Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Murray River Bridge new layout construction end day 19

Hi All

Here is Murray River Bridge at the end of day 19 of construction.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Murray River Bridge new layout construction end day 18

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I have been busy getting the girder sections all sorted out, and planting the base for the scenery.
Next step is the three through truss sections, and the river itself.
Another complicated build awaits at the Murray Bridge end abutment.

Day 18.

Day 17.5

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Murray River Bridge new layout construction end day 16.5

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I have uploaded three short videos of my progress on Murray River Bridge all the hard work is starting to pay off.

I am slowly getting there 🙂

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Murray River Bridge model railway construction day 14.5

Hi all

Well after a long holiday I am back working on Murray River Bridge, here is a quick video of the progress 18 points and 70 lengths of track laid in 2 days!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Maxwell Colliery by the Glasgow & west of Scotland MRC Perth Model Railway exhibition part 5

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I was impressed by the straight up concept of this layout, a working coal loader and great snaking typical scenery.

watching it in action is interesting,

Its a large layout without a cute as pie station, well executed, and great gentle curves.

inspiration pictures are a nice touch on the side of the layout.

 finishing loading, a 56 class locomotive has cut off to run around its train.

Here is another nice touch, a spread from the magazine Railway Modeller, gives the viewer a great amount of background.

I like the meandering trackage and cutting and fill, and happy to hide trackage for effect.
The trees are dam close to scale.

lots of distance between locations, this is amazing considering the average size available to the modeller in the UK!

Again a nice touch, the track plan.

The Junction.

Nice deep dramatic bridge sits well into its location.

Another deep bridge very convincing entries at both sides.

A Class 56 menders through very typical scenery.

an empty stops short of the loop at Maxwell Colliery.

If you would like to see more, check out this link.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Perth Scotland model railway exhibition part 4 Ballyconnel Road TT scale model railway layout by the 3mm Irish group.

Hi All

Here is part four.

Ballyconnel Road TT scale model railway layout by the 3mm Irish group.

Here is a video, enjoy!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Perth model railway exhibition 2017 part 3 Airthrey Park 1985 00 gauge model railway layout by the Scottish Diesel and Electric Group.

Hi All this is a layout set in 1985 first one I saw with a proper industrial siding.

Airthrey Park 1985 00 gauge model railway layout by the Scottish Diesel and Electric Group.
Here is a shot of the industrial siding, nice and generic, could put almost anything in there!

Overall view of the yard.
The ubiquitous locomotive depot, interesting camouflage on the backdrop.

Interesting scene it's pot holes, rock fence, catch points and signals all make the scene complete.
Nicely ordered fiddle yard.

Here is a short video.

Enjoy scott

Perth Scotland model railway exhibition 2017 part 2 Whiteacres OO gauge model railway layout by the Stafford Railway Circle.

So here is another layout, four fiddle yards on this one, this is a generic layout, it's modern image rolling stock.

Whiteacres OO gauge model railway layout by the Stafford Railway Circle.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Perth Scotland model railway exhibition 2017 part 1 Outwell Village OO gauge model railway layout from the East Riding Finescale group.

Seeing an exhibition in Scotland for the first time was a real eye opener to the health of the hobby, and made me realise the gaping holes in the Australian hobby scene.  This was classed as a provincial exhibition 40 layouts stacks of stalls, including manufactures.
Given the average size of living space in this location, these guys and gals are a dedicated bunch.

Outwell Village OO gauge model railway layout from the East Riding Finescale group.
Outwell village is a UK version of a tramline, this is a real location a stellar job any which way you look at it.

There is some video footage here:

I will post more when I can!

Enjoy scott

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SDS models NR class and AN AOQX AOQF SAR SOC lead ore wagons, and ultra modern container flats

Hi All

Here is some pictures of the latest work from SDS models.

SDS is working on tweaked version of the NR class, the attention to detail in regard to paint application and correct placard location is impressive.
To name a few of the changes:
the name plates
builders plates
Instructional placards
Reflective placards
Correct muffler roof colour.

Others things they have been working on include the AOQX, AOQF, SAR SOC lead ore wagon.

SDS are offering this is two distinct versions, SAR ANR AN, and ultra modern with Revised hand brake positions.

SDS models has also branched out into some more ultra modern container flats, looks like lots of dribbly detail on them, as we have come to expect from SDS.

Anyhow enjoy!  Scott

Murray River Bridge new layout construction day 12.5

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Chances for a full day of work on Murray River Bridge have been hard to come by, but I have managed to get the most difficult part of the job done.  The pylons are in place and the c channel has been place in the correct location.  All the braces have been attached, which will stop any possible warping of the base.

What's left is the straight sections and that should not be as difficult.

Check out the youtupe video.

Enjoy Scott

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Murray River Bridge new layout construction end day 11

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Here is the latest update on the construction of Murray River Bridge at the end of day 11.

Enjoy Scott

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New layout construction update end day Ten Murray River Bridge

Hi All

Here is a link to a YouTube video of the construction update for my new layout at the end of day 10.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

BNSF Fall River Division on youtube lots more work accomplished.

Hi All

I follow this blokes work on Youtube, and all I can say is that the BNSF Fall River Division is impressive to say the very least.  I think it takes up all of the underneath of his house!
The finish is to a high standard, no doubt that it would be a blast to operate.
Luckily, there is some more youtube footage to look at, check out:



Monday, May 15, 2017

The Eighth day of new layout construction.

Hi All

Here is some picture of the new layout post day eight and a half.

So I have stared soldering the ladder track points and setting out the tracks for the layout.

Laid out the tracks for the fiddle yard, this is just temporary.

All the boards have the clips installed, thus the entire layout is joined together.

The first of the bridge pylons have been made from Tasmainan Oak.
So for those of you who like a challenge, here are all the letters for the name of the new layout, see what you can come up with, thanks to Helen for getting the letters 😎

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Seventh day of new layout construction

So good progress is continuing, end of day seven.

Legs for the display boards are complete, 10 in total, cut down from previous legs,  you can see the depth required in this shot, vs the fiddle yard.  I made a guide from 6mm MDF so that I could get the curve right, for the mainline!

Fiddle yard boards have been wired.

The same boards are now complete with two layers of 30mm foam and a top of 6mm MDF, Helen gave me a hand with this.

The first fiddle yard board in place, ready for track laying.

The backdrops have been painted.

So at the end of day seven, we have all the boards built.  All the fiddle yard boards wired and complete.  All the legs complete.  Thus about at the half way point.  I reckon, I might have a chance of finishing this Layout in 14 working days......Maybe I should rest?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Moving to the Country.

With alot of things happening (not Barcoola related).  We made a decision to move to the country, it was alot of work and false starts, but we finally found a block of land that would suit the new blended family.
This also brings with it a clean slate and the chance to have a custom built house, the concept at this time will be that the back of the house will be double story to take advantage of the "views".  (It's true , blokes don't understand "views").
The lower level will be dedicated "entertainment" area, not to be shut off from the rest of the house, it should include a workshop, storage area, amenities etc and dedicated train room.  No shed in the backyard!   This means that it will become an integral part of our and our friends lives.

Bill, might think we are stalking him (he made the same decision), but we aren't, honest mate!

The house plans are only at the concept stage at this time.
Lots to do, and it should be a great journey.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Fifth Day of New Layout Progress.

This day was half used up in packing up, Alice Springs, Glen gave me a hand before nicking off for another golf expedition.

Items progressed, include:
Back drops from 6mm MDF cut to size.

3mm bases for the fiddle yard board cut to size.

Three scenery boards have their 3mm bases installed.

I made up a drill template which should make building of blanking ends alot simpler and more precise, and it works a treat!
Here are some pictures, as evidence of progress.

A gaggle of boards in various stages of completion.

Here is the underside of board #3 
The top side of board #3 back drop has been fitted and T nuts have been located for the ends and sides.

The cutting board all ready to go.