The BNR (another way)

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:13 pm

The railway is getting ready for summer season and dusting off the steam locos. The Linka coaling stage will be getting a bit more use now and some of the diesels can retire to the shed for a while. There's plenty of mail bags waiting for the evening mail trains.

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There are two mail trains most evenings, both comprise of BR and BNR parcels wagons. One terminates at the junction and the other goes to Ivygale via Globble Island. The branch service to Ivygale operates with a push-pull coach. It has an operating mail coach and carries a limited number of passengers.

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The mail bag is awaiting collection at Globble Island. It is not advisable to put your head out of the window on this service!

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:12 pm

The railway was recently visited by some dignitaries from a very large Australian railway running British stock. The management of Banbury Connections had picked up a couple of items of rolling stock which were tested on the BNR before dispatch. After some slight adjustments to bogie pivots, the Giant and the Maunsell 3rd successfully negotiated the BNR's tight curves and steep gradients.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:38 pm

The BNR authorities recently had the opportunity to purchase a replica of their first ever loco at a very reasonable price. Despite being over 40 years old, it turned out that the loco had barely been used. Although there are plenty of small locos on the line to run the Ivygale branch services, management took the opportunity to recreate a link with the company’s past. The previous 25550 was the first loco to be repainted in the BNR's French Blue livery, but it has been decided that this 25550 will remain in red.

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25550 did, however, have to be re-wheeled with Hornby's modern 0-4-0 wheelset. This also required addiitonal pickups to be fitted to the chassis as the wheels on both sides are now insulated. It's running very well.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:54 pm

Those lovely 0-4-0's Triang made are zooming up in price. It wouldn't surprise me if the 0-6-0's will soon follow, especially the class 08's.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:04 am

The BNR acquired a cheap Pullman liveried Hornby Class 06 some time ago. it was a little uncontrollable with its original power plant, but the workshops obtained a batch of used Johnson 111 motors and fixing blocks around the same time. One of these motors was fitted to the 06, along with some additional weight. A spare superstructure was also obtained, so that the loco could be rebuilt and repainted in the BNR's French Blue livery.

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Unfortunately one of the fixing clips on the new superstructure was broken off. Workshop staff drilled into the body and inserted a steel rod (cut-off pin) which will be built up with JB Weld and then filed down to match the original clip. The protrusions by the rear cab steps, designed to protect the crew from the non-existent jack shaft, have also been removed.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:07 pm

Do you have a numbering sequence for your locos?
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:54 pm

Mountain wrote:Do you have a numbering sequence for your locos?


The BNR's locos are slowly being numbered from 1 upwards. There are currently 10 in BNR livery, 7 of which are numbered. All have been modified from the original locos.

1. Triang Top Tank with modern Hornby chassis.
2. Hornby Toby Tram cut down with windows opened out.
4. Wrenn 08 with extra pickups & glazing.
5. Triang NBL shunter re-wheeled & modified.
6. Hornby Diesel Dock Shunter with Ultrascale wheels.
7. Lima Plymouth diesel on modified Std Hornby 0-6-0 chassis.
8. Hornby International Tank on modified Hornby Bill/Ben chassis.

Currently unumbered BNR liveried or unpainted locos.

Lima Plymouth diesel with Hornby 06 cab on Hornby Toby chassis.
Wrenn Class 20 with modified Class 08 cabs at each end.
Hornby modified Class 06 in works.

The BR fleet and preserved locos all have their original numbers. Decals have now been produced for the BNR's French Blue coaches and dark green wagons. None of the coaches are numbered yet. The wagons were hand numbered in the past in yellow, which went well with the dark green livery. It's a bit tricky to produce yellow decals for the wagons, black ones have been tried, but they don't show up very well. The paint shop are thinking of trying black decals with a blue background and have already sourced some suitable equipment.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:14 pm

The coaches look good in that livery. They bring an air of realism.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:02 am

Mountain wrote:The coaches look good in that livery. They bring an air of realism.


Thank you. They look better when the inside edges of the windows are painted black, which disguises the thick sides. Maintenance staff have more time in the winter and so there are plans to sort out the windows and finally put some BNR decals and numbers on the many coaches that don't have them.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:23 pm

That's a neat trick to hide the thickness of the plastic. (Coach windows).
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:44 am

Mountain wrote:That's a neat trick to hide the thickness of the plastic. (Coach windows).


The picture below shows the improvement from painting the inside edge of window frames black. it is particularly effective on older stock with thick sides.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby Mountain » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:18 pm

That really looks good. Well done for sharing the idea.
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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:12 pm

Workshop staff have been busy working on the class 06 superstructure. The steel rod inserted into the front of the bonnet was covered with JB Weld which was then filed down to almost match the existing fixing. The bonnet now clips firmly in place. Some extra lead weight has also been added behind the radiator supported by a new reinforcing bar.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:21 pm

Coal traffic has recently increased and a removable load has been prepared, supported by balsa, card and polyfilla mixed with black powder paint.

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Staff have also been working on the wagon fleet in between running Christmas services. The track maintenance team have been asking for their own wagon with drop sides, instead of having to borrow any 5 plank wagon they could find. They now have their wagon, but it seems to have become a dumping ground for their bits and pieces.

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Re: The BNR (another way)

Postby GeraldH » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:43 pm

After considerable efforts, the workshop team have managed to replace the rims on the centre driving wheels of the line's 4F with fully flanged non-tyred ones (see Hornby 4F thread). Despite the removal of the tyres, it can just about take 5 coaches up the bank. A crew has now been allocated, though the driver was a little unhappy about the lack space on the footplate.

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