Monday, March 25, 2013


While most of my experience with O gauge has been using my own handmade track from recycled code 100 rail I decided that this time a more robust section was required. I deliberated on which flextrack to purchase for quite sometime. In the end the availability locally of the Peco code 124BH and the known fact that Peco track holds up fairly well in the Australian sun convinced me that was the best option.
I also purchased some rail section from Slaters. This is advertised as code 125BH. While it was principally purchased for other structural uses apart from trackwork I was curious how it was meant to be joined.
Members of the GOG who replied to my question had filed down the base to fit Peco joiners as used for the Peco track.
By chance I remembered some Atlas joiner for code 100 were stored away with a few lengths of track.
The Atlas joiners were a near perfect fit.

Here is shown a join, while 3 Atlas joiners are at the rear of a Peco SL10

Sunday, March 10, 2013

3 carriage progress

Still no progress outdoors at this stage but some more work on the 3 carriages.
Sides have been given a first coat of paint so window fitting is not too far away.

Just spent a weekend running trains on a friend's indoor layout. Often four trains moving at once. The potential for an impressive cornfield meet with two O gauge 7mm scale trains was high but we managed to avoid any disasters. Running foreign stock on a layout is also a good way to shake out any gremlins in both the layout and the stock.
My friend has a very nice finished HO layout but it sees little use when I am there.
The running sessions have reinforced my preference for radio throttles and sound equipped locos.... I put some miles up on his sound equipped 44 class and 30T; often walking around with them. If I write early to Santa  and promise to be a good boy maybe he will bring me a radio conversion for my DCC system.