As the Blauturm (www.blauturm.de) kit for the L45H/Lxd2 nears completion I've pondered if I'll ever do another big diesel. Whilst researching the Lxd2 and comparing it with the OBB 2095, I have also stumbled upon another pair of diesels I quite like, both very different in character, power and use...
The L45H was built in big numbers in Romania and found use across Poland, Romania and to a lesser extent Hungary and Bosnia. A number are now in use on the German and Austrian 750/760mm gauge lines to suplement their steam hauled trains.
The 2095 were built specifically for the OBB - and are capable of quite a turn of speed. One traction motor on each bogie and side rods to improve tractive effort. Now a number are still in use with private operators since the OBB sold off it's narrow gauge lines.
The T47 is a Czech locomotive, used across all of the narrow gauge lines for mixed trains. It had a guard/goods compartment so that they could dispense with seperate vans, and often a train was just the T47 and a single coach.
The Mk48 is a Hungarian locomotive that was used initially on the state owned narrow gauge lines. As these closed they were bought by some of the forestry lines.
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
Well day 3 and another day of trains on the EJ&KLR.
Morning kicked off with trains on the indoor carpet layout Elly and I put together when we arrived incase it rained Elly ran her Stainz and a long train...
We spent the day at Chirk Castle but didn't get to see any of the GVT. However a fine, dry, sunny evening encouraged me to drop Tim a text about the Corpet and get some stuff out...
I decided on the Rugens and a 1950s era train, in my head, the last mixed train of the day as it brings a new tractor destined for one of the forests on the line where it will see use in hauling timber, the main traffic on the line these days. Passengers have to put up with a vintage pre-war carriage - as we've yet to see much investment in the line in the austere post-war period...
Finally - true nostalgia. Tim and I were childhood friends. We spent a whole summer back in the late 1980s playing trains in the garden after he got an LGB starter set one Christmas. His Dad got him a lot of extra track... and then by chance a Corpet.
We loved that train - and despite only having a pair of starter set coaches we used it so much...
But then we went to high school and it went in it's box, at the back of a cupboard... Fast forward 20 years and we're sat talking last night about it - Tim gets home and digs it out... and here it is...
How did it run? Like a sewing machine - absolutely incredible and a real testament to LGB engineering.
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Sunday, 29 July 2012
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Well the weather forecast this afternoon is not so great so with Alex waking up at 6am it meant I was out running trains in the garden before 8.30am!
I've been trying out my re-lettered and titivated stake wagons to represent the EJ&KLR in the 1980s. These have had the decks painted brown (Humbrol 98) with some tan colour dry brushed on whilst it was tacky. I used a fibreglass brush to remove the DR and 'Wernigrode' markings to the sole bars, then added EJ&KLR transfers. The whole wagon was then given a coat of satin varnish and the yellow stakes fitted. Mum and I have identified some decent candidates for a timber load - later in the week
Note that the EJ&KLR always puts the passenger accomodation behind the locomotive - that means at Alisendorf that it's a bit of a trek from the station building to the coach.
|EJ&KLR 1980s July 2012|
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Saturday, 28 July 2012
Well today is Inselbahn day on the EJ&KLR.
I got my hands on the incredible value Wangerooge set from LGB last week, from Modell-land in the end due to the UK importer not importing enough sets into the UK! Apparently it has been the best selling LGB item for years...
Anyway - for less than £300 you get an oval (12x R1 and 4x short straights), transformer, controller, HF130 diesel and 3 wagons - I just cannot comprehend how this is possible for the price, or at least compared to other items in the LGB catalog! Anyway...
Yes, Inselbahn. Island railway - the Frisian islands off the north German coast are unique in that many have no vehicles. To ferry passengers and supplies to the villages from the ferry terminals a number of the islands have narrow gauge railways. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangerooge
So my little piece of Austria came, at least in my mind, to be a wind-swept, sand dune island in the North Sea...
|Inselbahn day - July 2012|
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Thursday, 26 July 2012
Yes yes yes!!!! I am a very happy man, tonight I got a second coat of Humbrol Matt 100 on the Blauturm Lxd2, and once it was touch dry I removed the masking tape to reveal what I'd created....... always a tentative step...
After I got a nice crisp edge on the first piece there was no stopping me...
Yes it needs touching up in places, yes there is some glue residue from the tape but my oh my, it is really impressive and I'm very happy with the finish!
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Tuesday, 24 July 2012
With a bodge repair effected, I managed to get a good solid coat of Humbrol Matt 100 on the chassis and body. Despite itching to remove the masking tape to see what I've created I'm resisting the urge and will get a second coat on tomorrow!
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Monday, 23 July 2012
I always use B&Q Premium Grade tape, and cut it to the right size using a scalpel and steel ruler. You stick the tape to a sheet of glass which means you get a nice sharp neat cut. I use an old clip frame for this, although tonight I could have done with one a touch bigger, however the shorter pieces were probably easier to handle.
To prove I've done a decent job here is a snap of each end so you can see they're even and the same height both sides. I started on one can side, worked down the short hood to the nose, then the same the other side, added the V pieces and then moved on to the long hood.
I also have done the chassis buffer beam stripes. All ready for a coat of Humbrol Matt 100 tomorrow night, I'm very excited!
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Sunday, 22 July 2012
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012
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Tuesday, 17 July 2012
He started out as LGB leaning driver, used in absolutely tons of their models. I shaved off the rough spots with a knife and have started to repaint him. I will be using different tonal washes to bring out the folds and some wear in his jacket and cap before some detail painting of buttons, cap peak etc. the face has been started with a darker shadow added around the eyes, nose, ears and chin. Pretty pleased so far, more to show at the end of the week I expect!
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Sunday, 15 July 2012
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Saturday, 14 July 2012
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Thursday, 12 July 2012
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012
The buffers will be replaced by a central buffer, the electrical connections plated over, handrails added, a repaint into silver and fit LED interior lights for dusk running.
I found an interesting article about spraying using silver paint, from an aero Modeller blog/e-zine. This is of particular interest as intend to model the VT98 based on examples that found further use in Serbia after retirement in Germany, as I've blogged previously.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Saturday, 7 July 2012
www.blauturm.de - I've primed all the parts with Halfords plastic primer. I love this stage of modelling, when all the constituent parts come together for the first time and you can see what you've really created. More photos later when I pose the chassis and body together.
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