For those of you who are interested in building typical industrial style track KBscale have an excellent downloadable document which describes how to make both plain track and turnouts. It is available from this page on the KBscale website: KBscale Track Parts
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.
Here are three videos showing some running trials of my new chopper couplings covering basic operation, DCC and delayed uncoupling.
See also my articles in NG&IRM Review issues 86 and 87.
These couplings are now available for sale at: http://www.zamzoodled.co.uk/
See also my earlier post.
Although not specifically for O14 (or even for 7mm scale) I’m sure this Easy Street simulated tram girder rail produced by PROTO:87 STORES might find some use, as it will accommodate RP25 wheels.
Full details can be found here: http://www.proto87.com/easy-street–track-system.html
A couple of photos showing progress of the Hudson Hunslet kit from KBscale. The kit will be available in two versions to represent early and late versions of the prototype. Various cab and canopy options will be available at a later date.
This kit features lost wax brass castings for the frames and details with etched brass parts for the engine cover etc. This kit will be 14mm gauge only.
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
Trans d’antan is a French producer of O14 loco and rolling stock kits. The website is mainly in French but is fairly easy to navigate. Some of the kits have English assembly instructions.
The O14 kits and ordering details can be found here: modele-reduit-train.com-La boutique -Echelle Oe Note you need to select the Oe14 option either from this Echelle Oe page or under the individual locos
The following images are taken from their website:
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
KBscale now have roller track gaues for 14mm gauge to suit the Karlgarin 82/7 rail. Available on-line at www.kbscale.com at £4.50 for a pair.