AC cars Railbus Project

rosspeacock

Modelling on a £1200 table.
Interesting to see this, particularly in light of the observations on Heljan's approach to mechanism design; you have my sympathy on the getting the things apart and back together again... We have a vintage Anbrico version of the AC Cars 'bus (in EM) on long term loan which weighs the proverbial - though probably less than the Heljan model - my layout project might well merit an occasional visit as the Yeovil shuttle used one but there are other calls on my bank balance right now.

Adam

The Heljan one I had, had badly cast gearboxes which didn't quite mesh properly with the centrally mounted motor worm drives. It was an absolute nightmare to disassemble with awful flimsy wiring. I had to file the castings to get the gears to mesh. It wasn't great at all.

Ross
 

rosspeacock

Modelling on a £1200 table.
Finally got around to tying a few loose ends up on the workbench this week. The longwinded AC Railbus Project!
Made a jig for the seat bars and painted the floors and dash details. All done now apart from the door grabs (want to add a few pax in due course)

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paulc

Western Thunderer
Finally got around to tying a few loose ends up on the workbench this week. The longwinded AC Railbus Project!
Made a jig for the seat bars and painted the floors and dash details. All done now apart from the door grabs (want to add a few pax in due course)

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Hi Ross , the quality of the work is impressive and very neat . I think you probably have a better unit than the Heljan would ever be .
Cheers Paul
 

rosspeacock

Modelling on a £1200 table.
Thanks Paul. Very kind words.
I got my original Heljan AC Railbus from Kim on the Heljan stand at one of the GOG shows a good few years back not too long after it had come out, I recall it was about £275.00.
I think in hindsight it must have been a return (I wasn't told this!) It ran awfully! Upon taking it apart to ascertain the problem I found cut up bits of cereal packet packed around the gearboxes to try and make it mesh better with the two worms from the centrally mounted motor. It was an absolute swine to get apart repair and re-assemble. I managed to file down the mazak gearboxes and mesh the gears a lot better. Sadly I'd fallen out with this model so I sold it on.
I think this one will prove to be a lot better in the long run, I'm certainly a lot happier with it. Its also cost in total just over £100 plus my time.

Regards Ross..
 

Simon H

Member
Funny how things like this stick in the mind...I had a ride in the AC Cars railbus the K&ESR used to have in the 1980s as an evening out with the model railway club I was a member of, fun chasing sheep up the line...this was between Bodiam and Dixter Halt which weren't actually open to normal passenger services at the time.
Only just come across your build, it looks like you'll have a railbus to be proud of in the end.
I've got a Dapol railbus kit along with the Branchlines chassis and interior to build...one day.
 

rosspeacock

Modelling on a £1200 table.
Funny how things like this stick in the mind...I had a ride in the AC Cars railbus the K&ESR used to have in the 1980s as an evening out with the model railway club I was a member of, fun chasing sheep up the line...this was between Bodiam and Dixter Halt which weren't actually open to normal passenger services at the time.
Only just come across your build, it looks like you'll have a railbus to be proud of in the end.
I've got a Dapol railbus kit along with the Branchlines chassis and interior to build...one day.
Thank you Simon. Its been tootling up and down my layout (could call it that but its just track on bare boards) I didn't add any kind of compensation to the chassis, it ran fine but thudded its way thro Peco pointwork. Added some drop stops from Parliamentary trains and everything including the AC railbus run so much better.

Ross
 
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