To This camera wagon is an item of rolling stock that will be pushed by a loco around the track, with a video camera mounted on top.
Having tried to produce a video previously of a trip around my railway, I found the biggest issues were:
- Mounting the camera in a stable location.
- Having the camera follow the track around bends.
This is how I overcame these issues.
How The Wagon Was Constructed
There will be very little descriptive text in this article, only where required, with the photos providing the detail.
Part 1 - First attempt
Part 2 - Second attempt
The first attempt at a camera wagon failed badly with the bogie failing to turn sufficiently to drive the turn table, even with the steering mechanism fitted. I was advised that a wagon with a twin axel bogie was required so that if would turn enough to follow the track
I had already had a Bachmann stake flat wagon so the whole turntable assembly and bogie drive was transferred from the LGB twin axle wagon, and indoor trials were carried out. With the theory working, refinements then commenced. The main refinement being the drive taken from the bogie on the inboard side.
Test run of the camera wagon around Tumble Down Falls Railway.