Brooklands Miniature Railway Carriages

A popular recreational park on the Sussex coast is Brooklands, between Worthing and Lancing. Amongst a number of attractions at Brooklands, is a miniature railway that circles the parks lake. The railway is 10.25″ gauge and about 1000 yards long. During the 1990s the railway featured a miniature Western Comet locomotive and carriages, all carrying a red livery, it is this time period that is going to be reproduced in this project.

Firstly, a couple of cheap second hand N gauge American outline wagons were purchased, purely for the chassis only.

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The wagon (gondola) bodies were then separated from the chassis and discarded, the bogies were also separated from the chassis but set to one side.

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New miniature railway carriage bodies were constructed using styrene sheet and glued to the wagon chassis.

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The wagons (carriages) were given a coat of grey primer and allowed to dry out for a day.picture43

The carriage floors were then masked off using tape and the whole carriage was then given a coat of Tamiya red spray paint, allowing to dry for a day.

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After the red paint had dried, the masking tape was removed and the floor was given a coat of grey and the bench seats hand painted in brown, both paints from the Tamiya range.

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The carriages were next given another day for the paint to dry fully, the next stage of the project was to start work on the locomotive, Western Comet.

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A detailed study of the Brooklands Miniature railway has been published by author Graham Lelliott and the book can be purchased via Amazon

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