During last months in the Netherlands there where no model railway shows where we could promote scale seven. My modelling friends who came every Friday night to my workshop they stayed at their homes waiting for better days. In August we hope to meet each other again and talk about railway modelling. But at my home the scale seven Minehead railway is growing.
Tracks and points.
Almost all the tracks are laid and at some finished parts there are the first test runs with engines and rolling stock. All the sleepers for the tracks and points are made in my workshop weathered and stained so they look old and used.
For the railway a model of the Minehead 1905 - 1938 signal box is under construction. The drawings came from the book "The Minehead Branch 1848 -1971 by Ian Coleby". The walls are CNC cut from thin ply and also the window frames are CNC cut using thin aluminium. The wooden planking is made of plastic strips and look right. I also need to fit the point rodding along the tracks.
A kit to build a signal box interior came from Severn Models. This kit has very fine details and fit very well in the signal box.
|Signal box interior Photo CdJ.|
|Minehead 1905- 1938 Signal box under construction. Photo CdJ.|
A cattle dock is build using differed materials. The base is made from plywood the stone walls formed using Das clay. For the fences I used old rail parts, the gates are CNC cut from aluminium sheet. Models of cattle and a farmer and weathering completed this piece.
|Cattle dock. Photo CdJ.|
Twin tank milk wagon.
For my milk traffic at my railway I bought the Slater's kit of the 6 wheel GWR twin milk tank. A nice kit with a lot of details. I had to modify the space between the brake blocks to fit them on a correct position against the wheel tire. The wheels are scale seven standard.
|Frame of the 6 wheeled GWR Twin Tank Milk wagon Photo CdJ.|
|Almost finished frame of the Milk wagon. Photo CdJ|
For a passenger train with 4 wheeled coaches I bought a Slater's GWR diagram E37 and I have a dia. E32 and K2 in stock to build pictures will follow.
Till next Cor de Jong