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giles b



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input.

Bob - I did think of that but, I don't know, does it look a bit like suburban stock; I want these to look like main line coaches. Moxy - I have thought of a balcony ended version. Someone is selling such conversions on eBay and they look good. If the railcar doesn't come to fruition, the last coach parts may get turned out like this.

However, I've already cut the coaches up, and will post some pictures in a couple of days to show progress to date. I'm quite pleased with the way they're going - but the mixed ends need sorting out. Quite a lot to think about there.

By the way, the home team won 5-1!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a catch up of the preliminary work on the new coaches. First is the donor chassis - a Tri-ang caboose. I have another of these and a short boxcar, which has the same pattern of bogies. As with the FCyO's boxcars, which used the same underframe, I have had to cut away the stretcher bars at the outer ends of the bogies, in order to be able to mount the Kadee couplers.


Next is the body up on its wheels. I still have to figure out a way of joining the two and adding the seating, which will need modifying to provide end bulkheads to the passenger compartment and also a suggestion of the w.c.


The end will need quite a bit of tidying up, as the gap for the corridor connection is now a bit too wide. Also, I need to think about how much the bellows connections stick out, and indeed how to make them, as I assume that ready-made O gauge ones would be too large for a narrow gauge coach. You can see the 8mm spacer that has been added to make the vehicle's width equal other Isla Blanca rolling stock.


As a footnote, some pictures of some very similar coaches appeared on a You-tube clip of a train running alongside a football pitch with a match in progress. Not sure what country it was.

Edit: Just had another look at the video. There are several available on You-Tube (look for train runs through football match). Most of these last about 30 seconds, but there is a longer 7 minute version on Bing.com/videos which is entitled CHZ - steam train runs through the football. It has extra footage of the train, and it's follower, which looks to have been a tw0-part enthusiasts' special. It also clearly shows the coaches have the standard narrow gauge open platforms with concertina railings, so not the enclosed connections I'd expected.

By the way, the home team won 5-1!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The coach conversion has turned out to be more complicated than expected - several internal bulkheads, some with windows, plus seating. Rather a lot of waiting for glue and paint to dry as the shell needs to be complete internally before being glued to the chassis. So - some waiting time and I've finally got round to deciding on the design of the brake-end coach. This is to be made out of two "doorless" sides: a before and after picture shows the work that needs to be done, and I'll have to be careful to make the second side a mirror image.
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