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    For the past few years I have been working on my “Kaikoura Coast” NZ120 modular layout and finally showed it in the recent Nelson Model Train Show. Included are photos of each module, with one still under construction. Three other photos show some of the rail and road tunnels included in the layout. The layout is still a work in progress with lots of scenic detail needed to bring it to life

    An outer and inner elevated track allow trains to run in both directions and those tracks can also form link into one continuous track.The road which circumnavigates the layout is embedded with magnetic wire so that Faller vehicles, as seen in the photos, can be running on the road at the same time trains are running. This was a big hit especially for the kids and also for the adults at the show.

    Photos of the construction system are included in case it is of interest. In an effort to keep the modules as light as possible, I made the rock faces by chipping away at high density extruded polystyrene and the results were quite satisfactory.

    A Utube video was made of the train show. Look up Nelson Model Train Show 2018 and mine is Exhibit No 6. Unfortunately the cameraman didn’t include the Faller vehicles.

    Ian P


    Looking good Ian ! I love that Nins Bin scene.


    Absolutely amazing!


    lovely job with the way the modules fit together and the scenery looks great!


    Fantastic layout, very clever design for the double track but capturing the Kaikoura scene to a tee. Is there an Iron gate bridge scene on one of the remaining sides?
    Nin’s bins looks great!


    Thanks all for the positive replies. Eurostar, re Irongate, that is classic stretch of railway I had hoped to fit on the layout, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it happen. The last module will mainly be of Oaro village which is nestled south of Oaro station and overbridge.

    AvatarLewis Holden

    Looks great, keen to see more pics. I think I’ve found the video:

    AvatarGrahame Collecutt

    Great looking layout. Looks like the Nelson show was well worth visiting.



    I recently decided to add another rake and era of passenger cars to my Kaikoura Coast layout which would include the Mitsubishi style AG Guards Van. I also wanted a “white metal” kit as this is what all my other rolling stock is made of. Below you can view the final result minus handrails and a “Middle Blue” paint job. Photo 252

    After searching through all the Trackgang rolling stock to see what I could kitbash, and mulling over various options for a few weeks it finally dawned on me that I could do it by by joining together two 30 foot guards vans end on end. Fortunately Trackgang had a 30 footer in stock and I had another in hand so I had what i needed.

    The first stage involved cutting the end panels off each side wall as seen in the photo 220. Next I cut the narrow side door off one of the two 30 footer side walls before soldering the two together to form one long side wall as seen in photo 175. I also repositioned the ducket window back towards the sliding door, leaving the original ducket space as a window. This to me helps make the sequence of windows and doors more proto-typical.

    Next I soldered the two underframes together as per the photo 182. At this point I also repositioned the bogie mount by 5 or 6mm to ensure that the bogie would be a suitable distance in from the end of the van. I did this by cutting the frame at the two positions shown in the photo 188, turned the cut out piece around the other way and resoldered it all back together in photo 200.

    Finally there was the air vents which I made from the discarded end panels and soldered in position, window and door frames to enlarge and an angle to be cut on each end corner of the overhanging roof. Everything else is covered by the Trackgang 30 footer assembly instructions

    I should point out that while this kitbashed AG is exactly the same length as other Trackgang guards vans and passenger cars, the width is about 3mm less. But I have placed this AG in the middle of those wagons and it looks great.

    For this fleet I have also modified a First Class passenger car into an “AO” car, the “O” standing for “Observation”. It was simply a matter of cutting out the window frames up to the roof, removing some window supports and cutting out one mm of metal to lower the windows. A photo 268 is included.

    QUESTION I am planning on painting these an NZR colour called “Middle Blue” and Humbrol have that listed as colour. Does anyone know if that colour is correct.

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by AvatarIanz120.

    Photo sequence should be in this order 252,220,220,175,182,188,200,268

    Ian P

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