Sunday, 25 November 2012

Steel Wagons

Well my first blog post, here goes!

I will start off by sharing some photos of my steel train fleet. These are either built from kits or scratch-built, and I have gradually been adding more wagons to the fleet.
The list of completed wagons are:
  • 2 x RKLY 'butter-box' wagons.
  • 1 x RCQF coil steel wagon.
  • 1 x RCAF coil + scrap container wagon.
  • 1 x RKWY wagon.
  • 1 x RKQF plate steel wagon.
  • 1 x RCOF coil wire wagon. 
I have a few other wagons which are incomplete and will make progress on in the coming weeks (hopefully).

 RCAF wagon; with Auscision Models coil cradles and a modified Walthers 'Genstar' container. Bogies are AR Kits 2CM and the coils are Walthers.

 The only wagon in today's list that is incomplete, the RCOF coil wire wagon. This was one of the most fiddly builds I've ever done, and creating the coils is time consuming also. I am using AR Kits 2CL bogies for now, though they may just stay. I need to create and print decals for this wagon, which I will eventually get around to doing.

 RCQF coil wagon; one of my favourites for the way it turned out. Again Auscision coil cradles and walthers coils are used. the cradles are glued to the deck (have no intention of them moving). The bogies are an unknown brand, I saw them for $3 at Berg's Hobbies and bought about 6 pairs.

 The two RKLY 'butter-box' wagons. Auscision containers and AR Kits 2CM bogies complete the wagons.

I should point out that all of the above wagons have been built using plans from the Australia Model Railway Magazine August 1993 article 'The NODY Open Wagon'. I have modified each frame to suit the particular wagon I built. At one stage I tried making a mould of one to cast in urethane, though it wasn't successful. They have all been made from hand-cut styrene according to the drawings in AMRM, detailed with Casula Hobbies/AR Kits parts. The steps on the side are actually 26/6 staples bent to shape (nice and strong). If i ever get around to making more underframes (I have 5 which have been started) I will take photos of the progress.

 RKQF plate wagon, an IDR castings Kit with the original bogies replaced with the mystery Barber type. This is a great kit to construct; I have another RKQF and a RKPF wagon from IDR awaiting painting.
 RKWY wagon; built from the AMK Designs kit with extra details via AR Kits brake detailing parts. These bogies are Kadee 100t Barbers (I know the prototype use 70t but the difference is minor and doesn't bother me). the load was scratch-built from styrene strips. Another enjoyable kit to put together.
Over view of the fleet as it stands. I have no idea how big it will grow to, but at this stage I have at least another 6 wagons to add to it.

Hope you enjoy!


  1. Thanks for your post. I'm about to embark on modelling steel trains into Perth but am very much just beginning my research. Please keep posting about the products you use and available reference source.

    Nice work!



  2. Nice work, I've got a partial steel train in boxes myself at the moment, which includes various open wagons, two AKBX/RKBX slab wagons (one a AMK AOBX kit with removed doors and the other a AMK AOCX kit similarly treated), two VKEX slab wagons made from aluminium and styrene, a BGB AKFX, five VCSX coil wagons, as well as vans and containers to make a 9169 Melbourne-Adelaide steel and general goods train, ready to go behind my C's and 930 :P

  3. Thanks for sharing this post.