All, Frank Kelly agreed for me to post some pictures of his work. Below is a VR J Class (that same class of locomotives that I am converting to P87 18.39mm). This model
is scratch built in 4mm scale. A lovely replica of the prototype. Julian
are some photos of a Victorian Railways (VR) D4 tank locomotive which Frank Kelly
recently converted from 16.5 mm to P87 18.39 mm gauge. As Frank has
told me "...a lot of machining had to be done but enjoyable work."
has spent many years scratch building VR and South Australian Railways steam
locomotives in 4mm scale. He is a relative new comer to working on P87 18.39mm
locomotives. He's said that he would have got into it a long time ago -
amongst other things, he said that prototype designs don’t need to be converted
as the gauge (and everything associated with that) is correct scale. Amen to that,
Proto87 stalwart and fellow Proto87 protagonist, Rene' Gourly, came down from Vancouver BC, Canada to Bellingham WA, USA for the day to help me out on my Australian prototype layout. These are the crazy things one can do when living close to the border.
We discussed several aspects of the layout, including legs, back scenes, carry cases for the layout and lighting. We also got the outstanding modules all but finished. Rene has had the good fortune of bumping into the modeling husband and wife team, Gordon and Maggie Gravett. (Some of the Gravett's wonderful layout, Pempoul, can be seen here.) Rene' suggested that I follow the Gravett approach by using the carry cases as layout 'legs'. They have to go somewhere, so I may was well put them to good use...
Anyway, a big thanks to Rene' for coming down - and for the box of Tim Bits. Legend.
It’s been many months since last posting. However, I’ve made
a lot of progress on the J Class; it’s finally running smoothly.
As can be seen from the images below, a lot of detail must
now be added. This ‘prototype’ is my model. But I can now finally move forward with
confidence onto the second J Class kit modification, which I have promised a
mate. Thanks for your patients, Damian!
Actually, there must be something in the water for 18.37mm
broad gauge Prooto87 steam locos. Firstly, Damian is anticipating delivery of another
Victorian Railways (VR) steam loco. While a mutual modelling friend is close to producing a South Australian Railways (SAR) steam loco kit. But I’ll let the
respective modellers provide more details…
VR and SAR broad gauge Proto87 steam locos? We’re off to the
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.