The Manor Farm Light Railway speed wagon is joint venture between Tom Burton (an electronics engineer by profession) and Bole Laser Craft.
The speed wagon contains an on-board computer that constantly monitors the
wagon’s speed via an infra-red detector and wheel mounted encoder. The scale speed is then displayed on a large LED display in the wagon’s roof (this can be selected as either MPH or KPH). The screens brightness can be altered by an underfloor knob.
The computer is powered by 6 AA alkaline (included) or rechargeable batteries. To enable the use of rechargeable batteries a charging socket (compatible with Roundhouse charges and others) is installed together with a “charging” position on the underfloor power switch.
The wagon is an adapted Bole Laser Craft PW department tool wagon (Scheduled for release this autum). The body is laser cut poplar plywood with engraved planks and corner rivet plates. The roofs are hinged so that the operator can get to the batteries when required.
The chassis is constructed from black acrylic with 3D printed sintered nylon axle boxes and leaf springs. 24 mm diameter nylon wheels are fitted on silver steel axles.
Please note that this wagon is only supplied complete and tested, not as a kit.
Currently only available in 32mm gauge (but watch this space )