The 2016 Railcar Challenge


For our 2016 Open Day, we invited members of our group to enter a challenge to build a Railcar or Railbus.

The rules were that the model should be either built from scratch or kit-bashed (ie: created using parts modified from other models or kits as a basis) and it should be motorised by any standard commercial chassis to provide power.

There were eleven entries on the day, and the visitors to the show could vote for their favourite model, a cup was presented to the winner by Chris Ward of CWR Railways.  

(Please note the photos may show the models sitting on the wrong gauge track as the correct gauge was being used to demonstrate another model at the time the photo was taken)

Here are details of the models:-


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Here is the competition winner, built by Graham Watling in 009 scale.  It is a Ford 12 seat railbus and runs on a Kato 11-103 chassis.  The body is from a continental horse tram and the bonnet and radiator is from a die-cast Efsi model.  The cab and frames were scratch built and the front bogie is white metal (unknown make).  It runs as the "North Riding and Whitsend Railway" number 4.





In 2nd place was Stewart Green with his tiny Nn3 2mm scale model of a Southwold Railway Railbus.  The motorised chassis is a Marklin Z Gauge track cleaning vehicle and the body is a modified Worsley Works etch of a SR "rebuilt" coach. Extra details are the radiator, steps and cowcatcher bars from parts in the scrap box.






3rd place was to Jim Bamber for his Sentinel type railbus, a vertical boilered steam engine in 009. Various parts were added to an old Egger loco and old coach body to produce a pleasing model.









This is a O-16.5 scale, 2 coach DMU by James Corsi, the sides are copied from a Billard railcar.  To get strength in the body panels they are laminated. The roof is cut down plastic channeling and the model has an Underground Ernie chassis.






This is Philip Porters 009 scale freelance steam railcar/inspection saloon.  Built from a modified TB Models 3D body on a Kato 4w tram chassis.








A lovely 009 scale Colonel Stephens inspired railmotor set by Chris Seago. Scratch built from plasticard and cut down sides from a Welsh Highland Railway coach kit. Each railbus uses a Kato "Shorty" chassis and the luggage trailer uses a modified Colin Ashby Wagon kit.







A fictitious Railbus by James Corsi in his desired scale using a Solido white metal 1/50 scale Parisian autobus for O-16.5.  The original chassis was removed, the body sides modified and a pilot (cow-catcher) added at the front. A coach bogie added at the rear, and powered by a Bull Ant? or similar chassis at the front end.







This lovely little 009 scale Freelance Directors Railcar is by Stewart Green. Heavily modified from Worsley Works brass etches for the rebuilt Southwold Railway coach, it runs an a Kato 11-103 tram chassis.  The bonnet and radiator are from a toy bought in a charity shop and there are many added details: ornate brackets, a driver, steps, rear luggage rack and toolbox, all found in the scrap box.  The etched door glass is to a genuine Southwold Railway design.




A Land Rover railbus in 009 scale by Alex Harper-Bourne inspired by a rail mounted vehicle on the Statfold Barn Railway.  It is built from an Airfix Land Rover kit and the top half of a VW camper van, and has been finished off with a Minitrains cow catcher and runs on the Kato 11-103 tram chassis.  






A County Donegal style petrol railcar in 009 scale by Philip Porter.  Built using a modified white metal kit on a Kato chassis. 







A small scratch built two-car DMU in O-16.5 scale by James Corsi.  This was based on a FEVE (Northern Spain) DMU and runs on an articulated HO tram chassis.








The Winner of the Challenge, Graham Watling, being presented with the Challenge Cup from Chris Ward.