Ub is a general purpose bogie flat wagon use to carry just about
anything, they were built between 1950-53. So far there are more then
one running on the railway, thats mainly because they are quite easy to
build!! I have the build time down to 11 hours, excluding painting.
There is 1 with a truck load, 1 with a timber load (modern, as white
printed wrap wasn't around at the time, as pictured above) & of
coarse 1 without a load!!
Left; The main runners & ends have been cut from 2mm styrene,
the deck is cut from 1mm styrene & scribed into
even sections to represent steel pannels along with the ends to for
planking. Above Right; Wooden bolsters have been riveted to the
ends along with a few detailing rivets. At the bottom of the bolsters a
strip of cardboard has been added so it looks like it is fitted into a
Left; The runners have been glued to the underside of the deck, tie
down lugs have been added to the runners made from styrene. A
strong-back of strip wood is in place, this will form the main frame of
the wagon. Above Right; A close view of a set of USA Trains bogie
(truck) side frames after being altered to make them a bit more NZR!
Left; One end with the shunters step & grab rail fitted, more
bolsters have been added & you can see the tie down lugs that were
added to the runners. Above Right; The brake end shows my brake
lever casting that has been lengthened, I use to make all these out of
styrene until I read about moulds & casting etc. The grab irons are
the trusted 1.2mm mig welding wire.
2 Pictures; The underside of the previous 2 photos, the bogie
(truck) bolsters have been fitted, the runners & strong back have
had white spouting glue run around them to reinforce the joint.
Left; The finished under frame detail & bracing in place. Above
Right; NZR coupling is in place with its height packing braced back
to the strong back. All ready for the paint shop!!