Mechanical Branch 20,000 gal water tank

It has been  too long since the last post which has been taken up with ironing out a few bugs on the layout and messing around with adjusting  decoders on locomotives Tsunami2 and Loksound V4 for both steam and diesel.

I was given a Mechanical Branch kit of the 20,000 gal water tank for my 70th so before I go completely  insane I thought I had better build it. The instructions were studied along with the data sheet by Greg Edwards also photos of the tank at Telegraph Point which were taken a few years ago. After over 20 years the soldering station packed in so a new Weller was bought from Element 14 and it’s working well.

The stand and tank have been assembled and placed on the layout as is but still needs a few adjustments here and there it is to my eyes nice and square and level. The pipework is next which I will do hopefully next week.

All for now and stay safe.

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Rosehill exhibition 2019

I would like to thank the Epping model railway club for transporting the layout to the exhibition and returning it home safely. The weekend was an education for me being the first time I have exhibited the layout with a few lessons learned if there is to be a next time.  A big thanks to Phil and Ben of the EMRC, Richard, Bill and Daniel for helping operate the layout, oh yes, and Marcus for the great Saturday night.

It was great to finally put faces to names and meet new people that share or are interested in this great hobby as it gives encouragement to carry on, an excessive amount of talking was done. I was able to see a few exhibits and overall there was something for everyone. As time was tight I wasn’t able to take many photos so the ones I did take are below with the new straight module in place sorry about the Poplar trees Tom, I did find them eventually.

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ROSEHILL EXHIBITION – June long weekend 2019

There hasn’t been an update for a long time due to a house move and redesigning part of the layout, however work is progressing well with all the hard work done. The landscaping and updating the electricals to operate DCC are next.

I will have the layout ready for its first outing to the Rosehill Exhibition in June 2019 which I am greatly looking forward to along with Peter Street’s layout Williamsdale which can be viewed on this site. So come along and say G’day.

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Gyprock progress to train room


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After a successful move with the layout intact. I was confronted with a room that needed gyprock and plastering as well as new light fittings so with the right man for the job it will take place within the next week or two.

The layout will have to be re configured with the addition of one module and minus the curved module but that will be half the fun. The turntable will be moved to the new module as well as the points  which will be operating from the mainline as the prototype. I do hope to have it running by Christmas but as we know all well made plans things could change. My other project  Capel St Edmund L.N.E.R /ex GE in EM gauge could start late 2019. All for now




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With a house move imminent it is difficult to know whether the layout will relocate in it’s present form. This could be the last post so I will have to see whether a new project will be built in the new house. I am hoping that it survives but you never know. I will leave the blog as is until after the move as I have had great fun in sharing the layouts progress with you all. I appreciate the interest and comments that fellow modellers have made both here and overseas. I have taken a few photos by Galah Cam,no drones in the early nineteen sixties. All for now.IMG_2438










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Having built the Keiran Ryan Models signal  early this year my thoughts turned to kit bashing the same signal kit into a NSWGR landmark. After studying photos I took while on a trip in 2013 the one I’ve built is on the approach to Boorowa. There are many variations of land marks so if you are building a particular landmark study as many photos as you can. These can be found on the internet. I’m afraid I cannot give a step by step description of construction as once I started it was difficult to stop.

The post and ladder are constructed the same way as the signal and is very easy to fold. The rest of it is done by studying photos and estimating the height by how many rungs on the ladder compared to the photo of the prototype etc.

Back to installing DCC decoders. All for now.





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