Astor, Bouillac, France , 24480
Tel: 00 33 553 632 311
AQUITRAIN is based around the conversion of Lima coaches to reasonable 7mm. Scale models , either using overlay sides or complete respray, and also looking at building different manufacturers kits. The other main activity is building finescale pointwork using C&L components ,or copperclad. Some standard pieces available at shows , other more specific formations are to order. I supply spare parts for Lima trains and also have my own etch for single link couplings; very useful on coaches!
AQUITRAIN was started officially on JAN 1st 2007 , and is my outlet for the passion that i have for model railways .
Originally just a return to an old hobby ,and now captured by the 'presence ' of O gauge , I was soon on my way to filling our house with stock that i had built , and no layout to run anything , I knew anyway that I prefered making things to running them , but love to see other peoples layouts at shows . Lima trains are a cheap entry into O gauge , and that is how i started , but saw that they were underscale , particularly in width. Setting out to correct this I came across Roger Bailey (The Plastic Surgeon) who was in the process of retiring , so we had a chat , I purchased his trade stand , and i was launched on another career !!!
Basically , I cut the Lima coach down the middle , widen to scale , rearrange windows and doors to the coach diagram required , either apply overlay sides or respray the model ,the original roof is widened and then fitted with a one piece overlay .Roofs have correct vents, rain strips ,tank fillers and periscopes ( as required ). Coach sides have brass door and grab handles fitted.
Undercarriage is left as is , but correct BR Mk1 , B4 or commonwealth bogies are used and then the coach ride height is correct . Transfers are applied to coach sides and windows. Concertina corridor connectors and Aquitrian single link couplings are used to finish off.
I also like the challenge of building pointwork , so started building copperclad formations
And then height matching it to the major suppliers ranges , it is Ok if you are viewing from a distance , but people with indoor highly detailed layouts want more realism , so I also use C&L Components to build the correct chaired track . Tiebars and dropper wires are usually fitted.
I have various Lima spares in stock , including Brand new coach bogies , buffers , wheels , Flushglaze packs for Lima and Triang 'Big Big' , an etch in brass to give all the handles , grabs Rails , hinges , etc for a Mk1 coach , and my own Aquitrain single link coupling etch (one etch makes two pairs) which i also use on my own coach conversions .
I am a member of the Gauge O Guild .N° 15813 ; and although living in France , I normally attend the 3 Guild shows and the Reading show each year with my trade stand ,where i take and deliver orders ,show off my wares , and if time permits , have a look around at other peoples beautiful models .
Information last confirmed - 9th October 2009
Aquitrain web site.