Saturday, March 7, 2015

Alot to say about nothing

Its been awhile between posts and its been a very eventful year to say the least 2014 .The company I worked for 4years lost the contract so I had to move on, both my parents (God bless them) passed away within 10 weeks of each other , my NRL team WON the comp finally we were there lucky to get great member allocated seats the week of the GF with my daughter ,I was also there in 1971 43years between drinks . Up the Rabbitohs. And there was another significant event a mighty Garratt 6029 has returned to the rails. I haven't had a chance to see it in person yet but definitely will next year . Not much has progressed on the layout really since I had to move and that is on the cards again this time next year ,a move to the Southern Highlands . We have purchased a block of land along side of the main southern railway, and you can hear from miles away the thumping engine exhausts of 81s or screaming NRs climbing the rise into Bundanoon . New train room has been figured in it will be 7.5 x 5.5 carpeted and air-conditioned (NO cars in the garage again, no no no).On the layout front not much has progressed I've almost completed the Toronto modules and a bit on Fassifern. I have bought a pedestrian crossing kit of the timber type not 100% correct but looks the part so now I can complete the down side platform up to Fassifern oval and lots of signals to build and make to operate . On the models side of things I pre ordered and have received my 8619 (scratches head why) 8169 from Austrains I'm happy with it and have fitted sound to it and sounds great ST 645turbo and a few more NRs in NR scheme and fitted sound to one of them . Just waiting for my 45 to arrive and will order a 43 and a 46 (scratches head again) ill get Eureka's 5069 and possibly Shrikes 3090, Port locos . All the rest ill leave for you guys to share around . One thing a do need and have bought 1 is back drops their are some fantastic ones around atm but are so expensive  for what they are but having said that their is nothing like real/ model trees .

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Toronto Hotel

Something has been bugging me for awhile , my Toronto Hotel which is a L&J cardboard model and its called "Railway Hotel" and single storey . I came across a couple of pictures on google of the Toronto Hotel and its 2 storey. I was at Epping MRC exhibition yesterday and spotted
 Models N More at the Exhibition . I have noticed the sudden arrival of laser cut timber kits available on ebay recently . I have bought a double timber level  crossing and installed it at Toronto a couple of months ago . Well at Epping yesterday MnM have 3 or 4 hotel kits available both single , double storey and low relief . I measured the size of the assembled kits and guestimated my available space . I have chosen and purchased the Royal Hotel and it has 2 facades  so I will fit in well . Here is a picture I found on google pictures of the real Hotel .

And the kit as it come ready to construct.

 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Genuine Station Name Plate

Whilst trawling through ebay I found a couple of sellers who sold memorabilia of the NSWGR the first one sold old train tickets and postcard pictures of trains . I bid on an old ticket to Fassifern but the person went AWOL . I received a refund through Paypal . The 2nd bit I found was a guy selling old name plates off the old manual indicator boards . Buy it now for $9.90 had to have one but I missed one for Toronto unfortunately. Mounted it just below my version of Fassifern Station.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Casula 30 class

Well you can never have too many 30 tanks on a short north type layout. Lashed out and bought a Casula Hobbies 30 class. A fellow modeller asked me to show him how to white metal solder . Previously I have built in order 32,30,60,30T,10,57,59 all completed except for the 57 . Its been about 3 years since ive started a kit build in white metal. 2 things I've learnt since my last kit and the most important one is the FLUX .I used to use Carr's then changed to laco paste from plumbing section at Bunnings and it leaves a big mess . I have since discovered BGB flux and it is fantastic and so easy to use . 2nd tip was from a DVD I purchased from the UK showed once the joint was tacked checked for positioning was then to flux



 again then have a little ball of the low melt solder ,drop it into the joint and then hit it with some heat and watch it flow into the joint SOOO easy. This will be my second 30 and I'm going to fit sound to it .Looking at using one of those little square speakers in the coal bunker . It must have a peanut whistle maybe ill look at some of those pommy sound chips. I've heard some Hornby stuff and IMO it sounds good but ill probably get a ESU with English sound if I can. Here is my first days work on the kit ,mostly cleaning up . The cleaning up is tiresome but if the kits didn't have so much cleaning up id do more .

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Kicking on abit with 146

I had a hernia op last Thursday and once I got over the excruciating pain to now just pain I've got stuck into a few different projects especially my 146 modules ,as I want to finish it up to the plate girder bridge over the main .Then I can marry it back up to 142 module . Also when all I could do was sit in front of the computer and research I found a whole heap of pictures of Toronto station and yard that I didn't have . This has allowed me to move a fair bit on knowing what now to do . And also the pics are in colour .They are in my favourites list in Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anzac1959/favorites/
especially the one by Timarnot of the parachute water tank and the walkway .The handrails appear to be sky blue . Fassifern Station was trimmed in light blue also. Was this sky blue and white colour scheme only used on the short north? Graeme Kaufman also has 2 pics of 3076 being watered , and the picket fence at the end of the platform. What I will do is develop the picture of the NO WAY sign and print it of at one of the 15c places ,cut it out and use it as my sign. Thought! might do that for the 146 mile post also if I can get it small enough. Here are a couple of progress pics this was my 2nd attempt at ballasting the yard I'm pretty happy with the result except the lead in point has a dog leg on the main run into the yard . (scratches head what to do) Might have to just live with it.Once I ballast the point and surrounding area it might not look so noticeable .

That point
Buffer stops ?? There was a accident and an T&R FO ended up in the building across the road Wharf st.
 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

146 Branch overview

Here are some updated pictures of 146 obviously the main north dual track is where Lake Macq is the only concern is access to the servo and small business / and homes is what to do about a level crossing . A few
decisions and soon these 2 end module to be reconnected to the main modules 142 (Fassifern)
 Eureka 623 sits at 146 Station single line branch
 Overlooking the main module yard is beyond pedistrian bridge
 main st
 Pedristrian crossing from station and yard
 the yard sidings

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Link to Video of my Title picture

This is what I find so fascinating about Fassifern and double Garratts  ,here is a short video of the action on youtube

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Austrains FO decals

Question were asked on aus.mod.rail forum about the Austrains FO decals.I received my ones at Epping this year ,just ask for them . This is what I was handed, lol. And no booklet explaining what went on what car .

Thursday, June 20, 2013

North142and146

Small name change of my blog , because I've moved house and had to pull up my layout. As it was,137 Awaba at this stage has not been added . ATM the layout, I will focus on 142(Fassifern) and 146(Toronto) , shape will be dog bone with 146 at one end and Newstan branch the other end. Here are some more pictures how 146 is going . Flickr has been a huge help finding a pictures, I skimmed over one at first because it was in colour. It was taken from the water looking at the station it has a 620 at the station still has the Parachute water tank and the overhead walkway insitu."Toronto Railway Station and Hotel from the water before Riva Apartments and before Victory Theatre burnt down" .Google earth also helped in research also. Im still looking for a close up of the goods shed at the end of the yard and the old Hirecraft building . I found a picture of a T&R FO planted in the building. Here are some more pictures of how its going. Just placing buildings I've have to get a feel. Anyone know what year the Tank and the Walkway were removed?? just as a matter of interest.