Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Colonial Railcar

Purchased from IP Engineering with inspiration from The Goose, HLR instructed their workshop to create a unique railcar for their passengers.

Using the assembly instructions as a guide and with a little tweaking, HLR commenced the work order, late summer 2019.

Using Super 'Phatic glue for the wooden parts, the car walls were built and fixed to the floor. 
The internal cabin partition was added, together with "coffee stirrers" as floorboards. This not only looked better, but added a little weight to the model.

Then off to the paint shop for a two colour paint job.
Using Vallejo Model Air paints, the inside was masked off before a layer of light primer was applied.

"Aged White" (71.132) was sprayed to the top half of the car.

Followed by "Red  RLM23" (71.003) which was applied to the lower half after masking off the top half.
Whilst the paint was hardening the seats were constructed. The kit comes with plenty of seats but all very wooden. I therefore added some red felt to give comfort to the passengers.
The engine compartment was assembled, metal mesh cut to improve the engine grills appearance and the front buffer beam was painted. Before spraying the buffer beam, six miniature bolt heads were affixed to enhance and improve realism.

As I wouldn't be using the electrics included in the kit, covers were added to the switch locations on each solebar.

Steps were painted black prior to being added to the rear panel. Again miniature bolt heads were added.
The external walls were all satin varnished before the masking tape was removed from the roof.

 It was now time for the passengers to take their seats. Using Epoxy resin, their "bums" were permanently fixed to their seats. No getting off as once the roof is on, it's on for ever!

Mrs Black and Miss Brown sat opposite each other at the back so they could catch up with all the gossip since they last met. They were going away together for just two days, with their bags packed and placed on top of the railcar by the station's porter prior to departure.

Like most days Mr Hall travelled to town to the local Costa for a skinny latte, extra hot, and a read of the daily papers.

Unless he's on holiday, Bob is always the driver on this route.

After all were sitting comfortably the roof was fixed in position using IP Engineerings roofing jig.

Using Fosworks electronics, each component was loosely put in place to check for best fit.

Once I was happy with the electronics, wooden strip panels were affixed across the electronic components. They were all loose fitted apart from the switch and the battery charge point.

The luggage rack, air vent (Swift Sixteen), destination board, lamp brackets (Roundhouse), lamps (?) and twin horns (SLR Models) were the final parts to be added.


  1. A beautiful and characterful job, Sir! I love it!

  2. fantastic, my 7 year old likes the look of this ( Xmas present )

  3. Hi, I am have started to build the IP Engineering Railbus, and am looking to add R/C. In your article you do not provide a lot of information on the motor upgrade (I assume you did upgrade the motor) also the battery pack and electronics. I would be interested to learn a bit more if you have time, many thanks.

  4. Hi JimmyB. I didn't upgrade the motor but did think about it. I did however decide to upgrade the power pack to 6v to allow for the additional power needed to drive the electronics. The electronics consisted of a 4 cell x AA battery pack, PnP-110 No.1 loom (toggle switch, charging socket and JST connector leads, ESC161 speed controller, OMNI RX22 and PnP 171 Motor wire with suppressor and inductor. The transmitter is a OMNI Tx2.0.
    I don't know too much about electronics but Steve from Fosworks was very helpful with deciding the correct configuration for this model.

    The model runs really well and I have had no issues with it.

    Maybe I should have upgraded the motor but I didn't see a reason to do so plus, I wouldn't know where to start!

    Hope this helps?

    1. Very useful, thanks, I am considering a Li-Ion 2S (7.2 volts) as I am also considering sound, and as such a larger (volts wise) motor. I have a blog at Tumble-Down-Falls.co.uk which I will update my built. One thing I will be coping is your inside floor, really like it ��

  5. Hi, I have now finished my Railbus, borrowing some of your ideas, it is now uploaded into my blog, and I thought you may wish to view it:

  6. Hi JimmyB, your version is really impressive. I particularly like the inside panelling and amber flashing light. I will panel my next model if it lends itself to it and perhaps add a sound card.
    Brilliant job..

  7. I've added a link on my blog to yours if that's okay?

  8. Many thanks, I pleased you like my build.