Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Dirty Talk

102t tank wagon with dirty texturesThe nice clean ex works pictures have all been very good, but lets face it wagons don't stay that way for long.

As a result here's a dirty version to make the clean one feels cleaner.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Safety First

Battery Tail Lamp made by Chloride Bardic
After a bit of a struggle to find any suitable references we finally have a rear lamp that doesn't turn the entire train into a potential time bomb!

70t+ of petrol or diesel in a tank wagon and a lit oil lamp are probably not the best of combinations, especially when there's a large warning sign on the side of the wagon about naked flames.

The first solution to this issue was to use a barrier wagon to carry the tail lamp, therefore keeping the flame away from the volatile load in the wagon but this is neither practical or cost effective. As a result battery lamps were developed and deployed where required. Eventually the flashing versions we know today replaced the oil tail lamp across the network.

To accompany the 102t tankers we've modelled one if the earlier versions of rechargeable battery tail lamp manufactured by Chloride Bardic the well known maker of the hand lamp used by countless railway workers.

Monday, 17 January 2011

No Nakedness!

No Naked Lights sign
One of the beta testers has just emailed and reminded me about something I'd thought about a while ago, and then forgotten!

We have a very nice model of an oil tail lamp on the back of the tank wagons and a very large sign on the side, like the one in the picture. I did have a bit of a worry about how the two went together!

The esteemed beta tester has reminded me about the bardic and electric tail lamps that were developed to go on these wagons rather than using a barrier wagon to carry an oil tail lamp.

However, I can't for the life of me find a picture or drawing of either to sort this little problem. If any of you could help with a picture from your collection or a link to a picture that would be a great help.

Please leave a comment to this post with a link or contact us at http://www.fastline-simulation.co.uk/contact.html and we'll let you know where to send any pictures.

Thanks in anticipation for any help!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Death by Numbers

TEB Numbering
Just three of the eight instances of the number on each wagon!

It's been a few days of tinkering and changing since the start of the New Year. Still lots of little jobs to do, possibly making the Private Owner plate numbers dynamic may be going a bit too far?