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#1 Matt Dawson

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 12:14 PM

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I did construct a tank wagon...of sorts...but I wasn't happy (it looked to blocky and would require special facilities for loading/unloading). I then set out to build a brakevan, which in reality never really needed a reason not to be anywhere.

The most obvious look-a-like would be the Great Western Railway's Toad type, which was used in Britian from the 20s to the 80s, the last 20 years in departmental/engineers use):

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Here's my version:
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An interior shot from the end, showing the brake wheel and the wall with 'imitation door' (i.e.  'window' to doorknob to give illusion of a door):
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Overhead shot of the interior, shoring the desk & chair, and repositioned door:
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A shot of the other end, showing the windows to allow light into the enclosed part of the brake van; also notice the lamp bracket over the left bufferbeam:
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Unlike some MOCs, I've built mine with a view to playability...
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The brick colour variance is partially intended to make the brake van look old. The underframe is two 2x6 black plates and a 2x8 black plate for the main 'rib' of the underframe (for wheels and buffers), with 1x8 plates 'hung' from the 'floor' with 2x1 bricks as the footbaord supports (the footboards are 1x12 black plates).

Edited by Matt Dawson, 02 February 2010 - 03:03 PM.

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#2 lightningtiger

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 12:51 PM

Looks like it's from the late 70's/early 80's - quite retro but still nice ! :thumbup:
Great work 'Matt Dawson' and keep on bricking ! :classic:

#3 Mark Bellis

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 01:23 AM

View PostMatt Dawson, on Feb 1 2010, 12:14 PM, said:

I did construct a tank wagon...of sorts...but I wasn't happy (it looked to blocky and would require special facilities for loading/unloading). I then set out to build a brakevan, which in reality never really needed a reason not to be anywhere.

The most obvious look-a-like would be the Great Western Railway's Toad type, which was used in Britian from the 20s to the 80s, the last 20 years in departmental/engineers use):

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Here's my version:
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The brick colour variance is partially intended to make the brake van look old. More photos to be uploaded shortly.

A Toad you say?
Built on a standard 6x24 wagon base.
The wheels turn underneath, but are sprung to the centre and have the two sets linked, so it can lead wagons when being pushed down a siding.
I was running out of brown bricks at the time, hence lots of 2s!  I'd like to give it more of a "plank construction" appearance if I rebuild it sometime.

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#4 AllanSmith

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 04:10 AM

Heres a small brake van that is used on the descent of the 1 in 15 climb on the Rimutaka Incline NZ.
Its the red van left of photo. 12 stud x 6 stud base.

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Edited by AllanSmith, 02 February 2010 - 04:23 AM.


#5 Daniel Williams

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 06:27 AM

That's awesome, now that makes me want to build trains

#6 Matt Dawson

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:39 PM

Photos updated with the newer revisions:
> brake pipes on both ends
> Lamp Iron on the 'van' (i.e. opposite verandah) end
> Door modified to outside colouring.

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View PostMark Bellis, on Feb 2 2010, 01:23 AM, said:

A Toad you say?
Built on a standard 6x24 wagon base.

Mark
Well, not exactly a 'toad' - consider mine a toad imitation squashed onto a wagon underframe...

View PostDaniel Williams, on Feb 2 2010, 06:27 AM, said:

That's awesome, now that makes me want to build trains
Apart from wheels & buffer/couplings, there aren't any other special componants for most wagons.

Edited by Matt Dawson, 02 February 2010 - 12:39 PM.

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