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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

NZ120 30ft bridge span

3D render of the model.
A quick knock-up design for NZ120 based on drawings kindly provided by Mark Andrews: a 30ft steel-plate girder span. This isn't one for rivet counters - mainly because the rivets are all wrong!

As my budget allows I'll buy a few. I'll need at least two to span the gap on my Micro Module.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Video o' the week

...found on YouTube. The NZ Rail bit starts from 5:23:

Some pretty cool shots of Railfreight and New Zealand Rail branded GT wagons, RoadRailers, delivery trucks and DSGs.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NZ120 Micro module V

Bridge missing...
So, the election is now all over so it's back to normal transmission. I managed to get out on Saturday (because as a candidate there's nothing you can do on election day but sit in the corner and chew off your nails) and visit both Model Crafts and Hobbies in Wellington and Mack's Track in Plimmerton to spend up large (i.e. vouchers from my birthday).

At Mack's Track I purchased some MicroTrains Code 55 flextrack. It looks roughly compatible with the Atlas Code 55 track used on the modules.

The next step will be to work on the 30ft steel bridge beams and their supports. Sounds like a job for 3D printing...