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Wallace and Gromit's Garden Railway

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:42 am
by Glen A
I've got a G9 layout in the planning for the next train show (mid October).

But first I'm going to need some G9 stock.

So here is my first (and somewhat lazy) attempt at a G9 build.

First a Kato chassis. This is about the same length as the 4 wheel chassis, except I got it because I thought it would be better having twice the pick ups and driving wheels.
However after dropping it on the floor and it breaking apart :roll: I found out it only drives on one bogie.


I built a frame to sit over the chassis (and hide the wheels):


I found this in the scrap box - an old Hornby 040 top (I had previously raided the steam dome for something else):


The ultimate in lazy; I gave it a 'chop job' to shorten to the right length and put a new back on it:


Here it is on the chassis


And Wallace trying it out:


The funnel still needs extending and other features adding. But it’s a start.

Re: A start in G9

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:58 am
by chris stockdale
Glen A wrote:But it’s a start.

And a very nice start it is too.

I rather think Wallace is finding it a bit cosy. Have you been tucking into a few too many servings of cheese and crackers lad?

I think we should be told :D


Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:10 am
by Gerry Bullock
I'm surprised that Wallace was happy to have his torso mangled. :lol:
The Loco logo needs changing to Wensleydale methinks as Wallace never was a fan of mustard. :wink:
Looking forward Glen to see how this develops.

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:32 am
by Si
Looking good so far. Devilishly simple but very effective.

Alas, I find that the Kato short bogie chassis actually produces more wheel spin than the four wheel shortie. And as for getting the darned thing on the track with the extra overhang of the new body.....can drive you to distraction unless you get one of those cheap plastic re-railer things.
On the positive side I think that pick-up is better on these, and the dimensions mean that it's really easy to build your body such as it will take either the bogie or the 4 wheel chassis.

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:46 am
by demaine22
Great start Glen :)
Always nice to see new Gnine projects cropping up! Bet it'll be cracking ;)

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:54 pm
by Jack Clarke
Cracking looking loco Glen!

Good to see another Gnine project being started.

I prefer to use the Kato 4 wheel chassis as I think it runs better, but they are both good to use for Gnine. Good luck with the project.

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:24 pm
by rue_d_etropal
I asked the question elsewhere, but no-one else seems to have used this bogie chassis.
It doesn't bother me that it only powers on one bogie as long as it picks u on both. But the question I have is how tight a curve will it go round. Plaza Japan state this with some but not this one.

At last someone has found a good use for that Hornby loco body :lol:

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:11 pm
by bandmbill
I have one of these and it goes round the 5" radius curve on my Buttermere Mining layout.

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:02 pm
by Colin Peake
Very nice, as a child I had one of the donor locos in GW finish, the smokebox always reminded me of Fairbourne's 'Katie' (the second) as a youngster!

I'd be for removing the moulded on handrails, even if this is just a 'quicky' project, it will improve the model no end.


Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:50 am
by Simon Andrews
Nice little project. Very effective.


Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:39 pm
by Glen A
Here is my 'instant' layout built in 15 minutes yesterday:




It will be around for the next 36 hours at the Big Model Train show in Christchurch, New Zealand. Then it will be taken apart again.

I put more details on it last night after taking these photos. I'll get some more photos today.

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:50 pm
by RoGNer
Nice one Glen

Got its own mode of transport to and from the show! How far do you have to push it from home to the show?!

Cool idea



Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:52 am
by Glen A
RoGNer wrote:Nice one Glen
How far do you have to push it from home to the show?!

Ha ha :lol: :lol: .
Thanks Rogner.
It went down on the trailer in pieces, with my two other layouts. Got built outside the show in a few minutes, then wheeled in the door. Will get 'unmade' after the show tomorrow (the potting mix will probably get donated (dumped) into the nearest garden in the park by the hall), and it will come home in pieces. The flowers will be recycled into our garden at home.
The photos today were no good. Will have to try again tomorrow - last chance :!:

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:57 am
by Glen A

The windmill sails turned, and the musical ladybugs inside it went around too.

Gnomes and my Christmas layout beside them.

The hall before it filled up with people.

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:56 am
by Gerry Bullock
Great Glen, I'm sure the kids loved it. 8)
You have with this layout the makings of a Gnew Challengne. :lol:
Construct & run the layout at the exhibition!

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:53 pm
by Glen A
Thanks Gerry.

5 people even voted it the best layout in the show (and I didn't even pay them! :lol: :lol: ).
The public favourite was the Stamping Ground, which has now won 4 times in a row and will probably take a rest next year. Its now the most popular layout in the history of the Christchurch show as two others layouts have also won it three times each.

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:40 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Glen A wrote:The public favourite was the Stamping Ground, which has now won 4 times in a row and will probably take a rest next year. Its now the most popular layout overall as two others layouts have also won it three times each.

I have ? Glen, first congratulations; second were the wins at the same show over the 4 year period which is what your comment suggests?
If Yes then this is where, in the UK, it couldn't happen. Very unusual for layout to appear at same show two years running let alone 4!
If a layout is well received it might be invited back after a couple of years break.
At my Club that also applies to our Club Layouts which, of course, do not incur any expenses.

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:54 am
by Adrian
G'day Glen
First of all I am sorry that I couldn't make it to the show but it obviously wasn't meant to be :!:

Love the little layout ---- good to see that it got good feedback from the general public ----- shows that you are doing something right :D

Regarding Gerry's comment on getting invites back remember that the UK has a lot bigger base of modelers to call on than either NZ (or Aus for that matter) and so it is a lot easier to get new layouts.
Also the tyranny of distance is not such a problem.
Melbourne to Brisbane is roughly about London to Sophia, Bulgaria or about 1800km one way.
And I have done that trip (and beyond), several times.


Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:12 am
by Glen A
Sorry for not making my comment clear.
I was only referring to the layouts that have been voted the most popular over the 26+ years that the show in Christchurch has been running.
I certainly did not mean compared to other layouts in this forum or any other show in the UK or the world. I sure some people have won many more than four :!:

Yes it is a consecutive 4 shows in a row now. I can't say four years in a row, because the 2010 show never took place due to the first earthquake :cry: