Loco no 11

Loco no 11

Friday, 12 May 2017

Petrol Delivery

Nystrup Gravel relied on primarily petrol powered locomotives and other equipment well into the 1950's. Petrol was stored in an underground tank and delivered to locomotives by the fuel pump placed next to the loco shed. When fuel was needed elsewhere Nystrup Gravel's small fuel train took care of deliveries.

The Ford AA fuel tanker has just arrived at the loco shed with a supply of petrol.

With regular intervals a tank lorry topped up the fuel storage. The usual supplier of petrol and diesel was Shell, while the local Gulf depot took care of oil for lubrication purposes.

Turning around to reach the filling pipe for the underground fuel storage tank.

Almost there...

I built the tank lorry back in 2004. It started as a kit from Eastern Express of the Soviet copy of the Ford AA - the Gaz-AA built in Gorki. The tank is a shortened tank from the Italeri GMC tanker. The shortened tank was fitted with rows of home made rivets and a dome from a plastic tube. I added the pump housing on the lorry's left side and scratch built mudguards from plasticcard. I bought the Shell decals from New Zealand and made license plates myself. The driver is a mix of parts from several figures.

A view through the open doors of the loco shed.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Locomotive Lifting Jacks for Nystrup Gravel

Realizing that the number of locomotives seems to be ever expanding on the 1:35 version of Nystrup Gravel's railway, I decided to acquire some proper locomotive lifting jacks. They are a close match to those owned by the real Nystrup Gravel company.

Jacks during construction. The kit includes parts to build four jacks.

The French company of Blitz have recently released a resin kit of four jacks. Blitz Kits are also known for their kits of World War 1 French artillery railway kits in 1:35 scale. I used some of the company's steel sleepers in my trackwork on Nystrup Gravel.

The instructions are simple, but the assembly proces is pretty self-evident.

The casting quality in my kit was quite good. Very little flash needed to be removed and only few bubbles in the resin were present.. Minor sanding was needed on some of the large parts. Fit was good and the jacks assembles well. It is an unusual model and the first 1:35 scale model of this type of jack I know of.
One jack ready for fitting of the lifting gear. The unfinished jack in the background has a certain gloomy resemblance to a guillotine!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Land Rover Progress

Finally I have some progress to show! My model of the Nystrup fire brigade's Land Rover is now ready for primer. The kit is a mix of resin, white metal and etched brass and needs a good priming to  provide a solid foundation for my preferred acrylic paint.
Table top snapshot of the Roadcraft Models' Series 1 Land Rover fire tender.
I fitted new suction pipe brackets on the bonnet home made from left over etched metal. The fire extinguisher is a spare part present from a fellow modeller. I mounted it on a bracket made from bent up brass. It's held in place with a leather strap from masking tape. I decided against fitting any roof. I didn't want to spoil the look of a rough and simple vehicle with neither sheet metal roof nor tarpaulin cover.

The kit isn't completly assembled as some of the parts (doors, water pump, suction pipes and water tank) will have to be painted separately. The glass in the windscreen will also be fitted once all the paint is on. Decals are designed and I hope to start painting soon.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

A Piece of Genuine Nystrup Gravel History!

Apart from some images, newspaper clippings and documents very little remain of the original Nystrup Gravel. Last week I was surprised when I found that a large wooden box had been placed up against the gate to my house. When I looked closer it turned out to be a box with firm connection to Nystrup Gravel! Some follower of this blog obviously had this box in his or her possesion ever since the gravel company closed down and had now handed it over to me anonomously. The box was empty but I will no doubt find use for it and take good care of it! Thanks a lot!
A real piece of Nystrup Gravel! A wooden box with 'Nystrup Grus A/S' (the Danish name of the company) painted on the lid. Now I just have to find a nice old pad lock for the box.
My modelling is going through a quiet fase. Only little work is progressing on the Land Rover and another car model.

Monday, 27 March 2017

40 Years Anniversary

The premier railway in my life turns 40. And no, it’s not the 1:35 scale Nystrup Gravel but the 1:1 scale HVB – a 700 mm. gauge vintage railway in the Nature Park Hedeland. We take the opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary with special trains, visiting friends and societies (some even bring their own locomotive and steam roller), fresh, local beef from the barbeque, beer, cake and tea. Politicians give speeches, a vintage mobile stone crusher will be working, old lorries moving about while you enjoy the lovely Danish spring weather. Saturday 20 May is the day and should you visit HVB just once in your life this weekend surely is the one to choose! Check out the programme here.

Da 7 will definately be working during the weekend.
Sunday 21 May we kick off our regular summer's traffic - probably with some special trains to boot and two steam locos in traffic. If you manage to stay until Monday you even have a special steam train for a group of disabled passengers to enjoy from the lineside.

We'll try to get as many locos moving during the weekend. Petrol loco M 2 should be seeing some action. Perhaps with a train of skips. Photo: Anders Lyngesen, 2015.
As I'm chairman of the society behind the HVB I will be working hard, tending the visiting VIPs, giving a speech or two and presenting locomotives at the great loco parade - not to mention hosting a volunteers' barbeque Friday evening. Hopefully I will find the time to slip into my comfy vintage workman's clothing and take a loco and some skips down the line Saturday or Sunday.

In regular work clothing preparing a spicy chili during a day out on lineside work.
If you decide to show up, please come by and say hello. I'd love to take you sightseeing if I can spare a minute.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Driver In Nystrup loco No. 1

Earlier this week I finished Nystrup Gravel loco no. 1. I completely forgot the driver figure I had carefully built to fit in the loco, when I had the loco and a single module in the garden for photography . The driver has no legs. Instead he's equipped with a single nut in his lower torso to enable him to be bolted to a narrow platform just below the door opening. In that way I can remove him when the loco is parked idle on a siding or in the loco shed.
A snapshot of Nystrup no. 1 perched on the wooden box that will become its safe home when the loco is not on duty.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Alpha E 10 Painted and Weathered

Started almost three years ago my interpretation of one of the earliest Danish built locos with internal combustion engine is now finished. The loco from around 1908 was Nystrup Gravel's first loco. Surviving as long as into the 1950's with its original engine must be considered well done, although the loco wasn't used regularly from the mid twenties and forward. My model of the loco will get some exercise now and then, as it acts as a spare loco in case of break downs etc.
An old relic moving slowly and noisily through the woods around Nystrup. Built around 1908 it's a wonder it is still in running order.
I tested different ways to portray the greyish galvanised finish of the prototype. Here is a snap shot of some mixes on a scrap of foam board. The paint mix is pencilled below each test square.
I wondered how best to create an impression of the galvanised upper body. After some testing I settled for a 40/60 % mix of Vallejo 70.992 'Neutral Grey' and 71.064 'Chrome'. I air brushed the mix all over the upper body, roof and all. To make the colour appear a bit more varied I sprayed selected parts of the loco with a darkened mix of the base colour. With heavily thinned white and blue oil paint I added further variety to the colour. Then I brushed on random spots of 'Chrome' and 'Medium Grey' all over the upper body. I used a small brush as my experiments painting the spots with a teased out sponge didn't work out well. Going over the body with a few thin layers of a home mixed light grey oil paint blended in the spots. I think the result is passable for a galvanised surface when seen from a distance.

Chrome and Medium Grey spots appplied all over the body. Photo taken before the layers of thin grey oil paint were put on.

Front number added with brass stencil, masking tape and red paint. 

All major work finished on my model of a Frederikshavn Iron Foundry type Alpha E 10 loco. First snapshot on a hastily cleaned up worktable. I use snapshots like this for final 'quality control'. There is often something to be fixed on my models and digital images are perfect making the faults stand out. I fix some of them and live with others.
Obviously the model had to have the number 1 painted on its sides. I used a brass stencil from an old Stencilit set and red paint. When all four red numbers had dried I gave the body a quick spray with Vallejo matt varnish from a spray can. I then added a thin wash with black oil paint. A little rust here and there was suggested with burned sienna oil paint. Finally a thin layer of Humbrol acrylic 'Matt Kahki' was misted over the upper body from above with the air brush to represent dust. Grease cup and fuel lines were picked out in Humbrol 12 - 'Copper'.

The frame was painted  in Vallejo Air 71.123 'USAF Dark Grey' with buffers in contrasting 'French Blue' Vallejo 900. Weathering the frame was done with a black wash, black oil paint around the axle boxes, scratches and worn paint with paints and pencil, a little rust with oil paint and dusting with thin Humbrol acrylic 'Light Kahki' and an application of a little pastel chalk. On two of the axle boxes I represented wet oil spillings with a little more black oil paint and gloss varnish.
There is oil in the can for propulsion and the bucket is used to refill the radiator with water. Using evaporative cooling the loco probably needed almost as much water as it needed oil.

I fixed home made coupling chains to the buffers front and rear. The chains were blackened with 'Ballistol' and painted rust. I added an etched brass bucket to the right hand side of the loco. The bucket was painted white with two blue stripes and gloss varnished.
The loco managed trains of five loaded skips on the relative flat Nystrup Gravel line.
Unfortunately there seems to be tiny cracks developing on the right side and rear wall. Perhaps caused by the sandwiching of several layers of plastic card. I'll keep the areas under observation.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Smoking Man With Tie

The postman brought me a package the other day. A 1:35 scale figure of a smoking man made by the company of Balaton Modell, Hungary. It's a pleasure to discover yet another nice figure to populate my little layout. Particularly as the model has a nice slightly overweight look to it.
Although labelled as 'Smoking men, 1930-1945' (in plural) there is only one figure in the ziplock pack. The figure has not been cleaned up in the photo.

While the figure according to the label is placed in the World War 2 time frame I can see a great likeness to some of the friendly taxi drivers of Moscow, Kaunas and Budapest that have helped me get from place to place. No matter what, I'll get him to fit in around Nystrup! Only very little flash will have to be removed before the figure is ready for primer and painting.

Balaton Modell has a lot of other interesting civilian kits in 1:35. Just think of a East German Barkas B 1000 or a IFA W50 - or the Soviet buldozer DT-74.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Fire Brigade Land Rover

There wasn't a fire station in Nystrup before 1950 when a volunteer fire brigade was established. Until then the nearest fire station was in Skovby where the company 'Zonen' had a station with two fire engines, two recovery vehicles and an ambulance. A brand new Land Rover series 1 fire tender equipped the team of volunteer fire fighters in Nystrup. I'm currently building that particular Land Rover from a Roadcraft 1:35 kit.
All four wheels touch the cutting mat and the chassis is level. The result of a somewhat fiddly proces which I wouldn't recommend to anyone without some experience with short run kits.

Test fitting the three main resin body parts to check for any alignment issues. It looks like a Land Rover!

After having fitted the spring assemblies permanently I glued on axles, gearbox and other chassis details with AC glue. With all chassis parts in place I fixed the wheels with slow drying two part epoxy. With the slow setting glue I had a whole evening to check and adjust wheel settings.

With the wheels fitted I just added the front bumper and I had a complete chassis. Only the driveshaft to the rear mounted pump is missing as it has to be glued to the underside of the rear body.
The finished chassis seen from above. All parts fit well, but it's quite a job to get everything in place in such a tight space.

I'm now in the proces of fitting the main body to the chassis. For readers who can't wait to see a finished Land Rover fire tender check this gallery at Track-Link. The only finished Roadcraft Land Rover kit I have seen photos of.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

New Photo of my Granddad

In Denmark the majority of national and local archives are gradually making their collections available online. That makes it much easier to find interesting stuff. Recently a new photo of my granddad has come to light. I have shown images of him and his loco before.

Granddad on a JWE-loco with gas generator. The train is photographed on Orebo brick work's clay pit with three skips. This new image is the first I have seen where the gas generator installation is clearly visible from the rear. The original cast steel rear buffer was moved to the front, but it seems the ability to couple skips to the loco's rear end was retained. Image: Lokalhistorisk Arkiv og Forening i Allerød Kommune. Crop of download from arkiv.dk

The photo belongs to a local historical archive in Allerød north of Copenhagen. The archive has captioned the photo as coming from Allerød brick works. Allerød is almost 100 km. north of Orebo where my granddad worked during the 1940’s. The good people at the archive can’t be expected to be experts on industrial narrow gauge internal combustion locomotives, so the miscaption probably isn’t that surprising. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Langeland Narrow Gauge

As I mentioned last week a few of my sacks with foundry sand had been sent to Langeland. On the island of Langeland a small machine shop was a regular user of Multisand. From the SG station a narrow gauge railway took the sand to the works. I have been fortunate to receive some images from Langeland showing just such a transport.

A narrow gauge train at the small halt Broløkke. The railway usually carried firewood. In the background a short standard gauge goods train. Photo: Arne Nielsen.
Loco driver Valde Marsen during some shunting at Broløkke. Notice the difference in size between the small Henschel DG26 and the brand new Danish State Railway's type Mh shunting engine. A lonely spectator apparently finds the narrow gauge railway the most interesting. Sacks of Multisand can be seen in the 3 plank open wagon. Photo: Arne Nielsen.
Crossing the large road between Pløresø and Arnborg. The crossing was a dangerous place and I hope the bicyclist will be able to avoid crashing into the little train. Besides foundry sand to the machine shop the train carries cement and tarpaper. Photo: Arne Nielsen.

En route the train stops at a siding to unload cement and tarpaper at a construction site. The row of new houses being built can be seen in the background. Notice the level of detail: There are mushrooms under the pine trees! Photo: Arne Nielsen.
Here's one of the sand trains at Nystrup Gravel. While the foundry sand was a profitable product, the deposits of sand were limited. By far the most usual train on the line was a train of skips loaded with gravel.

Despite modelling in a scale and theme not shared by many I'm lucky to have a few good friends modelling in 1:32/1:35 I can cooperate with. We send each other tips and share parts when we can. Most important we provide inspiration to each other and I benefit greatly by being 'pushed' to the modelling bench when I see the progress done by my friends. I have shared images from Arne's narrow gauge railway before. You can see more on this site from time to time, but be warned: most of it is Gauge 1, 1:32 and standard gauge!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Foundry Sand to Langeland

Nystrup Gravel's Multisand for foundry use found users in both Denmark and abroad. One small user was a machine shop on Langeland, one of Denmark's many small islands.
An old Ford AA-lorry at the truck stop in Nystrup with foundry sand for Langeland.

It had been  my intention to make the Multisand sacks for the second Hudson bogie wagon at a later stage. But having the task on my list, I decided to finish it before I got too involved with other projects. During the weekend I finished 26 sacks, sealing paint and decals with a layer of matt varnish. Four of the sacks are now on their way to a friend's 1:32 scale railway on Langeland.

Sacks primed. The sacks are mounted on two rocket sticks (from fireworks rockets) with double sided tape. Makes handling very easy.

Decaling in progress. Cut out decals at right over brush and tweezers. Plate with water in the center and decal softener to the left. Painted sacks left - some of them with decals.
The weekend wasn't only spent modelling. I also worked on the heritage railway HVB. Moving a Dutch built diesel loco to our storage shed.

Jacking down a four wheel diesel loco built in the Netherlands by Spoorijzer in Delft. In 785 mm. gauge the loco is now going into storage. Here I'm working with a mate 20 years younger than me. But I kept up the pace! More images on the HVB members' blog.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Scrap Behind the Loco Shed

In december I wrote that one of the drop down side doors from the flat bogie wagons resided behind the shed. Some readers could think that was just a story I had made up to avoid fixing doors to the wagons. While I can't say that such a suspicion is completely unfounded I can at least show evidence of a door from one of the Hudson wagons leaning against the side of the loco shed.
On other modellers' layouts I always try to identify from which kits the scrap originates. I hope to have made my scrap collection almost unidentifiable.

Right from when I started the loco shed module it was my intention to have a collection of scrap behind the shed. Over the years I have added a piece or two just as it happens in reality. The last few years hasn't seen any old iron added so when I built the two Hudson wagons I took the trouble to solder up one door, paint, weather and place it behind the shed. As I see it no loco shed on an industrial narrow gauge railway would be complete without this type of clutter. And what better way to use some of the extra parts most modellers collect over the years?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Submarine Ready for Scrap

My little adventure modelling a very unusual object without any railway relevance is now over. The 1:35 Biber submarine is ready to be transported to the scrap merchant. Having undergone technical evaluation by the British all the miniature submarines at the German air base at Mellemaaen were ordered scrapped. In the photo below the sub still awaits pick up by a heavy lorry.
My model of a German Biber submarine. Positioned on an old track panel it waits for its fate - the flame cutters. The propeller has been taken care of already. Being made of precious nonferrous metal it represented a high value.

Before I primed the model I masked the 'cockpit' windows with Humbrol Maskol. What looks as oversprayed windows in the image below isn't quite so bad. The Maskol peels easily away when all painting is finished.
The sub with a cover of primer. Here posed on two narrow gauge flat wagons.

I air brushed a medium grey over the primer and hand painted a dark grey disruptive scheme. I only painted dark grey areas on the upper surfaces, leaving the bottom without camouflage. The weathering is a combination of washes with thinned oil paints, pastel chalks and a little gloss varnish for the wet oil spots.

The Biber with basic painting done - two dark greys and a little red for primer under the missing covers. Decals are from the spares box - probably from a tank kit.

 Denmark July 1945. A member of the resistance forces inspects a German mini sub of the type Neger. The sign says 'No admittance. Violation will make the guard open fire'. Judging from other photos from the site it seems you were welcome to check out the subs if you were female and young.
August 1946 north of Nystrup. A British soldier looks at a mini sub. The sergeant major is obviously not close judged by the soldier's relaxed clothing.
One last look at the submarine. The British painted yellow numbers on all the subs at Mellemaaen airfield.