Sunday, December 3, 2017

Proposed small layout Andoom QLD Comalco Rio Tinto Buxite mining railway.

Hi All

While giving some thought to other small layouts to go with my airline transport concept.
The current foot print established and to fit in my current train room is, an L shaped layout, 17ft by 14" wide and a 8ft by 7" visible staging area.

One such concept is Andoom QLD, Andoom is the mine end of the Weipa based Comalco now Rio Tintos Bauxite hauling mining railway.

I found some videos on youtube, that might be of interest.
The first video is a promo of the operation in the mid to late 1970s, all in original livery.

This is more current operations with R.1005 and R.1006

There are good images and lots of modeling info on the Comalco railway operations in Weipa at:
David Heads railpage with shots of trains around 1983.
Toad Montgomerys page around 1995.

So here is an image of the loader.

here is a close up of the loader, from David heads site.

here is an image of the mine road over the line and the heavy equipment roll on roll off end loading siding.

Just down the road there is this smaller bridge.  I find that a bridge is a perfect visual block for a short yard.

An example of the bridge construction.

Operations at Andoom are fairly simple, a indexing arm issued to position empty cars under the loader, the entire train is loaded by the indexing arm.  When a empty train arrives, it positions the empty rake for the indexing arm, cuts off and pushes the loaded rake clear, up the dead end, throws the switch back to the mainline and runs around the empty rake and the loader.

From David Heads webpage there is a track diagram of Andoom.

While the indexing arm is a great feature, I am not sure it needs to be modeled working.  Faithfully modeling the railway operations this way would require two rakes of wagons, thus double the  amount of rolling stock.  however you, could model it with the Autojacks being repaired, and introduce a more traditional loading pattern.

Having said that, here is a video of the "auto jacks" in action.

However there is another operational feature, the transportation of mining equipment from Andoom to Lorim Point, this seems to happen on a fairly regular basis.  Now this would be interesting if you added the ore operations as well.

Here are some other pictures of haul packs around the mine.

Here is some pictures of the two basic wagons types, from Toads page.

To keep the air up, some wagons are fitted with compressors and high capacity main reservoirs,

Another interesting feature is that you could model different eras, without the need to change the rolling stock, as the same ore wagons have been in operation since it started.

R.1001, to R.1003, in the blue.

R.1001, to R.1003, in the Orange.

R.1001, R.1004 in the yellow.

R.1005 and R.1006 in the yellow.

Time has not changed much around Andoom so you could easily get away with a quick era change.

Modelling points:
Triangles are not used for loading or dumping thus saves valuable modeling realestate.

One or two locomotives is all you need to model this operation.

Bridge just east of Andoom could be kit bashed from sections of the BLMA bridge.

Ore wagons could be kit bashed from an Auscision Coal hopper.  By removing the centre cell.

Locomotives,  R.1001 and R.1002.
Both Haskell and SRM make a model of the GT26C, however Haskell offer an undecorated model, and the Haskell model is 80 AUD cheaper, than the SRM.
You will also need a C class body, and Austrains has had this model in production for a long time, so you should be able to find this on Ebay no dramas.
R.1003 from a Kato model.  Retired model but you can still get them on Ebay no dramas.
R.1004, this again will be a kit bashing job, and an Auscision N class is a good start, again retired model at this time, but I am sure you can snaffle one, I published a post awhile back how to kit-bash one using an N class, parts from an SD50 - SD60 and the long hood from a On Track Models 82 class long hood, you can view that here.
R.1005 and R.1006, I have not contemplated it but it would be a fairly heavy kit bash of an On Track Models 82 class, noted this model is also listed as retired, but they are contemplating a re-run.

Anyhow, I hope this gives you a little inspiration to look at modeling a small slice of Northern Queensland.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Proposed future layout Kanandah NSW

Hi All

With Murray River Bridge on the home straight, my thoughts have turned to the next big layout.

Concept: Kanandah NSW, AN Broken Hill line.
This is based around the west end of Broken Hill, from Gypsum Street overpass to half way through Kanandah, the first SAR built crossing loop west of Broken Hill.
Named Kanandah in 1974, serves a multiple functions,and there are two industrial "branches"
1. An Oil branch with Mobil, Shell, BP and Caltex all served.
2. Sheep and Cattle sidings.
3. AN and SRA used this location for locomotive fueling.

Silverton Tramways: South mine.
Thanks to SDS releasing the AOQF we can now effectively model Broken Hills South Mine.
The load out has some great trackage, and operationally its very labour intensive.
rakes of wagons have to be shuffled between the yard and the mine.

The layout would use the fiddle yard I built for Murray River Bridge, and would have the same foot print as Murray River bridge with the addition of three more boards for the South Mine.

In the layout room this would still be walk in, and also allow the aircraft delivered layout set up without any interference.

Here is an image from lionel Noble Kanandah is highlighted in yellow.  The train is heading east.

here is a proposed track plan of Kanandah and the South Mine.

Click on the link for the operational instructions for Kanandah and track diagram, on Lionels site.

here is a view of the Mobil depot.

Here is a shadow view of the proposed model area.

I find it challenging designing layouts to fit a location without smothering it with track and making it easy to access.
operationally you could have three crews working this layout.
AN crews, moving wagons back and forth between Kanandah industrial sidings.
AN crews working mainline trains and the SRA locomotives for fueling.
STC crews working between Broken Hill yard and the south mine.

Thanks to SDS this is now a modelling contender.

here is some video footage in the PN era

Enjoy Scott.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Great SAR information and images at

Hi All
I have been doing some research on future layouts and I stumbled onto this website.

Lots of great northern region images and information, especially Peterbourgh.  
Anyway check it out, very inspirational.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Proposed new layout for transportation by airline Eudunda South Australia

Hi All

Please see the video and the pictures of a proposed new layout which should be small enough to fit into two hard cases and be transported anywhere.

This is Eudunda, on the old Morgan line.

Should be interesting.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Murray River Bridge how the pylons were built and how I faded my AHGX wagons.

Hi All

please see below a video on how I built the pylons for Murray river Bridge, and how I weathered the AHGXs.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Broadford Model Railway Layout by Iain Hunter from the UK

Hi All

Its interesting when modelling Australia is an attractive option for modelers all over the world.

here is some video footage of Broadford at a recent exhibition in the UK.

starts at 11:40

Starts at 40:04



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

AHGXs weathered and running on Murray River Bridge

Hi All

Well I have managed to weather thirty odd AHGXs for my southline grain train.
I got them back together last night, and made a quick video of them being hauled by three 930s.

These are all brush painted, with two washes each, one for the fade and the other for road grime.

I am quite happy with the results.

Enjoy Scott