPPER ON THE REAR OF THE BAR.
     








     REATTACH THE PILOT TO THE POWER CAR WITH THE 2 SCREWS ,THESE CAN HAVE
      THE HEADS FILED DOWN SO AS NOT TO SHOW UP WHEN SCREWED IN.
    THE SIDE FRAMES AND FUEL TANK WERE REPAINTED WITH A DARKER GREY
    RATHER THAN THE PRE COLOURED MOLDED PLASTIC WHICH APPEARS TO LIGHT IN
     COLOUR.I ALSO PAINTED THE SIDES OF THE BOGIE MECHANISM THE SAME GREY.





                    THE MODIFIED XPT ALONG WITH THE AS SUPPLIED VERSION
               ANYONE WHO IS PLANNING ON USING THE AUSCISION MHN XPT
               TEST CARRIAGE WILL HAVE TO MODIFY THERE POWER CAR TO THIS
                AS BUILT STYLE TO SUITE THE PROTO TYPE AT THIS EARLY STAGE.





       AFTER SEVERAL ACCIDENTS AND NEAR MISSES EARLY ON , AN ATTEMPT TO
       UPGRADE THE PILOT OF THE POWER CARS WAS UNDERTAKEN ON UNITS 2006
       AND 2009 IN LATE 1982
       2 LARGE STEEL PIPES .APPROX 6 " WHERE FABRICATED TO FORM A FRONT PILOT
       THE ORIGINAL PILOT BARS WHERE LEFT IN PLACE.
        THESE WHERE THE ONLY CARS TO BE FITTED AND 2010 TO 2014 WHERE BUILT
       WITH THE PILOT AS USED ON THE AUSCISON MODEL.THIS STYLE WAS LATTER
       RETROFITTED TO ALL PREVIOUS POWER CARS.
       SO TO MODEL THIS STYLE COMPLETE ALL PREVIOUS STEPS
       THEN DRILL 2 HOLES IN THE PLASTIC PILOT AT THE FRONT UNDERSIDE ,FOR
       2 BRASS RODS WHICH WILL SUPPORT THE TUBING ONCE FABRICATED
       USING THE SAME TUBING PREVIOUSLY USED FOR THE PILOT BARS.CAREFULLY
       BEND THE RADIUS AND LENGTH REQUIRED  USING PHOTOS AS A GUIDE .
      THE 2 BARS ARE DIFFERENT SIZES TO SUIT THERE PLACEMENT ON AN ANGLE
       AT THE FRONT OF THE POWER CAR.
       ONCE HAPPY SOLDER THESE TO THE 2 SUPPORT BARS WITH THE CLEARANCES
       REQUIRED FROM THE UNDERSIDE OF THE POWER UNIT AND A GAP BETWEEN THE
       BARS AND CLEARANCE FROM THE RAIL HEAD.







                                                       PAINT THE PILOT UNIT GREY



                                                THE 2 VERSIONS OF THE EARLY PILOT


             THE TUBE PILOT CERTAINLY GIVES A TOUGH LOOK TO THE POWER CAR


I do have another power car which I will leave as made by Auscision.But I want to model the front with the
emergency draw bar door opened and a kadee fitted so I can drag the XPT around with a diesel loco.



Also I have been working on a dyno car kit that Joe has sent me, to recreate the XPT test train . I'm still 
waiting on vents and correct bogies ,so when this happens I'll show you that.

A great source of info on the XPT can be found in the book by Chris Banger
The history of intercapital daylight rail travel between Melbourne and Sydney
THE DAYLIGHT