A site for the Model Railway Layout named Barcoola. This is take on Tarcoola SA the junction between the Trans Australian Railway and the Central Australian Railway.
Now incorporating "A Town like Alice", my take on Alice Springs.
River Bridge structurally accomplished, I have more scenery work to do,
including the wharf area, and lots of Southline rolling stock to weather. This should keep me busy for the next little
while, including working on:
1.Even spread of lighting on the
layout, there are still some dark spots.
2.Small CCTV cameras hanging of the
back drop so controls can be placed in the front of the layout.
3.Remote point control for the fiddle
yard, I have had problems in the past with operators unable to decipher a panel
or macros, so the jury is still out with this, we shall see.
4.Maybe even a roster of the trains,
which comes up electronically on an Ipad so that the public knows what’s next.
there are some things in the pipeline that I have been thinking about.
1. A portable layout that can be transported by
aircraft, IE would be considered excess luggage. I am not talking about a layout in a suit
case, or one of those freak show gimmicks, more that someone would be surprised
that it was transported as luggage. The
layout would have to be light but also strong enough to handle bag
chuckers. I have a location in mind, but
would still require lots of research to get it right.
2.Alice Springs rebuild, I know this
sounds crazy but, the current version of Alice Springs is a compromise in a lot
of ways to get the yard to fit within a 2ft 6inch width. That was a mistake on my behalf, this is
related to me wanting to fit more in the space and limiting the yard. Lance Mindheim has been thinking the same
with his East Rail layout and its not crazy to start again on something you are
really passionate about. Putting pen to
paper, I can replicate almost exactly the yard arrangement of Alice Springs, additionally
a more accurate version of Alice Springs could be added to the future home
layout so that its walk in, it would make the operation sooooo much easier
including the transportation.
3. Another display only layout, I must admit, I
really enjoyed building Murray River Bridge (I could have picked an easier
location), and there are lots of iconic AN locations that are screaming out to
be modelled. Iconic locations can be
instantly recognizable by the exhibition public (you would think wouldn’t you??),
and as long as they are not too complicated, they should be relatively easy to
construct. Believe it or Murray River Bridge
is a layout I proposed back in 2001, finally got around to building it in 3
months this year. Thus I am going back
through the layouts I proposed when I was a young tacker, seeing if I can
actually build them. Those that have
read the blog through the years will know what they are (smiling politely). Two concepts have come to the fore, one of
which Dave and Roger are itching for, a BCR layout…(me and my big mouth!)
The new train room, I have come to the
conclusion that I am in a very lucky position to have a fair amount of space,
so it would be silly of me to fill it with layout, without planning for
additional work. As such I have
designated space that can be used as a work area, for building layouts such as
Murray River Bridge, and the mood strikes and still maintain a working layout
while building. The work area will have all
areas accessible to walk around the layout in construction. Working from only one side is a pain in the
butt. Thus I should be able to construct
any future layouts with ease, and maintaining an operational layout at the same
Well with a bit of maneuvering we were able to knock off two birds with one stone.
Glen required some help with his new assignment. Which meant a delivery of equipment, and a back load. (Glen you now officially owe me a favor) This also meant that we could swing past Murray River Bridge. Most of the tribe came along as well, no doubt I got some constructive advice, from the back seat.
One of the farmers was quite chatty and a "lean to" conversation was had as to what we were doing. etc.
We also managed to do some shopping at the Orient Express, just made it on Saturday afternoon, do some more scenery material.