Fallowfield Light Railway 2020

Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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Lest Fred think I've been completely inert in the heat wave, I have been puttering on the FLR before the sun gets high or late in the afternoon.

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I have constructed a "retaining wall" from old fence boards and 2x2 PT to try to keep the Siberian iris leaves from flopping across the track. Leaves on the line were a problem last year :oops:.

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The loco shed is now out where it should be instead of gathering dust in the basement. It needs more work -- once I can find styrene cement.

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Down in the basement in the a/c coolness, I am working on three HLW mini wagons: The two black ones will become gravel hoppers loosely based on the Snailbeach wagons, by way of GE-rik's excellent sand hoppers for the Peckforton line. The brown one will remain a V-tipper with slight adaptations. All will get small Bachmann metal wheels and my last sets of Andel couplings.
 
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Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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Holes drilled in the HLW buffer beams and Andel buffer/coupler blocks for screws to hold the couplers in place, along with glue.
Probably the second-most fiddly job in the project, what with the aged eyeballs having trouble locating a centre hole :nerd:.
(The most fiddly job will be placing rivet heads :eek:).
 
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Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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Further work on the HLW wagons.
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Tipper wagon: I found a scrap piece of styrene to make outer solebars, which give me a place to attach AnDel brake pieces. ANDel couplings attached to buffer beams with screws and CA.

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Upside-down. The sharp-eyed will detect the brass 00 hex head screws reinforcing the join between couplings and buffer beams. I cut away HLW's attachment point for hook-and-loop couplers. I thought at first I would use a single brake shoe ...

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... but I decided two would keep the Board of Trade happier. My impecunious, if non-piratical, railway cannot afford four shoes per wagon. I have run out of AnDel V-hangers, so I shall have to make a couple from more leftover styrene sheet.

The two hopper wagons have been similarly equipped. Still waiting for delivery of the styrene to make the hoppers.
 
Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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Nepean, ON
Added homemade internal V-hangers to the hopper wagons. The brake rod cannot extend across to the other solebar as it would interfere with the hopper discharge chute. The white styrene will be painted dark, which should disappear it well.

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Yes, Fred, I obtained a can of lacquer thinner from Cdn Tire, and it works nicely as a welder. Thank you for the tip.

Several hours later:
I have applied black paint to the white V-hangers and solebars. It has indeed made them less obvious, especially with the wagon the right way up
 
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Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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Nepean, ON
Today I assembled the brake gear on the HLW wagons from AnDel components.

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Hopper wagon chassis with the homemade inner V-hanger, which is definitely less visible in black paint. The brass wire will get the same treatment.

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V-tipper with regular V-hangers.
I have run through most of my AnDel parts :cry:, so further wagon brake projects may involve (shock! horror! :eek:) scratch-building.
And HLW has shut down production :oops: because of the Covid mess.
 
Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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Spent some hours in the basement piecing together the transfer siding trestle.

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I ripped 5/8" PT fence boards into 5/8" square timbers, pretty much 12" square in 1:19 scale, or 15" in 1:24. Looking at the only two photos (small, from a distance and at an unhelpful angle) I've seen of the Snailbeach prototype, I'm guessing its timbers were pretty close to this. It was certainly a very basic construction; I can see no evidence of diagonal bracing. Elfin Safty would have conniptions.
The posts are fastened to the longitudinal beams with Titebond III and deck screws. The crossbeams/sleepers (ties) are Titebonded to the longitudinals. I shall fasten rails directly to these sleepers.
I am pondering a cheap and dirty way to make the standard gauge track that runs under the trestle. I don't want to spend good money on Gauge 3 track (or wagons, for that matter) that are simply going to be scenery.
 
Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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Where I have got to in the hopper wagon project:

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Being less dedicated than ge-rik (may his name be blessed) I chose not to cut away the HLW flat wagon floor to make an open frame. You can see ge-rik's work on his Peckforton blogs.

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I also used 60-thou styrene rather than 80-thou, and was somewhat liberal with the adhesive.
Strapping, corner plates and many rivets :eek: to come.
Anyone attempting to count the rivets will be fed to the squirrels.
 
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Strapping glued to the hopper bodies:

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So that means I have arrived at the point where I have to apply rivet heads :eek:
Anna Maria! ANNA MARIA! Where's my electron microscope?!

And just to get it on file in this thread:

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The trestle that will carry these hopper wagons to dump their loads into standard gauge wagons underneath (only in the imagination).
The trestle has had a couple of coats of spray varnish and is now under cover in the shed as we might get some rain -- and I might win the lottery :rolleyes:.
 
Chris Vernell

Chris Vernell

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I installed the rails for the hopper dump track atop the trestle today.

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I removed the tie strips from a "five-foot" length of Aristocraft track that is well weathered, so fits in nicely.

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And screwed the rails down to the 5/8" trestle sleepers with 3/8" #6 steel screws. I could have used rail spikes, but it would have been more laborious, and I don't have fond memories of doing it in H0. I set the gauge with a pencil and yardstick, using a section of LGB track as a template. I expect time and rust will take the shine off the screws.

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Proof of the gauge pudding: after initial testing with an HLW wagon on Bachmann metal wheels, which rolled well, I double checked with a Swift Sixteen wagon, also with no problems. No locos will be allowed on the trestle, so dirty rail is no problem.
I intend to install standard gauge track (G3) under the trestle, most likely home-made as I can't see spending yonks of money on G3 track that will never be more than scenery, or on G3 wagons for that matter. Imagination is a wonderful thing.
The sleepers outside the rails will be covered with footboards for the unloading crew: I shall rip them from another fence board when time and energy permit.

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The Snailbeach District Railways original in dilapidated condition: Note that I did not even think of reproducing the curve.