24/05/2018

Work in progress #2

An update on the unnamed D&RGW RR

     More work completed over the past few weeks to add even more sub-road bed for the RR. The track plans were roughed in so we could see where to cut the 12mm 5 ply, add the risers and then away we went. A big thanks to John for his help to get this part of construction moving along.

    Here are some in progress images.











That's it for this post.
Rod.

16/05/2018

Work in progress

Its coming along nicely.

      Lots more progress on the Unnamed RR . Prior to yesterday I had pre cut the cross braces and risers on which the sub-road bed would sit. I had also marked out last week, with the help of Big John, the track  alignment for the back left hand corner where on of the mines is to be situated.     
     Fortunately we had a brainstorming session and decided to eliminate the passing siding I had in my plan. This makes the run from the engine terminal / yard seem longer and eliminates several turnouts.
     This allowed me to mark out the profile I wanted for my sub-road bed and cut it ready for yesterdays working bee.

This is what we achieved yesterday.



 
      The lower front section is for a river and a small trestle bridge.
     Very happy with the progress to date.
 That's it for this post.
Rod.

04/05/2018

Construction begins


My HOn3 Unnamed layout gets underway.

     I intend to keep going with this Blog even though it will be a different scale RR. Might just change the name to incorporate the new name when I think of one. So for all intense of purposes this will be my new layouts home from now on.

     Although I started to assemble some rolling stock kits for my new venture last year I have not done anymore to those however since moving into our new home vary late last year things have been kinda on hold. Lots to do around the house , fence painting, gardening, new decks and odd jobs, you know the sort.
     So a few weeks ago I ventured out to the local hardware store purchased some paint for my sky and timber for "L Girder construction.
     I had a lot of help from Hels in masking out the three walls for the backdrop and the following day got to and painted the sky. It is a way off my traditional colour as I want my new layout to be based in Autumn moving into winter so it is on the dull side of blue almost grey ish.

  The first pass at a track plan

Not to scale and very ruff. But it is a good thought starter.
      Here is a couple of pics showing the wall colour.








     I should add that the garage is 23.5 feet long and 19 feet wide in the old imperial dims. This should give me plenty of work to do and a good run for my new gear.

Stage 1 of Left wall completed

R/H wall completed this morning.


Well that's it for this post.
Thanks for taking the time to take a look.
Rod.
   

27/04/2018

Friday on the Los Pinos and Toltec RR

Images from the Los Pinos and Tolec RR

     Our Friday round robin group headed down to Peters yesterday an hours drive east from my house and there was a lot more to see scenery wise along with a new Goose appearing on the roster.
    With permission from our host here are a few pics I took of the LP&TRR.




Enjoy.
Rod.

27/02/2018

Time for a new Video

This new video is of my ON30 Narrow Gauge RR the Lost Creek

       I built this layout in a totally different shed to my SFRSD as I wanted to try something different. I guess this primarily came about from meeting Bill with his wonderful Sn3 RR which must have touched a nerve.
       One of the things I wanted to do is try something different hence the curved corners using off-cuts of Laminex curved to a 12 inch radius and glued in place with contact adhesive. John F a good friend helped me paint the top half of the room sky blue and with a lot of the turnout wiring by using push /pulls onto slide switches instead of Tortoise motors.
      I designed the fascia to have a shelf so operators had a place to lay car cards whilst switching.
      The other really big step was learning to paint all of the scenery and trees on my backdrops which took a while, however I was pleased with the outcome.
      I kit bashed two Bachmann Gas Mechanical Locos, weathered a Shay and a Porter and assembled quite a few English freight car kits that turned out okay.







     Building this layout was a lot of fun however the operational side did not work as planned so the Lost Creek RR became a fallen flag.
     There is no video clips of the layout however I did manage to take quite a few images which I have put together in the video.
     Hope you enjoy my journey into Narrow Gauge Railroading as much as I enjoyed building it.


     As usual thanks for stopping by and watch out for more videos as I add them to this Blog over coming weeks.
Rod.

14/01/2018

Almost 2 months

Wow doesn't time fly by.

    It is hard to believe that it is almost two months since my last post. So much has happened since then. We have packed up and moved into our new house and still lots to do. Just got the landline phone in on Saturday, waiting for ADSL internet (using a mobile devise for a while) and Foxtel due tomorrow.
    I have done some work towards getting the double car garage up to my way. Two lots of high storage racks have been installed (one on either side) new small work bench in and my new spray booth is almost ready to fire it's first shot.
    Lots more to move once we get full title of the house until then its about as much as we are permitted to do.

These racks are on the L/H/Side some stuff seen here already gone to Salvo's


   So what have I been up to before hand. Making a few Rail Line and Durango Press kits for my upcoming HOn3 layout that will go around three of the walls. This should suit me I hope but never say never or Over My Dead Body.
   Here is a few picks of some progress.





    These kits look quite complicated at first however once you get underway they are quite nice to do. The Rail line kits (the box car) has preformed grab irons whilst the Durango Press Gons well you have to roll your own and the is a lot. Thank goodness I have The Wedge it makes making grab irons a breeze.

    On Saturday I finally got to Barry's place to paint the backdrop on his new HOn3 Layout. Boy is he doing a fine job, the layout looks fab. Whilst there I took just a couple of pics so see below.





   
    This is the main portion of backdrop I painted. Copied straight from a pic off the D&RGW.


    Well that's it for today as usual thanks for stopping by.
Rod.

18/11/2017

Time for a HO Victorian prototype Layout

Graham Fraser's wonderful HO Victorian layout.

    I had the pleasure some time back to visit Grahams layout and just had to ask if it was okay to do a video.
    The amount of detail Graham is putting into his layout is simply amazing. When you take a look at the video take note of the scale linkage that runs from the signal box along side the track and over to the signals and turnouts. Then look even harder at the scale signals themselves which are a direct copy of those seen on our Victorian Railways. The station buildings and the pedestrian crossing are just a few of the details that have all been faithfully reproduced.
   Grahams layout as you will see is far from being finished but boy is it going to be something when he gets there.

   So sit back and enjoy HO scale modeling Victorian Railways style at it's best.



Thanks once more for stopping by.
Rod.