Our current railway network rolling stock is become more modern and younger in terms of the years they have been in service but this still leaves us with a majority of rolling stock that is approaching the end of there nominal life span and facing the future threat of government legislation with regards to requirements for disabled accessibility
Edward studies the highly important 2010 Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations Report and what impact it’ll have on Britain’s rolling stock in the next 5 years.
Source: Railway Rolling Stock & The 2020 Deadline
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Now we’ve come to the end of this project I want to briefly talk about cost. You might be wondering – Is it more economical to upgrade old stock or to simply buy replacements with modern tooling?
Let’s break down the cost per coach.
<< Part 2: Coupling || Prologue: Cost >>
So now you’ve got freshly painted coaches with closer coupling. Now I’m going to show you how to make some gangway connectors to really complete the look!
Here’s what you’re going to need to make:
<< Part 1: Painting || Part 3: Gangway Connectors >>
One of the main reasons for embarking on this little project was to sort out the spacing between the coaches. Whilst the old Lima/Hornby D-Ring type tension locks are functional, they have since been superseded by slimmer and more compact variants that leave a more realistic spacing between rolling stock.
Image from Hornby
The majority of modern OO Gauge rolling stock is now fitted with NEM pockets, a standard design used across manufacturers so users can interchange their coupling types. Continue reading
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The term ‘painting’ seems to scare a lot of people. It sounds like you have to know what you’re doing… It conjures up the image of hours of irreversible hand painted craft work or overly complicated resprays with air brushes. Whilst I am going to be doing a tiny bit of respraying, it’s not complicated and the whole job doesn’t require a masters degree in art. Continue reading