466 016

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Train 466 016 is a two carriage, class 466 electric multiple unit, featuring Network SouthEast livery of red, white and blue. The train was manufactured by Hornby with catalogue number R.2001A. The real trains are still in use, covering the Kent side London Metro area for South Eastern Trains. A great article about the train type can be found at http://www.semgonline.com/ and features about the class appear every now and again at http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/

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This model was first released in 1997 and from memory was a big thing at the time, at last a modern image, ready to run, electric multiple unit! I remember being very pleased that this model was being released back in 1997 and even though these trains were never used on the Sussex routes, I still purchased one, because it was a modern, southern region electric unit and I think many other people probably did for the same reason too.

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From the railway modellers I have spoken to, they seem to think that the demand for ready to run, southern region, electric multiple units is small, even Simon Kohler, former manager of Hornby said “Why we produced this particular model still puzzles me today” in his blog at http://www.hornby.com/ but this model cannot have done that bad because according to both http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/ and http://www.semgonline.com/ six different versions of this model have been released over the years.

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The third rail shoe is perfectly positioned for use where the Peco conductor rail has been installed.

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The two carriage train fits into the platforms at Inglenook South perfectly.

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Another photograph showing how well the third rail shoes line up with the Peco conductor rail.

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The model is fitted with a type 7 motor, located on one bogie under the windows, which meant the motor couldn’t be seen through the glazing, a big deal in 1997. The model has been known to suffer traction and adhesion problems with the small type 7 motor.

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Four different destination displays were available to choose from on the model, being 71 Cannon St via Bexleyheath, 22 Victoria via Bromley South, 72 Charing X via Bexleyheath and finally 87 London Brge via Greenwich.

 

 

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On My Work Bench Becomes On My Work Station

Do you ever look at a model making item or accessory in a shop and think ‘I wouldn’t pay for that myself, but if someone bought it for me as a gift, I’d be pleased to have it’? Well that is what the plastic tray of a Humbrol Work Station is for me and probably many other people too.

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Before I was given the Humbrol Work Station as a Christmas present, I just did all my model making on an A5 cutting mat on the kitchen table(!), but now I can separate and store model making items such as brushes, paint and weathering pots from the work surface area.

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When I opened the Work Station for the first time, it looked absolutely ideal for tidying up my model making which is great. I soon found however, that the tray appears to have been designed for Humbrol products only. I personally don’t know anyone who only uses only one brand of model making accessories, I think this is a missed opportunity. The Work Station is however brilliant at one thing, quickly clearing the area for other uses, in my case, clearing the kitchen table to prepare for meal times!

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Does this plastic tray pass the Tamiya test? No, it fails. I much prefer Tamiya acrylic paint compared to Humbrol, so the Tamiya pots have to be stored to the side for now.

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T250 & T252

The signals that controlled the exit from Gatwick Airport platform 2 and platform 3 northbound towards Horley, used to be T252 and T250 as shown in the photograph below. These signals are both four aspect controlled signals. Signal T252 features a position four junction indicator for the route on to the Up Brighton Fast, whilst signal T250 features a theatre box route indicator.

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To make a model of signals T252 and T250, I purchased two, four aspect controlled signals and a position four junction indicator from CR signals, this is a combination of product codes SO14HC and RO04. CR signals very kindly provided me with printed signal ID plates ready to stick onto the model. The signals are both positioned on a gantry and this had to be made by scratch. To build the gantry, I needed various shapes of styrene tube in order to build it as close to the real thing as I could.

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First I began by cutting the two vertical supports.

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Next I cut out two horizontal supports to form the gantry.

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Then I cut a V into each vertical support to accommodate the wires from the signals.

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After cutting the V into the vertical supports, I cut out a gantry platform from styrene sheet to place the signals heads onto.

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Now I had enough pieces to stick the vertical and horizontal supports together, adding the horizontal support for the access ladder and more supports for the gantry.

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Two right angle triangles were then cut out of normal styrene sheet and added to the signal gantry to give it more shape. Also at this point, holes were drilled into the gantry for the signal wires to go through.

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Another piece of styrene tube was added to the vertical supports to give it more shape like the prototype.

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Finally, a slide on cover was added to the top of the gantry to enable easy access to the wires just in case a signal had to be replaced if it broke.

 

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Now it was time for the two, four aspect signals and the position four junction indicator were fixed onto the top of the gantry.

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Before the gantry could be painted, it was then time to test the signals in position to make sure it was all working.

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After the signal testing was complete, the gantry was painted grey using acrylics from the Tamiya range.

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With the project drawing to a close, it was time to set out the model signal ready to fit the extra detail. The final stages were about adding the handrails around the gantry.

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Handrails were replicated using a mixture of styrene sheet and brass wire.

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The handrails were then fixed onto the gantry. Unfortunately this is the best I could achieve in the circumstances as replicating the gantry exactly as per the photograph was too difficult for me.

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As a finishing touch, the signal ID plates were fixed onto the gantry below the signals. The detail sheet kindly supplied by CR Signals is actually a giant sticker, so the signal ID plates that I chose, T250 and T252 were cut out from the rest and applied to the model.

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Super Detailed Signalling

The signal box on the Inglenook South shunting puzzle had an empty space inside, where the signalling equipment should be.

I decided to add detail to the inside of the signal box using the kit manufactured by Wills, the manufacture reference code is SSAM103.

Due to space restrictions, the Hornby Deal Signal Box R9729 had to be cut in half to fit on the model railway layout and doesn’t feature any interior detail, so I had to start by making a new operating floor and back support, this was 3D printed using Polyactic Acid.

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The support was then given a coat of primer and allowed to dry before painting.

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The back wall was painted a very light grey and the floor was painted a very dark blue.

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Components from the Wills Signal Box Interior pack SSAM103 were then individually painted and added to the base. Not all the components in the Wills Signal Box Interior pack were used as some of the components were only suitable for railways in the older steam period.

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A view from across the layout looking into the signal box, the interior can be seen adding a bit of depth to the model.

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A view through the window at the storage siding end, looking towards the platforms at Inglenook South station platforms, which is occupied by a Hornby Kent Link Networker in the background.

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A view looking between the portable cabin and skip in the depot, over the wall towards the signal box in the background, the tops of the levers can just about be seen.

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Layout Construction – Ballasting

The next stage of the layout construction for Gatport Airwick is the addition of ballast to the track. Before the ballast could be added, the sleepers had to be painted in a weathered concrete colour using a mix from the Tamiya range of acrylic paints, then the sides of the rails were given a steel rail weathering effect using a paint pen from the Woodlands Scenics range.

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The ballast that was used is a blend of colours from the Woodlands Scenics range and given plenty of days to dry. The location of the Hornby foam try is where platforms 1 and 2 will be positioned.

Coupling Conversions

I wanted the shunting puzzle to operate hands free and also look as realistic as possible. The couplings on the railway wagons are fitted as standard with a coupling called ‘tension lock’, which is very reliable but doesn’t look very realistic. The best alternative I could find for the shunting puzzle is a coupling called Kadee.

The photograph below shows the tension lock coupling on the left and the Kaydee coupling on the right.

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Fortunately, the Hornby Rudd and Clam wagons are fitted with a coupling socket called an ‘NEM’, which makes removal and replacement of the couplings really easy, all you have to do is push out the unwanted coupling from its socket (pinching together the fishtail shaped connections as shown in the photograph above) and push back in the new replacement.

The tension lock couplings are not compatible with Kadee couplings, so the wagon shown in the picture below, will not be able to couple to the shunting locomotive 09019 until the wagon coupling is converted.

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Now that the wagon in the photograph below has been converted to Kadee type couplings, the locomotive 09019 and the wagon can now couple together.

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The Kadee coupling system uses magnets for hands free operation. The picture below illustrates two wagons stationary over the magnet, which is positioned between the rails and the couplings on the wagons can be seen in the ‘uncouple’ position.

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For the shunting puzzle to operate totally hands free, three magnets are used and they are positioned at the entrance to each siding. It is actually possible to operate an Inglenook style shunting puzzle with just one uncoupling magnet positioned in the head-shunt, but on this layout, due to the curve of the track, this was not possible and would cause the uncoupling procedure to be unreliable.

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Layout Construction – Trestles

Although it isn’t an exciting subject, it seems to create a lot of discussion on model railway forums and that is the subject of model railway layout trestles and display heights.

The trestles I use for both Inglenook South and the Gatport Airwick diorama are a pair of three legged ‘A’ frame style trestles, called ‘Lerberg’ from the IKEA range and (at the time of writing this post) are only a fiver each!

The trestles used to carry product code 801.307.76. The dimensions for the trestles are width: 60 cm, depth: 39 cm, height: 70 cm and (according to the Ikea website) max. load: 50 kg

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