Monday, 20 September 2010

All Aboard The Railcar

The final job for the railcar was to fit some passengers. Long ago I got a bulk pack of seated people, and I can't remember where they are from - possibly Preiser. Anyway a handful were selected (we don't want it to look too crowded do we?) and promptly had their legs amputated! You may recall that the floor of the railcar is in fact at seat height, to clear the chassis. Basic painting was all that was required before gluing them in.

The trouble is that this railcar has two driving ends, so at one end there is a uniformed man seated in the driving position (by the door), at the other a uniformed man is standing by the driving position. Let's just say that one is the ticket inspector ...!


So the railcar is now complete, although I may glue the roof on with a spot of PVA.
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7 comments:

RJR said...

Great job on the railcar. I would certainly go for tacking the roof on with some PVA, otherwise in the future its sure to move just whenyou think you have captured a perfect picture !! :)

Michael Campbell said...

Thanks.

You mean like I have just noticed that the station roof is not seated properly?!!

CF said...

Ha! Everyone's a critic...
Railcar looks great.

Phil Parker said...

Very nice indeed.

Micky said...

The signal box at Low Peak Junction had a signalman fitted inside it to er, 'operate' the lever frame. Then I found a guy to stand on the platform and offer up the signal line token. Great!

Oh! Two staff working a box which would only have found work for one!

Aha! It's shift changeover and both early and late turn are there for a short time! Or maybe one of the guys is training . . .

Your 'extra driver' could be another driver simply hitching a lift or possibly a Trainee who had been sent to retrieve the Driver's sandwiches which he'd left in the other cab!

Michael Campbell said...

Thanks everyone.

I figured it was best to have someone at each end who could be the driver, but since the prototype was "open plan" and the driving positions were just the seats next to the door, the one at the "back" could be anyone! Most likely another railway employee hitching a lift at the start or end of their shift?

Zabdiel said...

Certainly best to have someone in both positions. The guard on SWT 158s around here often seems to be in the other cab reading the paper.