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  1. CazRail: Workbench

    Cheers mate hoping to get the 7 I have finished during the new year and then decide on the other 11. The Network Rail mk3 has had it's new windows fitted, and the DVT had the first coat of its roof done. Another coat and should be good to go. The DVT will then be handed to the CazRail electricians for new headlights...
  2. CazRail: Workbench

    So my loco fleet seems to be having mixed fortunes at the moment... Class 37 fleet performing faultless, well, apart from 37411 'Castell Caerffili/Caerphilly Castle' (ViTrains) which is my oldest Vi loco. She needs a wheel clean, and some minor repairs on one of her bogie frames, which slips down from time to time and causes problems. With her being put back in her box for now, this meant there was room for 37405 on the layout. My Hornby class 60s are not so good, both suffering from coupling issues. 60026 (EW&S) has been repaired, and Im currently testing her, whilst 60040 (DB Schenker / Territorial Army) I have given up with for now. They have both been suffering from 'sticking' couplers, which have the annoying tendancy to drag off the front vehicle of a rake. I will report on their repairs soon :) Regards, Caz...
  3. CazRail: Workbench

    A kind of return to a previous project, the Network Rail DVT and mk3. I'll be bringing these back to the workbench for some remedial work. Both the DVT and Mk3 will receive a repaint to the roof, inner black ends and new orange cantrail lines, the DVT will receive headlight upgrade, whilst the Mk3 will receive new Laserglaze windows, kadee-style coupler and rail cleaning pads. I'm toying with the idea of adding an extra mk3 to the formation, or possibly a mk2. This consist, along with a class 67, will form Marshfield Junction's own Railhead Cleaning Train (RHCT), and will serve Marshfield Junction and my other layout, Amlwch branch. The operation cycle will be once a week over all lines. Initially operated by a 67 from the DB Cargo stable, a change of contract is on the horizon... As my Amlwch Branch layout has now taken priority as well as other things in my personal life, the PAB wagon project is now on the back burner, and my plans for further split headcode 37s now scrapped. This project with the DVT/Mk3 'RHCT' is a rare foray into the CazRail workshops...
  4. I've decided to create a small layout, utilizing the laser-cut boards I had purchased and half constructed for my aborted Amlwch layout. Sticking with the Amlwch branch, I've decided to model a short single track section of the line, where it diverges from dry land to cross Llyn Cefni on a water surrounded embankment. Specifically, this section: It won't be by any means a scale model, but I want to model as much as I can in the space I have. I definitely want the short bridge over the lake. So that will mean I will have a short section of the track surrounded by water, which is great. I would love to model the dam at the bottom of the lake, however this might be beyond my capability. I might decide to shove it in, but I'll see, might be a future extension to the layout. The modern footbridge over the line would create a kind of scenic break also if used in the right way I guess. Despite the modern footbridge, I want to be able to run it in the 1960s with the Ivatt 2mts and Derby Lightweight DMUs as well as a more modern scene with 101s, 153s, 150s etc and maybe a modern 'version' of the old Octel tanks? I've already dug out the base boards and finished the assembly. Currently held with masking tape, I'll put beads of glue around all the mating surfaces when I get round to buying some. Track wise, I'll use bullhead rail, I'll research as to which brand soon. I just think bullhead will look better on it than the flat-bottom rail with elastic spikes that are currently on this section. It'll be capable of DC or DCC, as there isn't any points and will run one train at a time.
  5. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Some more done tonight on board 4, with the landform sanded with a palm sander, and a field grassed using sheets of static grass. I also used two different sizes to try to create the effect of vehicles using the user-worked crossing.
  6. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Latest progress... Bridge 22 The basic superstructure of the bridge is nearly there, I decided to completely re-start the span again, and this was the result... A photo of the real bridge 21 for some direct comparison. Board 4 Materials were delivered yesterday to build the rest of the boards for this layout, much much MUCH cheaper than buying laser-cut boards! Built to the same dimensiond as the Grange & Hodder product, I've made a 45* corner board... I used the same dowel alignment system as the laser-cut boards for continuity. Alignment of the boards tested. The Board now has a layer of polystyrene glued on ready for the cork to go on for the track which of course will give us my alignment for the track. The next steps will be to trim off any surplus, lay the cork, then I can begin to build up or reduce the landform around the layout.
  7. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Thanks AJV1. Theres nothing simpler than a singleline bi-directional!
  8. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Apologies for the lack of updates, my phone is playing silly buggers and keeps corrupting my photos and videos, so live feeds and photos to my Facebook page is my only option at the minute. So the latest... Board 3 had been partly re-landscaped, with the Llangefni end not going into a bit of a cutting ready to enter board 4. (You can see about my technical issues in the 2nd photo!) I've also gone on to create a model of Bridge 21 which is a lattice bridge over a river, andwill also createbridge 22 which is similar in construction to bridge 23 (which I've made on the lake) albeit much shorter, less bulky and is an underbridge for a footpath. In other news, the layout had had it's first invite to exhibit, which will be a local modelling exhibition on Anglesey in April 2019.
  9. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    A bit of progress today, decided to ass to the layout plan by adding a section towards Llangefni to represent the 'Dingle', which is the forrest in llangefni. I started progress on this by begining to scratch build a lattice girder bridge, which in real life crosses a river. On my layout, itll cross a river and footpath. Using styrene sheet cut into strips, i begun to create the sides. Using a jig I used to assist in getting the lattice square and paralel, i worked from the centre and worked outward. Then i made a start on the deck, using plasticard sheet. I used balsawood as strengtheners, which double as the longitudual timbers. I ran out of u-section for the lattice so Ill need to order some more. Once done, Ill cover the plastic sheet base with boarding or styrene strip to make decking. Then itll be a coat of primer and paint!
  10. CazRail: Workbench

    Update... The wagons have all now been weighed down with Liquid Gravity, and now they run so much better. Each has it's own Symoba NEM coupling pocket system at each end, and currently have on order some buffers from Lanarkshire Modeling Supplies. More to come...
  11. CazRail: Workbench

    The PAB covhops are taking leaps and bounds now, with the next three taking shape next week once I have materials. The first four are now on the rails, which need painting, decaling, and weighing down. Ive bought some Deluxe MaterialsLiquid Gravity to add some weight to the wagons, which will improve running quality, which will be fixed in with Roket Card Glue. Ive also bought more Evergreen U-channel to finish the last three wagons. I felt my method of holding the wheels was hit and miss, and I wasnt happy with them, so I took to my CAD software and designed my own wheel holders. I didnt fancy buying the brass kit ones, as ive never worked with brass and i'd probably muck them up. This is what I came up with... With 2mm dia. shouldered Romford bearings fitted. All shoe'd up... Installed on the wagons(simply superglued on. And finally with Cambrian pedestal suspention unit moulding, simply glued on top. These wheel holders are 3D printed via Shapeways. The beauty of it is, you can make any shape of anything. These are a simple solution for any kit or scratchbuild.
  12. As most of us will know, ViTrains never made the split head-code variantof the class 37s, and it's come to sudden realization in the CazRail fleet management unit that one is needed. So, they've had a look in EWS' stored loco fleet of the past, and come across a certain 37057Viking. ''Perfect!'' said the fleet manager, so in to the workshops it came... Yes, this thread if of the converting of a ViTrains class 37/0 from centre head-code, to a split head-code. Let the filling commence... Here is a photo of 37057... I do also plan to make at least another two of these, one being EWS 37042 and Colas 37099Mearl Evans Rather than using a Lima nose and ruining a perfectly good Lima model, I'll be using my own lima loco and making a mould of the nose.
  13. CazRail: Fleet

    37057 has been added to CazRail's operational fleet after spending 5 months in the workshops. Stored on 3/12/04 from the WKBN pool, 057 last worked 6D18 Holyhead - Warrington Arpley before being stood down. It has now returned to traffic alongside 37174, 37411 and 37419.
  14. CazRail: Fleet

    Updated:29/12/2017 Steam Locomotives 41233 Ivatt 2MT Tank 60163 Tornado Shunters H013 (Wabtec Sentinel), OC101 (Octel Amlwch Sentinel), D3256 BR Green, 08907 DB Cargo (4) Class 20s 20901 (1) Class 31s 31296, 31452 (2) Class 33s 33030 (1) Class 37s 37057, 37174, 37401,37402, 37405, 37411, 37414, 37415, 37417, 37419, 37421, 37422, 37425. 37430, 37668, 37698, 37703, 37716, 97302, 97304 (20) Class 43s (HST PCs) 43043, 43044, 43103, 43162 43194, 43196, 43311, 43314 (8) Class 47s 47306, 47501, 47739, 47773, 47802, 47810, 47813, 47839, 47848, 47853 (10) Class 56s 56087 (1) Class 57s 57314 (1) Class 58s 58030 (1) Class 60s 60026, 60040, 60066,60078, 60087 (5) Class 66s 66101, 66111, 66152,,66200, 66411, 66412, 66522, 66532, 66720,66731, 66846 (11) Class 67s 67002, 67003, 67005, 67006, 67012, 67018, 67024 (7) Class 68 68002 (1) Class 70s 70006 (1) Class 82s (DVTs) 82126, 82146 EWS, 82146 DBC, 82305, 82307 (5) Class 143s 143609 (1) Class 150s 150256 (1) Class 153s 153303, 153327, 153367 (3) Class 158 158832 (1) Class 390s 390012 (1) Class 466s 466035 (1) Locomotives waiting to re-enter traffic (on order) 60070, 67027 (these locomotives are not currently in the CazRail fleet) Reserve Fleet 37114, EW&S, City of Worcester, Lima--------------------------------------------------------> Stored (DC) 37414, Regional Railways, Hornby Railroad--------------------------------------------------> Stored (DC) 40052, BR Blue, Hornby RailRoad---------------------------------------------------------------> Stored (DC) 55001, BR Blue, Hornby RailRoad---------------------------------------------------------------> Stored (DC) Retired Fleet (Collection) 47741, Virgin Trains, Resilient, Hornby(WITHDRAWN) 47844, Virgin Trains, Hornby(WITHDRAWN) 47853, BR Experimental Blue, Rail Express, Hornby(WITHDRAWN) 47816, First Great Western Green, Bristol Bath Road(Quality Approved), Hornby(WITHDRAWN) 37260, BR Large Logo, Radio Highland, Hornby(WITHDRAWN) 58003, BR Sub-Sector Coal, Markham Colliery, Hornby (WITHDRAWN)
  15. ViTrains: Creating a Split Head-code 37/0

    Managed some progress on 37057 today whilst watching Scotland v France in the 6 nations... Now all decal'd up, next up after the varnish dries is fit it out with windows, which will be the original for the time being, and to *possibly* steal the chassis from 37425 (which is out of traffic at the minute as it needs new decals) to get this one running. This will mean the need to wire my replacement LEDs. Onward...
  16. CazRail: Workbench

    More Cambrian compensation units bought, two more wagons can be made track worthy! The last three wagons of this batch being made now, hopefully more will become available soon. The first one I built is being dropped as im not happy with it's build quality
  17. CazRail: Workbench

    A little update... The three wagons have now been painted black!
  18. Hornby 2018 Range

    So, whats everyone's thoughts? I quite fance 60077, 67023, Virgin DVT, some seacows, some HEAs and maybe the shark.
  19. CazRail: Workbench

    Thankyou Chris, seems to be styrene sheets which have been pre-scribed with a machine which ive cut out with a craft knife and glued together. All detailing such as end bracing and ladders are my own work. Tonight ive finished the structure of what will be 12106. Ive also added foot steps each side of 12107.
  20. CazRail: Workbench

    Further progress tomight with the construction of what will be 12106 being started. Got up to gluing the top face to the frame before being summoned by the missus... Also, 12107 had end bracing fitted. Above - The wheel/axle/coupler arrangement. The Cambrian compensation units have had to be butchered to fit but are glued solid, meaning they need breaking off to remove wheels.
  21. CazRail: Workbench

    Wagons Roll!! Pretty glad to report progress on the PAB Covhops! Finally I've managed to sufficiently straighten the chassis of one of the wagons, and have fitted wheels and Symoba NEM coupler system! I've tested it in my rake of HEA coal hoppers using my GBRf 66720. Ive taken photos and a video to show its running qualities. video-1515184098.mp4 Obviously, Ive learnt a few lessons from these wagons, and I will take more time with the second batch. This wagon and the second I built will be primed, the first won't go in the rake. Things to buy are oleo buffers, coupling hooks, more Cambrian suspension units and more.
  22. Gilfach Forgoed

    Looking foward for progress!
  23. CazRail: Fleet

    Today I fitted 41233 with a DCC decoder, made all the more challenging as it's Bachmann's split-chasis... ...but it all works first time, and I'm quite chuffed (pardon the pun) I've done my first retro-fit DCC fitout, and it was the dreaded split chassis! I simply removed the small springs connecting the motor terminals with each half of the chassis, connect the orange and grey wire to it and insulating it with heat-shrink tube. Then wired the black and red to a copper tang attached to the chassis where the front pony truck pickups are connected to. The hardest part was the process of figuring out the dismantling and re-assembly!
  24. CazRail: Fleet

    Very! Plenty of character to these
  25. CazRail: Fleet

    An unusual new fleet member in the CazRail this festive season... Aquired at the Llandudno Toy & Train Fair, its the first steam addition since Tornado in 2014. 41233 is a Ivatt 2mt steam loco, which ive bought to run on Llyn Cefni layout.