Wednesday 31 July 2019

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Progress

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.

In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.

As you can see I have added even more items of 'clutter' to the layout. I have tried to build small cameos or vignettes along the length of the display with scrap metal to the left, the oil depot in the centre and used boxes or crates on the right with smaller bits and pieces filling in. I still need to paint the canal wall and the basin but this should be the next project/projects.

The image below shows the Kerr Stuart Geared Steam Locomotive that was built as an entry for the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association competition earlier this year. It is also the main reason that the design of the layout was changed as it was too big to run along the front of the warehouse! I have contacted a number of model railway magazines to see if they are interested in running an article on this engine - but with little success. I would therefore expect to have a series of step-by-step posts on the Blog later this year showing how the Hornby mechanism was modified and the body modelled and painted.


I should add. If you 'click' on the images you can see them in a larger format showing a little more detail (this goes for most if not all of the images on the Blog).

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