Wantage Tramway No.5

Discussion in 'S7 Group' started by spikey faz, 25 March 2020.

  1. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    I bought the MRJ component packs for the 7mm/1ft Wantage Tramway project many years ago but only now feel reasonably confident about making a start. So, here's a few pictures of what I've done so far. It's to Scale7 standards (hopefully!).
  2. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

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    spikey faz Western Thunderer

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  5. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Even though it's only a weeny little loco I'm finding I'm using the 100w soldering iron all the time. 20200325_111955.jpg
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  6. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Also finding this new piercing saw excellent to use.

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  7. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    And slowly getting the hang of this although some of my rivets are still a bit wayward!
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  8. Marc Dobson

    Marc Dobson Western Thunderer

    Who's horn blocks are you using?

  9. freelance7

    freelance7 Active Member

    I built one of these a few years back, mainly to refresh my modelling and scratch building skills having been away from the hobby for several years. I found the instructions in the MRJ very straight forward, although I did add some more detail from photos I found on the internet. I too built it to scale 7 and had fun with the clearance behind the cross heads, very tight! I also used High Level Space Saver Hornblocks Untitled Document

    Here is a photo of one I did earlier :), I still need to add some pick ups and then it's ready for a paint.


    Looking forward to following your build,

  10. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Hi Marc

    These ones:
  11. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Hi Paul

    That looks really nice! Very inspiring. Looks too nice to paint. Do you mind me asking how you did the self-contained buffers?

  12. freelance7

    freelance7 Active Member

    Hi Mike,

    My good lady also says it looks too nice to paint. For the buffers I soldered the buffer housings onto the front part of the buffer beam, I then cut the rear portion off so that it was flush. I then filed the nut to just less than half thickness and threaded it onto the shank of the buffer head. A hole was then drilled in the wooden beam that goes in between the front and rear buffer plates so that the nut would pass through easily when the buffer head was depressed. I then cut off the excess part of the thread so that it was flush with the rear of the nut . On assembly the front plate was epoxied to the wooden inner section, the buffer put together and then the wooden beam was epoxied to the rear plate that was already attached to the footplate. A bit fiddly I know and I only get about 1.5mm of depression, but better than nothing.

  13. Overseer

    Overseer Western Thunderer

    Your No 5 is looking good. Before you go too far, are you aware that the drawings in MRJ are incorrect? Particularly around the cylinders, which are drawn oversize. I had started a model of No 5 using a drawing from an early MRN or MRC but stopped when I realised it was very wrong, so paid a visit to Didcot. When the first article in MRJ came out I sent a letter to the editor with a copy of the accurate GA (published in the Oakwood Press Wantage Tramway book) and received a phone call the next day. The drawing was then revised and published in the next issue but it did not correct all the errors, particularly the cylinders, because they felt it would cause too much of an upset to potentially have people undo work they had already done. To double check, I went back to Didcot and measured No 5 more comprehensively. The Scale 7 Group newsletter around the same time has a series of 2 or 3 articles detailing the actual dimensions and changes needed to build an accurate model. I am not sure of the dates, probably 1999-2000 if you can find back issues. I built No 5 in original condition using as many of the MRJ parts as I could and a photo was published in MRJ.
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  14. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    I did wonder about the cylinder dimensions but, to be honest I'm not too worried. By the time I've finished my model I suspect there may be a few more 'compromises'! :)

    I think as long as it can run along my 6' of track and turnouts without falling off, I'll be happy.

    I've got a complete set of MRJs: do you know which number your model was published in? I'm seeking inspiration. :cool:

  15. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

    The S7 NL articles were in issues 41 & 42 from 2000. Available from the Members Downloads section of the website.
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  16. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    No longer a member unfortunately. My membership lapsed due to lack of funds - spent it on tools!! :)

  17. Overseer

    Overseer Western Thunderer

    I would have to get the box of MRJs out to find the photo, not sure which issue, it was early 2001 I think.

    These photos have been seen before on WT -
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  18. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    I'm very impressed with your model. Not seen those pictures before.

    It looks like you added working inside motion. I'm toying with doing the same but not sure whether my skills are up to it. I'm also wondering how visible it actually is.

  19. Overseer

    Overseer Western Thunderer

    I made all the parts for working inside motion but decided in the end to fit it as cosmetic, so it doesn't move. I left the valve rods off, they have a horse shoe section around the axle, and wondered what they were when I saw them in a parts box recently. You wouldn't have much bearing surface on the rear axle if you fit eccentrics. The movement would be visible but I can live without it.
  20. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    I think I'll make the bits up and see how it goes. It does look a bit fiddly.

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