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  1. greg3

    [MOC] Miniature Steam Machines

    I love these!! Even though they're small you've crammed in a lot of detail - I especially like all the pipe work, valves etc. Think the showman's engine is my favourite!! Excellent work!!
  2. Thanks for the comments... the ground is very much a WIP (I just wanted something to put the track on) as I haven't decided on where I want my section of railway to be set... I'd quite like to recreate photos of trains crossing captured sections of No Man's Land but that'll require a lot of landscaping (shell holes, dugouts etc)!! Alternatively, many lines ran through ruined villages or just normal countryside/farmland so there's plenty of options but for now I'm concentrating on the trains themselves. I forgot to mention that the figures are from Brickmania.
  3. Hi, Following on from my recent railway MOCs, Simplex 20hp locomotive and P Class Ration Wagon, here's the latest addition to my WW1 WDLR (War Department Light Railway) collection... a small engineering train carrying some track. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr It's based on this photo from 1916 I found online... a6b52cda3624337af82080b0ea3adf71 by g.nat, on Flickr As in the photo, the track is being hauled by a Simplex 20hp petrol tractor.. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The load sits on what I think are pivoting wheelsets - the only reference I can find to them is this sketch (again found online) milb10 by g.nat, on Flickr Here you can see my LEGO version with the pivoting, load-carrying girder that allowed it to negotiate bends. (I'll probably add some chains/ropes to secure the load better!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The actual track used for the WDLR was transported and fitted in prefabricated sections (60cm gauge) so this narrow track from 4DBrix is pretty close to reality (although the sleepers are a bit wide) so I'll probably be ordering a bit more of it!!. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Final view... fortunately for my engineering troops, armoured locos are on the way!! (watch this space!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Anyway, thanks for looking - comments are always welcome!!
  4. Thanks for the comments... hopefully there will be more to come including armoured locos and plenty of rolling stock (the reference book I have has info on at least 20 different types of official wagon for various roles!!) I eventually hope to recreate various scenes showing how the railway functioned; from the loading of the wagons (they were generally loaded directly from standard gauge rail wagons) to the delivery at the front (for the last few hundred metres, supplies were often moved by hand carts).
  5. Hi Following on from my P Class Ration Wagon here's the next build for my planned WW1 British War Department Light Railway scene... In 1914, Mr Abbott of the Motor Rail Company (also known as Simplex) had approached the British War Office with a proposal for a small, narrow gauge petrol tractor which he believed could be very useful in moving troops and equipment near to front lines. He had based his ideas on the narrow railways being developed by the Germans and French but was turned down by Lord Kitchener himself who believed that the war wouldn't last long. However, by the end of 1915, things had changed. Trench warfare was requiring huge amounts of supplies so the British had begun to establish their own narrow gauge (60cm) rail network (the War Department Light Railway or WDLR). At first they used steam locos, but close to the front lines their smoke made them easy targets for enemy artillery and aircraft so the War Department began looking at internal combustion engines. Their chosen design was Mr Abbott's Simplex 20hp petrol tractor. image by g.nat, on Flickr Its design was simple but efficient. The petrol engine and gearbox were mounted transversely on a steel frame allowing the wheels to be driven by a simple chain drive. On one side of the engine was the radiator and exhaust and on the other was the driver's seat and controls. These locomotives (or tractors as they were known) proved a great success: not only did they produce far less smoke but their low centre of gravity and light weight (just over 2 tons) made them more stable than the previous steam engines on uneven or poorly laid track. It was also easier to train men to operate them and they required far less maintenance. I'm still trying to get my head around building trains but I've tried to include as much detail and accuracy as possible in my version. My recreation of the "bent frame" design and basic layout of the real life version. image by g.nat, on Flickr The radiator and exhaust image by g.nat, on Flickr Driver's seat and controls. The sideways position gave a good view in both directions and all the controls are in easy reach. Here we see a gear lever (the original had 2 levers - one selected direction, the other could be set to low, neutral or high), clutch pedal and brake wheel. image by g.nat, on Flickr The sandboxes (the cheese slopes - one for each wheel) which could be used to aid traction on slippery rails. You can also see a hand operated signal horn mounted on the brake column. image by g.nat, on Flickr Finally a couple more overall views... image by g.nat, on Flickr image by g.nat, on Flickr Most of the info I used in this build came from online searches and an excellent book of contemporary photos of British Light Railways in WW1 called the "WDLR Album". Once I get some more narrow track, I intend to put together a scene or two showing the Simplex "in the field". Of course, one drawback of the original's design was the lack of protection from the weather and enemy fire. This would lead to a larger, armoured 40hp version being produced - my MOC of that is coming soon!!
  6. greg3

    P Class Ration Wagon WDLR [MOC]

    Hi Thanks for the comments... The "hook" is two bits of cut flex tube and a Brickarms "u-clip" Link Hope that helps.
  7. Years ago, I made a MOC of a narrow gauge engine from WW1 Tin Turtle and then promptly took it apart and forgot all about it!! Now I'm back in a WW1 mood and have decided to rebuild the model and create a small scene around it. This has involved a bit of research into the War Department Light Railway (WDLR) which was set up to deliver munitions and other supplies/evacuate casualties. I'm still awaiting parts for the engine(s!) but here's my first bit of rolling stock... the War Department P Class Ration Wagon. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As it's name suggests, it was intended to carry food and other supplies to the trenches. The sides were hinged to aid loading/unloading. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr All loaded up!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr After dropping off supplies the wagon could then be used to evacuate casualties. The tall frame at each end was designed to allow the wagon to carry 2 stretchers. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr I've not much experience of building train related stuff and despite being a small build, it turned out to be a bit trickier than I'd expected to make the size/proportions look right - it's not perfect but I think it looks ok!! I ended up using a Brickarms clip for the coupling as the technic piece I wanted to use just looked too big!! I also had a play around in creating a little trench scene around it (unfortunately that's all the narrow gauge rail I have at the min!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Thanks for looking.... comments are always welcome (hopefully it won't be long before I can add some more wagons/engines/track to it!!)
  8. greg3

    Narrow Guage Track Help

    Thanks for all the replies and advice (building railways seems a bit more complicated than I had expected!! ) Fortunately I'm aiming for something pretty simple (a scene depicting a small stretch of a WW1 trench railway) Anyway, I'll order some of the track and see how it goes!!
  9. greg3

    Narrow Guage Track Help

    Hi I'm currently working on a small scene involving a narrow gauge train and was wondering if anyone has any advice on suitable track. I've got a few of the straight rails but would like to add a curve. I don't really want to use the roller coaster track and a bit of googling has brought up some nice looking 3rd party tracks namely 4Dbrix and so I was wondering if anyone has experience of either (or any other suggestions) I'm not really a "train person" (yet!!) so any help is very much welcome. Cheers
  10. greg3

    Ballabreek 2018

    Yep you're spot on... it's an acoustic/sound mirror designed to detect enemy aircraft (originally Zeppelins). Built during WW1 they supposedly gave around 20 min warning and were used right up to WW2 before being replaced by radar. I just need to add the sound collection apparatus (a kind of large cone mounted on the plinth in front of the dish and connected to stethoscope type earpieces!!) Thanks for the comments... the angled wall was a bit of a challenge!! As for the dish it really needs to be concave - I might just remove the boat stud piece altogether.
  11. greg3

    Ballabreek 2018

    Thanks for the comments... that real life archway is one of my favourite spots to go walking. Anyway, speaking of historic buildings, here's my latest build; a recently renovated structure that can be found in a field near to a main footpath not far from Ballabreek. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr It's stood there for over 100 years and once served a vital purpose... now it just attracts curious walkers... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This build is actually based on photos of structures that can be found dotted around the North East of England. It's still a bit of a WIP (the centre bit is bugging me as the curved part should be completely smooth but I can't figure out how to do it!!) I also aim to show it as it would have been while in use. But what was it for? Any ideas? Thanks for looking... comments are always welcome!!
  12. That is just perfect!! The building itself is spot on with all the details and textures you've added (love the telegraph poles too!) and of course the car looks beautiful (wish LEGO would do these sort of vehicles in the Speed Champions range as they have much more character than the modern supercars!!) Anyway, thanks to you, now I can build my own!! Excellent work!!
  13. greg3

    Hogwarts Express Micro

    Nice work and the train is easily recognisable despite the small scale although the smoke (which is a great use of parts!!) could do with coming out nearer the front. The scenery is really nice too (especially those mountains!!)
  14. greg3

    [MOC] Harry Potter - The Burrow

    Nice little build!! It captures the ramshackle look of the Burrow really well. I especially like the details such as the fence/gate and the clever use of "brick" bricks as the paving on the path.
  15. greg3

    Welcom back to Hogwarts Harry!

    Nice little scene!! Thanks for sharing.