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Herb Kephart
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Cardboard, paper clips, tin cans, you name it.

Now, if we could just convince him that a window isn't the best of backdrops ...






















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Wow, great cars!

(one of the brake levers fall down, time for a car repair shop!)

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Very nice, is the lettering done by brush or pen?
cheers
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Very impressive.

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My thanks to Herb for putting these photos onto the FR gallery from Madame's I-Pad. The Gallery & my computer have fallen out with each other big time.

All completely scratch built except for wheels, axles, axle boxes & brake shoes - the brakes even work on some of them, just press the brake-lever down. All wagons have full independent suspension on each axle, exactly as the prototype - none of this "compensation" malarkey. Because I like to mount the brakeshoes as close as possible to the tyres (as per the real thing) the brake linkage has to move to allow the suspension to work.

The side of the dark grey NER wagon is from a kit because I don't have a good eneough photo for all the ironwork, with additional details by myself. The small white circle & horizontal bar symbol on the top plank signifies a wagon with modified/strengthened ends for use as the leading wagon on cable hauled inclines.

These are all Private Owner wagons, mostly from about the 1890's, liveried to advertise their owner's businesses (similar to the U.S. billboard reefers). Wherever possible I like to model an exact specific wagon, together with any faults etc, from old photos but I usually change the owner's names as these can be be very limited to certain areas that I am not modelling.

As Herb says, mostly old tin cans, & bits of wood & card.

Alwin: defect noted, job card to be issued (sometime when).

Bob: all lettering is freehand using a pen. I usually rough out the letter spacing first on a scrap of card.

Regards,                        Salada

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Wow, very impressive work.
Frankly, I like generic backgrounds, they really make the models pop for what they are...

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Thanks Salada, I have a draftmans pen thrown in a drawer somewhere. Never seemed to have much luck using it.
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Micheal,

The fact that they have suspension makes them even cooler. But how good does it work? Often models lack weight to make the suspension work. Or is the suspension soft enough?

Do you have a close-up photo of the suspension and brake system?

Thanks.

Alwin

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Wow is right... That thing is beautiful!

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Hi Michael.

Arh !

Got lost at Watford Gap services on the way to Salada Wagon Works !
( shoulda let the train take the strain ! )

AWESOME work on the models !

I figure that's quality Lyons-Maid siding on there...
...those Wilko gardening-sticks sucked, right ?

If I wasn't such an Americanophile...
...turn of the century British O-scale would be a great subject.

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

Cheers

Si.

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Hi Michael,
Nice work, :2t::2t::bow::bow::bow:
I especially like the end-dump Crown and Bradford.

These look similar to the black-box end-dump wagons that were used locally at South Bulli colliery. These were upended by a steam ram at the jetty to unload them.

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Thanks John. I have modelled several end dump wagons with the door left partially open by one of the tipping gang. Similar end tipping operation was used here at coal shipping docks but using a hydraulic ram rather than steam. At some docks they used to empty side door wagons the same way, with an off centre ram.

In the 'old days' they used a bascule type 'tipping/discharge engine'. Wagons were pushed out directly over the ship's hold on a short section of track mounted on 2 arms. The weight of the loaded wagon would tip the bascule arms down and simultaneously raise weights, which in turn would overcome the weight of the empty wagon & return it to the staithe (pier) height track. The idea was to reduce coal breakage by reducing the height of the fall into the ship's hold. Way before (even !) my time though.

Regards,  Michael

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" As Herb says, mostly old tin cans, & bits of wood & card "



What's happening these days ? at ...


... THE SALADA WAGON WORKS



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Good Question Si.

As a few of you may know, the Salada Wagon Works had to suddenly close the gates and (temporarily ?) go out of production earlier this year due to other more serious problems.

However, the Railway Engineering & Track Division (Chavez Junction Extension contract) is slowly returning to limited production, as of tonight ! (at least the Drawing Office is re-opening, but the Typing Pool and Tracing Dept is still awaiting the return of Madame S.) and my (rebuilt) Soviet era mainframe PC is now back on line.

Remember all those Tracing Office girls anyone ? Bloody Xerox. 

Regards,    Michael


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