have to cool my heels whilst I spend some time restocking for orders I’m trying
to fill as I have in my hot little hand eches for the Ys, flat top Ts and high
nose Ts. Also, I have the trial eches
for the later series Ts and along with the W class.
I'm slowing getting some kits together at last as my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is easing up a bit but still there. First to be released is the Victorian Railways QR in a 2 pack. It is a laser-cut card/timber kit with a heavy brass weight. $55.00. It is relatively easy to build over an hour or so. Just supply bogies (Archbar available for $6.50 a pair), shunter steps and couplers.
QR’s were some of the first bogie wagons on the VR system. Construction started in 1890 and continued up
until 1930. This kit is based on the 3-door
version which covers the number range 1-376 and 407.
Originally, they were equipped with spindly bar frames
that and eventually changed over to the more familiar later series bar
frames. Others had plate frame bogies as
well as the normal roller bearing that was available. Being a go-anywhere wagon they could be seen
over the entire VR system until their usefulness dwindled in later years but
found a new lease of life as works trains conveying sleepers and gravel. Towards the end of their life, they received
the four-letter coding VOWA but not the many received the check digit. With the 1980s upon the railways and
wholesale scrapping of older wagons, the class met that same fate as many other
older and obsolete wagons the Victorian Railways deemed of no use.
The next kit that will be available is the bogie LL/LF sheep wagon. Construction is very similar to the L wagon kits produced previously. These will be available as a 2 pack and as various types of bogies were used I will leave it up to the modeller to chose their own. Couplers and shunter steps will be needed also.
started in 1928 and a total of 50 were built.There are two compartments to each wagon allowing a different consignee
to fill an end each.The bogie version
of the L wagon allowed it to utilised on freight around the state and 10 were
fitted with BX fast passenger bogies and classed LP.They were in use up to the mid-1980s and
received the four-digit coding VSAY.
spent virtually their entire life moving from country towns in block trains to
Newmarket and Brooklyn processing plants. Between 1931-33, the entire fleet was converted over to auto couplers. Early in the 1970s, a live sheep deal with Saudi Arabia saw a large
number of trains transhipping to Portland for overseas travel. By 1986
very few wagons were left in service as wholesale scrapping had already begun and
with livestock trains finally ceasing in October 1986 the remaining units were scrapped.
Remember to stay safe and self isolate. Why not build kits instead! Chris
With a couple of days off I have managed to finish the
masters for the long wheel T van yeah!!!
These will be off to the caster in the New Year.
In addition, toying with my new printer I have been printing
AE’s, BE’s and ABE’s as a single unit. Did
the same for the W cars as well. Showed these
off at the VNSC meeting the guys were suitably impressed. The carriages will be printed as a one-piece
with laser cut flooring to strengthen the model and to stop the resin warping.
Currently writing up instructions for laser cut QR wagons
and LF sheep wagons.
One wagon I consider essential to my fleet is
the RY wagon. Here are some of the first
renderings. I have also completed a couple of prints that look good except for
the stepping on the raised door bumps.
Will rotate the wagon and print on a slope to see if that fixes the