Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Barcoola's fourth day of xmas

Hi All

Attached are some shots of the extension to triangle boards. GM30 ventured out to the new fuel distribution and cement siding, just to see how things will ultimately be placed.

The middle siding with the open wagon on it, will have the end loading platform, and goods shed - power station.

I am going to experiment with modeling dilapidated trackage, note that the apex of the triangle has been treated in an attempt to give it that rundown look.



Monday, December 27, 2010

Barcoola's second and third day of xmas

Hi all

please see attached the new fiddle Yard boards. Two 6ft boards have been made from the original scenery board. The original fiddle yard boards were extremely heavy. Their replacement is a step towards both lightening the lode. The latest version is narrower, 23inches wide thus will be able to accommodate 9 tracks including one possible BG and NG track for a proposed triple gauge layout. As per modern design principals, composite designs have increased strength with less weight. This version I have used 12mm ply, sides and ends. The centre is a 3mm MDF base. with a 30mm foam core and a 3mm top this version give good strength properties with less weight.

The ends have been re configured, to be transported one on top of the other, this arrangement means that each board has a total hight of 55 mm, but with the construction are settled one inside the other, by 15mm. Thus each board has maximum strength with minimum size and weight.

The ends have been constructed to fit one inside the other, in a key fashion.

Anyway, as you can see there is progress at Barcoola.....



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Barcoola real estate increases by 212m2 in HO.

Hi All
The xmas present for the HO scale people of Barcoola is an extension to the township, 2 ft extensions were added to both the triangle boards.

Both boards had to have the ends disassembled, I used sections of 12mm ply cut from the old bridge board as it was the same width as the triangle boards.

The extensions will include a Goods shed and end loading, The east end of the yard already has end loading facilities but facing the opposite way. Some yards had two end platforms to dispatch equipment east or west as needs required.

Other addtions will be a siding that goes across the dirt road to Barcoola heights, and the new mining facility. The new siding will serve, the BP fuel distribution facility. The real Tarcoola has a Shell Service station, but I just don't like Shell due to their lack of a good 98 fuel.

The same siding will include a temporary cement siding, thus loadings will use the one track to deliver to the fuel facility and the Cement.

Attached are some construction shots, of the rebuilt boards.



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Barcoola seasons greetings 2010

Hi All

Just a quick note to wish everyone the compliments of the season.

The preceding year was a tough and we expect 2011 to be more of the same.

Below is some Barcoola and AN trivia, answers next year.

How many kilometres has Barcoola travelled?
A. 1494 KMs
B. 3222 KMs
C. 4642 KMs.

How many Trees are on Barcoola?
A. 0
B. 6 provided by Doug.
c. 57

How many exhibitions has Barcoola attended?

AN trivia
That is the highest number 930 class on standard gauge, during the AN era?
A. 959
B. 961
C. 966

Which class of locomotives were transfered to NRC for scrap value?
A. DL class.
B. EL class.
C. AN class.

True or false:
Did a 600 class ever operate in Alice Springs during the AN era?

The train number 199, is the most famous fast freight between Chicago and LA, on the ATSF, what train in the AN system had the number 199?

A: short lived ADL ASP priority freight.
B: loaded Port Pirie train.
C: STD gauge trip train between Port Adelaide and Dry Creek north yard.

Have a great Christmas, enjoy the break!



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tripple Gauge Inspiration

Hi All

We are all victim to imagineering, and I am no different. A mate who was heavily into prototype Broad Gauge has decided to call it quits as a hobby. Thus he is currently selling up all his BG equipment, all of it VR. But it also included a number of pre made points including one double slip.

I had always been looking at one day creating a triple gauge layout. So I used this as an excuse to design a northern SA triple gauge layout.

As paper and pencils are relatively cheap I worked on a what if plan that could fit in the train room.

Gladstone is the smallest of the three triple gauge stations in SA, thus the easiest to model off. The only sections I used was the fact that the BG came in from the South west of the station, the NG departed from the north east.

The rest takes sections of key scenes of the area.
The BG - NG head shunt bridge, think of the Hamley Bridge but smaller, Micro Engineering market a very similar type of bridge.

Sweeping reverse curve for the standard gauge, in the vogue of Huddlestone bank, but add a curved bridge and an abandoned NG bridge.

Station building facing the mainline, without a platform ie ground level.

Sections of tripple gauge trackage, see the attached plan for legend.

other features include:
overhead Ballast loadout, used to disguise the end of the backdrop.
Ginacood hotel sub-planted into the town.
Ford dealership on the corner, IE same rural version that exists in Crystal Brook.
Silo complex at the end of town, same as in Gladstone.
Transhipping shed - good shed, per Gladstone.
Caltex depot triple gauge served.
Foodland supermaket, signature in this part of the world.

for the BG equipment I already have two BG converted 930 class locomotives and 12 ADHL's.
NG only a smattering of rolling stock, but I have already scratch built a NT class body, don't ask why, I built it back in my teens.

The inspiration is the early mornings in the northern wheat belt, the sort of sleepy valley towns with low fog still hanging around, as train can be heard clearly down the valleys, to momentarily interrupt the rural serenity with a five chime of a DL, flashing through town with a late running SP5.

Anyway please feel free to pass comments.



Friday, December 17, 2010

Barcoola new legs detail pics

Hi All

Please see attached some pictures of the new Baroola legs, this arrangement is not only quicker to build but more compact. I have included a shot of the jig that is used to create each leg. As you can see the new legs are thinner and therefore more can be loaded in the same location.




Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Barcoola 2.25 pictures

Hi All

Attached are some pictures of Barcoola MK2.25, one is of #166 gliding into Barcoola yard about to pass the semaphore signals. DL36, GM30, GM42.

Also attached is CLP11 pulling up to the small but functional station building at Barcoola, for a crew change. hauling AP6 the nocturnal Westliner, from Adelaide, in the background is the town water supply.



Sunday, December 12, 2010

Barcoola MK2.25 update

Hi All

Just ot keep you updated on current progress. This weekend the following was completed:
Ran the wiring for the new bridge board and droppers.
The two signals have been dropped in to their new location at the Down end of Barcoola Yard, this is where they will be located in the shorter "home" version.
Cleaned all the track in prep for operations, it was filthy.
Resoldered some track joins as required.
Ran temporary track between new boards 4 and 5, to enable operations to comence.
laid the remaining TAR line trackage.

Additionally had a meal with Doug and his wife to be on Saturday night, I managed to rope a few more people in to operate Barcoola for a couple of pending exhibitions.

I also managed to coax some of the group to fish though their photographic colecction for more shots of Alice Springs, you can never have too much research material.

After I got home, I spent time trying to figure out the best solution for trackage on the triangle board, after a few bourbons, I started placing track here and there to see what would fit, then it just hit me. We will extend the current triangle boards from 4ft to 6 ft. Instead of making two new 4 by 2ft boards, this will make it easier to transport and will ensure that there is enough reach overall, the 8ft version was just a tad too long when I started to look at accessibility.

Anyway I will modify the current MK2.25 plans and show you the updated plan, would be interested in any comments.

Finally attached is a shot of the proposed new lighting arrangment for Barcoola, I will discuss in detail later, but I figured that the higher the lighting the better the spread (using 60deg lights). This construction was built using 25mm al box tubing pre cut from Bunnings.



Monday, December 6, 2010

XR555 visits Barcoola

Hi All

Jon came by tonight and we managed to get some shots of his newly purchased XR555 so we set up a quick photo shoot.



AQWY model and prototype

Hi All

please see attached a couple of shots of the model and prototype AQWY.

The AQWY was issued to traffic in 1990, and was the first huski stack built AN in fact beat the USA TTX company bu]y at least 3 months.

I will give more detailed notes later.



Barcoola blogs updated with pictures

Hi All

I have loaded the camera software back onto the laptop last night, so I have been able to down load all the shots I have been taking for the last three months.

As such I have updated a couple of blogs with new pictures.

More to come. I have resently purchased the Tyobic - Barcoola signals from their builder and will be installing them into their rightfull place at the Down end of Barcoola yard.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Barcoola MK2.25 is together

Hi All

Just to let you know that Barcoola MK2.25 is together. I have had to cut the track back 14 inches into the new board, to provide a gentle transition to the new bridge board.
The exposed cork was carefully sanded back to provide the correct grade profile.
While test fitting both bridges, the western end trackage had originally been built with a slight kink in the grade. Once spotted, the track was cut back and again sanded the cork to create the smoothest transition from board to board.

Once all the little transitions and track departure angles had been established. The new track was laid straight across both boards, glued with acrylic sealant, you only need a little, and kept in place with map pins.

Once fully assembled, the new shorter bridge board looks like it has always been there.

Finally the latest issue of Continental Modeller arrived in the mail this week, with the article on Barcoola rolling stock. Also of note is a layout modelled on World War I narrow gauge supply trains.

Anyway, enjoy.