Dutton Bay Tramway - Goods Stock

Rolling Stock Construction

Read why we chose the Kato 8001 as the basis of our goods (freight) stock
See details of the techniques used in building the Bodies of our goods stock
Read a description of the techniques used for polyurethane casting on the DBT
More vehicles described on Page 2
See the Cattle Wagons
See my first Weathering Efforts

The fundamental basis of the various construction techniques used in the DBT is to provide a reasonable representation of a vehicle, without having to spend inordinate amounts of time, and without costing the earth. We do not attempt to produce competition standard vehicles, but neither are we happy with unrealistic rolling stock. I guess the most important rule we follow is the Two-foot rule (maybe renamed to Two-foot-six rule), which states variously:

If a detail cannot be seen from two-foot, then ignore it, or...
If it looks all right from two-foot, then it is OK

Covered Van 322VA
Salt Wagon 264HD
322VA, an example of our current "cast" body wagons. This class of wagons have variously been constructed from timber, styrene and most recently, polyurethane castings. A salt/gypsum hopper, 264HD. This example was fabricated from styrene and later fitted with a polyurethane cast "hood", although earlier efforts were totally made from styrene. The most recent batches of these wagons have cast bodies as well as the hood.
Flat Wagon 312FA
Open Wagon 303OA
312FA is a model of a steel bulkhead flat wagon. Based on a South Australian Railways 3'6" gauge prototype, this class of vehicle has always been made from sheet styrene. There are number of open wagons running on the DBT, the OA class being the most prolific. Originally constructed from timber, then from scribed sheet styrene (303OA shown here is an example) later builds have been polyurethane castings. The cast version has laminated sides to provide inside details.
Cattle Wagon 301CB
Cattle Wagon 601CD
301CB was the first of our "usable" cattle wagons, earlier attempts being consigned to scrap. It is a model of a Queensland Railways vehicle, running on 2'6" gauge archbar bogies. There are only two of these vehicles on the DBT register. 601CD is a "standard" cattle wagon, running on our regular cut-down Kato underframe. The model is a casting, and retains the open look of the larger predecessor. With six of these wagons available, it is possible to run a dedicated cattle train. This vehicle is based on a mixture of a Commonwealth Railways 4-wheel NG cattle wagon, with some specific detailing giving it some of the characteristics of a South Australian Railways CFN.

There are descriptions and photographs of more of the Dutton Bay's goods fleet on the Next Page

As you will read in the detailed pages, we use the underframe from the Kato 8001 open wagon as the basis for our standard vehicles, while the construction of the bodies has progressed from timber thru to styrene and more recently polyurethane castings.

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Last Modified May 24, 2004