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    I use Peco Code 55 on the mainline and Code 80 in freight yards and sidings where the sleepers get buried. Joining these two is straight forward because the rail in both code 55 and code 80 is actually the same dimension, it’s just that with code 55 the rail is buried deeper in the ties with less rail protruding. Therefore when a standard rail joiner is used to connect the two, the rail height matches perfectly.

    And while Peco Code 55 may not quite match NZR rail and sleeper dimensions, to me it’s the track painting and ballasting that makes track look good.

    Happy track laying

    Ian P

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Avatar Ianz120.
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    Photo sequence should be in this order 252,220,220,175,182,188,200,268

    Ian P

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    KITBASHING AN AG CLASS GUARDS VAN

    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 4 months, 4 weeks ago by Avatar Ianz120.
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    Yes, the layout was at Wellington Rail Ex as Grahame has stated. The Levin club lads ran it on the Saturday and I was there on Sunday. Thanks for uploading those pics from the Christchurch show Russel where I can proudly say it was given the “Presidents Choice” award. It is also closer to completion now. Hopefully Grahame can get to upload his video. Ian P

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    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.

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