My tiny boxfile layout spends most of its time on a bookshelf. It’s far too small to hold much operational interest when compared to the FCPyF but it doesn’t take up much space when stood on end and goes largely unnoticed.
I’ve been following Giles Barnabe’s “1860 and all that” thread since it started on the MTI forum. I have no immediate intentions of building my own old time layout, though I did attempt it a few years ago when I inherited some 19th century trains from John Marsden. Anyhow, Foxbaile lends itself to the theme here with a posed (as were prototype photos in the era) image of a train awaiting departure.
What is conspicuously absent from the scene is the train crew and station staff proudly assembled in front of the train as was the norm for such photographs.
The engine is an HO scale model, admittedly foreign but not unlike British locos of the early steam era.
No, I’m not going to start playing with smaller toy trains, or get a tweed jacket, this is just a brief diversion from my O scale narrow gauge modelling.
I have made a small diorama, OK, a plinth, for my Matchbox “Rocket” to sit on though. The die-cast loco is modelled in 4mm scale, with the track gauge being approximately 18mm. I have cut a short length of OO track so that it looked as if each rail is set on stone blocks instead of wooden sleepers. The rails were then glued to gauge on the base and buried in bird grit. Green scatter completes the scene as trackside grass.
It’s nothing spectacular but it does look better having the model just sitting on top of the fireplace in the front room.
Wednesday again, a morning pottering around with bits and pieces resulted in this idea for a 1930s vintage 2-4-2 diesel loco which is inspired by a conversation on the MTI forum, and by email, with Giles Barnabe and Ian Bareham.
The mechanism is a two axle motor bogie from a OO scale DMU and the cab is obviously from a Gnomy truck but the bonnet may be a bit harder to recognise.
It’s from a Tri-ang Battlespace searchlight wagon, picked up from a junk box beneath a trade stand at a show in Prestatyn a few years ago.
Whether or not this loco will make it to the main FCPyF layout is anybody’s guess. There is an ever growing number of part built locos, and a large pile of scrap, in the yard at Cuarto Sheds!
The FCPyF’s new class 30 diesel railcar has been fitted with a tension lock coupler on the rear and running test trains between Centrales and Cumbre this afternoon, propelling uphill and hauling down. The train was formed of the railcar and three very old “Mainline” BR MkI underframes. These OO scale underframes will be used under the additional railcar bodies, making unpowered dummies to run with the motorised railcar.
The test train derailed on the first downhill run. Examination of both the train and the track revealed no fault and subsequent runs in both directions gave no further problems. I can only guess that the train was not placed properly on the track for the first uphill run and the derailment was caused when the downhill run reached the facing points for the siding at Rio Paleta. With testing now completed satisfactorily I’ll shorten each MkI chassis to fit the railcar bodies.
EDIT 28 Oct ’17
Me and technology don’t mix. I seem to have failed to complete the order for three additional coaches somehow. I’ve contacted the seller to see if they’re still available but it might be that the prototype class 30 car may be a one off after all.
The shape of things to come. Steam hauled FCPyF express trains are to be replaced by diesel railcars. The Sierra Oculta government has authorised expenditure on the new class 30 multiple units.
The DMU will run as a four car train on market days and as a two or three car set at other times, thus allowing shed time for maintenance. The prototype car is seen here on acceptance trials. Three more cars to complete the class are on order, due to be delivered this week. Steam is not being withdrawn from passenger services though because the two redundant express locos will be cascaded onto market day local trains (Mondays in Centrales, Thursdays in Grande, Fridays in Cuarto and San Fernandez). On Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at weekends, when there is lighter traffic, the autoferros will suffice on these services.
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Not seen on the layout for quite some time, #18 was returned to traffic today.
It is over twelve months since the box cab diesel was derailed at this exact spot and rolled, over the low level line, all the way to the garage floor. Luckily it landed on its roof so the damage was confined to the bodywork. The loco has been parked at the back of Cuarto Sheds awaiting repairs since then. Most of the damage was on the fireman’s side of the front end with the top corner and roof being completely destroyed.
I have rebuilt the loco with an asymmetric appearance, there’s a window on the driver’s side but the fireman’s side is now blind, as if the window has been plated over. Such asymmetry looks odd to British eyes but is not an unusual feature for American designed trains. A new roof, headlight and some repairs to the pilot were also required.
#18 was usually paired with the railbus trailer as a push pull train and has been returned to this duty on the Resurreccion to Rio Paleta via Centrales local service, releasing #10 to share the station switcher duties at Grande with #6.