Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Murray River Bridge, Post the Sydney Exhibition its time for a blog de brief.

Post the Sydney Exhibition its time for a blog de brief.
The new trailer and the 4X4 worked really well, even if the trailer was a bit of a squeeze on Sydney roads.

We had a reduced ops team, and my thanks goes to Doug and Peter for helping me out.
MRB suffers from extension issues,  with the width extension of the layout, the light assemblies and the backdrops are separate items.  To put these up and take them down, thus increase the set up and take down times.

I have made a prototype back drop and light assembly replacement, I can use the current boards, this would change the layout from having eight small scenery boards to four large ones.
This will make the layout a lot easier to put up and take down.
The down side of this is the increase of weight.
I will have to evaluate this advantage of this vs, the number of expected exhibitions remaining for the layout.

MRBs fiddle yard.
The Sydney exhibition again confirmed that the DCC Concepts Cobalt SS point motors and controls, over the time of operation during an exhibition seem to move or loose their settings, which means that they need to be reset and readjusted in the middle of an exhibition.

The root cause could be a number of factors:
Mechanical resistance, or accumulation of heat, which may cause reduction of resistance and thus move the setting.

An exhibition layout requires a very high amount of reliability, so I am going to look at the old faithful, Tortoise point motors, I have used them in the past and they are bullet proof.

Curved track joins:
MRBs fiddle yard suffers from “Bunnings advice” I should have known better, that my local store, has less experience than others, and their recommendation of foam glue, caused the boards to bow from expansion, they said would not happen.

So my lesson is learnt here too, use what you know works, so it is back to the old Liquid nails for me.
However this still means that I have to manage the issue, I don’t think there is a need to resolve it right now, just use it as a learning.

In future, I’ll design the fiddle yard boards with 90deg joins, I have already to a plan, that should mean I can replace the current five board fiddle yard, with an average of 18ft standing room for each road, with a six board yard, with an average of 26ft standing room for each road.
A new fiddle yard can be used for Checkamus Canyon and my next “big” layout.

So whats next.
John is itching to build a layout based on his favourite part of the world, Gippsland.
John is not currently in a position to build or transport such a layout, but I can.  So this will be interesting.
I'll probably do the display boards and the fiddle yard and set it up at his joint to allow him to do his thing!

Next SA layout, 
The northern BG lines are calling, and I would like to make a small layout that I can operate at home.
So probably one branchine and one mainline.
Long term I think it would be really groovy to have a true BG, SG and NG layouts to an exhibition.
I have purchased some station buildings from Models n More at the Sydney exhibition, I had no idea they made SAR station kits, so I was pleasantly surprised.
I’ll have to get over my silo phobia, and make them as close as I can to scale. 
I find that an exhibition layout needs at least one “wow” item, MRB is one big “Wow” item.
I would like to make a homage to the Peterborough line with some small scenes, and one “wow” scene.  This is all still in the "think" mode at the moment, but there will be no "generic" locations.....

Western Australian layout.
I have built the three boards for Southern Cross WA.
After pacing it out, there is just not enough room on these boards to do the location justice (width wise) I don’t like getting rid of perfectly good boards.
However, Once again my insomnia came to the rescue.  After a lot of thinking, and working various scenarios, I think I found a way of replicating the balloon loop at Koolynobbing East, without the need to manually load the empty train.  I can also include the old ballast siding and a salt lake.
If I am smart I can use the replacement MRB fiddle yard for Koolyanobbing East.
This is a big undertaking and stacks and stacks of rolling stock. Ugg!

Enjoy Scott

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sydney AMRA model railway exhibition 2019

Hi All

Murray River Bridge was exhibited at the Sydney AMRA model Railway Exhibition.

The exhibition location was moved to the Sydney Exhibition centre in Homebush.

Like any new location there is unforseen issues which don't raise their head until the last moment.

We were luck enough to get the chance to operate the production version of SDS Models new re tooled NR class locomotive NR30 and NR52.  The detail on these models is outstanding.

Here is a link to NR30 and NR52

Here is a link to the rest of the range, There are some ripper liveries in there, including the proposed.

SDS Models NR30 and NR52 crossing Murray River Bridge.

Murray River Bridge with the overland stretched out across the river.

Mount Gambier Goods #745 crossing Murray River Bridge.

The SDS Models stand.

the 81 class almost there.....
 800 class pre production model.
 new skinny body VR T class models, including the T2 version with the flat top radiators....

 The SAR OB run....

Looks like they will be doing the new Great Southern version.

Goulburn NSW, it looks they have back dated this model a bit, no more Countrylink signage on the station,
 The Blue Mountains, I had not seen this layout before.

Binalong, pronounced byn-a-long

Bullenbung Creek, I have a good chat with Allen about construction techniques etc.

Arkaroola O Scale to the max.

Passing time, by a young bloke doing it tough by himself, great concept, exceptional lighting effects.

The back of Bullenbung Creek showing the plywood construction.

I love the desolation of this Rio Grande layout, he could have over done it,  but without any other track apart from the mainline, really makes this pop....

Auscision was not to be outdone, with an N scale NR class.....

IDR models production line including the VR W class.
 The sort of mythical Tangara is getting close.
 600 class, oh yeah nice, AC version with four windows might be a good thing to do in a later run.

Other things of note,

Layouts of note.
Fingal Tasmania is always a favorite.  Outstanding work in 1:76, I managed to spend some time with Simon, and see how he did what he did, a very smart cookie!
East Mateland NSW, it been sooooo long since I first saw it, they got some new lighting for it, and the young guys of AMRA were operating it, they just need to work on your weathering here and there guys!

On Track Models had their re-run 82 class its a beautifully detailed model, 
A new run of their curtain sided “Drive” and “OMO” containers, along with Toll, Vegemite, and Peanut Butter, they are very nicely done.  They fill a gap in the market, great job right there.

I must have seen Models and More a stack of times, only to realise at this exhibition they make a very nice SA station kit, modeled off Farrell Flat.

That is all for the moment.

Enjoy Scott

Monday, August 26, 2019

Cheakamus Canyon at the Caulfield Model Railway exhbition 2019

Hi All

On request, here are some images of Cheakamus Canyon being exhibited at AMRA's Caulfield Model Railway Exhibition 2019

Cheakaums Canyon, the build:

When you promise mates that you will build a layout of BCR only if the C40-8M come it in plastic, Well thanks to Rapido they produced the C40-8M, which meant I needed to create a layout.The scenery in British Columbia is astonishing, and the layout needed to have the maximum height.After much discussion between Dave Roger and myself, we selected locations that we would like to model.
There were many great locations, Seton Lake etc.
However a number of these locations which we were looking to model were situated in the Cheakamus Canyon.
The clincher was Cunningham’s cut bridge.
Dave has already built this bridge.  My job was to try and fit this into a layout that could be transported to an exhibition with Murray River Bridge’s staging – fiddle yard, to a 7’6” long 4’4” wide and 4’4” high trailer.
A foot print for the scenery sections was established.
Dave wanted the area to have very dramatic scenery, and thus we managed to stretch out to 4’ maximum height for each board.
It was realized that modelling one location with the river going down the canyon would be the best use of the available layout space.  Checkamus Canyon has just about all we wanted to model, and the scenery was “spectacular”
Dave completed the second big curved bridge, and Dave and Roger brought both bridges over to my place just before Christmas.
We plotted how we would install the bridges into the board “space”.
I built all three boards with a base, the track subroad bed, and incorporated a pelmet.
Dave has a space issue at his house, so only one board could be delivered at a time.
Dave worked on the rock work, and when complete, they were sent to Roger’s house for colourisation, and completion of the scenery.
When all three boards were complete, I recovered the boards.
Installed the lights under the pelmet, (LED battens lights).
Laid the track and installed the wiring, built board #4, this board will have the fourth bridge, the slip and the short tunnel.
Once completed, all three boards were delivered back to Roger”s where, Dave, Roger, Ross and myself completed the final details

Thanks go to Dave, Roger and Ross working together to get this all to completion in eight months.
Great job guys, you should be proud of a job well done.

We also won an award, best private layout!



Saturday, June 22, 2019

Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition 2019 report.

Hi All

Murray River Bridge attended this year's Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition.

It was very refreshing to chat to a stack of Blog and Youtube followers.
there must have been at least 10 people a day, came up and chatted to me about the activity and that they were following the progress.

it is amazing just how much reach these tools have and who is watching.

The layout itself performed well, except the Cobalt SS point motors, a couple of them were continually getting out of calibration.
I am not sure that I have a fix for it right now, its very much a PITA.
Luckily this is at just one end of the layout.

Just about every train was stalked by cameras, phones or video cameras, it was hard to just find space to do your own filming!

I met some great enthusiastic modelers, Des, Tony (ex PUG cop), Jay (a young modeler with great ideas, he is doing a 3d model of a 2000 class railcar, really impressive work), Clive Huggins he was inspiration to me in building track, I read the print of his articles all those years ago, I am really happy he is still active, and he loved MRB, got the concept of the layout, what a gentleman!
The usual suspects, from FB, Dave, Tony, John, Damien,and Shaneo (we had a good chat regarding his future layout plans, he has lots of space and focused ideas).
Ron and Roger from the exhibition organisation committee.

The exhibition itself did not have as much SA content as I had expected.

There was one ultra modern layout that was very interesting in concept.  Crystal Brook (Warnertown end).

The award wining Black River from Tasmania (I was hoping that it was a replication of the location)
never the less, a very detailed layout.

The stalwart Strathburn.

I am glad we made the effort to attend, I know the attendees enjoyed the show.

thanks to John and Katie, Helen, Elly, Glen and Doug for their support.


Friday, June 21, 2019

Murray River Bridge Model Railway Layout Changes

Hi All

I decided to make some changes to board number 1, modify the tunnel and add the Pub.  Fred from Orient Express was the instigator of these changes, it his fault! 
Here is a consolidated look at the changes that have been made to Murray River Bridge, these debuted the Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition 2019:

Parts 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Doing the roads!

Part 5

Almost complete

Current configuration. Apologies for the camera shake, its really hard to get good shots of your own layout at the Adelaide exhibition.



Tuesday, April 2, 2019

GWAs Port Lincoln Division trip 2019

Hi All

Here are some shots of our resent trip to the GWAs Port Lincoln Division.

On Monday the 25th we found 905 873 850 and 1203 busy in Port Lincoln yard assembling today's train.
905 873 850 and 1203 work the yard as 1204 pushes 1602 back into the workshops.
Rudall bound at Coomunga
near Wanilla

At the 119Km Post
At the 129Km Post
At the 129Km Post

Arriving at Rudall
Next morning the 26th assembling the train, to service the Cummins bunker.  1204 went for the ride for a shakedown.
On the return at the 30Km Post.
A gaggle of Gunzels at the 30Km Post.
just outa town.
Arriving at Port Lincoln.
906 shunting the dumpers at Port Lincoln.
27th of March at the 60Km Post
Salty Creek
104Km post
Salt pans near Kynacutta
29th of March just out of Port Lincoln
Bridge near Prime road.
Near Rudall
Rudall bunker with Gunzels
906 dumping "silvers" HANs on the morning of the 30th of March
907 GWN005 lead an empty to Iron Knight
One of the railfans we met on the Port Lincoln division said the Iron Knob line was closed, so we are surprised when we got this train from Iron Knob. GWN002 and 1302 on a loaded.

GWN001 and 1301 passed Iron Knob Junction on their way to Iron Baron.