Building the third prototype
a railcar meeting -
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The experience gained
operating the prototype railcars No 200 and 201 enabled Eastleigh to
finalise their design and a final prototype car was built at Eastleigh, No
The third car included a parcels compartment and first class
Cooling was moved from the
tractor car sides to the roof in this series.
The basis for the railcar
was the Riverossi N scale diesel loco chassis which had previously
been used in the now scrapped railcar 202.
The leading bogie of our
railcars must reliably collect current from both rails in order that under
automation, the units stop and start at the correct positions on our
fiddle yards and platforms.
We have used bogies which
are normally supplied with the Tomix N scale track cleaners. They were
kindly sent to me by Dapol. The current collection springs transfer to
copper tape attached to the rubbing plate. The end result is a very
effective sprung bogie.
The bolster plate made in
plastic and the Tomix bogie.
The made up bogie unit
Construction methods are
largely similar to the first railcar. We built up the complex curves using
soft sand bodyfiller.
the completed bodies under construction- click image to enlarge
the underside of the first class unit
which shows the articulated bogie - click image to enlarge
the railcar underside with lead ballast
weight added - click image to enlarge
The front of 302 showing Kent 'Clearview' screen
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