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,
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.