OO/HO African profile model railway in Kenya

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OO/HO African profile model railway in Kenya

Maggio 21, 2019, 11:30am

A new model railway which I am beginning to build:

OO/HO African profile model railway in Kenya: 01

Maggio 21, 2019, 6:28pm

Well, 3'6" gauge scales down to 14mm, so I see no reason why you shouldn't get away with mixing and matching.

You need to keep an eye on Australian manufacturers; if you ignore the modern image stuff, some people are beginning to produce models that fit your requirements for period and origin. Price may be about the only drawback.

Orient Express Reproductions - orientexpressmodels.com/OER
Southern Rail - www.southernrailmodels.com.au

Modificato: Maggio 22, 2019, 1:08am

>2 RobertDay:

Thanks, Robert. Yes, I have a page I tore out of a modelling magazine a couple of years ago of an HO Australian diesel of which I know a number of secondhand examples of the real thing were exported to Africa a few years ago - indeed I saw them and climbed on them as some were parked in our depot for a while in their orginal Australian liveries. The model was very expensive, though. I already have a kit for an Australian coaling stage, as it looks very much like a South African one. I'll check out those two links when I'm on a better internet connection.

Maggio 22, 2019, 8:06am

>3 John5918: The URL for Orient Express was wrong. Try this:


Feb 11, 2020, 7:42am

A belated update. I checked out Orient Models and I ordered from them some scenic backdrops. Nothing I could find in Europe or north America looked suitable, but the Australian outback looks a bit like parts of Africa! They weren't cheap, and for some reason I had to pay customs duty on them when they arrived in the UK post office, but well worth it.

I have now built the Australian coaling stage which I mentioned in >3 John5918:. I still have to do a lot of the details, and to paint it, but I'm very pleased with the look of it so far.

I'm making progress with building the baseboard, and I've started updating the thread on the Friends of the Rail Forum with pictures: http://friendsoftherail.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=365

Still a long way to go!

Modificato: Feb 11, 2020, 7:57am

I'm saving up my money now for the Bachmann 45t Ransome & Rapier steam crane. I've seen real life versions of this crane in Kenya and South Africa, so I definitely need one on my layout, but currently it's too costly - the cheapest I have seen is £ 209.50. Maybe by next year there'll be secondhand ones going cheaper.

Modificato: Feb 28, 2020, 1:15pm

>6 John5918:

After discussions with my brother-in-law in UK, who is also a railway modeller and who knows how to use eBay, I decided that the Bachmann crane, while definitely a beautiful model, is far too expensive. Instead I decided to go for the Hornby 75t crane, and my brother-in-law phoned me today to tell me that he has bought me a good secondhand one for only £14.50! It'll be several months before it appears on my layout, though, as there's no reliable parcel post to Kenya, so it will wait at his house until our next trip to UK later this year.

I've made a lot of progress in the last three weeks, working up to eight hours a day in the model railway room. I've posted a few more photos at the link in >5 John5918:, and will be posting more in the coming days.

Apr 15, 2020, 11:29am

I've made yet more progress while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, and have just posted more photos at http://friendsoftherail.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=365

Lug 19, 10:52am

A few more photos and some text posted at http://friendsoftherail.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=365

Ago 22, 12:32pm

And a good few more in the last month.