Saturday, 18 November 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.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

West Coast Mining in N Scale

 Noels N Scale Pilbara Mine RR

     This video was taken way back in 2014 on Noels, West Coast Mining Model Railroad.
      Large companies like BHP and RioTinto just to name two operate some of the worlds largest iron ore mines and longest trains in the world.
     Noel has created a miniature version of what goes on in Australia's far North West iron ore mining territory in half of his double garage. The room is sealed and the air inside controlled for heating and cooling. Special lighting effects have been employed to create the look of a hot 50C degree day or that of an operating mine site at night.
     Lots of unique N Scale locomotives can be seen as a result of Vics work in helping Noel create the famous Pilbara Cab by etching them in brass along with the radiators and fuel tanks. Special paint schemes have been employed on 15 locomotives that I had the pleasure of painting way back.
     Noel has then had a logo designed with decals being made and applied to these locos.
    The unique ore cars have been kitbashed by slicing Kato and other brand cars to the length required then sanding and painting.
    The layout has the ability to load and then unload real iron ore using a scratch built loader and unload-er. Unfortunately not shown in this video.
     Special work has been done on the couplers to allow each car to rotate whilst being unloaded without the cars on either side tipping by adapting fishing swivel hooks.
    I hope you enjoy viewing this unique model railroad.



Thanks to all for watching my videos. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy putting them together.
Rod.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Another N Scale layout

Graham Meyers N Scale Empire

     Over the past several years several friends have gathered each Friday to talk, drink tea and coffee have lunch and play trains. One such layout we get to run on is Grahams KCS Mexican Division.
     Many years ago when we first met at Grahams house he asked several of us that had been modeling in N for many years what he could do to improve his layout.
     As you can imagine suggestions came from all around the round table and within minutes a new track plan was drawn on a piece of paper and the rest is history.
    Graham has put a lot of effort into his KSC Mexican Division even going to the trouble of extending his layout room, adding carpet tiles, air conditioning and a crew room.
    I have not had a chance of late to video the newer sections of his railroad however the portion I have done is included in the video below.
    So sit back and watch as we follow a couple of trains on the KCS Mexican Division.



    I trust you enjoyed the journey as much as I have of putting this video together.

Thanks for coming by.
Rod.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Peter Suttons HOn3 Model RR Part 2

Part 2 of the Los Pinos and Toltec RR

    This is part 2 of the HOn3 layout belonging to Peter Sutton. With this video we capture several train movements on this beautiful layout.


    So sit back and enjoy part 2 of the Los Pinos & Toltec RR

Thanks for watching.
Rod.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Now for a HOn3 Model RR

Part 1 of Peter Sutton's HOn3 RR

     Filming of this and the next several videos were taken back in 2014 on Peter Sutton's beautiful HOn3 model RR.
     The Los Pinos & Toltec RR is housed in its special room in Peters back yard. The room is fully lined along with vinyl flooring and air-conditioning. Most of the Locos and rolling stock are Blackstone with some brass locos lurking around. Peter creates his own rock molds by using large pieces of coal which are then in turn used to create his fantastic rock work.
     Shinohara code 70 track and hand made turnouts is used throughout. Special control panels around the layout use LED's to show the positions of trains when in staging.
     N.C.E. brand DCC is used to control the trains.     
     There will be several parts to add to my blog over coming weeks so sit back and admire Peters Los Pinos & Toltec RR.
     A great deal more work has been done to scenery since these videos were taken and we will get to see that as this series continues.

So sit back and enjoy the Los Pinos & Toltec RR

     Here is a teaser so click on the lower image pick for the video.





Trust you enjoy part 1 of this series and thanks for stopping by.

Rod.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Rather different Video

Featuring Alan Rockett's Puffing Billy RR

     The Puffing Billy three foot Gauge Railroad is situated in the Dandenong Ranges approximately 50 kilometers East of Melbourne. The railroad was built to assist farmers and graziers who moved out of Melbourne in the 1980's move produce to and from markets in Melbourne.
     Following a landslide way back in the 50's the RR which was then owned by the Victorian Railways was shut down due to a lack of funds and desire.
     A determined group of volunteers set about to lobby the State Government and the railways and after many years were able to form a group of people willing to take the project on. Finally after many years the VR handed control over to this group and so this famous RR was once again underway. After many years of hard toil the Puffing Billy was re-opened to the public and has not looked back since.
    Today Puffing Billy is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Victoria with hundreds flocking to have a ride on this world famous Narrow Gauge Railroad each and every day.
    The model.
    Alan Rockett's Puffing Billy layout just has to be seen to be believed. Those of us that have had the good fortune to do so come away in amazement the way Alan has truthfully captured the look and feel of this iconic RR.
    All of Alan's locomotives, rolling stock, buildings along with the horse drawn coaches, horses and many many other items are all scratch built. His rendition of the iconic Australian Gum tree that grows in the hill around Belgrave and all through the Dandenongs are masterpieces.
    So sit back and watch as I have tried to capture to excellence of Alan's work.


Thanks for stopping by.
Rod.




Saturday, 9 September 2017

Now for a Victorian N Scale layout

Darren French's Beautiful Cann River N Scale RR

    Modelers here in Victoria Australia suffered for years and years of not having any prototype N Scale locomotives, rolling stock or building with which to model.
    Since the Victorian N Scale Collective was formed during the second Annual N Scale Convention held in Melbourne during March of 1991 there has been a ground swell of cottage industries starting to produce really nice kits from which to build locomotives, rolling stock and structures that fit that seen on Victoria railroads.
    Lots of kit bashing and scratch building has taken place since then and you will see some of that in this video.
    Also factory produced N Scale locomotives and rolling stock came onto the market over several years to fill this need.
    It is quite a while since I did the video on Darren's Cann River Victoria N Scale railroad in fact it goes back to March 2014. We have been back a couple of times since, however the last time saw a lot more progress. Unfortunately I did not take my video camera with me on the last visit which is a pity as lots more has been completed and lots more undergoing huge changes.
    So this video will be a prelude to what is to come.

Please sit back and enjoy the Cann River.



Thanks for stopping by.
Rod.