Welcome to our news update
I had thought about the
sales pitch of a new product a month for 2006. Problem with this
is I can't wait to get new products out at the soonest possible
moment. Some projects take months to develope and don't seem to
obey deadlines. So I will publish details as and when we are in a
position to give release dates.
New Products for 2006
Jasper - Electric Loco
Our new 0-4-0 electric loco is now
in production. I have ordered up bodies from the fabrication
company we use, so all being well we should see these engines
being shipped/ready for collection just after Easter. I will have
the prototype running on Saturday 8th April, for the O Gauge
exhibition at Marshalls Park School, Pettits Lane, Romford.- come
along if you fancy a drive.
Engine number 2 has already been
reserved. This will be a 4 motor version and destined for the
Isle of Man. See 11th March update for pictures.
After the response from the
pictures last month, I have had industrial style couplings cut
which can be retro fitted to engines. I do not have prices yet
but they will be available in 1, 2 or 3 slot versions.
The construction is from steel and
has a 8mm hole for the pin. 5mm nuts and bolts are included for
We are currently working on our
prototype Pullman Coach. Roughly based on a coach I rode on the
Welsh Highland Railway, we hopefully will have this one fully
painted and glazed in the next week.
Today we have been playing with
our new prototype braked bogies. Initially I have had the type
with a plunger running up through the centre of the bogie
mounting bolt. The test brought back memories of over 6 years ago
as the test chassis was run with a milk crate as a seat.
The above pictures show our test
chassis, which is why the crank axle is secured using two penny
washers. After todays running I now have enough information to
make design changes and order up an initial production batch. It
also raised design issues of where to put the brake lever. It was
quite easily to lock the wheels in a 4 wheel skid.
Focussing on garden railways we
have been developing ideas to help cope with the extremes. For
the last month we have had our DMU coach on bogies which have
plastic spacers on the wheels. The axles are cut to allow the
wheels to turn independently . Wasn't too sure of the benefits
until we drilled holes in to the plastic and flooded the tube
The coach handles noticeably
better on the curves and points with the benefits of reducing the
wear to the rail.
Drilling out the bar is hard in
our lathe so we are going to go out and get some prices for these
Recent changes -
Garden Railways section
- Cronk Aashen Railway.
Gallery - I have added a
section of general pictures. These untitled pictures are
ones which we have or are going to use for publicity
purposes. I am hoping to add additional galleries
possibly one using pictures which people have emailed me
over the years. The first two pictures are of a
Industrial Hercules with cranks and the new coupling.
I have created a new
directory to file away these news updates. Rather than
waste all this effort I will be filing them away and
creating an index. You may notice I have stopped
promising dates for deliveries and releases as I know
filing these pages they will be quoted back.
We are not doing any shows this
year. By the time you finish with a three day show we end up out
of pocket by around £1000, and that's not allowing for time lost
of 4.5 days. We aim to keep our prices low and costs like these
would have to be passed on.
Price rises. Yes I keep saying
they are coming. Well they are, I just need a few hours to work
them out. To help keep costs down we will be breaking down the
price structures on some items.
Control panels on the
engines - we will be offering a variety all at extra
cost. More often than not the control panels are not
used so why pay for them if you don't intend to use
Plate for battery
isolator switch will be optional extra
Ready to run coaches
will be offered at the current price in primer with
the new price being for fully painted.
I have previously published guide
prices for engine building services. Having now had time to
design and build jigs, we can now offer the Hercules and Trojan
with fully welded cranks. This should eliminate the risk of an
engine throwing a crank. Email me if you want more details.
Credit Card Service - coming as
soon as I sign and return the paperwork.
Postage and Packaging - as we ship
more and more items we are actually having to buy packaging
materials such as boxes. Unfortunately these costs and the cost
will have to be passed on. As always PLEASE come and collect. You
can play trains, handle items, but more importantly we do not
have to spend time packaging.
FROM THE MIDDLETON GARDEN RAILWAY
Petrol power came to the Middleton
Garden Railway this month. An impulse purchase from Ebay resulted
in us owning a lovely 0-4-0 2 stroke engine. Its simple design is
quite clever. Transmission is by a belt drive to a lay shaft
which is linked to the front axle via a chain.
The belt is engaged via a lever in
the cab which raises a tensioner pulley. For starting there is a
manual clutch so the belt can be engaged with both pulleys
There is a slight problem with the
design. The chain needs a tensioner pulley + the cog on the axle
is slightly too big which means the chain catches on the concrete
on out path section. It either needs reducing in size or using on
a raised track. To be honest you don't notice the chain catch on
points just on the crossings.
So with regret I will be putting
this engine up for sale. The engine has good compression but
needs a good service. I am sure this will make some one a great
renovation challenge, I just don't have the time.
We are still waiting for the
warmer days to arrive so we can get on with some track
replacement. The 11' radius curve near the house is nearly 7
years old and has taken its toll. The outer aluminium rail is
badly worn and the track is now badly out of gauge due to the
wear and the screws letting it spread slightly. We have blown our
budget and splashed out on PNP Railways plastic sleeper system
which we will be laying with 21mm steel rail.
The warmer days should also
encourage us to replace the pond bridge and install a turntable
in front of the shed with the hidden siding. If the turntable is
successful I may re order and market them.
Not one to hang on to old stock,
we have had a clear out.
coach has been sold and has gone to join its
brother (John Oxlade's old coach) and our old Y6
at a railway in the Bristol area. To be replaced
by one of the new panel coaches which Andrena has
promised to paint in Isle of Man colours.
One of our
original 4 wheel riding trucks along with a
tender and coach body. Makes way for another one
of my dads coal wagons and possibly another ply
We may sell one of
our other bogie coaches to make room for the
April 8th - O gauge show
May 20th Open day
June Canvey Club visit