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
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.
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.
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.
On an expedition of discovery an Andian BLV, which was bought in 2012 at the Armidale Convention,was found just about 80% finished, yes in a box. So here goes with the new camera.A bit more detail to the underfloor and a decal then it’s done.
I have never been happy with the roof on this model maybe I’m picky but it just didn’t look right. After thinking about it for quite sometime I thought I would experiment with 10 mm wide yellow Tamiya masking tape it is sold with a dispenser. To begin with remove the roof vents with care they are a press fit so be aware and put them in a safe place next cut the tape 45mm in length then narrow it by .5mm to 9.5mm with a scalpel on a gloss surface like a mirror or tile, that will be just right to stick it between the raised cross section. After sticking the masking tape in place make sure the tape is pressed in along the roof gutter then by using a scalpel carefully trim the excess tape and repeat the process until you are happy with the result, like me it may take 2 or 3 goes to get right.
After you are happy with the result with care replace the roof vents,mask the van sides and both ends then prime the entire roof black and weather to your liking