In more recent times I have decided to adopt 18.2mm guage. This enables me to more closely represent the Victorian Railway’s 5’3” broad gauge.
I have managed to source fine scale RP25-88 VR prototype wheel sets from Steam Era Models. I have attached some images to compare the standard wheel sets provided on typical ready-to-run models (in this case Austrains’ ELX wagon and Trainorama’s ZLP wagon) with the fine scale versions.
Growing up in Central Victoria, Australia exposed me to the dying days of the once mighty State Government owned and operated Victorian Railways. Family picnics in the bush beside closed branch lines and stories of my grandfather getting a copy of the The Age newspaper from the morning ‘paper trains’ set my imagination running.
Like many modellers of railways, there is often a forlorn hope of recreating images from childhood. If I’m honest, this too is mine.
I live in Bellingham, USA with my wife and two little girls.