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 steel pocket.
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!
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.
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.
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!!