Saturday, 6 February 2016

Spirit of Progress takes to the rails

Well, it's been a few months since my last post.  Have been busy sorting out a Spirit of Progress set.  Took a few of my own, and a couple of gifted Powerline S cars, and a Powerline SOP Buffet car.  Did a bit of work on them, based loosely on Graham Brown's article (AMRM Feb 2003). 

What did I do? 
  • Modified underframe -  added girder frame, cross beams and bolster supports - airbrushed Tamiya German Grey.  Can't get Floquil Grimy Black any more.
  • Original bogies - Tamiya German Grey
  • Interiors - Cream 200gsm card
  • Blinds - Insulation tape
  • LPBs (Little Plastic Beings)
  • Steam Era corridor connectors
  • Under-door steps
  • Cross bar between brake wheels
  • Blackened wheels "texta" permanent marker
  • Numbered.- using MS Word - black text box/white font Arial (bold) pointsize 4.5 - photo paper.
The SOP consists (so far) of:
  • 1VHS Baggage Van
  • 10 AS First Class
  • 2 ABS First/Second class
  • 3 VRS Buffet Car
  • 8 BS Second Class
  • 3 BZ Second Class Open Saloon
  • PHN 2371 "Southern Aurora" Power Van
  • 1 VAC First/Second/Sleeper (to come)
  • 2 X BS Second Class (to come)

Click on the pic for a larger view.

Spirit of Progress arrives at Garahbara

Spirit of Progress ready to depart Garahbara

1 VHS, 10 AS and 2 ABS are up front today.

2 ABS and 1 VRS follow

The Spirit of Progress fits just nicely in the platform

3 BZ Second Class Open Saloon

1VRS Buffet Car

10 AS First Class 

2 ABS First/Second Class 



  1. Nice looking train.
    Great weathering on your goods shed.
    Have you covered how you did it on any blog entry?

    1. Bob,
      The goods shed is the standard LJ Models card kit for a Victorian goods shed. The "weathered" corrugated iron is printed card. Used the LJ kit as templates to cut out the printed corrugated iron and used that instead. Can't recall where I got the printed corrugated iron from. The platform is cut from balsa, using the LJ Models card kit platform as a template. Painted grey then "chalked" to weather it. Hope this helps. :)