SHOCK!! HORROR!! WGLR goes 16mm

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No, not really, but I have visited a number of 16mm railways this year, a couple of them quite close to home. I've never been able to understand why some people seem completely focused on one gauge and/or nationality, I just love garden railways for what they are. So I've decided that my Winter indoor project will be to build some 16mm stock to run when visiting the narrower railways.

Don't worry, the WGLR will NOT be ripped up to be replaced by 32mm track, although a small length may be incorporated next year. I think Peter Jones had at least 4 different gauges on the Compton Down and I've only got 2 up to now, so there's plenty of scope for more. :D

Anyhoo, you've got to have some motive power and I managed to pick up a second hand IP Simplex from the Exeter show. Control is completely manual, a direction switch on the starboard side, on/off switch to port. Power (such as it is) comes from 2 AA batteries. This had been built quite well, but had been covered in gloss black paint, so it's been re-painted in matt olive green with a coat of satin varnish over the top.

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The cab is scratch-built from plastic strip and card with Cambrian rivets and bolts.

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The various tools and items of clutter come from a Trenarren Models garage set. The wagons are from the Binnie range and there's more to come on these (plus the Swift Sixteen kits that are on the bench too).

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The Simplex came with a driver, but I wasn't keen on his gloss blue overalls, so he's been replaced by a converted Preiser figure who's a little short for 1/19th scale, but short blokes can drive trains too. ;)

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Maldwyn won't be challenging Tornado any time soon, but I still think he's got a certain "something"? ................ even if it is mostly rust. :D:D
 

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That old LGB stuff will be out of the window soon :happy::happy::happy::happy:
 

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Loving it Mel! Does the local lord need a 15" estate railway by any chance? G scale on 16.5mm track...... :cool:
 

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beavercreek said:
Excellent Mel. It does look a real hard working engine.

Didn't see you at the show...were you in disguise? :cool:
No mate, in fact I had a HUGE bag of kits. :D:D

Saw a couple of other guys.
 

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Rust is good!
Will it be a 32mm stand-alone section or some dual gauge track?
Looking forward to see the tiny empire grow :D
 

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pugwash said:
Rust is good!
Will it be a 32mm stand-alone section or some dual gauge track?
Looking forward to see the tiny empire grow :D
Stand alone bud. It'll be a quarry line linking up to the canal.
 

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I run 16MM on 45, just modelling 3 foot narrow gauge.
Doesn't have to be 32mm to model 16mm
 

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Really like the look of the Simplex, Mel. There's something fascinating about those early industrial i/c locos.

Looking forward to seeing how the canal branch develops. Have you thought of a GIT type acronym yet? Errrmm - will it have a C for canal in it somewhere ......... ?????

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ge_rik said:
Really like the look of the Simplex, Mel. There's something fascinating about those early industrial i/c locos.

Looking forward to seeing how the canal branch develops. Have you thought of a GIT type acronym yet? Errrmm - will it have a C for canal in it somewhere ......... ?????

Rik

Cheers Rik. And T for tramway possibly? Think we're getting somewhere? :thinking::thinking:
 

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A nice little loco, you can almost smell the oil and exhaust:clap::clap: I must get on with mine at some point:impatient:
 

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Just out of daftness, how many other gauge tracks are there left for Mel to try his hand at?
 

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Just out of daftness, how many other gauge tracks are there left for Mel to try his hand at?
Pleeeeaaaaasssseee don't say 7/8ths. The voices in my head spend soooooo long whispering "go 7/8ths, go 7/8ths".
 

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yb281 said:
Nodrog1826 said:
Just out of daftness, how many other gauge tracks are there left for Mel to try his hand at?
Pleeeeaaaaasssseee don't say 7/8ths. The voices in my head spend soooooo long whispering "go 7/8ths, go 7/8ths".

How about 7/8ths? :D
 

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whatlep said:
Loving it Mel! Does the local lord need a 15" estate railway by any chance? G scale on 16.5mm track...... :cool:

You mean something like this.......

 

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yb281 said:
ge_rik said:
Really like the look of the Simplex, Mel. There's something fascinating about those early industrial i/c locos.

Looking forward to seeing how the canal branch develops. Have you thought of a GIT type acronym yet? Errrmm - will it have a C for canal in it somewhere ......... ?????

Rik

Cheers Rik. And T for tramway possibly? Think we're getting somewhere? :thinking::thinking:
and the twee railway will Unite them, the CUT Light Railway is born.
Used to go fishing in t'cut as a lad :admire:
 

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Very nice!

How about a NG line in the RAF Depot Mel....
 

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Gizzy said:
Very nice!

How about a NG line in the RAF Depot Mel....
It's less than 2' X 2' mate. Absolutely no room left unfortunately.
 

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Next item of rolling stock out of the workshop is a Swift Sixteen gunpowder wagon. My previous experience with these kits is that they can be assembled in half an hour or less, but this one needs some more work and takes a couple of hours before it's ready to paint. The thing that impresses me most though is the standard of resin casting that Rob is able to achieve, quite honestly it's phenomenal! So crisp and hardly a sign of any flash. If you want to build a 45mm version, I understand that metal wheels with LGB sized flanges are now available.

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I've still not settled on things like colour schemes, lettering etc. yet, so this one will stay in red oxide ...... at least for the time being.