O Gauge Minerva E Class Peckett for sale

For sale is an O gauge DCC ready 0-4-0 Peckett tank engine $395. It is as new and has only been test run. The engine belongs to my brother in law and is surplus to his requirements. Please call my mobile 0422054211 until 9pm for any more info. I can deliver it to the Belrose area of Sydney this coming Saturday or the Newcastle area during the week. Payment can be made with Paypal or bank deposit. I can post within Australia or overseas at cost to the buyer.


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After a hectic Christmas and new year at last some progress on the signals, with making up the extension cables to the GF Controls gfcontrols.co.uk servo drives and guess what they work! Next step is painting the signals, firstly a light spray of grey self-etch primer is carefully applied, then by thinning Humbrol satin white with enamel thinners a couple of thin coats are better than one thick coat, especially on the lattice post, being sure not to paint in the linkages etc, a drop of light oil will help. After making sure all is ok proceed to place on the layout and scenic making sure that they can be removed at any time.

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At the recent Liverpool exhibition I purchased  from Keiran Ryan Models an etched nickle silver lattice post signal. A few days after the excitement had died down I decided to start building it. The etches are nice and crisp with no tiding up to do also the folding of the post is straight forward without a problem the rest was assembled with studying photo’s from different sources. If a working signal is required then care must be taken not to use too much solder around the weight and signal arm areas to keep the pivot points clear.The ladder was constructed using the jig from Keiran which is available separately.

The outer home signal is based on a timber example which is an AM Models kit from Casula Hobbies. As the post is a one piece casting all the attention was concentrated on the arm and weight areas same care taken as on the lattice post. These kits are a good result if a working model is required the I suggest time is taken to work them out and proceed slowly. The base plate and mechanism is covered in a previous post.

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Another quiet day

Since first building the layout 7 years ago there have been quite a few upgrades not only to the buildings but also the landscape so I thought of  posting an update of the approach to the terminus. There are still a couple of things to upgrade like the signals so hopefully as time allows I will be able to carry them out. The publications that have influence me most are by Barry Norman,Gordon and Maggie Gravett, Model Railway Journal and The AJRM (Branchline Modeller) and being a member of the NSW Model Railway Club another source of inspiration is viewing other blogs attending exhibitions forums and seeing other modellers layouts in all prototypes and gauges. All for now









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The first kits I bought back in 1989 were 2 Rails North  MLV’s so with the new SDS Models 2AE bogies I decided to install them to the vans, a bit of fettling to the bolsters and for $14 a pair complete they run very smoothly. As I have an AR kits MLV I will give it the same treatment down the track. All for now.


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As there are no modelling projects to share signals seem to be always a fascinating topic. On a field trip to Crookwell back in 2004, with good friend Richard Grace, to the extensive remains of the  Crookwell terminus, on the approach stands this very good example what I believe to be a McKenzie Holland tapered timber signal. This one has a few variations especially the counterweight position when compared to say the one at Boorowa. On closer inspection the Crookwell counterweight appeared to have been moved.







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WILLIAMSDALE a micro layout

Williamsdale is a location on the Queanbeyan to Cooma Bombala railway on the NSW ACT border. The model by Peter Street is only about 1.5 metres in length and 450  millimetres deep.

Armed with plans and photos of the location Pete has created a great little layout, a type of  which is seldom modelled. The track plan is of the main line and a siding with loading bank. The next step, Pete tells me, is a backscene with lighting the type seen in the publication Cameo Layouts by Iain Rice and back issues of Model Railway Journal which is ideal for someone with very limited space. This layout deserves to be published in the AMRM or AJRM with an article to explain how it has been achieved.

Here are just a few photos taken a couple of weeks ago, another visit is planned to take more of the overall layout.







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