Saturday, April 1, 2017

back to the future indoors

Well, after some time running trains inside I came to the conclusion that for O gauge the room really was very limiting and to be honest I have never been a fan of having trains loop around behind me. I much prefer the punter's view at an exhibition.
So after another dice with an O gauge shunting idea I reverted to a central loop idea.
Once again I could have gone to S scale but thoughts of having to scratchbuild in two scales didn't appeal at this moment so it had to be go find what HO was still lying about.

Here is the result with temporary scenic items scattered about.

It is, just a means of replicating inside,  the train watching I do outdoors when the conditions are not suitable.

Much more can be found on my threads on Freerails.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Indoors Too

The opportunity arose to finally have my indoor layout room again.
It started as HO (too small these days), would have been best in S but that would have entailed another scale to scratchbuild it all in.
So with 3' radius at our disposal and plenty of small engines and 4 wheelers in stock a shoehorn O gauge layout it shall be!
I didn't have enough Peco points in stockto do it  but did have enough of my home made jobs so I have made the sidings out of code 100 once again to match those points. Recycled once again.

Ballasting is under way

Thursday, March 3, 2016


The railway got a new loco today.
4108 was started some years before Bergs Hobbies mooted theirs. I used information from an early issue of the magazine and Ron Preston's book 'green diesels'.
It is made of styrene and brass mesh with Slaters wheels and a  Roxey gearbox. The sideframes are modified Col Shepherd.
Ted Freeman did the decals for me.


Friday, April 24, 2015

chocolate crackles on the move

The rake of private coal hoppers are on a trial run. A few things to tidy up but I couldn't wait to see them in operation. A more appropriate CHG (or two) and a 50 class perhaps one day.



Thursday, April 2, 2015

A video update

Here is some video with visiting steam


Thursday, November 27, 2014


Last week we had an opportunity to enjoy good company and visiting stock for 3 days.
The new catenary had only just been installed on a trial basis and the 'smoke' was taken out of the locos under some stanchions that had slipped down lower than spec.

Here we see a 38 being trialled on the mail.

Electrically the layout performed well. I have not cleaned the track in a long time, just an occasional brush to remove leaves and twigs and a scrape to remove bird poo. I put a few drops of powdered graphite on both main lines and that was it... no issues. Of course nothing will be perfect for visitors and some loose ballast jammed a point and two microswitches occasionally failed to do their job due to the points moving about. Both issues a result of a poor selection of glue in some areas to hold the ballast. Some screws inserted in the right place stopped the wandering points.

Good weather meant we were able to run late into the evening.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Traffic on line

Today sees Hunter Valley Mine's ex NSWGR 1803 and 72 shuffle a short train of assorted goods wagons past Seven Mile Mulga on their way down to the mine site.

Traffic is slowed by the construction of a full size over pass near the back fence.