Friday, 14 September 2012

L&B Corridor Coach Kit Pt.1

Photo:IP Engineering

After recent reviews in Garden Rail and other garden railway magazines, I took a fancy to these little L&B inspired coaches. There are three in the range, a two and three compartment coach and this one. After purchasing the Corridor Coach from IP Engineering, this is how I built it.

Superglue or PVA glue is recommended for the assembly for which I chose Evo-Stik exterior weatherproof wood adhesive as it allows slight movement before setting. Ten minutes to set, and twenty four hours for the glue to clear.

The four sides were removed from the fret and the burrs cleaned off with a small needle file. The running board and end supports were then glued in place.

The floor was then located onto the running board whilst checking for square.

An end and then the other side were attached before the second end was located in place and all checked for square.

Using the lines on the inner sides, the outer sides were removed from their frets and glued in place. The same was done for the two ends.

This is how the coach looks at this stage. Next paint will be applied to the outside panels.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Leaves on the line!

With all the rain and bad weather in the area recently, Homestyal Light Railway was closed for the day whilst the emergency services attended an incident on the line just east of Homestyal Halt.

As the rains subsided, leaves descended upon a passing goods train.....
....and an emerging west bound passenger train!
Smoke was smouldering from under the carriage when the fire brigade arrived.
Survivors were removed from the scene as soon as possible...
....but unfortunately some weren't so lucky (being made of plastic!).

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

W&LLR Romanian No.764.425

After a major overhaul, the return of Romanian No.764.425 - Resita 0-8-0, built 1954.

Here she can be seen departing Welshpool during the W&LLR Steam Gala of 2012.