Lift Motor Unit   LMV  -   Banverket (Construction sector)

last update:  2008-08-27  



 Building of the model

 Prototype photos

 A short story from the first mission

Photos: Olle Frykmo



During the seventies a lot of railcars were rebuilt to service vehicles, some to staff wagons and others to vehicles with this kind of lift, used for maintainence of overhead catanery.

This prototype represents the latest revision with one of the cab ends rebuilt as a flat end to make place for a second engine.

The vehicle on the picture is LMV 1926 at Fagersta in  december 2003 


Delivery years:     1957-1960
Rebuilding years:  1981-1983


Lenght:               17,5 meter
Wheelbase:        10,7 meter
Axel config: B´2´´
Almost ready, just a lack of correct decals.

The building became a real multimaterial mix.
An etched railcar body from Entec. The roof details are scratchbuilt of styren strips, sheets and some etched details from my own scrap box.


Building of the model 

Some of the material used for the roofing details.
The lift is built from styren strips in different sizes with fences cut out
from the barbed fencing below.

Two etched bodies used for the service vehicles.
To the left an original railcar aimed to be a PMV (Staff Motor Unit)
To the right an etched body representing the rebuilt version used for the LMV..

Both bodies was in fact fetched from a scrap box and was originally a couple of
 test shots made by Entec, which can explain the bad conditions of the right body.


The etched sides was strenghten with 0,75mm styren sheet.
The roof ends was built up with Plastic Padding Universal Power Epoxy


The rounded roof end with the shaped and grinded epoxi.


The fencing of the platform is made of tiny 0,25*0,5 mm strips.

Some more styrene details added, head lights and a door and ventilation for the toilet room.


   The lift in detail



Painted in  "Construction sector yellow "  and with a lot of equipment placed on the platform.


The glazing of the front windows is made from gloss varnish. "Ocean Super Gloss"

The windows along the sides are made of plain overhead film


Some adjustments were necessary to make the Tomix chassies to fit and look right.

The chassis were shortened a few millimeters in each end, new etched boogie and wheel sides were added as well as the ploughs in each end

In detail.............................




 Thats the way it should look


More details:

More details for the lift,  made of black sewing thread.
The decals are specially designed for just this vehicle
and printed out by Decalprint in Germany


On the plattform is a mess of different details
  • Boxes for tools and other equipment.

  • Tubes for storing 

  • Spare parts for the overhead cataneray

  • A garden sofa, for relaxing ??

These are tings that I have found on photos of plattforms on different LMV:s 


The LMV model at the first mission on the layout.






Prototype photos

All photos was shot at Fagersta in december 2003. 








The day when the construction sector people arrived.

A short N scale story of the first mission of the new service vehicles.

Det tog Banverket nästan exakt fem månader att ta sig en titt på de omfattande skador som drabbade kontaktledningsbryggorna i samband med transporten från modulmötet på Järnvägsmuseét i oktober. Tydligen har återställningsarbetet inte prioriterats utan man har tillfälligt löst problemet med att sätta in diesellok i godstrafiken och persontrafiken, ja den lade man helt enkelt ner.

Last time the layout was on show was in early october 2006, at a module meeting at the Railway Museum in Gävle. On it´s way home the layout was hit by a minor disaster, actually in the last bend while carrying it down to the basement. The results was an amount of broken overhead catanary bridges and posts. 
The work with the rebuildning of the broken post and bridges has been delayed, dealyed and delayed.
It seems like that the local construction sector district have not set focus on this project.
And they have certainly suffered of the lack of specific resources; man power and service vehicles.


But finally, a good five month after the disaster a staff wagon arrives at Skultuna.


Even some "hot shots" from the branch office has arrived by car. 

In the afternoon the LMV arrives.


The damage is inspected from all angels
and is followed by intense discussions
of what and how things should be done...........


A man from the "local" is catching the scene, or maybe it´s only an ordinary train freak