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SAR / WHR WAGONS in 7mm Scale from EDM Models

New kits for three SAR 2ft Gauge wagons plus two types of bogies have been announced by EDM Models.

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These have been in development for some time and are the work of Peter Balderstone who also designed our Linda/Blanche/Charles kit. They actually started life as a personal project worked on over many years. Recently they have been reworked with commercial sale in mind and many of the small detail parts that were originally assembled from etches have been replaced by brass castings.

Each kit caters for variants of the prototype and both styles of bogie, the diamond frame and the cast Bettendorf are being produced.

Originally we weren’t going to mention these kits until they were in boxes and ready for sale but as they are nearly ready and there has been a lot of discussion of the prototypes on various internet sites we have set to, planned a release date and decided to announce that they are on their way.

The intention is to release them from sale at the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Convention in Burton on Trent on the 9th June and make them available for online sales immediately after that.

They are on the NG Trains website and more detail [like prices and more pictures] will be added between now and the release.

The kits are designed to be built for either 16.5mm or 14mm gauge.

Expressions of interest are welcome as they would give us an idea of demand.

rpi Sesam Rail Ceases Trading

The website for rpi shows that they ceased trading as at 31/12/11. A real shame: although recent offerings were not to my taste, some of their earlier offerings, including RTR 014 chassis many years back, were really good.

David H

La sablière

Introducing the new layout of François Gilbert and me Matthieu Jacquemart. Naturally, it’s an O14 layout! It is loosely based on the sablières of Nemours.

The layout is divided into three modules of 100x40cm. Total size is 360x140cm with slide.

Its construction was described in the french review voie libre 63-64-65-66. It was presented for the first time in expometrique / RAMMA in Sedan.

The billard T75 is a model made by Bernard Junk.

Pershings are made spécially for us by David from Truckteur models.



Remember, one of my first post talk you about “A small track side workshop”.


The diorama during Expometrique, on 2009 at Richelieu!

After a while, it seemed interesting to make this diorama functional and include it in a larger layout. The theme, not a real one, is a slate quarry in Belgium. The layout will consist of five modules corresponding to five different scenes. Here is the drawing for the project:


My first steps is to build the two modules adjacent to the workshop, named ‘Carriere’ and ‘Bureaux’, in order to get a running layout. And the two last module will be defined in a near future.

Here are the current status of the first three modules, as shown during ‘Expometrique’ at Sedan, this year.

La carriere: this module tries to model a small quarry with a tunnel leading to an underground working (for the return track). I hope to model some working scene with a wooden crane.

The first work with part of the track bed.


A study for slate placement… Some real slates, yesss. And than, the quarry in place.


Les bureaux: The second new module with the other end of the return track. I wanted to model a building with the office and the quarry’s owner house, made with some local techniques. So, slate wall with brick around the windows and door, like in this slate quarry’s house in the Ardennen, Belgium.


And my work to model it:


The first steps, some test for building placement.


The first wall in slates, Difficult to imagine what will be the result at this moment, but that’s the fun!


The complete building, not yet engraved!


And with a near completed engraving process, with windows and door.


At this stage, there is some works to do, but the module is running and viewable.

During the last weeks before Expometrique, with the old module “the small track side workshop” in the center:



The LKM Ns-2 is a Trukteur model

From the quarry:


The complete layout during Expometrique,at Sedan