Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

A trip back in time

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I’ve just been going through my model railway cupboard. This was mainly because I knew I had a few things I’d bought which I knew I’d never get round to so I thought I’d whittle them out and eBay them. 

In doing so I unearthed my first forays into 009 modelling. This started either just before or just after I’d started volunteering on the Ffestiniog when I was in my first year at university. 

In this and probably another two posts I thought I’d share them. 

By keeping off the beers for a few nights I could scrape together the monies for an odd model. However being the thrifty Yorkshireman I am I also looked at scratchbuilding. 

So having bought and built a VoR carriage kit from Parkside Dundas (picture above)  I then took the measurements and built my own, including scribing the planking. I was smart enough to realise that laminating the sides was the way to go, though it’s not quite to the Boston Largs Works / Dduallt / Bron Hebog standards. 

Having made a right hash of the roof of the VoR carriage I didn’t get round to doing a roof for the scratchbuild but following in the footsteps of Rob of Bron Hebog et al I shall rectify both roofs with the appropriate materials, once I’ve drunk the contents. 

Although it’s not the finest model, I do intend to finish that carriage as it is the first scratchbuild I ever did so deserves a home. 


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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