Thought it might be helpful to make a collection of the things we are building under the current lockdown. The modular project has its own special page, of course, but here’s something to kick off with. Please send me your own contributions if you’d like to join in:


Japanese brass kit on Tomytec HM01 chassis, obtained from Yoshiya Kobiyashi in January. A test of my soldering and metal-bending skills, but looking reasonable so far. Need some catering transfers in English before I can go any further.

Stephen Sullivan



A cut-down “Rheneas” on a Minitrains chassis. The idea came from Stephen Clulow’s article in the March “009 News”:
A loco made from the scrap box on a Kato chassis. Behind is Malcolm’s birthday present from his wife: a Fourdees “Leeds no.1”:


Brian Key is working on a Nine Lines L&B brake van since the Peco one is not likely to be available for some time. He is using Peco bogies rather than those in the kit:






 Next project, completed 23 June, is four “Minehead & Lynmouth Railway” coaches, which I started at the beginning of Lockdown.  Three of them are standard Dundas V of R coaches and the brake vehicle is a combination of a shortened standard coach and a Dundas four wheel V of R breakeven. All have brass roofs. The M&L brown livery is a 50/50 mix of Revell enamel black and bright red. Numbers and letters are Methfix LMS coach transfers.










Andy Holt has been constructing buildings for his layout “Tidley”, which we saw at Flitwick:

One of the things you can do in social isolation is to dig up those old projects that you never quite got round to finishing. Here is my 3D Sergeant Murphy seen last in the “News” report on this site for April 2018. After a day or two searching through the parts collection, I’ve now fitted it with buffer/couplings from RT Models; Vac pipes, headlamp (detachable) and tools from Springside; coal rails from Peco N gauge coke wagon conversion; crew from Luftwaffe and RAF Service Personnel (Airfix), name and worksplates from Narrow Planet – and lining from a 30-year-old sheet from Kemco which is clearly disintegrating and will need replacing when we’re back to normal. Whistles and safety valves not found and will need to be bought. I do not know why the front buffer beam is printed upside down! (Stephen Sullivan)


Malcolm’s Easter  projects: from Shapeways (model engine works) Fowler style tram loco fitted with new type Kato 104 chassis and a 3D printed kit from Ebay of a well wagon, which comes with Kato bogies:


Stephen Sullivan:   Haven’t built one of this particular kit before, so now as good a time as ever. Supposed to be just a “quickie”, it’s surprising how much time coach kits take up!

and my other project this week, which I hope will feature in 009 News eventually:

next week is “Tom Rolt”. Watch this space…


The next photo is two 3D printed trucks well weathered for use on Malcolm’s  layout “Clayridge”,  along with his scratch built model Bellis & Seekings “Secundus” of the Pike Bros Tramway.
(Stephen Sullivan) This is a kit that never made it into production. The (incomplete) set of parts has been sold by Meridian from time to time, and a 3D print for the cab is available from Shapeways. It would be fair to say that the inevitable features of a pre-production kit make this a bit of a challenge!  New photo 20 May now shows finished version, apart from whistle and safety valves.


(Chris Krupa) This layout is 009 and provisionally called Heron Wharf.  The baseboard has been recycled and adapted from another stalled project. Buildings are a mixture of scratch built and adapted Petite Properties kits. The locomotive is from Minitrains and the wagon is a modified Dundas kit.

and here is the same project in September 2020:
KODAK Digital Still Camera



(John Szmigielski): Here is a row of Metcalfe low relief shops and houses with added gutters and drainpipes. I did my own shop signs in Adobe Photoshop.
and here is a railcar intended for a Tomytec chassis:



Just a “quickie” built while getting my nerves back into shape between the intervals of lining “Tom Rolt”. (Stephen Sullivan):



Four Heinz 57 locos made from body parts from Rheneas and Skarloey bits all with different chassis. Left to right, Jouef Arnold Bachmann and Roco. I have now reached the bottom of the scrap box. The other photo is SEXTUS and SEPTIMUS – Peckett locos on Bachmann Skarloey chassis – and scratch built body on CLAYRIDGE layout, waiting for its first Exhibition outing.



(Stephen Sullivan): I found this in my “someday” box during Lockdown and identified it and obtained the instructions via the NGRM website. I’ve finally built it. The absence of a footplate and some issues with the casting quality made it something of a challenge! As usual, the photograph reveals that there is more to do – cleaning up around the dome area is plainly incomplete!



(Andy Holt): I still have to add the platform canopy and the doors, some of which will be modelled open with people emerging.  The roof as supplied is far too plain and not really representative of any typical material, so I am about to start covering it with “slate”. Once the canopy is added, I can position the building and determine the width of the platform.



Another of Malcolm’s layouts, this time featuring a collection of Baldwins. On the left is a GEM kit on an Arnold chassis; the others are Bachmann.



It’s also built on a Grainge & Hodder board, so I thought at first that it must have been part of our modular project. If you look closely, however, you will see that it’s a terminus and that the board joints are in a different place. Here are photographs to show progress to 24 August:





BACKWOODS K1 Garratt by John and Jack Shawe

A truly father-and-son effort: This superb Backwoods K1 Garratt runs as well as it looks. The chassis was built by John Shawe, and the body by Jack. It is to 8mm gauge, which gives a bit more space for those four sets of Walschaerts valve gear! It is seen here on its own test track during our meeting in February 2015, which turned into something of a Backwoods extravaganza – John’s Barclay 0-4-0 is just peeping into the picture. John recommends painting the chassis during assembly, as has been done here. When the body has been painted, the loco will be DCC fitted. Photo by Des Trollip

And here is the finished model. John has painted it and lined it by hand using a bow pen. He has offered to demonstrate this technique at a future ‘workshop’ meeting. DCC has been fitted. Photo by Stephen Sullivan


Plynlimon & Hafan coach by Stephen Sullivan

Stephen’s Plynlimon & Hafan coach is from a Worsley Works etch. The domed roof ends are formed from a flat etch supplied in the kit – it can be done! The Halford’s Lada Cream is from a spray can and has been touched in successfully with Humbrol 103.


Diesel loco by John Rees

John is converting a Bachmann Plymouth switcher using the Unit Models cab moulding. He has kept the wasp stripes from the N gauge ATSF finish. He plans to paint the loco in Humbrol 88 deck green, a.k.a. Lister green, with red chassis to match his Festiniog brake van. There is a driver figure in the cab but he is hard to see. Poor soul thought he was going to be driving a Bachmann LNER V2 mixed traffic loco. (That is where John got him from).


Backwoods L&B 2-6-2 by Brian Key

Brian has started work on a Backwoods L&B 2-6-2, which will involve building his first etched-brass chassis. Here are the results so far, at the coaling stage at Ilfracombe (East).


A contrast in 009 brake vans

From left: Festiniog no.1, a Parkside Dundas kit by John Rees; Ninelines Welshpool brake, also by John Rees, fitted with old Eggerbahn wheels because the correct size are not available. Finally a sneak preview of the forthcoming 009 Society kit of the RNAD brake van, a test model built by David Gander.


009 Society Members’ Exclusive RNAD Brake Van kits by Tony Clarke and Stephen Sullivan


Double Fairlie by Gareth Evans

A 3D printed double Fairlie from Chris Ward, being worked on by Gareth Evans. It’s difficult to remove the characteristic ‘lines’ from 3D prints, especially on curved surfaces such as smokeboxes. Gareth has managed it here by repeated burnishing with a cocktail stick.


Vale of Rheidol diesel by John Rees

John has been building a Worsley Works Vale of Rheidol diesel. Here it is on the left. It was built following the advice of Roger Christian in 009 News, except that John reduced the depth of the buffer beams instead of adding a spacer on top of the chassis – he needed to keep the cab height within his layout loading gauge. On the right is David Gander’s Worsley Works Brecon Mountain Railway version of what is basically the same locomotive.


French WW1 wagons

David Gander and Stephen Sullivan have recently each obtained this set of four 3D printed French WW1 wagons from LR Presse / Voie Libre. Construction looks like it might be a bit of a battle, with some parts damaged or missing on receipt (from both sets).



Freelance 0-4-0 tank engine

Stephen Clulow has now completed this freelance 0-4-0 tank engine made by Chris Ward Railways. It runs on a Fleischmann Piccolo 7000 N Gauge chassis. The 3D printed components fit the chassis well and it was a generally straightforward project. The added details and the careful painting means that Stephen has succeeded in his aim, of creating an industrial feel for the finished loco. It is often difficult to obtain a totally smooth finish on a 3D print. Stephen recommends gently rubbing with a craft knife blade along (rather than across) the ‘contour’ lines that you wish to remove.


Vale of Rheidol coaches by Jack Shawe

A set of three VoR coaches by Jack, with a couple of Stephen Sullivan’s from 30 years ago, dusted off for the occasion. What you (probably) can’t see is that Jack’s have body-mounted Kadee couplers, and are built to ‘finescale’ 009 standards to run on code 40 rail.


Chinese monorail

It’s not strictly a ‘project’. But Chris Krupa brought this plastic battery-operated Chinese monorail along to our September meeting. It is at least 35 years old, and originally came in a set with toy soldiers and tanks, which Chris has disposed of.


Diesel by Jack Garbett

Jack brought this diesel to our meeting in November. I’d guess it’s a conversion based on an A1 body and a Bachmann 08 chassis.


Campbeltown & Macrihanish 2-6-2 by Bob Menzies

Bob is building this Campbeltown & Macrihanish 2-6-2. It’s a Chivers kit on a Bachmann 08 chassis fitted with RT valve gear. Photo taken at our meeting in November 17


Bagnall by Malcolm Harrison

Malcolm Harrison’s Narrow Planet 3D printed Bagnall, on a Minitrains chassis. This was the state of play in January 2018.


Outside-framed conversions by John Shawe

John has been listening to our stories about Brian Clarke’s Minicranks, available in the 1980s to produce effective outside-framed conversions of gear-driven chassis, and has developed some of his own. Here you can see the prototypes, fitted to a Joe Works chassis. There are also shots of a larger version, fitted to the Minitrix 2-6-2 chassis. A pair of false outside frames will need to be cut out, and the cylinders mounted a little further outboard, but the concept has been proven.


Railtruck by Danny Figg

A small railtruck as built and used by many industrial and agricultural railways, able to carry a small load as well as to haul wagons. This one runs on the Rusty Springs Watercress Bed railway. Kit-bashed from a Colin Ashby open wagon kit and Minitrains Plymouth body on a Kato tram chassis by Danny Figg.