The model is built up in bass wood with SEM W irons/axleboxes, wheels (mounted in MJT fold up axleholders given the unusual chassis length), buffers and cut down brake lever workings. Other details are made up from the scrap box.
Further to my earlier entry on "Glenburn" U vans, I have recently followed David Foulke's October 1989 AMRM article to produce a much more accurate 6 wheel van than my first attempt. I cheated with styrene modifications for the ends rather than the cut/shut recommended given I had to backdate the ends in any case. I also referenced Philip Dunn's April 2000 AMRM article on the U vans. Wheels are mounted in MJT fold-ups, with Steam Era W iron/axlebox/spring fascias from the new 10'6" chassis kit mounted on a styrene I channel solebar. On SEM's seperate recommendation, I use a Code 88 wheel for the centre wheel and this has worked very well. Decal is from "Signs of All Kinds", cut up to word size and louvre size to help bed it down. Not perfect, but the best I have done with these to date. This van's painting was different each side as shown.
I backdated Steam Era's superb QR wagons to an earlier (not earliest) version via replacement of end bracing, addition of wooden buffer beams, truss rods and the usual buffers/couplings/hoses. QR's were still essential for regular general goods traffic in the period modelled so she's carrying a tarped load. My thanks to Philip Dunn for information regarding the earlier version. Wonderful kit, well done SEM!
I have recently completed scratchbuilding one of VR's pioneering Steeple Cab electric locos. Loco is powered by twin Steam Era Models' Beetles electrically linked as suggested by David Foulkes (and detailed by him in AMRM) via phosphor strips and contacts as shown in the picture above. Chassis plate is from Hollywood Foundry, with the body seperately being built up in layered styrene. The pictures above show the main stages in the progression of the build, from the couple o' Beetles and Hollywood board, through the basic under-body in thick styrene with the Steam Era bogie sides added, through weighting (important for traction and prototype performance) and laminating the outer body layers to form the basic body to detailing, painting and completion.
Pictures of her in service on "Glenburn" are at: