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How To Keep Your OO/HO Model Trains Dust Free
Dust is one of the biggest pains for Model Railway enthusiasts. Over time it can make your prized loco’s and rolling stock look decidedly lack-lustre, unless you spend an couple of hours a week painstakingly cleaning all your stock with everything from proprietary wipes, to damp cloths, paint brushes to compressed air. But it’s a right royal pain in the backside. And it’s so easy to damage fine detail on a locomotive. How many times have you scratched something or knocked a lamp off? I know I have… and promptly lost it on the carpet.

Stationary locomotives seem to be a magnet for dust, especially when they’re just sat there on your layout between runs, or stored in a fiddle yard etc. I know some modellers religiously put all their stock away into collectors cases etc, but sometimes the budget won’t stretch to those, and besides, they take up even more room. I personally have always been a little on the lazy side, and just left loco’s parked up in a convenient spot on the track, ready to go next time I want to power up the layout.

Now, as our regular readers know, our resident Thrifty Basher & Inventor Extraordinaire, Kim came up with rather clever little idea for creating dust covers to slip over your loco’s, right there on your layout, keeping your treasured locos and rolling stock in pristine, dust-free condition when you’re not running them. After a couple of emails back and forth he then gave me permission to run with the idea, develop it further and see what I could come up with…

Shortly followed a massive black hole, into which most of the time I was meant to be spending on the Budget Layout Project, got swallowed up… But… Here’s the end result… What do you think?

Download And Print Customisable OO/HO Model Train Dust Covers

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A Hornby Thomas the Tank Engine was the only loco I had to hand at the time of building the prototype… Honest 😉

At present I’ve just done the one livery, but if it proves popular, we’re looking to do a range of International liveries, and N gauge versions, plus steam era ones and of course include logos and nameplates from all the Big Four British Railway companies.

The kit we’ve produced is now available to download now for just £1.49 from Model Railway Scenery and you can print off as many as you need to cover all your locos.

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A full length and trimmed version of the covers side by side. Just measure, trim and build to the length you need.

The full size dust cover is 285mm long x 47mm wide x 58mm high and will accommodate most OO/HO Diesel & Diesel Electric locomotives (with pantographs folded down). There’s also instructions included on how to trim the longer version down to fit any locomotive you choose. Longer loco’s can also be catered for by cutting away small sections of the roll-up doors in the dust cover ends to allow for buffers and couplings.

Features:

  • Weathered & Detailed appearance for a realistic look when not in use.
  • Customisable Nameplates
  • Very easy to build
  • Roller doors on both ends (non-working)
  • Realistic metal plate roof with cables, vents and tread-plate walkway
  • British Rail logo (with many more logos to come)
  • Extra warning signs included for that extra finishing touch
  • Download once, print and build as many as you need

The covers are available to download now from Model Railway Scenery for just £1.49.

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