Welcome to New Zealand Rail 120, Lewis Holden's blog on modelling railways in New Zealand. I'm now modelling in 1:87 (HOn3.5). For NZR plans see the Plans page, or the NZ120 Facebook group.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Everyone loves cake! (aka BOP Track gang's layout)

Well maybe not everyone. But here's a video of a Popsicle-DX pulling a long log train, 70s style, with a raffle going in the background:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Much better. Shame the chassis isn't prototypical.
Next it's the couplers, followed by the glazing and the driver.

Whether the weather

I've attempted to make DX 5483 look a bit road dirty:

DX 5483 on stilts.
So far it's a layer of grime applied with a brush. I've moved it on to stilts now in my *ahem* paint booth, ready for a spray of rust-covered paint.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

DX Decals

Just put the New Zealand Rail decals on DX5483. Next will be the large-numbers on the cabside...
DX5477 lurks in the background...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

DFT 7008

Not that I want to boast, but I've just purchased this fine beasty on TradeMe:
It's none other than DFT 7008, the first of the General Motors DF class rebuilt by New Zealand Rail in 1992. The model looks a lot like the loco's original colour scheme, circa January 1993.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Woodville layout concept

Woodville is one of those unique parts of New Zealand's railway network crying out to be modelled.

At the junction of the Palmerston North - Gisborne line and the Wairarapa line, Woodville's track layout is designed so that trains coming from Napier/Gisborne and heading to the Wairarapa passed through the station, or were able to shunt in the yard. There's a large balloon loop, which is what makes this station really attractive to model:

It seemed like a good idea at the time...

A closer view
Closer again - the yard plan
Currently I'm thinking there should be two fiddle yards, one on the Wairarapa leg and one on the Napier leg. The Manawatu Gorge leg could be extended later.

Friday, September 9, 2011

DX 5483 in NZ Rail colours

What's that lurking in the background?
This is a project I've been working on for some time - an NZR DX class built from a Railmaster kit. The locomotive itself as a GE U26C, the narrow gauge version of GE's Universal series (hence the "U"). Since taking this picture I've painted the handrails white and will touch up a couple of other areas before applying the decals and weathering the loco.

Here's what I'm aiming to replicate:

Shamelessly stolen from Darryl Bond's excellent website, Slow Train Anywhere.
DX 5483 has since been rebuilt as a DXC ("C" for Chute or Coal) and is currently allocated to the South Island, and is now in KiwiRail colours.

Hello world

I decided to create this blog to satisfy my own ego, and force myself to finish off modeling projects.

So, this blog is partially inspired by Motorised Dandruff, and Grant Morell's NZR Modelling.