Thursday, 17 November 2011

DORIS DONE & DUSTED

OO9 train ready for service at Maudetown


With a few hours to spare, my little narrow gauge train is complete and ready to be packed up for transport to the NEC tomorrow. It'll be on display at the Model Rail stand (B7).

The loco is virtually complete, but still lacks a pair of steam whistles. Also, the interior needs a bit of extra work to hide the Farish motor unit from view, although it already boasts a full set of controls at each end and a footplate crew. It also needs a pair of couplings, but I'm hoping to pick up a set at the Warley show.

As for the rolling stock, the open wagon has received a load of pit props (cut from kebab sticks) and I'm looking out for a few other OO9 scale kits to complete the train. At the very least, I could do with some sort of brake van and, perhaps, some side-tipping wagons. Hopefully Parkside Dundas will have something suitable on its stand.

Anyway, I'd better pack my bags ready for tomorrow... maybe see you there!

NCB No.2 Doris, is ready for action with a suitably dusty and careworn appearance. 

6 comments:

  1. Hi George,
    Thank you for taking the time to speak to me at the Warley show on Saturday regarding your weathering courses. As mentioned I have been inspired to try many of the techniques described by you in Model Rail, your blog and your books to the point where I have started my own blog. You can find the link here. http://www.rickysrailway.blogspot.com/
    I look forward to attending one of your courses next year.

    Regards,

    Rick

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  2. I saw these models in the display at the Warley show and later on I saw them at the York model making shop. I was very inspired by your model, so I bought a kit as well. It really came out well. I have two questions: did you have some example for the details, or you just thought that up from experience? And did you manage to get coupling for it?

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  3. Hi,
    Thanks for the comment -glad that the project proved an inspiration. All the details were added off the top of my head, according to what I could find in the scrap box (the headlamps, for instance, are from a French 4-6-2 loco!). However, their choice was based on a rough idea of what a real loco would carry, such as grilles over the spectacle plates to protect from debris in a colliery location, lamp brackets, vacuum brake pipes, handrails and door handles, etc.
    The interior is probably 'wrong', in that the controls are duplicated and placed inside the ends, rather than fixed directly to the vertical boiler in the centre. But my rationale was that the crew would need to have an unimpeded forward view to operate in such a busy and hazardous environment.
    I managed to pick up some extra wagon kits from the Parkside stand at Warley, along with some more 2mm scale knuckle couplings (Micro Trains) and a nice brass whistle for 'Doris', so I've plenty of work to do before the full train is complete!!
    Cheers,
    George.

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  4. Love these little guys! Very dinky and beautifully modelled. Any chance of a bit of OO9 appearing in Model Rail anytime soon?

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  5. Hi Christian,
    Thanks for the comment. This little train should be appearing in Model Rail issue 167, including a step-by-step demo of the kit's construction.
    Hopefully, we'll be putting a bit more narrow gauge stuff in the mag in the near future.
    Cheers,
    George.

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