The twenth Hobsons bay model Railway exhibition was held this weekend, and a couple of new layouts have sprung up.
The first of which is Wallan, in HO scale.
I sprung Jon and Doug drooling over it.
This layout is a clear example of how the hobby has changed, tackling this in N scale in the day was simply a triumph. Now attempting this exercise n HO scale, thanks to the manufactures, modelling this era is not so hard.
Not quite sure about the "rolled dooby" clouds on the cut my head off back drop.
Overall an interesting approach to a very big chunk of VR, signals are working. Unfortunately like most VR layouts weathering is almost no existent.
Doug had to touch the sign!
Another new layout is Binalong, so I am told in NSW bin is actually pronounced byn (as in a bind), thus byn a long. I don't get it, you don't side knee, when you pronounce Sydney, but this is the way it is.
The seamless backdrop is a clear advanced feature.
Here are some prototype pics, taken way back in the late 1980s.
Another NSW layout , modelled on a mill in suburban Sydney, this has really come along since I last saw this layout.
An effort has been made to hold it to an era, bit two thumbs up guys! A great step forward!
I think it is modelled in the early 1990s, nice application, just need to watch the out for the out of era containers, and things like the Aldi truck!
However, absolute proof that you dont need heaps of points and signals or even a station to make a very interesting operational layout.
It was worth checking out this exhibition.
Glad to see the Aussie only layout exhibition tradition continues, even if, it now seem to be limited to Victorian and NSW layouts.