I've been working on the Kuranda Scenic Rail rake for a long time and slowly refining it. The locomotive has stayed mostly unchanged since the very earliest versions but its details have been revised a few times. Since it was one of the first models I posted on MOCpages I thought I'd post the latest update here for the new version. My Flickr set has more details on the whole project/
The locomotive is a QR 1720 class narrow gauge diesel and would usually run in tandem. The colourful Aboriginal mural is what really drew me to this rake.
The passenger cars are some of the oldest still in use in Australia. Finding decent images took a while. I've included a Power Functions System battery box and sensor in the lead car in order to have a rake which can operate on non-electrified track. The dark red closed end car.
Open end wagons presented a nice change from the closed end ones. As far as I could tell both car types had the same chassis design.
Building a decent car in dark green was a bit of a pain, particularly as I own almost no plates.
Tim, I've been on this train three times over the years, and appreciate it more each time for various reasons. Last time I was there I had the chance to get up close to the engine you've built, and watch it leave the Kuranda station. Your rendition is scarily accurate! The passenger cars are beautiful old things and you have recreated them faithfully. A wonderful build evoking memories and inspiring more modeling!
Thanks Dave. Ironically I have never been able to find any non metallic track so I've not even played with it. I also don't run my trains so my electric track is mainly used for photographs.
I mainly just enjoy the challenge of getting the PFS parts in a small space and demonstrating that the end of electric track doesn't mean the death of nice trains.
brilliant work, even with instructions i havent seen many people try to create your train. After being to our local QR yard and seeing the 1720 class your details are pretty much pin point perfect.
I like it
January 2, 2009
Tim, your builds continue to amaze me. I love the SNOTty-ness of these MOC's. Amazing work. I really like to colors you used and the carriages and absolutely perfect. Lots of great SNOT there as well. But I think the coolest part is the use of the PF battery box to power the 9V motor. Getting ready for the MY09 switch? ;-) Again, awesome work. I bow to you.