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CIE rolling stock on the cheap.(now exploring n gauge)

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I moved from OO to N gauge during the late 1970s mainly because I did not have space for a layout  and mistaken belief that I would be less tempted to attempt scratchbuilding/kitbashing locos and rolling stock in N gauge, which was soon proved completely un-true.

I ended up building an end-to end shelf layout based on current CIE practice using re-painted and modified Lima, Graham-Farish, Minitrix and Peco stock which passed the 2' rule.

I originally re-painted the Lima BR Class 31 as an A Class and the Lima German center cab diesel as the GN Mak, but eventually ended up re-building Atlas American SW 1500 switcher locos into 121 & 141 Class diesels which became the mainstay of operations. The 141 and 001 had scratchbuilt plasticard bodies, while I fitted scratchbuilt plasticard cabs to the 121s and extended the bonnets with plasticard.



my "Craven" coaches were simply re-painted Minitrix MK1s, though my "BR Vans" were kitbashed from Lima Mk1 coaches which had a narrower profile than the Minitrix coaches. Wagons were originally re-paints but some were later fitted with .010" plasticard overlays to look like the plywood bodied H Vans.

The N gauge was abandoned following a house move during the early 80s and have mainly focused on kit and scratchbuilding in 4mm, but still have a soft spot for N scale particularly American . 

N gauge really come into it own when you don't try and fit too much into a relatively small space, basically the same amount of track as a similar sized OO or HO gauge layout.



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On 15/3/2022 at 7:31 PM, Sean said:


Have been playing around with this idea for use as a beet hopper. 

It's not bad although the box may be a little short to be an accurate representation.



Easy to fix - saw chassis in half & take a centre section out, glue back together. Yes, far too long as it is….

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