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.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
|GBD, another image stolen from Darryl Bonds website.|
I asked for the plans and Ev on NZ120.org uploaded them. Awesome. From the looks of things the remaining examples are used for grain cartage, and have had their doors moved to the roof and sides.
|First shot at it...|
|GBD containers being loaded onto container wagons (possibly USQ's?) at Auckland in the 70s.|
Saturday, November 9, 2013
HLC coal containers were introduced in the late 1980s. I purchased two kits from Darryl Palmer a while back, and I've finally got onto assembling them. I'm going to paint mine in the early 1990s Railfreight colours (i.e. grey with NZRL logos and "Railfreight Bulk Products" on the side). Only one was actually painted in this way, but as usual I'm taking liberties for the sake of my favourite branding...
Assembly is pretty straightforward, as you'd expect there's a bit of cleaning up of the castings but otherwise it's a quick and easy build.
|HLC kit parts|
|Assembled kit. Next I'll add in a floor.|
|Free free to re-use... Railfreight doen't exist anymore!|
|HLC with Railfreight Bulk Products logo|
|Here's a pic of the HLC on a demo train. The curtain-side container is a GST, and a ZBP wagon is coupled to that.|