Ok Day 2 ended with high hopes of getting a lot of work done on Day 3 because it was a public holiday. And of course the best laid plans of mice and men turned into frustration. Frustration and wasted time I managed to set aside most of the afternoon of Day 3 so I … Read more
So yesterday was day 2 of the challenge and it also happened to be the Sunday of a long weekend. I should have had a lot of spare time … but I didn’t. However, I was able to find 15 minutes, so I did get a bit more done. I might have even got more … Read more
This is a challenge for me and I’m publishing it here in the hope that knowing someone is reading/watching this thread will encourage me to go on with this series. Background 1 Way back in 2012 I wrote about a simple baseboard solution for anyone who was challenged by space and ability. I intended to use that … Read more
It’s about 3pm on a Saturday afternoon and we’re in Ipswich looking down on part of a stabling point for the western arm of the Brisbane suburban network. You’ll notice that the yard here is long and narrow with part of the old town on one side and the double-track mainline to Toowoomba and points … Read more
When the NSW Main Southern Line pushed south from Goulburn in 1876 there was no easy way for the line to serve the bustling little town of Yass and so it bypassed the town and the idea of the Yass Tramway was born. That was not so popular with the townspeople for they had an … Read more
Let’s take a little look at a modular layout system that’s popular in Europe. If you’re an Australian or US modeller, then it’s quite likely that you haven’t heard of FREMO because it’s a modular system that has grown up in Europe and is yet to catch on in other countries. That doesn’t mean that … Read more
Meet Bunyip … an 0-4-0WT locomotive that comes with a mystery attached. We know where it worked … at the Wallaville sugar mill from 31st August 1896 to somewhere around 1962. Wallaville is a small town, roughly west of Bundaberg in Queensland, that once had its own sugar mill and network of cane lines. Bunyip was … Read more
I’ve got to admit that coffee table layouts are just not my thing but this layout … and the presentation is outstanding!
Both the Commonwealth Railways and the NSWGR operated Budd type railcars. The Commonwealth Railways imported three from the US in 1951 while Commonwealth Engineering built five for the NSWGR. The first for NSW entered service in 1961. In the US these self-propelled railcars (known as RDC’s) were quite popular with east coast and Canadian railways … Read more
When space is a real problem getting your terminals right on a point to point layout can be a challenge. However, here’s one on a real narrow gauge system with a very compact terminus that seems to work rather well.