Friday, 12 August 2016

An Evening's Work

A sunny and relatively windless evening gave me a chance to put another couple of hours work into the new wagons. As a result I managed to run the first one just before poor light stopped play.

I still need to add the brake lever, but I want to do that in good light so I can give Colin updated photos for the instructions. It also doesn't yet have the buffer plates because although I've trial fitted them I want to paint the frame before adding them.

Having got used to lugging the frame around in just one hand whilst it was under construction it was a bit of a shock to pick this up after fitting the wheels. Two hands are definitely needed, but  it is still light enough for one person to move.

The other wagon isn't far behind, but is awaiting tomorrow's delivery of a few more bolts before I put it together. In fact now I know how easily everything fits I might paint that one before final assembly.

I even found time to quickly trial out one of the de-mountable bodies. This one was a bargain buy from a vintage shop. You may recognise that in other photos I've been using it as a workbench. I'll be adding some angle iron reinforcement before it enters revenue earning service.


  1. That's what I call a wagon kit!

    1. Yet incredibly simple to put together thanks to the laser cutting and good design. None of the laser cut parts required even a touch of a file.

  2. James,

    I was surprised by the weight of the axles and wheels once welded together.

    I've been using 'Crusty's' as training weights rather than use my dumbbells!

    That wooden wagon body certainly looks the business.

    I look forward to seeing your take on the man rider body for the second chassis.



    1. Richard,

      The weight of the wheels and axles I'm sure contributes to the stability of the design.

      That body is rather heavy but I think will come in very useful for domestic traffic. That means it might end up becoming a permanent fixture, which in turns means I might have to buy a couple more frames...

      If I hadn't happened across that crate I'd been planning to do something along Heywood lines with stackable single plank bodies.

      Colin's suggestion for a man rider is to use the skip frame with a suitable plank bolted between the skip supports. I think that could work rather well, but it would need quite low footboards to be mounted somehow.