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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. The main reason for the delays is that the CCP is having a trade war with Australia. Now barley, meat, lobster and wine won't effect delays in production of model railways. But not only are those products banned but so is coal and both types, thermal and metallurgical. The former is used in power generation and the latter in industry. Now Chinese coal fired power stations (of which there are many) installed new boilers to take advantage of burning Australian high grade thermal coal. Now they have to find other suppliers and their coal isn't high grade so the Chinese power station owners have to buy more of it but they're running out of money. The Australian coal originally destined for China still is but by a roundabout route for the CCP has broken their own embargo. The Aussie coal is being sold to India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia but it's not being burnt by them. It's being sold to China but at their prices not Australia's prices. This way the CCP can have Aussie coal without losing face over what is essentially a back down. But they're not getting the huge quantities they once were. The CCP intended to punish Australia by smashing it's economy because Australia dared to ask for an independent investigation into the origins of the virus and other grievances. The CCP thought that with their economy being ten times the size of Australia it would be very easy. The CCP also wrongly thought that Australia was totally dependent on China for trade and never gave one thought on how dependent China was on Australia. The little economy of Australia has exposed the weak points in China's huge economy which is starting to unravel and it's all the CCP's own doing. The CCP has form on making rash and erratic decisions like in Mao's era when the same CCP changed the country's agricultural policy to make China self sufficient. To stop trading with the west and declaring war on a sparrow, yes a sparrow. Mao got Chinese farmers to grow huge amounts of wheat but the sparrow population ate about 4lbs of the total wheat crop. But that was too much for the CCP and they decided to wipe the sparrows out and they very nearly succeeded. Only problem was that the sparrows ate all the pests that could decimate the wheat namely locus and with the sparrows gone the locus population ballooned and did just that. Millions of innocent Chinese people starved to death from a rash and erratic CCP decision.
  2. Going outside in DCC in OO is quite ok especially if you can use DCC radio or remote control. There are some manufacturers that have integrations with mobile phones meaning that all the expensive DCC hardware can be kept indoors and out of the weather. With OO being much cheaper than O you usually amass a large collection of rolling stock so an outdoor building is a great idea. If it starts to rain then trains can be quickly run under cover. As stated before mother nature doesn't recognise scale or gauge so whether you're running OO or gauge 1 outdoors it's all the same to mother nature. Peco code 100 streamline is the track to use and can be used with their set track range. I've used in the past code 100 streamline on curves and double length straights in set track for........straight sections of track. I'm not overly sold on the use of points outdoors as you can't easily get a waterproof lubricant onto the tiny steel spring which operates the Peco points. In time they rust and break and although replacement springs are available they're an absolute to fit and make work properly. All track joints are bonded outside and you don't rely on the fish plates to conduct the electrical current for the fish plates only align the rails. Don't solder the fish plates to the rails as you need the rails to move when they expand in heat and contract when cooler. Bond only to the outside of the rail side not underneath for bonds can drop off due to temperature changes which effects the molecules in the solder. If you solder underneath before laying the track you'll be unable to get at the soldered joint once the track is laid. Gradients can be done outside but it's hard to get an absolute 1 in 100 gradient. They often fluctuate between 1 in 90 and 1 in 110. DCC Concepts makes a power base which is stainless steel so it won't rust outdoors and that can be laid beneath the track. But it means fitting all locos with the tiny magnets and on some locos that isn't easy and there's no plastic keeper plate. But it allows far steeper gradients to be used without the loco losing traction and coming to a halt so 1 in 40 or steeper gradients can be laid. Station platforms can be made out of concrete if a garden level line is desired with a black pigment added to the concrete to represent bitumen. Scaledale platform sections can be used on raised level garden railways. Station buildings for both types can be from the Scaledale and Scenecraft ranges, in fact all buildings can be from those two ranges as they're made of resin and won't warp out of shape in the sun. Footbridges can be held down by magnets under their base so they don't blow over in a slight breeze in front of a speeding HST. Even station buildings can be made to stay put in a slight breeze. Add a separate permanent sub base to the building and line it up exactly where you want it to be then press it down into the wet concrete then withdraw it. So every time you place the station building on the platform the sub base goes down into the concrete leaving the building at the right height on the platform. You can make the sub base from thick plasticard and there's no need to paint it as it will never be seen. Tunnels must never be too long and only about one arms length so if a train stops or derails they can be easily retrieved. Cuttings are ok too but make them much wider and not narrow for if a train length of coaches becomes derailed and falls over they won't be damaged by the cutting's rock sides. Also with tunnels you will need tunnel mouth plugs and a piece of polystyrene is good to plug the tunnel when the railway is not in use. Natural wildlife will find tunnels a ready made home with bedding thrown in too in the form of leaves in sticks. Tunnels can be constructed from concrete using shuttering, plastic pipes if a single track straight tunnel or bricks with a large concrete paver top. Bridges are used on garden railways like the real railway where the garden path crosses the railway. Also with tunnels spiders can take up permanent residence inside but outdoor insecticides in trigger form can be sprayed around tunnel entrances and inside on the tunnel walls to deter spiders from setting up home. They have an effective deterrent power of around three months.
  3. There is another video of poor quality and silly effects of the same blokes doing a home made trike ride from Carlwood back towards the junction at Tarana.
  4. For those of you who enjoy a cab ride well here's a cab ride on one of four C class locos hauling a wheat train from Gilgandra in north west of NSW. However we join the train at Rhodes and after crossing of the Parramatta River we then commence to climb the steep 1 in 40 grade to Hornsby. From there it's a fairly level run to Cowan where the cab ride ends. The driver on this loco gives a superb running commentary of how trains such as this are worked.
  5. It would be nice to have her at Maitland Steam Fest in April is it does happen this year.
  6. Here's something a little unusual a loco on it's 1st mainline trial. What's so unusual about that (I hear you say) well this loco was built for the 5'3" broad gauge railway system in the state of Victoria and after many hours of work has been overhauled and re-gauged to standard gauge. Seen here with 7344 a Bo-Bo diesel hydraulic which was a shunting engine in it's government service. Unlike all other NSW steam locos R 766 is an oil burner having been converted to burn oil whilst in Victoria.
  7. Here's the same area as in the video above but in the early 1960's
  8. I don't know if this film will be of any interest but here it is.
  9. Here's a "Then and Now" aspect of some of the locations in the movie
  10. It all depends what time frame you wish to model them in for the Aussie ROD's in the 1950's were kept gleaming clean even though they were humble freight locos. Later in the 60's and early 70's they became very shabby in appearance. I have a colour photograph in a book by Ron Selems showing ROD 24 pausing at Richmond Vale Junction to take water and another in B&W of ROD 16 in the same location. One B&W photo of ROD 23 dropping it's fire at Pelaw Main shed and all three locos are so clean you could eat the proverbial dinner off them. There was also on the right hand side of the smoke box looking forward from the cab the brackets for the Westinghouse air pump that was never fitted as all the trains of wooden hoppers wagon were non air hoppers. The Book is titled "Steam in the Fifties" and was published by the RTM.
  11. Years ago Railscene Videos had model railway videos but they only ran to three VHS cassettes simply because it took too long to film model railways but one model railway that they did film was Mike Sharman's 4mm mixed EM gauge model railway. Mike has since died and lets hope the railway didn't end up with all the scratch built stock in the proverbial trash skip for that would be a real shame.
  12. I went to my local model shop here in Australia and the owner said that getting anything out of Hornby was a waste of time and that he'd have more luck getting blood out of a stone. He seems to be phasing out Hornby products and has gone for locally made products and companies from other countries namely the US who aren't picky like the Brit suppliers seem to be. He used to have a huge range of Hornby products which sold well, but not anymore. It may this new "tier system" they've introduced where they can't see his shop for they can't get into Australia and no he doesn't manufacture his own range of products. If Bachmann and Heljan go the same way then a lot of people overseas won't buy British outline models as buying from a model shop is still preferable to buying online. If a loco is a dud you have to send it back (at your expence) to the manufacturer and if you're lucky (very lucky) they may refund the postage costs but only if you're lucky. Buying from a model shop you can get the loco test run right there in front of you so you know it's a good runner or a dud. Humbrol paints are selling less as people buy more Tamiya paints instead.
  13. Here is part 2 with a bit more colour footage.
  14. This is another VHS video that never made it to the DVD era. Once again as with the Steaming back to the Sixties I've made numerous inquiries but all to no avail. There is a fair amount of B&W footage on this production and classical music where no sound can be added.
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