Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cheakamus Canyon new Model Railway layout construction

Hi All

When Rapido produced their BCR C40-8Ms in HO I knew I was in trouble.

I had said to Dave and Roger if they (anyone) makes a model of the BCR C40-8M then I will build a BCR layout, so I was stuck! Four Rapido Dash 8s arrived in the mail and I was sunk!

After a bit of discussion and pouring over the JF Garden book, we came up with the location of Cheakamus Canyon on the BCR mainline.

Here are some videos of the current build process.

Day one.

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3.5

Should be a great model once Dave does his rock magic!!

Enjoy... Scott

Friday, January 11, 2019

Barcoola 2018 - 2019

So another year is upon us already.
Its interesting to look back at what been.
Murray River Bridge has been to three exhibitions in 2018.
Epping in June.
Caulfield in August.
Whyalla in October (Whyalla was a blast).

MRB was extended in width and new lights were installed, it made a big difference.
The fiddle yard had DCC concepts SS cobalt point motors installed at one end, which means we can control them with remote control.

Rolling stock boxes were made for the exhibition rollingstock.
The locomotives were all converted to DCC concepts stay alive chips.
I worked on getting the consists right for the era and weathering each wagon appropriately.
Introduced some ultra modern trains, including a PN train and a GWA grain train with graffiti.

I built another layout for Dave and Roger, called “Cheakamus Canyon” this is based on a location on the BCR mainline.  It will be a very impressive layout.  Lots of depth in it.  It took me a while to figure out but it will all fit in the current trailer.  Cheakamus Canyon, will use the fiddle yard for MRB, the display boards are in total 16’6” long and 500mm wide and 1200mm high.  It is an exhibition layout, and expect it to be finished scenery wise in about April of 2019.
The hardest part will be getting the boards to Dave, and set them up, as Dave has very limited space.

Offering pre weathered models for SDS.

layout Design concepts:

I really enjoy creating design concepts,some may never make it to the build stage, but again its fun creating them.  Here are some of them.

Barcoola MKII
Barcoola is a great concept and I think It deserves a really accurate “Tarcoola” close version.

South Mine, Broken Hill NSW.
Silverton Tramway’s Broken Hill South Mine.  I know Doug really likes this concept and I have the locos and rollingstock to do it!, I am just struggling with how the place operated on a normal day.

Huddleston Curves SA.
Huddleston, is an Iconic location on the Port Pirie Broken Hill Line.  Wide boards are the only way to give this location justice, as Doug commented, it’s an operating Diorama!  (no points)

Rudall SA.
The Lincoln division is an amazing operation, even in ultra modern, it is spectacular.

Caltowie SA.
All of SDS’s groovy AOQF need a small town in the mid north to clatter through.

Koolyanobbing, Koolyanobbing East, and Southern Cross WA.
I made a trip to WA to get the last of the Aurizon Iron Ore trains, and as usual each time I go to WA I get the modelling bug.

Koolyanobbing East

Southern Cross

I really like the industrial brutality of the WAGR standard gauge mainline stations.  Everything was built on a very clean slate, these included:
A complete redesign
Brand new lines built to easier grades.
Towns by passed, all most all the yards, and locations had previsions made for expansion.
Track diagrams were generic, usually three tracks, mainline, Crossing loop, arrival track.  Then there were the yard - service tracks, and these were separated from the three by at least another two tracks width (26ft) again probably for expansion.
Lighting installed in the yard for 24hour operation.
Large CBH bunkers with flood loaders.
The Goods sheds and station buildings are of a flat roof 1960’s design.
From the need to build Cheakamus Canyon, I thought I could use this new design concept on other layout designs.
There are a number of advantages, integrated lighting and backdrops, larger curves in the fiddle yard.

Moving to rural Australia has occurred, the space and quite is amazing.

For 2019, I would like to complete another layout and have another in reserve.
To make any of these layouts with ntegerated lighting etc, It will need to make another fiddle yard.  However if I just build the display section first I can get it in a flat area of the house sooner.  I figure I can build three boards at 7' 6" which will give me a 22' 6' display area and a 30' overall width with the curves for the fiddle yard boards.

Bring on 2019....

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Large exhibition layout concept - Caltowie

Hi All

Insomnia is a double edged sword, however it does yield results.
I was searching for concepts for an exhibition layout that would fit into the proposed new layout room.  30ft by 16ft.
The northern grain region has some great little yards.
Crystal Brook is the most obvious, however the junction is just a little too big for the room.

There are other standard gauge locations which would fit the bill, Jamestown and Yongala.
Caltowie has the advantage, for a couple of reasons.
1: The yard has a curve at either end, this makes it easier to model.
2: Caltowie is squeezed in between the town and the highway level crossing.
3: The grain loop is clear of the main line and crossing, thus in an exhibition format the mainline and crossing loop can be clear while loading grain.
4: S curve at the Jamestown end of the yard.

Rolling stock wise, SDS Austrains NEO  has the AOQF.
Auscision the AHGXs.

 yard looking towards Jamestown.
From Norm Bray
 Down end of the Yard, looking towards Jamestown.  Note the low level station in the background.
and the NG mainline in behind the signal and the 500 class.

Gota love those curves, anyhow.

Enjoy, Scott

Some smaller layout designs - Rudall SA on the Lincoln Division

Hi All

I have been investigating or looking at concepts, for a small layout, roughly 16ft in length.
A number of things have been lining up lately.
I have a couple of mechanisms for the NJs class and a GWA 1200 class.
The AHGXs were transferred to the Lincoln Division, thus I had some of the modern versions of them.
This means that I could build a ultra modern small layout on the Lincoln division,

The real change in operations is a train to a single location.  Which meant that most of the sidings were designed to have a couple of wagons loaded at each location, not an entire train.

This introduces much more complicated shunting movements.

They are more complicated when there are main roads at the yard throats.

Rudall is on the Buckleboo line, is such a location.

The Birdseye highway intersects the town of Rudall.  The yard has a single loop, and a single siding.
The yard throat is bracketed by the highway.
The yard has two silos and a bunker, the station building is still there and is the barracks.

The shots you see here, are from:

and Norm Bray's flicker.

 Rudall yard throat down end, looking towards Port Lincoln.

 The bunker on the south side of the yard.
 The barracks.

 The left over of the siding on the west side of the main.
 The up end of the yard looking towards Port Lincoln
 Up end of the yard looking towards buckleboo.

 I reckon this is an interesting location.



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 50th Anniversary Whyalla Model Railway Society exhibition 2018

Hi All

We were lucky enough to be invited to the 50th Anniversary Whyalla Model Railway Society exhibition on the 27th to 28th of October 2018.

Its been a while since we have gone to a regional exhibition, I had almost forgotten just how much of a blast these can be.

Jim and Geoff did a spectacular job, I just wished we had allocated more time to take full advantage of the events on offer, not just the exhibition.

For Murray River Bridge this was a good test of the planning skills.
We had only three operators and the layout, lights, rolling stock, tools, luggage and people all had to be loaded into a 7 and a half by 4ft 4" trailer and a 4X4.

I had left a full day to load the truck and the trailer, however I had to inspect a house for Helen's Mum which was a fair distance from my place.
long story short we got it all packed up by 21:00 that night.

03:30 the next morning we were off!

We arrived at Whyalla around 17:00.

Jim had organised the accommodation, and he had done everything nothing to sign, they were waiting for us.

The next morning we checked out the yard, a GM and 22 were shunting around, and their ballast train was being loaded.

Jim had stated that we should meet at HMAS Whyalla at 10:00 have a bit of a chat etc, so I thought it was run over the details of the exhibition etc.
However it turned out to be a private tour of the ship and the museum and their layout at the museum, followed by a BBQ.

At the same time I was negotiating the house we saw two days ago for Helen's mum, so it turned out to be the most expensive tour ever!

We had a BBQ with exhibitors and proprietors, in a calm environment prior to the onslaught of an exhibition.

It was great to discuss the hobby and not talk shop, with Fred and Claudia from Orient Express hobbies.

The set up went smoothly, and we had time the next morning to set up all the rolling stock, and I had pre consisted all the locomotives so that cut down the time considerably.

Here is a picture of C501 932 950 and BL26 on a Steel train.

Here is a brief overview of the exhibition.

on Saturday night the club hosted a dinner and awards night, and it was a cracker, I not laughed as hard as that for awhile, we had Helen, Doug, Jim and his wife and Chis and Linda from Ozrail models on our table.

the next morning I took some shots of the layout.

The layout next to us was built by Anthony and Cassy, modeled on RJ Corman in the USA, its inspiring to see passionate younger modelers producing very nice layouts.  Great work guys!

MRB has now traveled just over 5000km, and it's just over a year old.

Doug and myself discussed a few enhancements to the fiddle yard, and the Cobalt SS point motors seem to have passed there test at a full exhibition.

Thanks again to all, the Barcoola "bockscar Hobos" enjoyed the weekend immensely.



Saturday, October 6, 2018

SDS models new weathered by Barcoola range

Hi All

Here are some before and after pictures of NRs "weathered by Barcoola" these are now offered for sale by SDS Models. I am really happy with the results.

They are all painted per prototype and factory backed by SDS models.

Enjoy scott