GZ Wagon

Steam Era models recent GZ model just makes it into Glenburn's 1925-1935 era, this model having been produced from 1935. Modifications to backdate are minimal - apart from the buffers (note heavier style) and dual coupling, the stirrup step and re-addition of the non-brake end hand grabs are the only changes. Given the late in day timing of this wagon, weathering is very light, it being virtually new.

S.A.R M Van

Orient Express Models were good enough to produce one of their M vans in the earlier livery prompting the addition of one to the fleet and the purchase of my first RTR Chinese plastic wagon for Glenburn. Changes for the reversion to era were minimal as shown in the pre-painting/weathering picture - Straight coupler release lever, change air pipe, buffers (SEM VR style are indicative rather than accurate for SAR), and add a 3 link coupling to the knuckle to approximate the transition coupler.

OT Class Oil Tank (Substations)

OT 8 was one of the very early VR oil tank wagons and was quite special as it was allocated to Jolimont and used for meeting the oiling requirements of the substations as part of the electrification of the Melbourne suburban Network. As such it is very appropriate to the layout and I set about backdating the exquisite later-configured model of this tank made by Precision Scale Models. Below are after/during/before pictures with a picture of the prototype also.

Picture: Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV)

Changes were removal of the later additions (ladders, platforms, presumed breathing pipe on top, couplings), and fabrication of the hose box and supporting struts below chassis (styrene), switch box (styrene), pump (modified train bits and chopped up machine guns from my misspent youth modelling war subjects), valves (chopped up aircraft landing gear from that same misspent etc.) and screw link couplings, before a respray and very light weathering. With thanks to members of the Victorian Railways forum for detail on operations of this wagon, and Phil Dunn for accurate information on the changes.

I Class Wagon (later IB) (7 Tons)

An early steel I wagon initially rated at 7 tons, I think the later chassis type may have seen this increased to 8, but have no evidence, so 7 it is. I had one blurred side-on photo and the basic diagram to work from, so the end detailing is pure speculation. Few in number initially, only a dozen or so made it to/through my era and this one doesn't seem to have been WH fitted hence the white square for through piping. Livery/weathering is deliberately heavy for a wagon very much at the end of its life, and likely they were mostly in terminal traffic or like. Few made it to be re-stencilled as IB's, so this is an I. Scratch styrene etc. body and brake gear on SEM chassis.

IG Class Wagon (12 Ton)

The smaller 12 ton drop door wagon, also coded IG as with its larger drop door brethren. Build was primarily styrene with Archer rivet decals atop SEM's 10'6" chassis, usual era-specific details. With thanks to Phil Dunn for detail provided on these not uncommon, but rarely photographed wagons.

QN Bogie Ballast

Years ago I purchased some Scaleways (I think?) QN parts and after a decade the casts were still sticky, so I re-cast them and put them together with Steam Era Models plateframe bogies, Model Etch brake wheels and other detailing from styrene and wire to make them suit Glenburn's era. As with other non-SEM kit builds, decalling is sourced from SEM's Imperial Decals sheet which covers a very wide range of VR wagon types and is recommended for anyone modelling this era.

MM Bogie Livestock Wagon

I recently received a PSM MM courtesy of a very kind donation by Phil Dunn. For backdating the  following changes were made, most of which are visible in the pre-painting shot above and the two final pictures above that:
- Adding coupler strike plate and screw link couplers
- Adding buffers (tapered style per pre-autocoupling)
- removal of centre below chassis “step”
- removal of triangular fillets in top of door frames
- re-lettering following the 1933 Diagram
- repainting and weathering
There were a couple of other points of difference that I left as I considered them immaterial and/or I could not find enough evidence to date them to this era.

Electric Loco - Box Cab, E Class

I managed to acquire one of Train Hobby/PSM's E Class locos with great provenance during 2010, a lucky find. The quality, detailing and finish of this model is outstanding.

The E is the first brass locomotive I have owned and took quite a few years savings to afford, so it has taken a few more years to acclimatise enough to have the courage to backdate it to a proper appearance for "Glenburn's" era. The changes weren't a great deal of work, but made up for it in fear! With only 100 of these made, one didn't want to get it wrong.

I removed the horns, leaving the whistle/squeegee. I then removed the extended/halved buffers, the housing for the auto-coupler and the coupler lift bar, then filed/sanded down the headstock to flat. I formed a coupler strike plate from brass sheet in accordance with VR plans for same (with thanks to Phil Dunn and Brett Whelan for provision), and added this and screw link couplings, then added new buffers (Steam Era Models with the backing plate removed). I also added a brake activating rod and MV lenses to the marker lamps before the painting and light weathering. I don't have a MV Lens of the right diameter at this stage to replace the clear headlight but intend to do so at some stage, for now I just painted it with grey and some metallic silver in parts. The revised headstock arrangements, and the model as purchased can be seen in the pictures below.


FF Bogie Horsebox

The horsebox at the opening of "The Man From Snowy River" (VSPY 7?) was one of my first prompters to model Victorian Railways. As such, I was quite excited when Steam Era announced the FF. A challenging and intricate kit, the FF nonetheless repays with a very nice rendition of this quite individual prototype. Purchasing the early version has meant era-specific changes were minimal, and because this batch were new during the middle of my era I have kept weathering to a minimum.

BW 2nd Class Coach

I have finally got around to building one of Steam Era's W coaches, this one a BW. This is an interesting kit that goes together nicely, and I think the use of nylon thread for chassis bracing is ingenious and works very well. Changes for Glenburn's era weren't too significant - I scribed in the mirror surrounds above the windows, added buffing plates and supports and screw link couplers. The handbrakes weren't fitted until later so I left these out. One change I didn't make was to remove the anti-collision posts at each end as these are near-hidden by the corridor connection, and I would likely make more mess than benefit trying to remove them. The only other change is positioning and type of lettering.

IZ Open Wagon

The IZ is about as modern as 4 wheel wagons will get on "Glenburn", having been introduced towards the end of the era being modelled. Steam Era's model has plenty of detail which comes up nicely on the finished product. Era specific adds are visible in the pre-painting shot include extra handrails, buffers, a stirrup step and, as the IZ was modern in this era, it appears they were delivered with the then new buckeye coupling and so had the transition 3 link in place. As such I have replicated this with the scratchbuilt workable transition coupling by mounting a 3 link on the buckeye.

M Livestock Wagon (Later wood/steel)

Minor additions in styrene are all that is required (apart from the usual Glenburn era-specific mods) to take Steam Era Models' peerless M wagon kit back to the interwar configuration. A great kit of a character-filled prototype.

Z Van (ex D van)

This Z's a bit different from the "standard" model. Peter J Vincents' excellent picture collection shows two D/Z vans with strapping and seemingly less prominent vertical boards than the later type:

http://www.pjv101.net/fts/u01/au431.jpg - on the centre doors
http://www.pjv101.net/fts/u01/au525.jpg - on the ends, around the doors and perhaps above the dogbox at the other end

I haven't been able to verify whether these features were part of the early Z vans prior to the more plain vertical board style becoming dominant, or whether the strapping is the remains of these vans being rebuilt from earlier strapped D vans. PJV's rollingstock records show some of the D vans with plain board siding and outside strapping do not appear to have been rebuilt, however were fitted with Westinghouse braking and lasted (some for quite a few years) into Glenburn's Era.

To try and build one of these earlier Z vans, I started by trying to sand down as much of the board detail as possible, which of course removed all other detail so items like the steps and lamp brackets had to be scratchbuilt and re-added. Sadly my pictures of the pre-painting body went to mush, however are included here in case they are useful:

I also have used SEM's split pan chassis on the assumption of a new chassis being added, though admittedly the pictured vans have a slightly different and earlier style that may have lasted until withdrawal. Other differences are the single lower shunters board with just two short boards adjacent to the doors on each side, some different handrail lengths and positions, and the double roof. Detail work is a mixture of styrene and card (corrugated roof).

The model is based on van 41Z that was scrapped in January 1926.

This model has necessarily been based on conjecture from the information I have at hand and I welcome input as to correctness and/or other origins of the vans in the pictures. The "Brief History" authors noted a future work covering vans which I look forward to hopefully finding out whether I'm miles off track or closer to the truth.

V Class

I converted the Roundhouse 2-8-0 into a VR V Class, the last members of which were just hanging on into Glenburn's era. I walked through the conversion process in the VR Enthusiast Forum. If you want to know more on how it went and the changes made it can be found here:
Nb. You don't need to be a member of VRE to read this, but will need to join if you want to comment.

I have taken some pictures of the V in service on the "Latest Updates" page:

Here's an overview of the changes made in comparison with the original RTR model.