The Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary’s Challenge
This Challenge was for us, collectively, to build a mixed passenger/goods train to fit onto Hornby O gauge track. This was our first ‘Big Challenge’.
The idea was that each member would construct one or more carriages, wagons or a locomotive and then we’d couple them together at the meeting and run the train, seeing how long we could make it!
To ensure that they can couple together, members made sure that all of their rolling stock had a coupling at both ends. The coupling simply consisted of a horizontal strip or plate protruding from the vehicle end with a long bolt, protruding upwards, fixed in the end hole. The strip was approximately 1” above rail level. They were joined by a fishplate or short strip.