Breathing new life into a broken Terrier

I have finally been able to catch up on a number of pending jobs on the ‘OO’ gage layout.
.. The first of these is some repair work on one of my locomotives.
My pretty little Weston Clevedon and Portishead Light railway Terrier loco has been behaving a bit too realistically of late giving out smoke after a minute or so running, and when it was running it was nowhere as sprightly as it should be

So – I have managed to get a replacement motor and had a go fitting it. The trickiest job was carefully stripping and re-soldering the very fine wire power feeds – 6 in total – 3 for each side

.. It was also a chance to try out my budget Rolling Road.
I am really impressed with it – not bad for £35

.. In fact I am so impressed I have ordered rollers so I can also use it on my ‘N’ gauge loco’s.

Meet ‘Emma’ the OO9 Locomotive

The final (dodgy) paint job for the narrow gauge rolling stock is to finish up ‘Emma’, The little quarry pannier tank engine to pull the slate wagons.

Or even the occasional passenger work.

It is not perfect – but will do the job until I get my Cad skills ‘upgraded’ so I can work on a De Winton locomotive.
.. As Detailed HERE

Dabbling in Narrow Gauge

As has been covered in the ‘Whats New’ blog I have been busy tinkering a bit with OO9 Narrow gauge over the summer.
.. For all sorts of reasons work on Burton Pheonix and Stowey Green has slowed, so it has been good to have something to keep me busy.

Up here in North Wales we are close to the famous ‘Little Trains of North Wales’ that were built for quarry work – particularly slate.

This has become particularity relevant for me as we have friends that are now living within the new Word Heritage Site that covers the North Wales Slate industry. In fact the path of the Gorseddau Tramway, which served the Gorseddau Slate Quarry, ran through their garden.

Using the 3D Printer, and so far inadequete relearnt skills in painting… I have been able to create some OO9 rolling stock.
.. So far I have a little locomotive ‘Emma’, powered by a Kato chassis, along with a good variety of Slate and general support wagons. I have even made a few passenger carriages.


.. The ‘final’ intention, egged on by my friend, is eventually to create one (or more?) De Winton vertical boiler locomotives.
These locomotives were nick named ‘Coffee Pots’ – as can be seen below …
DeWinton
These locomotives were locally built in Caernarfon especially for use on the North Wales slate mines.
I have some interesting drawings which hopefully mean that when I get up to speed in CAD I ‘can’ produce a 3D model that can be printed..

DeWinton Drawing
A proper winters evening project I think.
.. Especially since Peco, due the stresses of the current pandemic, are still to release the medium radius bullhead points that will be a key component of the new Burton Crumpnold layout.. So plenty to get involved with in the meantime….

Even more Narrow Gauge Wagons

Even though I may not have been spending too much time on the layout the past couple of months I have been keeping the 3D Printer busy turning out more OO9 Slate wagons with slate loads. Here is my current stock all 3d printed.

OO9 Slate TrainIn fact my current problem is a shortage of wheels for the wagons…

Here is a closer look at the wagons with their loads of cut slate:

Stale Wagons

Currently the locomotive is a Hunslet Quarry Pannier Tank engine using a little Kato 4 wheel N Gauge chassis.

The dream is to have a DeWinton vertical boiler locomotive, which was commonly used in the North Wales slate quarries.
It is rather a quaint looking locomotive, which because of the vertical boiler were often nicknamed ‘coffee pot’s’..

DeWinton
It seems that I will have to get properly up to speed on 3D design as it looks like no current ready to run or 3D models exist..
I do have a technical drawing for a larger scale model to use.. but first I need to get way better in 3D Design – probably using Fusion360…

DeWinton Drawing