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    I like trains of all sorts but particularly steam from all over the world. Yes this is an English site but there are many steam locos in the world and different ways of doing things. I don't like rivet counters and I don't consider myself as an anorack as we don't have them in Australia

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  1. Years later my dad told me when I first started to walk my dad had made the Airfix windmill for my brother and I over balanced and sat on it crushing it. In those days unlike today trains were built solid and one only needed to get the carpet fluff out of the mechanism and they'd keep going. Track of course was steel and was cleaned with sandpaper as Peco streamline or set track either hadn't been invented or was just too expensive.
  2. Here's a photo of me being coached by dad in about 1965 in Melbourne Australia with the track laid directly on the lounge room carpet. Mum is knitting and the other adult man is I think uncle Jonk. The other young boy is my older brother.
  3. Here's a final one a video of a cab ride in a streamliner ascending the notorious 1 in 40 of Cowan Bank. The driver gives a good detailed explanation of what he's doing and concerned about. The loco is painted orange but in front of the divided windscreens is matt black paint. That's done to stop the sun reflecting off the paintwork straight into the crews eyes. The locos and train are maintaining a steady 11-12mph in 8th notch.
  4. Here's another one of more old diesels working their guts out on the same grade. I do like the original livery of these old Victorian railway diesels. Again turn up the volume.
  5. If you like roar of GM's then have a look and listen to this. Without the "super series wheel slip control" in the leading G class this train would have stalled on the grade of 1 in 52. Turn up your volume.
  6. Here's another video of streamlined diesels operating in New South Wales.
  7. Some diesels are still in daily use and others are preserved 42101 is one unit of a class of ten and 4204 is one unit of a class of six. 4461, 77, 86 and 90 are part of a class of 100 although many have been scrapped. As an example diesel like steam loco numbers are numbered the same way here, so the 44 class were numbered 4401 to 44100, never 4400 to 4499. Of the 42 class three have survived out of the six in the class being 4201, 04, 06. The B's, S's 42 and 421 are all GM. The 44's are Goodwin Alco, Goodwin being the Australian agent for Alco US. Most GM's here were Clyde EMD's or Electro Mo
  8. In 2016 there was a gathering in New South Wales of streamlined diesel locos from Alco and GM and here's a video of it
  9. I've given up buying from Hattons or any other shop overseas and I now buy local. If something goes wrong with a model loco or it's a dud when you receive it they don't refund the postage which can be quite expensive if you send a model loco air freight. I did have a Heljan loco that wasn't working properly and the shop in the UK that sold it to me gave me some ideas on how to fix it. But taking the loco apart and altering it would void any warranty that the loco had. So I sent the loco to Heljan in Denmark and they fixed it and paid for all the postage. They also told me I did the right thing
  10. I think it all depends on what you want to achieve. If the helix is to be covered in as there's nothing more unrealistic than watching a British train negotiating a huge spiral, then you won't be able to watch the train ascend or descend the two levels. However an incline or ramp allows you to watch your train climbing the gradient and if you use DCC Concept's power base then even steam outline locos can climb steep gradients with ease, provided that your steam locos have a plastic plate that covers the axles for you need to screw the tiny magnets in place. Diesels have a lot more weight in th
  11. Here's a video showing what the above title reads. The abandoned part begins at six minutes into the video. This footage shows a railway line of 200km abandoned since the 1980's. Unlike the UK where lines are ripped out, buildings demolished, bridges removed and other infrastructure taken away here its all still there apart from Bolivia Station building which has been demolished.
  12. Here's part 2 of Redford during a public open day
  13. On the Redlford layout they have trains that run as mobile advertisements which shows all the companies that sponsor the layout and it gives them a bit of free advertising as a return thanks. Redford is a large layout with quite a few young guys operating trains which is good to see. I don't like it when I see a club layout that tends to be an old farts only zone.
  14. Oh thanks for that. No doubt it has narrow streets with old buildings whereas Hay NSW has wide streets as it's a country town with large houses on large sized blocks and the roads are wide in the residential areas where you have a four lane road but only the two inner lanes are use by through traffic. The outer two lanes people park cars and boats and caravans and HGV's.
  15. Here's another of Bevan Walls videos this time of standard goods loco 5367 working shuttles between Junee and Collamon on the line to Narrandera way back in 1997. 5367 is of 1914 and is a 2-8-0 goods loco with driving wheels of 4'3". They're not really favoured for mainline usage as they're too slow. They were built for an era when slow plodding goods trains were normal. The loco's lining and use of red paint on the wheels was only added in preservation. Other than the buffer beams they were all over black. She has a Commonwealth tender which has a higher water and coal capacity than her stand
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