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A3014 – An O14 Micro Model Railway

Bruce Wood has supplied the following details on his first venture into O14:

My latest model railway – A3014 was an experimental project to see if I could construct a fully operational micro model railway in O14 scale.

The Model Railway name, translated :

– A3 represents the standard A3 footprint size – 42.0 cm x 29.7 cm, and

- 014 –represents the gauge, which is O14

Over the last few years, I had purchased and constructed a number of O14 locos and rolling stock. As I didn’t have any suitable track to operate these models, they were stored away. A3014 has given me the opportunity to operate and showcase these models.

This Model Railway took 12 hours to construct, and everything which was used to construct this model railway came from materials and “left-over” supplies I had stored in my garage. I try and maintain a low budget on my modelling projects, and as all materials were “on-hand”, there was no cost. The baseboard was 7mm ply board from a crate used to transport machine parts from China. The two structures – the railway trestle bridge and the road bridge, were scratch-built using a small size of dressed timber I had purchased from the local hardware store and leftover from another project, and also craft sticks which I always keep a good supply on hand (coffee stirrers and ice cream type sticks in different sizes) purchased at a local Homebase variety store.

I personally do not like “table-top” flat model railways, and even in this relatively small size, I feel I have achieved the illusion of hilly terrain, and I like the scene this creates when I photograph the models.

I am delighted with the end result of this micro model railway, and my entry into operating O14 models. This was a very straightforward and easy and a fun project to build, and has given me immense satisfaction operating and watching my O14 models.

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German Peat Layout

James H has supplied the following details on his new German Peat Layout in O14.

The layout is based on a number of German peat railways that are still in operation across Germany and draws on features from several of them. Much of the research for the layout has been on the excellent http://www.ingr.co.uk/ which is great resource for industrial narrow gauge railways across Europe. I have also purchased an excellent DVD on the subject of the German peat railways.

The layout will be 9 feet by 2 feet and is intended for home use, the base boards will be supplied By Tim Horn, http://www.timhorn.co.uk/baseboards/ these are laser cut baseboard from MDF. Woodwork is my least favourite part of the hobby and I am happy to let someone supply me with premade base boards!

Trackwork will be a mix of KB scale for visible track and copper clad for hidden sidings using Peco code flat bottom rail

I intend to depict 2 scenes on the layout, firstly the unloading scene, this involves the full peat wagons being unloaded into a tipper truck by a tippler and conveyor. The intention is to make a working tippler and conveyor. For the conveyor I have I am in the process of converting a 1/32 toy conveyor by company called Siku. The tippler will need to be scratch built, I intend to use an R/C servo to control it, this will allow the simulation of the tippler being rocked at the top of its movement to dislodge the load.

The second scene will be the ramshackle engine sheds, where basic work on the locos and wagons are stored, along with some maintenance trains.

Work so far has been on the stock for the layout, this has included a Diema DL6 from KB Scale, an O&K from Nonnemintre models and a scratch built Schoma loco of a more modern design built on a Bullant power bogie from Hollywood Foundry.

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Rolling stock is mainly peat wagons I have scratch built a couple using KB Scale frames and some large ones using on the KB Scale axle boxes.

The scratch built wagon, the body is from hard word strip and the chassis from styrene sections, the body side is hinged to work with the tippler:

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However as I want somewhere in the region of 20-30 of these so I have commissioned a body to be laser cut and 3D printed chassis:

It still needs some work, the frames need to be thinner and the details parts need adding. Again the body is hinged.

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Chelfham at Burton-upon-Trent

We had a good day out with David H’s Chelfham at the 7mm NGA AGM and expo recently. Despite our expectations no wise-cracks about the incomplete state of the trackwork etc. were received and we got lots of seemingly genuine interest. Many old and new friends popped by and several brought O14 locos and stock to run – unfortunately we forgot to photo them all.

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Rhyd website

David John has created a website to show details of his excellent layout Rhyd. As he says:

Rhyd’ was built as a home layout and although it was designed to break-down to be transportable it was never intended to be an exhibition layout. Which means set-up time is a lot longer than most other layouts!

Coupled to this is the fact I live so far away – from anywhere really – and this means a heavy commitment of time from my operating crew (ExpoNG for example is two days there and two days back!) and high expenses for the show organisers.

I am not saying ExpoNG will be ‘Rhyd’s’ last exhibition; just the last for a while.

I was discussing this conclusion with friends and one of them suggested putting a web-site together as a ‘virtual’ exhibition. So here it is: www.rhyd.weebly.com

The End of the Line O14

Giles Favell deservedly won the David LLoyd trophy at ExpoNG 2012 for his superb O14 (and standard gauge) layout The End of the Line.

A key feature of this layout is it’s operation:

Yes we know the skips derailed but I think we can let him off after that lorry driving!

Brookford O14

Paul Lindsay-Scott has provided the following details on his 7mm layout Brookford:

Brookford is an imaginary standard gauge light railway terminus located somewhere in the Hampshire Downs, also featuring a two-foot narrow gauge contractor’s line. The model is set in the 1930s.

History

The Brookford & South Western Junction Railway was incorporated in 1901 and built in the first decade of the twentieth century under the Light Railways Act 1896. The line runs through much land of the Brookford estates. The Squire at Brookford Hall had added to the family fortunes in the second half of the nineteenth century in the guano trade, using his shipping interests to bring the cargo of fertiliser into Southampton docks. He was keen to use his wealth to finance a rail connection to his estates in Hampshire. Not long after the construction of the line, when the guano trade failed due to the introduction of cheaper manmade nitrate fertilisers based on the new Norwegian process in 1903, he constructed a two foot gauge line up into the chalk Downs above the village, where he stored the remaining incoming cargoes of guano for which he had existing contracts outstanding, in the dry Neolithic flint mine tunnels on his estate.

In the early 1930′s, the narrow gauge line was once more brought into use for use by contractors to build the bypass in the Downs. This is depicted on the model of the chalk cutting on the Brookford Downs layout which depicts the construction site of the occupation over bridge. Also during the 30′s, occasional private charter Imperial Airways Flying Boat Special trains served Brookford station, working to and from Southampton, enabling the family to make and receive visits with their far flung relatives in the Antipodes.

The Layout

The standard gauge single platform track has a run round and a headshunt providing access to the livestock loading area next to the car park. Beyond the platform is the goods shed and sidings offering exchange facilities between the standard and the narrow gauge. This two foot line curves around from the rear of the station platform, behind the goods shed, turntable and engine shed to head off up the 1 in 30 gradient into the chalk Downs to the construction site of the cutting and occupation road overbridge. The O14 trackwork is Peco rail with copper-clad sleepers on the main baseboards and up the incline, but on the Brookford Downs baseboard, KBScale track has been laid, with a single RH type 2 point providing a short headshunt.

The standard gauge was built for DCC control, with LokSound decoders from Southwestern Digital, but the narrow gauge was originally run on DC with a Gaugemaster controller. However, I have recently integrated the O14 with the DCC.

Buildings

Brookford station buildings are based on those on the Mid Suffolk Light Railway. They are built from scratch using obechi wood to build a frame upon which the cladding of corrugated steel is fixed, in a similar way to the prototype. Doors and window frames are from Grandt lines, while the room interiors have simple furniture made out of wood with some white metal details and are lit with 12v grain of wheat bulbs.

The loco shed is a model of the one at Laxfield on the Middy. Again, the building frame is built like that of the prototype, with the wood plank cladding made from 0.6mm wood veneer purchased on eBay in a seven foot roll. Like the station building, I built the frame first then fixed the external cladding on. The goods shed (originally a model built by Bill Hunt) is based on that at Lambourne GWR. It is scratch built in plasticard, with small castings for the detail items within.

Locomotives and rolling stock

The two-foot gauge Hudswell Clarke G class 0-6-0WT No GP59 was built in 1931 and purchased new by the Surrey County Council Highways department for the hard work of moving extracted chalk from the cuttings and earthworks associated with the building of the Guildford ByPass at the end of the Hogs Back, the westernmost part of the North Downs. I built the model of the loco in its original form from the KBScale etched brass kit and had transfers produced from artwork I produced from photos of the prototype which has recently been restored at Statfold Barn to operating condition, albeit not in totally original form. Penryhn quarries had bought the loco secondhand from Surrey County Council and given it the name Bronllwyd, then it had received the boiler from another loco when it went on to Bressingham.

The bowframed ex-WD Simplex 20hp loco, like many others which were bought by contractors for use in aggregate and construction projects after the Great War, was as used at the Wrecclesham gravelpits on Weydon Lane near Farnham, a few miles from home. I built it from the Nigel Lawton kit and made up a cab similar to those fitted by their new owners. Success at getting the second motor in the kit to run the cooling fan eluded me and I replaced this motor with lead ballast.

The only problem with converting the Simplex to DCC so far has been that I removed some of the lead ballast from the Simplex to get the decoder in (not one with sound – I could get a sound decoder in, but even the new little “sugar cube” speakers are problematic to fit in). Anyway, the nett result is that it doesn’t run as well now, having a occasional difficulty with pickup, and also in hauling seven loaded tippers up the 1 in 30 incline. So I shall be fitting more weight – in fact, just like the real thing! I shall probably carve a block of lead to the shape of the prototype ballast weights fitted under the frames. Plus some white metal buckets etc hanging on the loco.

There are seven narrow gauge tipper wagons and two fuel bowser wagons all from KBScale kits. The bogie tram trailer coach for the workmens train was a conversion of a Bachmann O-16.5 four wheeled tram, with O14 bogies (from 7mmNGA) replacing the chassis and motor. The brake van / tool van has a scratch built body, and I found it on eBay. The wheels have been regauged from 16.5mm.

Standard gauge locos include a Connoisseur LNER J-15 0-6-0 and a Finney SR Adams T3 4-4-0. An Adams O2 0-4-4T is currently in the erecting shops, an alteration to a Connoisseur G6 kit.

Various standard gauge coaching, goods and engineering stock can be seen on the layout.

Exhibitions

Over the last two years I have taken the main Brookford layout to a few exhibitions, but without the more recent additions of the 8-foot long incline and Brookford Downs board, which I have exhibited on its own as a micro-layout.

More pictures can be found on Paul’s flickr site.

Parc Level O14

Roger Murray has provided the following details on his layout: PARC LEVEL COLLIERY CO. LTD. There is only ONE yard of track but a lot of atmosphere!

This diorama was inspired by the prototype section in the Industrial and Narrow Gauge Handbook by Roy C Link. Additional information was obtained from the NG at work DVD number 22, Welsh industrial Archive by J&S Productions.

Dimensions are 48 inches long by 31 inches and 27 inches deep. The base is a 60mm thick Styrofoam slab with a 1/4 inch ply surround for protection not support. In my opinion the surround has to be matt black! I have been using Styrofoam as a baseboard material for some years now and would not go back to 2×1 and top. I have tried to convince others but they all seem too set in their ways although the Americans have been using it for donkey’s years.

The contours are not exact but pretty close, made from wire mesh covered with plaster bandage, then a skin of plaster and painted matt brown. The main rock face is from Cripplebush Valley Models the home of rubber rocks in the USA and they are excellent, impossible for my skills to come anywhere near the quality. Other scenic embellishment comes from Silfor arid soil with scrub, available from International Models, an excellent item if expensive. Also some Scale Link etches and Woodland Scenics items.

As the first line says there is not much track and no points. The track is 14mm gauge and is hand made from code 83 rail and copper clad sleepers, no need to fuss with these as they cannot be seen! At each end of the track a cut is made in one rail a train length from the end and bridged by a diode, this controls the track limits without the need of buffers.
It is not far off a static diorama as it is impossible to recreate the operation of the prototype. Even if you had a working crane you would need two little working men to hitch and unhitch the wagons for the crane to lift. Therefore Loco moves are all that is possible. I wanted to add some atmosphere so apart from the working mast light there are two fan assisted smoke units installed, one in the adit mouth and the other by the cabans. As it was impossible to fit a smoke unit in the loco this was the only way. The smoke units are operated from a switch on the hand held loco controller. Watching the DVD exhaust goes everywhere and it is hard to see where it is coming from a lot of the time but you have to be quick on the switch!

The crane is an RB22 from Tober Models, a white metal kit and the correct crane model for Parc Level, it took ages to source, the good old internet does have its uses. The Ruston and wagon are from KB scale.

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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.

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