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Nyheter från april 2022

Våra nyheter:

Desperat efter lukten av ett ånglok ordnades en tur till lokstallets öppet dag på Krylbo den 30 april och B klass 1324 kunde lukta från parkeringen! Uppdrag slutfört! Men det här var också en bra chans att ta en titt runt så mycket av stallet som var öppet, köpa ett par saker från handlare, inklusive ‘SLM’ från 1973, och vara i en ordentlig järnvägsmiljö igen!

Tillverkarens Nyheter:

Vi har nyheter från Dekas. En avstängning har införts i DongGuan i södra Kina för att begränsa spridningen av Covid-infektion. Det är här deras fabrik ligger. Tyvärr innebär det att fabriken har stängts på obestämd tid. Det gäller inte bara Dekas egna produkter utan även deras OEM-kunder (McK, HNoll, ExactTrain, ASM och Lemke/HobbyTrain). Den här nyheten förstärker uppdateringarna från HNoll.

I ljusare hänseende förstås PCX87 förbereda en modell i H0-skala av Volvo 343 från 1976. Detta är en ofta förbisedd bil eftersom den alltid låg i skuggan av 244/245-bilarna från den epoken, och vi är glad att PCX87 ska fylla den luckan. Modellen kommer att finnas tillgänglig på följande sätt: 870300 gul, 870301 grön, 870302 silver, 870303 röd (och en begränsad upplaga “ljusblå metallic”-version exklusiv för Model Car World i Tyskland).

Andra intressanta nyheter:

Spårvägsmuseet öppnar på sin nya plats, Gasverkstorget 1, (kort bussresa från Ropsten,) den 21 maj. Den gamla platsen i Sofia stängde för några år sedan och återöppningen är en mycket efterlängtad händelse.

Den här webbplatsen … vi har laddat upp ytterligare 12 bilder till kategorin, “Rebuilt FLMJ (2016+)” på vår fotosida, av vilka bara en redan finns på andra ställen på sidan!

News from April 2022

Our News

A set of six Märklin ‘Mas’ iron ore wagons has arrived (albeit fitted with DC insulated wheelsets). They have six-digit numbers instead of the five-digit numbers as carried on the Roco versions. This means that they are models of the newly built wagons from the 1950s, not the rebuilt 1908 ones from then. More about these farther down…

Desperate for the whaff of a steam locomotive, a trip was arranged to the Locoshed open day at Krylbo on 30 April, and B class 1324 could be smelt from the car park! Mission accomplished! But, this was also a good chance to have a look around as much of the shed as was open, buy a couple of items from traders, including the ‘SLM’ from 1973, and be in a proper railway environment again!

Manufacturer News

We have some news from Dekas. A shutdown has been introduced in DongGuan in southern China, to limit the spread of Covid infection. This is where their factory is located. Unfortunately, this means that the factory has been closed indefinitely. This applies not only to Dekas’ own products, but also to their OEM customers (McK, HNoll, ExactTrain, ASM and Lemke/HobbyTrain). This news reinforces the updates from HNoll.

On a brighter note, PCX87 is understood to be preparing a model in H0-scale of the Volvo 343 from 1976. This is an often overlooked car because it was always in the shadow of the 244/245 cars from that epoch, and we are delighted that PCX87 is to fill that gap. The model will be available thus: 870300 yellow, 870301 green, 870302 silver, 870303 red (and a limited edition ‘light blue metallic’ version exclusive to Model Car World in Germany).

Other News

Spårvägsmuseet opens at its new location, Gasverkstorget 1, (short bus ride from Ropsten,) on 21st May. The old site at Sofia closed a few years ago, and its reopening is a much anticipated event. (With the model railway exhibition on this day at Mölndal being cancelled, our weekend has been saved!)

This website … we have uploaded an extra 12 pictures into the category, “Rebuilt FLMJ (2016+)” on our photos page, only one of which already appears elsewhere on the site!

A brief history of the Iron Ore wagons

We hinted last month at a review of the Iron Ore wagons. It has not been possible to fully identify every type that has run, but we have been able to create a summary (here) which will become a much fuller article on this website, soon. With the models, we refer to ‘ready to run’ (r-t-r).

The story starts in 1886, with 375 type ‘Maä’ wagons built in England. When the firm went bankrupt in 1894, the Swedes built 295 more of the same wagon, but labelled it ‘Mam’. Both versions later became type ‘M1’. Many were later transferred to the TGOJ for their Iron Ore railway between Grängesberg and Oxelösund.
A new version was designed in Sweden with 75 prototypes in 1900. These were followed by 454 slightly modified versions in 1902, 255 further modified versions in 1903, and then 2730 of the penultimate design in 1908. These were all labelled ‘M2’, and would later become ‘Mas’, then ‘Ud’, and finally ‘Foo’/‘Foo-x’.
In 1950, another new version appeared (and many older 1908 wagons were rebuilt to a similar body design). These 1740 wagons were labelled ‘Mas’ from new, then ‘Ud’, and finally ‘Foo’/‘Foo-x’. Some of these wagons are referred to as the 1952 version; put simply, the 1950 version was built in Sweden, the 1952 version in Belgium and Germany.

In 1956, a few design experiments led to the construction of 11 prototype ‘Mar’ wagons, but the results were not encouraging, and the project was abandoned as a favourable 4-axle bogie design was identified!

In 1965, 199 4-axle bogie wagons type ‘Mb65’ were introduced, but still, they were not satisfactory. They remained in service, not entirely on Ore duties, and were substantially modified. Thus, relabelled to ‘Uad65’ or more correctly, ‘Uads’, they became eventually ‘Faoos’/‘Faoos-x’ and ‘Faoos-t’/‘Faoos-tx’.
Quite urgently, a modified ‘Uads’ was required, and the 1968 wagon was the answer, built in 732 samples. These became ‘Uad’ and later ‘Faoo’. Then, in 1970, 808 wagons of a modified version for the carriage of Iron Ore ‘pellets’ were introduced. These were ‘Uadp’, and later ‘Faoo-x’.
The desire for heavier trains carrying more cargo led to the ‘Uno’ wagon from South Africa. Only 68 wagons of this type were delivered in 2000, as they could not cope with the arctic winter conditions, so the balance of the order was cancelled.
To cope with this failure, and the need to move more cargo, 110 wagons based on the ‘Uad’/‘Uadp’ design were built from 2005. They were quite visibly different, and labelled ‘Uadk’.
Eventually, a Swedish designed and built wagon appeared. This wagon was built in two styles, and operates in 1000+ pairs as a master and slave. Individually, they are both type ‘Fanoo’, but the pair is ‘Fammoorr’! Interestingly, as single wagons, the ‘Fanoo’ is used a little farther south, in Norway between the Kvannevann mine and pit, and the port in Mo I Rana.
Finally, the ‘Fammrr’ is a pair of wagons operated (150 pairs) by another company (not LKAB) between a transhipment site at Pitkärärvi to Narvik. The mine is actually at Pajala, and especially modified lorries ply the route between the mine and the transhipment site! This wagon does not have bottom discharge, and is known as a ‘Helix Dumper’, with the body rotating 148 degrees on its chassis!

  • The ‘M2’/‘Mas’ in original condition has been modelled by NMJ and sold in packs of four, with mostly different running numbers.
  • The ‘Mas’ in rebuilt condition (after the arrival of the new 1950s version) has been modelled by Roco and sold in packs of four, with different running numbers.
    • (NMJ and Roco collaborated on this project to produce the models with the same chassis.)
  • The ‘Mas’ as the 1950 new production has been modelled by Märklin (with a 2-rail compatible version marketed by Trix,) and sold in packs of six, with different running numbers.
    • The new and the rebuilt 1950s wagons can be distinguished by 6-digit running numbers on the new and 5 on the rebuilt!
  • The ‘Uad’/‘Uadp’ has been modelled by Roco and sold in packs of four, with mostly different running numbers. Some packs have four ‘Uad’, some have four ‘Uadp’, some have a mixture.
    • There is also a solitary ‘Uad’ wagon with a grossly overscale working tail lamp!
  • The ‘Fammoorr’ has been modelled by Roco and sold in packs of two pairs (four ‘Fanoo’ wagons).

We are still researching these wagons and are curious to know more about the following:

  1. Roco’s ‘Uad’ has a reinforced top, but photos and images shew versions with slightly rounded tops also. Reference to Mb79 106759 as a photo on the internet should illustrate what we mean. How many of these were there and where do they fit in? Did they have UIC numbers, eventually? They are also seen in LEG’s program about the Dm3.
  2. More information on the ‘Uads’ which seems to be very different to the Mb79 mentioned above.
  3. Two versions of the Uadp are known; one with a flat top (as depicted on the Roco model), and one with a bowed top (as depicted on one of UGJ’s kits); and both seen in the aforementioned LEG program! Were they modified at random, or were a number built in this way?
  4. We also need some photos that we may use to accompany the article!

Behind the Scenes

Mini-Series about the FLMJ, 5: Train Formations

The FLMJ had an intensive passenger train schedule, but the goods trains were more for show whilst we were still developing the railway with facilities for them. There would be goods facilities at Gärde, Fjällnäs, Industriområdet and Jonshamn; the latter two reached only by diesel-hauled trains, often by shunters picking wagons out from an electric-hauled train at Lövhöjden, as described in an earlier review! In fact, the loco-shed at Lövhöjden was ‘home’ to shunting diesel locos of classes Z65 and Z70! See one of the photos in the meta-slider on our homepage! We were starting to get a good schedule going when closure brought everything to an abrupt halt. But we had enough of a start to be able to pick up on it whenever we get going again.

Passenger trains were easier to develop given that many of our members had travelled as passengers on the Swedish railways! With this experience, we created a schedule for InterCity, InterRegio, Local, and Night (sleeper) trains. All trains (except ‘night’) operated on a two-hourly interval, and considering that the InterCity trains would have come from a long distance, they were changed for each service each day! The local trains would come onto the layout from the shadow station, and stay there until the evening; shuttling between the various locations that they served. Naturally, we were limited to the models that were available (which largely influenced our eventual Epoch decision—but that’s for another time), and any new set up will see a few changes.

Our InterCity trains comprised four carriages, one of which would have first class seating. But there were no catering carriages, because none were available as models. Since then, both 1960s and 1980s rakes have had new models procured, and the trains can be five carriages long (RB1 catering carriage in the 1960s rakes, and R4R in the 1980s rake). Even our 1940s set now has the B3S for catering! With new 1980s models arriving from HNoll, we are looking at acquiring a second 1980s rake, and making them both seven carriages long! The X2000 also falls into the InterCity category of course, and that is a fixed ‘unit’ formation.

InterRegio trains comprised three carriages, one of which had composite seating (areas for first and second class). There was no need for catering carriages, and there seems no need to change these rakes. Our two main rakes comprise 1960s carriages (types ‘AB3’+‘B1’+‘B5’), but there are others, including the TGOJ 1940s rake and a 1960s rake in 1990s livery!

Local trains would normally consist of Y6 generation railbuses; but in any new set-up, we have the Y1/YF1, and soon the Dekas Y2 unit should arrive. These are all diesel units of course, but we have a new chassis to put under our X10 electric unit, so soon that will be just as reliable and useable. There were and remain also, some loco hauled local trains, one with the AB4 and BF2 carriages, and one with a set of B6 carriages, for example; but not forgetting the heritage 2-axle models!

Night/Sleeper trains will have changed dramatically since the old FLMJ closed. Then, we had a primary set comprising our two Lima sleeper carriages, Lima restaurant carriage, an often-changed seating carriage, and a Lima baggage carriage. The UGJ couchette carriages were usually run with our international carriages from Russia and Norway, but this ‘second’ set’ had no fixed formation. With the arrival of HNoll’s 1980s carriages, this has changed. A Roco B7 has replaced the often-changing seating carriage, and the baggage carriage has been replaced by three HNoll BC4 couchette carriages. The second set comprises the three UGJ BC1 couchette carriages, a HNoll R4R catering carriage, Roco B7, and two HNoll sleepers, types WL4 and WL6. (We purchased only one of each sleeper carriage because they were never brown, and we don’t want too many things in the 1990s livery!) The R4R could be changed to an R4 if HNoll does develop this. The Norwegian and Russian carriages (and a German seating carriage) are now reserved for special duties.

Special mention should be made of our 1930s rake of carriages, which don’t ‘fit’ into any of the above categories; but they have a special niche in Heritage trains. The rake is four carriages long, plus a 2-axle goods carriage. There is a small area for first class seating in one of the carriages, and there is a catering carriage.

Everything had its place in the timetable. This made the operation of the railway easier, and more organised. The timetable allowed time for getting models out of their boxes and putting them away (as Ålunden had only four tracks); and deliberate brief periods of absolute inactivity were timed perfectly for Fika and Lunch breaks!

Next month we’ll look at how it all worked; without getting too technical!

Nyheter från mars 2022

Våra nyheter

Det finns inga nyheter från oss denna månad. Vi har forskat lite kring de malmvagnar som används i norr, men vi har just nu fler frågor än svar, så en sammanfattning här får vänta!

Tillverkarens Nyheter:

PCX87-modellen av Volvo 164 har kommit till butikerna nu, en mycket fin modell av den tidigaste versionen från slutet av 1960-talet. Som vanligt finns den i fyra färger, och vi räknar med att detta blir ytterligare en begränsad upplaga. I vår engelska utgåva beskriver vi en reparation som var nödvändig på en av modellerna som inte hade monterats ordentligt.

Andra intressanta nyheter:

Det finns några goda nyheter från Nene Valley Railway i England. De har sagt att UBF6Z släpvagnen 1987 var kopplad till Y7 vid Overton och efter en lyckad parning sprang de två upp till Wansford och kördes från släpvagnen. Några småjobb behövs för att bli klara och parningen av två vagnar bör börja användas strax efter påsk!

News from March 2022

Our News

No news from us directly this month. We have been conducting some research into the Iron Ore wagons that are used up in the north, but we currently have more questions than answers, so a summary here will have to wait!

Manufacturer News

The PCX87 model of the Volvo 164 has arrived into shops now, a very nice model of the earliest version from the late 1960s. As usual, it is available in four colours, and we expect this to be another limited edition.

Observation regarding the PCX87 Volvo 164!

Once the Volvo flagship, we justified ordering one of each of the four colours offered with this model. However, our maroon one was faulty.

Look at the first photo, and especially at the windscreen; it seems to have slipped. We decided to investigate this here (our other three were fine). Should you have a need to take apart one of these models, observe these notes. As with many model cars in this scale, you start by gently prising out the bumpers. Then you should be able to prise the body off the chassis. Not quite; with this one, you also need to prise out the chrome grille, which is not a flat moulding, it sits in a recess and need to be pushed from inside. Of course this is not easy with the chassis in place, but certain very fine modelling tools will be useful. There are pins on the chassis which are a snug fit into sockets on the body, so the whole assembly needs to be gently prised apart. Once apart, the window unit (one piece moulding for all windows) was pushed up into place and we found that it was a snap fit, suggesting that it had not been properly assembled, not that it had come loose in transit. Before, reassembling, we filed down the tab on the back of the grille so that the chassis is less dependent on it, but the grille seems to be a good enough fit to not need a drop of glue. Bumpers are of course a snug fit, and it is important to note which way up the rear one goes – it’s quite obvious at the front. Finally, at all stages, remember to take great care handling the model, the door-mirrors are very vulnerable!

Other News

A Social Media post from the Nene Valley Railway on Sunday 20th March, read, “Swedish railcar ran well in service today. Friday saw the trailer car connected at Overton and after a successful pairing the two ran up to Wansford being driven from the trailer car. A few little jobs to finish and the two car pairing should enter service just after Easter!” This is certainly good news and will be a pleasant train to see and travel in.

If you are looking for a good time to visit Sweden, consider this event…
Since the Swedish Transport Administration is installing the new ERTMS signalling system on the Iron Ore Railway, up in the north, they wanted to run actual ore trains with the Railway Museum’s locomotives one last time. (Heritage locos are not fitted with the new signalling interfaces!) They also want to celebrate the 120-year anniversary of the northern section of the ore line, and to coincide with the Kiruna Festival.

Kiruna Festival, Thursday 30 June – Saturday 2 July

  • Scheduled events in Kiruna:
  • Exhibit of historic and modern locomotives at Kiruna Station on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Steam locomotive R 976 from 1909, electric locomotive Dm3 1246-1247-1248 “Oskar” from 1970 and Rc1 1007 from 1967. Exact times for the locomotive exhibits to be announced this spring.
  • Short daytime tours by steam train for the public in Kiruna on all three days. Tentative pick-up and drop-off at Kiruna Station, free of charge, no pre-booking – just show up and come on board.
  • A lunch train on all three days, round trip from Kiruna to Abisko pulled by electric locomotive Da 888 from 1955, which used to serve the Iron Ore Line. This needs to be pre-booked.
  • Historic ore trains, night towards Sunday 3 July
  • During the lightest hours of the midnight sun, two historic ore trains will run along the Kiruna–Vassijaure route. They are running these trains at night because trackwork is taking place in the morning on the northern part of the Iron Ore Line, and because traffic is minimal this late at night.
  • Ore train with steam locomotive R 976. This steam locomotive was built to pull the ore trains on the most demanding section, from Abisko Östra to Riksgränsen at the Norwegian border, so these locomotives became the most robust ever built for Swedish train service. The planned wagon weight is 1,400 tonnes – exactly what the R locomotives are built to pull.
  • Ore train with electric locomotive Dm3 1246-1248-1248. This is the classic electric locomotive type that operated on the Iron Ore Line up to 2013, and in its time was one of Europe’s strongest electric locomotives with close to 10,000 horsepower. The Dm3 is built to pull a wagon weight of 5,200 tonnes. Loaded ore wagons from LKAB will be pulled behind it.
  • After both ore trains arrive in Vassijaure, all loaded wagons will be switched to one train and pulled by LKAB to Narvik (R 976 and Dm3) will carry ore that will actually be transported to Narvik.

Experiencing the magic of these trains doesn’t cost you a thing – all you need to do is get yourself out into nature in the middle of the night. Please keep in mind that because these are museum locomotives, they might not perform as intended. But the Railway Museum will do everything in its power to make it work out.

Here are some photo tips:

  • On the afternoon of Monday 27 June, Rc1 1007 will pull a train along the same route with all their passenger carriages and staff. The train will arrive in Kiruna on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Late Saturday night on 2 July, Rc1 1007 will pull a freight train from Kiruna to Abisko Östra.
  • During the week of 23 May, Dm3 will slowly pull a decoupled (cold) R 976 at 40 km/hr from Gävle to Kiruna. The trip will take about 2-3 days.
  • On Monday evening, 4 July, the Rc1 will pull a train from Abisko Östra down to Gävle with all passenger carriages and staff who will arrive in Gävle on Tuesday evening.
  • On Tuesday, 5 July, Dm3 will bring a decoupled, cold R 976 to Gävle. This train will also operate at 40 km/hr and reach Gävle in 2-3 days.
  • Note that these trains are for display only and will not carry passengers.

More details at: https://www.jarnvagsmuseet.se/en/trains-trips/current-programme

Behind the Scenes

Mini-Series about the FLMJ, 4: Gärde and Fjällnäs

On its way northwards from Lövhöjden, the Railway would pass Gärde. This mid-way halt would be served only by local trains. However, when the railway did reach this station, InterRegio trains often made the extended journey, and on the rare occasion, an InterCity train would also venture this far! The track layout was essentially simple, and the ‘headshunt’ was clearly the start of the line farther north to Fjällnäs. Sadly, the baseboard materials were faulty and needed replacing; but the station never did get rebuilt.

Gärde nearly got more tracks than just those described above. It was considered for the terminus of a narrow gauge tourist railway using H0e 9mm track (600mm in scale terms). However, we decided that this gauge would be too difficult to manage in the outdoor environment, so the plans were abandoned and the entire collection sold off. If a new “FLMJ” is built in Sweden, and there is room for a narrow gauge section, then H0n3 10,5mm track will be selected (representing the 891mm gauge, or ‘three Swedish feet’)!

Fjällnäs, sadly, only ever existed on paper (or hard-drive)! The name had been used on the final layout before the Park Home was exchanged, but the intended terminus was beyond our reach. Had the circumstances that led to the Railway’s closure not occurred, then it is fair to suggest that the terminus would have been reached now. There was a “2020 Vision” for the Railway, and everything was on time according to the schedule. As a terminus, the ore trains would require the loco running round to take the train to and from Arjeplog, where there was said to be the ore mine! (The wagons would be loaded here, and emptied at Ålunden!) Arjeplog would quite possibly be located in the second shed.

Next month, we’ll look at the train formations.

November 2021 News

Our News

A running commentary of new models is not really what we wanted with this website, even in the current situation. It makes it seem as if we’re collecting trains. We’re not collectors, we’re modellers. So, we are going to steer away from that sort of news, except when there is something extra special to announce. (Also, we try to avoid buying models in November! This is because their annual service is based on the month in which they were delivered, and November has traditionally been a ‘purchase’ month. Once we’re back into the regular schedules, we have a lot of work to do every November! Once the new FLMJ is functional, we will investigate a different schedule.)
There are a few items of news that are suitable here, this month, however. First, we have obtained from Byggsvenskt, a new chassis for one of our X10 units, number 3149. This is a heavy and powerful drive system for the model, and it will be perfectly capable of working the four coach train (so X10 3148 will not be powered at all). We actually arranged for three drive-chassis units, the other two for friends of the former FLMJ who also have models of the X10 from UGJ. Secondly, and from the same supplier, we have obtained the decals required for the Yd railbus and both trailers, the UF2 and the UF6. The supplier has also agreed to make especially, some decals for the UGJ F4F baggage carriage which has the wrong number. The only numbers that seem to be available as decals are for the F4F which had the office at the end of the carriage, not the few where the office was in the centre. Guess which version ours is!

We’ve also acquired some interesting road vehicles which are worth a mention. Two Volvo Amazons and a PV544 (the last with a caravan) are Wiking models, not Brekina or Praliné/Busch. So they do not duplicate what we already have (in storage), but they give us something to use for a diorama if we can get one built! The buses are really too modern for our epoch; but these are really for a private collection, a sense of nostalgia relating to the last 30 years as a tourist to Stockholm; so although they might appear on the FLMJ from time to time, they are more likely to be used on a separate static diorama! The Checker cab respects the fact that many Swedes import and restore old American cars, and this is a classic!

Manufacturer News

HNoll advises that the next passenger carriages (B4) are likely to appear in March-May, depending on shipping options. Some carriage types are completely finished with the supplier and the BC4, WL4, WL6 and R4/R12/S12 are a closed chapter, subject to any remaining stocks with retailers. However, a small series of brown R4s will be manufactured as demand allows, and the RB11 in Blue-X/IC-11 will be supplemented if there are not enough at the release of the A11 and B11.

PCX87 has announced four new versions (colour options) of their Saab 99, but of greater excitement, a new model, the Volvo 164, in 1968 condition; again, in four colours. Many years ago Kniga Modelle made a kit of the 1973 version of this car (of which we have assembled three), so it will be nice to have one (or more) ready made!

There is little news regarding Minichamps’ proposed models. Expected during December are the Volvo 480 coupé, 740 estate, and 850 sedan. Their Volvo 240 (sedan and estate) is expected in January and both of the Saab 900 versions in February. But, the Volvo 740 sedan has been put back to September 2022.

Other News

The Modelljärnvägsmässa in Uppsala on November 13th/14th was attended on the Sunday, and took place in just one hall, even though the advertising said, “Fyrishov Hall C & D”. The fact is that the two rather small halls can be opened up to make one larger hall. Upplands MJ had their modular layout there, which incorporated a model of Uppsala station before it was modified. Whilst this is a work in progress, it was certainly inspiring, and it would be interesting to see the progress at next year’s show – they are hoping that it can become an annual event. Being a DCC layout, they seemed to spend a lot of time fiddling with it, trying to get things to work, but not universally; there was plenty of activity and some nice train rakes to admire. In addition to this, there were some train sets for children to play with, and quite a lot of traders – most of whom had stock-loads of Märklin products. It was quite refreshing to find a stall with some other brands! One wagon was purchased, but nothing else!

Hjulmarknaden in Solna on November 27th was just as big and impressive as it usually is. Cancelled last year due to the pandemic, it was good for this event to be back. This is not a model railway exhibition, and although there was one small H0-scale layout on display and a live steam track, the event was really a gathering of railway model manufacturers, and heritage railway groups. For the FLMJ, this is where we purchased the chassis and decals. Research and reference material was limited to two books and two DVDs. One mishap was a trader who had some locally produced models of the ‘Kalmar Tjorven’ post car, but asked us to come back to see the right person who could accept a non-cash payment, and then suitably distracted, we forgot! Travel to and from the event was with the Uppsala—Stockholm Pendel, but it was disappointing that both outward and homeward journeys were in modern X40 units, not the favoured 1980s carriages topped and tailed with Rc-locomotives! This journey almost didn’t happen because SJ’s App didn’t function properly and an alternative online process was used instead, which actually produced cheaper tickets. So, we’re not complaining about SJ’s App not working; its failure did us a favour!

SJ’s X2000 is to run for many more years yet, with the first having just received a major overhaul and minor facelift; it still has an unimaginative livery, but some sort of effort has been made! It does now have a third level of comfort, the Second Class Calm, where you pay extra to have a so-called “quiet carriage”!

Nyheter, november 2021

Våra nyheter på Svenska

En löpande kommentar av nya modeller är inte riktigt vad vi ville med den här webbplatsen, inte ens i den nuvarande situationen. Det får det att verka som om vi samlar tåg. Vi är inte samlare, vi är modellerare. Så vi kommer att undvika den typen av nyheter, förutom när det finns något extra speciellt att meddela.

Det finns dock några nyheter som passar här den här månaden. Först har vi från Byggsvenskt erhållit ett nytt chassi till en av våra X10-enheter, nummer 3149. Detta är ett tungt och kraftfullt drivsystem för modellen, och det kommer att vara perfekt kapabelt att arbeta med fyra vagnståg (så X10 3148 kommer att inte drivas alls). För det andra, och från samma leverantör, har vi fått de dekaler som krävs för Yd railbus och båda släpvagnarna, UF2 och UF6. Leverantören har också gått med på att göra speciellt några dekaler för UGJ F4F-bagagevagnen som har fel nummer. De enda nummer som verkar finnas tillgängliga som dekaler är för F4F som hade kontoret i ena änden av vagnen, inte de få där kontoret låg i mitten. Gissa vilken version vi har!

Vi har också skaffat några intressanta vägfordon. Två Volvo Amazoner och en PV544 (den sista med husvagn) är Wiking-modeller, inte Brekina eller Praliné/Busch. Så de duplicerar inte det vi redan har (i lager), men de ger oss något att använda för ett diorama om vi kan få ett byggt! Bussarna är egentligen för moderna för vår epok; men dessa är verkligen för en privat samling, en känsla av nostalgi kring de senaste 30 åren som turist till Stockholm; så även om de kan dyka upp på FLMJ då och då, är det mer sannolikt att de kommer att användas på ett separat statiskt diorama! “Checker-cab” respekterar att många svenskar importerar och restaurerar gamla amerikanska bilar, och det här är en klassiker!

Tillverkarens Nyheter:

HNoll meddelar att nästa passagerarvagnar (B4) sannolikt kommer att dyka upp i mars-maj, beroende på fraktalternativ. Vissa vagntyper är nu slutsålda hos leverantören och BC4, WL4, WL6 och R4/R12/S12 är ett avslutat kapitel, med förbehåll för eventuella återstående lager hos återförsäljare. En liten serie bruna R4 kommer dock att tillverkas efter behov, och RB11 i Blue-X/IC-11 kommer att kompletteras om det inte finns tillräckligt med vid releasen av A11 och B11.

PCX87 har annonserat fyra nya versioner (färgalternativ) av sin Saab 99, men av större spänning, en ny modell, Volvo 164, i 1968 års skick; igen, i fyra färger. För många år sedan gjorde Kniga Modelle ett byggsats av 1973 års version av denna bil (varav vi har satt ihop tre), så det ska bli trevligt att ha en (eller flera) färdiggjorda!

Det finns få nyheter om Minichamps föreslagna modeller. Under december väntas Volvo 480 coupé, 740 kombi och 850 sedan. Deras Volvo 240 (sedan och kombi) väntas i januari och båda Saab 900-versionerna i februari. Men Volvo 740 sedan har lagts tillbaka till september 2022.

Andra nyheter:

Modelljärnvägsmässa i Uppsala den 13/14 november besöktes på söndagen och ägde rum i bara en sal, trots att det stod ”Fyrishov Hall C & D” i reklam. Faktum är att de två ganska små salarna kan öppnas upp till en större hall. Där hade Upplands MJ sin moduluppbyggnad som innehöll en modell av Uppsala station innan den modifierades. Även om detta är ett pågående arbete, var det verkligen inspirerande, och det skulle vara intressant att se framstegen vid nästa års evenemang – de hoppas att det kan bli ett årligt evenemang. Eftersom de var en DCC-layout verkade de tillbringa mycket tid med att pilla med det, för att försöka få saker att fungera, men inte allmänt; det var mycket aktivitet och några trevliga tåg att beundra. Utöver detta fanns det några tågset för barn att leka med, och en hel del handlare – varav de flesta hade lagerlass med Märklin-produkter. Det var ganska uppfriskande att hitta ett stall med några andra märken! En vagn köptes, men inget annat!

Hjulmarknaden i Solna den 27 november var precis så stor och imponerande som den brukar vara. Avbröts förra året på grund av pandemin, det var bra för detta evenemang att vara tillbaka. Detta är inte en modelljärnvägsutställning, och även om det visades en liten layout i H0-skala och ett live-ångspår, var evenemanget verkligen en sammankomst av järnvägsmodelltillverkare och historiska järnvägsgrupper. För FLMJ är det här vi köpte chassit och dekalerna. Forskning och referensmaterial begränsades till två böcker och två DVD-skivor. Ett missöde var en handlare som hade några lokalt producerade modeller av postbilen ’Kalmar Tjorven’, men bad oss ​​komma tillbaka för att se rätt person som kunde acceptera en icke-kontant betalning, och sedan lagom distraherad glömde vi! Resan till och från evenemanget skedde med Uppsala—Stockholm Pendel, men det var en besvikelse att både ut- och hemfärder skedde i moderna X40-tåg, inte de gynnade 1980-talsvagnarna toppade och svansade med Rc-lok! Den här resan blev nästan inte av eftersom SJs app inte fungerade som den ska och istället användes en alternativ onlineprocess som faktiskt gav billigare biljetter. Så vi klagar inte på att SJs app inte fungerar; dess misslyckande gjorde oss en tjänst!

Nyheter, juli 2021

Våra nyheter på Svenska

TGOJ vagn ‘Gre’ 11003 anlände under juli. Detta är den fjärde och sista vagnen i denna serie och kommer att köras i setet med de tre andra. Denna modell hade eftersökts länge, tills den hittades på “Tradera”, den svenska “eBay”.

Tillverkarens Nyheter:

Halling (www.ferro-train.com) har tagit fram en modell av spårvagnen M33 från Göteborg; statisk för € 379 eller utrustad med en motor och drivenhet (analog med NEM 568-avkodare) för € 439. Minsta tillåtna kurva är 180 mm.

Linie 8 GmbH (www.hoedl-linie8.de) har i samarbete med Rietze (www.rietze.de) tagit fram en statisk modell av Adtranz GT6-spårvagnen som är märkt för användning i Norrköping. Modellen kostar € 90, men ett körpaket finns för € 40.

Modeltech (www.modeltech.uk) har tagit fram en ”pro-track rail aligner” för spårvid 9, 16,5, 21, för användning vid baseboardfogar för att säkerställa att spåren ligger i linje. Fyra par kommer i en förpackning för ±100kr. Även om dessa verkar utmärkta för platt inriktning, antar det att du har standardhöjderna! (Självklart för många, men tredje parts upplevelse skiljer sig åt!)

Brekina har meddelat modeller av Daf 66 sedan i fyra färger. Vi undrar om chassit är utbytbart mot Volvo 66 kombi (för de större stötfångarna). Om det är så behöver vi bara lägga till den diagonala stången på gallret för att få en Volvo 66 sedan! Eller kanske vi borde vänta – för säkerhets skull!

PCX87 -modeller verkar vara mycket begränsade upplagor, producerade i enstaka satser. Deras Volvo 240- och 740-modeller kom och gick väldigt snabbt, och det var bara av en slump att vi upptäckte att 740 hade tillverkats. Det hade varit vår avsikt att få ett par av varje modell när de producerades och sedan “fylla på” när medel var lättare tillgängliga. Detta kommer inte att vara möjligt. Vi har kunnat slutföra det avsedda Saab -köpet (fyra 900 coupéer och en 900 cabriolet), men inte Volvo 240 eller 740 -serien. (Vi har tillräckligt för att inte bli helt besvikna!) Det verkar som att nästan ingenstans i Sverige annonserar dessa modeller eftersom handlare inte verkar veta om dem. Kanske PCX87 inte vill överleva den pandemiinducerade nedgången i affärer? Dessa modeller har en stor försäljningspotential, om de bara var mer kända och tillgängliga.

Vi kommenterade en faux-pas med Volvo 240 Estate i vår marsuppdatering, men båda versionerna av 740 ser inte riktigt ut och behövde därför granskas närmare. Bagageutrymmet på sedan är alldeles för lågt, och de bakre pelarna på kombibilen är för raka (men inte lika illa som på IMU -versionen)! Ändå är de trevliga och mycket välkomna modeller.

Andra nyheter:

Den 18 juli var det 150-årsjubileet för öppningen av Centralstation i Stockholm (från 1871). Tyvärr ignorerade dess ägare denna milstolpe och den firades inte på något sätt; en dålig show Jernhusen, för en av Europas mest betydande stationer! (Det är inte orättvist att spekulera i att om SJ fortfarande ägde byggnaden hade det varit ett fanfare-värdigt evenemang!)

July 2021 News

Rolling Stock Updates

TGOJ van ‘Gre’ 11003 arrived during July. This is the fourth and final wagon in this series, and will run in the set with the other three. This model had been searched for, for a long time, until being found on ‘Tradera’, the Swedish ‘eBay’.

Manufacturer News

Halling (www.ferro-train.com) has produced a model of the Göteborg type M33 tram; static for €379 or fitted with a motor and drive (analogue with NEM 568 decoder) for €439. Minimum curve permitted is 180mm.

Linie 8 GmbH (www.hoedl-linie8.de) in cooperation with Rietze (www.rietze.de) has produced a static model of the Adtranz GT6 tram marked for use in Norrköping. The model costs €90, but a driving kit is available for €40.

Modeltech (www.modeltech.uk) has produced a ‘pro-track rail aligner’ for gauges 9, 16,5, 21mm for use at baseboard joins to ensure that the tracks line up. Four pairs come in a pack for ±£10. Whilst these seem excellent for flat alignment, it does assume that you have the heights standardised! (Obvious to many, but third-party experience differs!)

Brekina has announced models of the Daf 66 sedan in four colours. We wonder if the chassis is interchangeable with the Volvo 66 estate (for the larger bumpers). If it is, then we’d only need to add the diagonal bar on the grille to get a Volvo 66 sedan! Or, maybe we should wait – just in case!

PCX87 models seem to be very limited editions, produced in single batches. Their Volvo 240 and 740 models came and went very quickly, and it was only by chance we found that the 740 had been produced. It had been our intention to get a couple of each model when they were produced and then ‘top up’ once funds were more readily available. This will not be possible. We have been able to complete the intended Saab purchase (four 900 coupés and one 900 cabriolet), but not the Volvo 240 or 740 ranges. (We have enough to not be totally disappointed!)
It seems that virtually nowhere in Sweden is advertising these models because traders don’t seem to know about them. Maybe PCX87 doesn’t want to survive the pandemic-induced downturn in business? These models have a great sales potential, if only they were more widely known about and available.

We commented on a faux-pas with the Volvo 240 estate in our March update, but both versions of the 740 don’t look quite right, and therefore needed a closer look. The boot on the sedan is a bit too low, and the rearmost pillars on the estate are too straight (but not as badly as on the IMU version) and not tapered! Nevertheless, they are nice and very welcome models.

Other News

We have seen at Stockholm City station and Stockholm Odenplan station, train location boards, giving an indication of approaching trains, as well as the ones that you’ve missed. It is a ‘real-time’ indicator, similar to one in use on the Great Cockcrow Railway (7¼” gauge), but not known elsewhere in the UK.

18th July was the 150th anniversary of the opening of Centralstation at Stockholm (from 1871). Sadly, its owners ignored this milestone and it was not commemorated in any way; a poor show Jernhusen, for one of Europe’s most significant stations! (It is not unfair to speculate that if SJ still owned the building, then there would have been a fanfare-worthy event organised!)

There is a new train operator in Sweden; FlixTrain is a subsidiary of FlixBus, operating mostly in Germany, but now in Sweden also; the trains are on the route between Stockholm and Göteborg, with a low-budget fare. Unfortunately, their timetable seems fictional because several attempts were made to see the trains to take photos, and not only were the trains not there, but there was no mention of them on the arrivals or departures boards at the station (not even shewing as ‘cancelled’). We did find one on a Wednesday, and that is the subject of a few photos that we captured.