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Take the plastic “L” form and glue the ploy insulation to one side. (Fig.1) Next, take your stock item and a length of track and align the track and coach with the vertical edge of the plastic and poly. (Fig.2) The next step is to secure the track equidistant from the wall along its complete length. This sounds easy, but! I eventually used a brass strip which happened to be of the correct depth and glued the track in situ. (Fig.3)  I should roughen the lower surface and use superglue or carpet (double sided) tape to secure track accurately. You now have one side of your cassette complete, so on to the next side. (fig.4) Glue and pin the plywood at right-angles, anchor it and use a set-square or something with a known 900 angle while the glue sets rigid. Fig.5 glue the wall insulation to the vertical side of the of the retaining “wall”.

Text Box: A Stock-Box For The Idle
A Pictorial Guide for the Construction of Stock Storage

The Bits

This, wherever  possible, was a recycling job, so no definite sizes of board or measurements need be fixed in stone. Just build for the length and width best for your model.

I suggest that you use what is to hand, providing it is robust enough to protect your stock adequately. 

What’s here?

The top & bottom 12mm ply.

The sides & one end 8mm ply.

The other lid end 17mm ply.

The base of the cassette 3mm ply.

Cassette side (wood)  13x5mm strip.

Cassette side (plastic) 25mm angle.

Cassette lining - thin wall insulation.

Roll of double –sided tape.

Cheap & robust metal gate handle.

Large amount of cheap superglue.

If you travel about with your model, for whatever the reason, the worst and most time consuming part of the day is that taken up with packing and unpacking stock. Supposing it was possible to “pug-in” a whole train, add a loco and just carry on! This is another project which I am trying; Oh yes, sorry folks, this is another experiment. I really don’t why I do it. 


First take your 3mm ply and cut it into strips. How wide a strip was done by juggling the 13x5mm strip, the plastic angle, track, a carriage and insulation poly-foam sheet until I came up with a figure of 30mm.

Don’t panic though because the cassettes are constructed so the final “pairing” can be done while making the “cradle” much more accurate. (You can even allow for differences in wagon widths).







Fig.6. Take the two halves of your “cassette” and glue the plastic side onto the wood side, while ensuring that the “spacer”

(My bit of brass) is “in situ” to provide the required gap for coaches/trucks to pass. When set you have a cassette which only requires small foam inserts in the ends to prevent stock damage in transit.


It may seem strange to suggest building the cassettes before the box,

but there is method in my madness. The cassettes  with-in the box need to be a snug fit, (but not tight) to prevent movement while in transit, so, as I have found that even with the best will in the world the cassette dimensions may vary slightly I feel that the box may be best made to fit the cassettes rather than the other way round. Mine is built to hold 10 and I have found that this more than enough to give you a good “work-out” when fully loaded. It should be remembered that I have made the box “robust” (sorry a burst of  political enthusiasm) and while the stock is safe I am not, and cross-eyes are not an attractive feature.

The “makings” are shown at the head of the page, all you need to do is put them together…….. Simples.


Figs.6 & 7 give an idea of the simple construction and the relative dimensions of the wood in use. If fig.7 is observed, I have seen boat hills thinner than that shown. Fig.6 indicates that the length of the box was governed by the available dimensions of plastic angle rather than the length of trains to be moved. I was allowed 2 free cuts of my plywood sheets, hence the overhang of the base. Being “tight” I decided to leave the boards “as-is” and not throw away the excess. This has been found to be a useful rest for the cassettes as they are inserted in the tray. Well that’s my story!


You may also note that the cassettes do not quite reach the end of the box, this a feature of the design which allows the end of the box lid to slide between the sides, locking the cassettes in place horizontally. Ah, genius! (fig.9) The sides and far end





Text Box: There is a slight hint here that this was started some time ago.

Note the slim nature of the article. It was begun when I used the old A4 format to make article printing easier, but then I checked the internet view and found that it was all sort of half screen and looked a silly, so I widened it to be more like others.

Nobody has so far expressed an opinion that it has made life inconvenient so the wide version has remained.

Of course it could be that 
nobody reads it!