…Guard’s van/brake/caboose, call it what you will it’s the epitome of steam era freight railroading. While rummaging through the junk underneath Cumbre I found an HO scale caboose. I have no recollection of where this came from and it still had horn-hook couplers so it has never been used on one of my American layouts because they use Kadees.

Out came the hack saw.

Then scissors, cardboard, and glue.

Then coffee stirrers.

And wait for the glue to dry.

And more coffee stirrers.

Then paint.

The new caboose will be used on the local freight between San Fernandez and Centrales.

It has been a productive Sunday’s modelling because I’ve also been working on a new flat car using another HO scale car found with the caboose.

Mismatched sets

Anyone who travelled on the first generation DMUs based at Longsight or Tyseley in the 1980s will know what I mean by a mismatched set. Left over from the caboose conversion described above I had the chassis from the HO scale model. This has been used under a former On18 railcar to make autoferro #24 for the FCPyF. Obviously it’s an unpowered model so it needs to run coupled to one of the other railcars.

#23 was chosen for the job and this pair are the first mismatched set, shown above at Rio Paleta. The second mismatched set is #22 and #9, shown below at Frog Rock.

These sets, being paired back to back, do not need the use of a turntable at the end of each run so they can turn back short of the termini.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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