ExpoNG 2014 will have more of a focus on O14 modelling than in recent years, with four layouts intended to showcase the variety of narrow gauge themes modellers in our scale are interested in.
Perhaps the most significant will be a section of John Clutterbuck’s Pentewan Light Railway, a home-based layout making a unique exhibition appearance (or at least for this part of it).
Also in attendance will be Rhyd by David John, travelling from the north of Scotland for a rare appearance in the south of the UK, The Abbey Light Railway by David Malton showing a scene from the now sadly closed ALR in Leeds, and South Bierley Sewage Works by Simon Hargraves.
As usual there will also be narrow gauge layouts in all major scales, from the UK and beyond, and excellent support from traders and societies.
ExpoNG 2014 will be held on the 25th October 2014 from 10am to 5pm, at the White Oak Leisure Centre, Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BT
Further details will be available in due course at www.expong.org
I have updated the page on our website with some new information on the soon to be available south African B & DZ wagons including images of the production versions of the bogies. I think the webpage has most of the information http://www.ngtrains.com/Pages/EDM_Models/SA_Stock/sa_stock.html
However here is some additional info which may head off some of the questions…..
- The kits are principally etched nickel silver and brass castings
- We have had Phil at Port Wynnstay reproduce the doors for the DZ in resin available as an extra. I think that most people will want to build one DZ using all the metal components and that will give them a superb model. At that point I suspect the prospect of doing a rake of wagons all with metal doors will seem a daunting one whilst an attempt to do so will have them phoning their trick cyclist. The resin doors aren’t as strong as they replicate the metal thickness [or lack of it] but they are a time saver.
- The bogies will be available as a separate item but not at first. The castings for these are the bottle neck in the production so all the castings we can get initially are being kept for use in full kits. They will be available later once the initial demand for kits has been met
- The wheels supplied are Bachmann 00 passenger coach wheels. These are a nominal 12mm diameter but are actually a smidge under which makes then the right size for new disc wheels. They run superbly, are just a press fit so can be re-gauged and are affordable. Research suggests you could use a wide variety of wheel types and diameters and probably find a prototype for it as they were mixed, matched and turned down many times.
Our aim is to have the kits ready for the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Convention on the 9th June and all production has now been commissioned to this end. The parts are ordered in batches so it would be a real help to judge how many we need to produce if customers ordered them in advance. Your card won’t be charged until the kits are ready to ship/ If you are going to the convention says so in the comments box on the order form and we’ll try to have them there for you and save you the postage.
Orders will be filled in the order received with one little exception – I will keep at least one of each kit back to have on my stand at the convention even if all the first batch are ordered in advance. A launch with no kit to launch is going to look a bit hollow!
Paul Martin, EDM Models
New kits for three SAR 2ft Gauge wagons plus two types of bogies have been announced by EDM Models.
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 http://www.ngtrains.com/Pages/EDM_Models/SA_Stock/sa_stock.html 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.
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.
We have added a new page with links to O14 manufacturers and suppliers at: http://www.o14group.org/o14-manufacturers-and-suppliers/
Please suggest additions and amendments via the O14 Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/O14/
Whilst I am mainly involved with Signals and Track for Standard gauge Model Railways, I can also offer a track/point building service in narrow gauges.
I can also offer servo operation of points, either for the modeller to install himself or included in the build. If you visit my website, you will see a Youtube video of an 00 gauge point being operated by an onboard servo.
My website address is www.borg-rail.com
Nigel Lawton has released his 7mm scale kit of the 20hp bow-framed Simplex. The loco can be built to 14mm or 16.5mm gauge, and as well as the drive motor includes a second micro-motor to power the distinctive radiator fan. There should also be room to fit a DCC chip, if required. The complete kit costs £105, plus postage.
More details and online ordering are available at Nigel’s website.
At the recent ExpoNG show, the French modelling group Escadrille St Michel presented their latest O14 layout – Dargil et Laitard. Their specialism is compact, industrial scenes, and this one is a very attractive small brickworks with an attractive combination of fairly modern machinery and rural surroundings.
The KBscale Deutz locos were running very nicely on the day, and there is also a bassy sound system under the layout to add atmosphere.
The RJ Models Chopper Couplers as reviewed in NG&IRM Review 79 are nicely detailed Norwegian or ‘chopper’ type couplers as common on narrow gauge railways in many countries. They are appropriately sized with a head around the same size as a #5 Kadee, and use the standard Kadee coupler mounting box (included) so are easy to mount.
As assembled from the packet, they are difficult to use as the hooks snuggle down in their mating coupler’s slot, meaning a lot of fiddling with tweezers and a bit of frustration thrown in to disengage them. I have modified my couplers to make operation easier.
Note the small loop of steel wire around the top of the hook.
Before removal from the casting sprue, drill a small hole in the end of each hook. I used a 0.6mm drill in a pedestal drill, smaller would be better. If you have already removed the hooks from the casting sprue, no problem, just be careful when drilling.
Next, assemble the couplers by following the instructions.
Once assembled, go to your kitchen and grab a ‘twist tie’, the sort with a fine steel wire in it. Strip the wire from the plastic or paper casing.
Thread the wire through the hole you drilled, and bend around to form a small loop around the top of the hook. Cut wire to length.
Fit coupler to rollingstock. You do need to be very consistent with coupler heights.
Now all you need is a small magnet on a stick or rod and you can enjoy using these scale couplers without frustration. I used a small rare earth magnet super-glued to a bamboo skewer.
RJ Models are available from Bergs Hobbies in Sydney, Australia.
Want to try hand-laying O14 track? Newly introduced Track Sample Kits from KBscale offer a low cost introduction to pleasure of laying your own track. The basic kit has all the parts needed to lay two scale 18ft lengths of portable-type track and includes rail, sleepers, spikes and cosmetic fishplates. Other kits also include a O14 Standards Gauge and a platform wagon.
Because the injection moulded sleepers have the spike holes moulded-in it’s fast and easy to lay accurate 14mm gauge track.
Order online at www.kbscale.com