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Some Caley Stock in 4mm

Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:22 pm
by RossB
Following on from my posts on my layout I thought I'd share some pictures of the models running on it. These are all 00 models that I've built and collected over the last 15 years or so. Quite a few were built before Mike's excellent books on carriages and wagons were published and so could do with a little re-working now that more information in avaliable. I have bought a number of items over the years from exhibitions and online (eBay mainly). Unfortunatley the history behind them has often been lost so if anyone recognises any of the models I'd be interested in finding out more about them.

I'll start with a short engineers train.

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This was the first Caley engine I bought. Its the old SE Finecast body kit running on a Bachmann Jinty chassis. The bent coal rails are from when it took a tumble off the end of a baseboard.

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This is an ex-WD Warflat wagon based on the recent Bachmann model. I fitted bolsters and repainted the deck. I don't know if any were ever painted in CR colours, the LNWR repainted some of theirs but others were still in full WD livery as late as 1925.

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This D109 twin set was based on the 51L kit. These were part of a job lot of scrap wagons I bought on eBay and had been modified to fit onto rtr chassis. I stripped them down are rebuilt them. The solebars were made from brass u-section and I used etched w-irons and brake gear.

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D124 rail wagon. This was built from a 51L D114 tube wagon.

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This is an ex-WCJS brake van built to LNWR D16 of which the CR aquired two in 1895. There doesn't seem to be much information about what happened to them but being an old non-standard design I thought that perhaps they could have been relegated to the engineers department. There is evidence that old brake vans were used on ballast trains as shown on p47 of More on Caledonian Wagons by Mike Williams The model is a London Road Models kit with lettering from a HMRS wagon transfer sheet (English LMS constituents from what I remember).


Re: Some Caley Stock in 4mm

Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:50 pm
by RossB
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Class 944 Wemyss Bay Pug, an engine I bought online. Its been scratch built from brass to a high standard but unfortunately the paint is starting to chip in places. Originally it was fitted with an old X04 motor which drew so much current it blew the decoder I'd fitted. I've since fitted it with a Slaters SG4 motor/gearbox and new wheels. I've started using TCS Keep Alive decoders in my engines following a recommendation from a friend. They are a little bulky (not a problem in this engine though) but they make a huge difference to the running qualities, you really can pick up the engine and the wheels will keep turning.

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The Glasgow and Edinburgh Direct set. I bought these from the CRA stand at the Glasgow Show maybe 5-6 years ago. They are based on the old Tri-ang CR coaches which have been cut up and spliced together to form the non-corridor versions. I've fitted new bogies and Keen Systems close couplings which make a big difference to long coaches with long buffers such as these. I've also repainted the set as the white upper panels had yellowed over time.


Re: Some Caley Stock in 4mm

Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:31 pm
by jasp
Some excellent stuff there Ross.
The nicely restored E & G coaches were built by George Russell, Hon. President.
Jim P

Re: Some Caley Stock in 4mm

Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:06 pm
by RossB
Thanks for that Jim. I have a set of 6 WCJS 2pm coaches which I've always thought were the work of the same modeler as the E&G set. I got them from a dealer on ebay who didn't seem to know much about them (he thought they were CR Grampians and a Pullman dining car). I still need to make a few repairs and fit new couplings but they certainly look the part. Just need to build the rest of the train!

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Re: Some Caley Stock in 4mm

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:02 pm
by RossB
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CR 751. A unique engine as far as the Caley was concerned, details can be found in Caledonian Railway Locomotives: The Formative Years by David Hamilton.The model is based on the Hattons 14" Barclay Pug with a modified cab. I still need to add a couple of details and fit a new chimney. The conversion itself was fairly straighforward but the painting and lining was rather time consuming.

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CR 97. This is one of three 4-4-0s I purchased from Len Wood. It's an old Nu-Cast white metal kit fitted with a portescap mechanism. I believe it was built as a display model in the late 1980s and never ran. When I got it the gears had seized and the wheels were heavily corroded. I clean it up, serviced it and gave it a good run in. Despite its age it is now a very smooth and reliable runner and can haul a reasonable length passenger train.

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D30 Fish, Fruit and Milk Van. A van I scratch build with the aid of the Silhouette cutter. It will be branded for Waddell’s Sausage traffic when I can source some suitable transfers. Still needs a bit of underframe detail to finish it off.

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This is and old Tri-ang coach I modified to represent a 45' first which has been downgraded to a composite. This was one of my early attempts at a Caledonian coach from before I could build brass kits. I will replace the roof with one of the correct profile at some point.

Re: Some Caley Stock in 4mm

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:17 pm
by RossB
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ex-WCJS D13 Lavatory Composite. This coach has a scratch built body running on a London Road Models nickle silver chassis. Originally built with a luggage locker in the middle of the coach between the first class compartments, the Caley modified them into lavatories as depicted in the model. The Silhouette cutter file can be downloaded from the Members section of the forum.

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ex-WCJS P18 Lavatory Composite. Another scratch build, similar to the previous coach. This was the type of coach that the famous Blue Saloon was converted from.

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Another early attempt at a CR coach. This one is a Ratio Midland Third representing a CR 48' Third. It will be replaced with something more appropriate at some point but for now its good enough for running round the layout.

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Another ex-WCJS coach, this time a 42' brake composite. It is a LRM brass kit and featured in a previous issue of TTL.