The White Flower Valley Railway

16mm Narrow gauge fun in the garden.

Welcome to the wagon shed, all our non passenger stock is shown here.

Not much has happened in 2011 due to my new job, working away really cuts into modelling time! But Review Issue 88 changed all that! Drawn and described by Stuart Baker was the NWNGR covered wagon. At least two of these were constructed, so I have built three, two are shown here and one is winging it’s way to the UK. Construction is from MDF with plastic iron work, and bloody hundreds of individually applied rivets! The wheels are slaters, the only brought in components. This is something of a record for me only two months from inspiration to finished. I might yet add some weathering.

 The hears van has always held a macabre fascination for people. Its origin is lost in the mists of time, it was once believed to have been built from an MkII Quarryman’s coach, the last information I had suggested it was completely unique. I last saw it at the WHR museum at Gelerts farm. The model is built from card following the Borham/Newham method, and has been shellacked to seal it. The urns are white metal castings. The wheels are a pair I had given to me by the Late DF Newman. The intent is to run this vehicle to commemorate the passing of significant persons.


 Built primarily as a bit of a joke, as Perth has never had any snow, and secondly to have some fun with weathering techniques that I wanted to experiment with. Construction is plastic card and weathering is as described in Martin Welche’s book - The art of weathering.


Our latest wagon, a simple open wagon, that wood parts are all cut by Laser by Triassic model works, the axleboxes are from the Binne Engineering catalogue, the cornour plates are my own castings the remander of the castings are P&J Models. Lettering is by Mapping pen and Windsor and Newton inks.


Our first breakvan NoB401 built from individual bass wood planks, a P&J figure and components. It features fully operational 8 shoe clasp break gear, it’s a bit of a fiddle getting everything to line up. I was lucky enough to win the 16mm Model of the year with it in 2003 (Rolling stock  category)


A Bogie wagon was built next; this differed as the sides were built from single pieces of bass wood then scribed to represent planks. Iron work was made from brass section the couplings and bogies are mine cast by Gramodels.


Our covered vans, plank construction and axleboxes by GRS, break gear by P&J models. Couplings are my own castings from Gramodels and are sprung. Weathering lift these vans in my view.


Our third freelance open wagon this one has been fitted with a brick load  which is very heavy, once again plank construction and axleboxes and couplings by GRS. Hand lettering is very evident on this wagon.


 Our second model, a pair of open wagons, this time with lots of rivets! Again plank construction and axleboxes and couplings by GRS I painted and hand lettered the wagon which is very satisfying.


Our very first wagon. Built from individual wooden planks, wheels couplings and axleboxes courtesy of Garden Railway specialists.