Saturday, 24 May 2014

Dutch Scale Seven Group report nr. 16

Over the last few months the DSSG members were busy preparing the Rail 2014 stand.  We want to display some new build models. The themes chosen to display were standard gauge G.W.R. at the left side and broad gauge G.W.R. at the right side of the stand. At the right side of our ScaleSeven information stand there was a Dutch broad gauge railway showing a part of the Haarlem HIJSM station situated in 1860. So we arranged an optical connection between the English and Dutch broad gauge railways. For the visitors it was a point of interest to see this historical connection. The Dutch broad gauge railway is build by Joop Bluijs who used parts delivered by the Broad Gauge Society to build his scale7 tracks and rolling stock. At the left side of our stand was the Courcelle Part railway of Richard Chown. The French scale7 layout of Henri Cibert made the Scale Seven presentation complete. So at Rail 2014 there was a strong international Scale Seven presence.

A model by Joop Bluijs of the Dutch broad gauge in 1860, built to S7 standards.

A scale7 model of a PLM heavy tank built by Henri Cibert .

Some new models are build and some under construction. From a WEP  kit a G.W.R. Fruit Van is build in the 1900 - 1910 style. Cor also did the piping in the frame and added the safety loops for the clasp brake yokes. An D&S Models’ G.W.R. Scorpion is also almost finished. A picture of the prototype is used for more details and make the small but beautiful model more complete.

 A GWR Fruit Van to diagram Y2 built form a WEP kit with added detail by Cor de Jong. 
For the broad gauge Kingswear railway a series of four G.W.R. Tilt Wagons are under construction. At the Rail 2014 show, one of them was completed and displayed. A wooden floor is fitted into the wagon -unusually the planking runs longitudinally- and real chains are mounted at the door sides. The shape and colour of the wagon make a model interesting and special on the railway.

Inside the G.W.R broad gauge tilt wagon.

G.W.R broad gauge tilt wagon. 
A new broad gauge engine kit of the BG 3501 Class is delivered and will be built this year. The complete kit is delivered by the BGS. For this engine the S7 wheels are made by Slater’s and they look very realistic. An ABC Gears mini gooch gearbox and motor will used for driving the engine.
Ton Trip bought some WEP brass kits to build for his Tripton at Sea railway. This railway will displayed later on this year 18 and 19 October in Leuven, Belgium.

Till next....

Cor de Jong

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