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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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    P4 LNER branch/mainlines
    O scale Midland Railway circa 1903
    HO scale Victorian Railways 1955-1965
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  1. I think the 520s ran out to Serviceton occasionally, but one or two are definitely on my list of locos that I'd like to get for the layout. There are a couple of resin kits designed to fit on Bachmann R-T-R chassis available which I look at every now and then, will probably get one once the layout is more complete. Peter
  2. The first bit of layout work in several weeks happened today, with underlay being glued down for an extension to the siding the grain silos will go on, as the first part of major changes to the South Australian end of the yard. This extension will more than double the capacity of the siding from 9 4-wheel grain wagons and a short loco to 19 or 20 4-wheel grain wagons and a short loco. Work on the more major changes, including the removal of two catch-points, replacement of a turnout with a double-slip, and re-locating said turnout to the platform road to enable faster loco-interchange between the VR and SAR system, will commence either tonight or tomorrow. Peter
  3. For quite some time my wagon/coach storage boxes have been full, with excess vehicles being left on the layout. Yesterday, along with another blue and gold Powerline S car (5BS), I bought another wagon storage box, which brought on the need to empty the other 4 and re-organise them, as I like to have them all sorted in a very specific way. This gave the rare opportunity to get some photos of my entire loco and wagon fleet. Overall, there are: 33 bogie vehicles 5 bogie guards vans (+1 on long-term loan) 3 4-wheel guards vans (+2 on long-term loan) 10 passenger cars (+4 on long-term loan) 52 4-wheel wagons 7 steam locos 6 diesels 1 railmotor Plus 1 part-built steam loco, 1 part-built diesel, 4 diesel locos on-order, 4 part-built 4-wheel wagons, 1 coach on-order, 5 4-wheel wagons unbuilt and 2 bogie wagons unbuilt. The vehicles on long-term loan are included in these photos as they're also being stored in my boxes. The one thing this really shows up is the disproportionate number of wagons to carriages, so once I've completed the final part-built and un-built wagons I'm going to focus on my passenger stock fleet, and on increasing my SAR fleet. I'll be obtaining a resin 3D printer soon, an EPAX x10, which is large enough to 3D print any VR carriage I could want, once I've made designs for them that is! The 3D printer will also allow me to make the largest building for Borderton, the station, as well as make platforms rather than spending $200 (at $20 per 30cm section for VR platforms). The station is something I've been putting off for a while, as to get a decent quality 3D print done by someone else (shapeways etc) would cost several hundred $ at best, given the size of it, and as it would have taken a significant amount of time to build it by hand with plasticard. This combined with the fact that I'm much more confident in my ability to get things nice and square and symmetrical with 3D designing means that it will now be possible to get the station completed in a much shorter timeframe than previously estimated. The station will be a loose copy, with some variation, of Serviceton station. The photo below is of Serviceton from the Wikipedia page. As can be imagined it will be a very time consuming task, but will hopefully be worth it for the end result. During study breaks I have also been preparing to continue with the track modifications, this time at the South Australian end of the yard, where a turnout will be pulled up and replaced with a double slip to extend #3 road, and the spare turnout used to put a dead-end extension on the platform road, enabling faster loco-changeover from Victorian Railways to South Australian Railways locos. The extension will be long enough to fit two Victorian Railways R or X classes, the longest locos double-headed on the VR. I plan to start buying point motors and other associated control equipment early next year, and will start work on the 5 remaining baseboards (fiddle yard) at the same time, with the goal of having the layout fully operational by June. Subject to how far along it is when the invite for the Caulfield 2020 exhibition arrives, I may or may not submit an application to exhibit it then, obviously if it's not going to be very complete then I'll be waiting until 2021 to exhibit it. When I know if that will happen or not I'll post here. Peter
  4. Today's study breaks saw one side of the other two coaches, 37B and 58AC , having the window frames painted and decals fitted. When together these cars have an operational time period of September 1929, when 7BC was recoded from 7AC, and July 1931, when 58AC was recoded and renumbered to 19BC. Below are photos of the entire set, and each individual car. One thing I forgot to do before taking these photos was adding the underframe number to 58AC, but it's since been added. The entire set, left to right 7BC, 37B, 58AC 7BC, as shown the other day, suitable for the time period September 1929 when it was recoded from 7AC, to the late 1950s (if it got repainted into the bright red introduced in 1954 for VR carriage stock), or September 1966 (if it wasn't repainted prior to withdrawal, which is entirely possible.) 37B, suitable for the period from 1910 when it was recoded from 37BB to 37B, until 1951 when it was stripped for use as a Workmans Sleeper car, although the conversion was never completed. Of interest is the fact that this car was loaned to the SAR from October 1942 to November 1944. Prior to 1910, VR bogie stock was given dual letter codes, BB for second class, AA for first class, ADAD for first class with van compartment and so on, with single letters denoting four wheel stock. Post 1910, four wheel stock was recoded to X, Y and Z, for First, Second, and Guard respectively, hence the recoding from 37BB to 37B in 1910. And finally 58AC, suitable for the time period June 1911, when it was extended from 45' to 57'3", to July 1931, when it was recoded and renumbered to BC18. These cars should provide a nice addition to my somewhat sparse coach fleet, now that I have the full set operational. The cars are fitted with Sergent couplers on the van ends of the BC and AC, with Smiths screw-links on the B and passenger ends of the BC and AC. They still require windows, decals on the other side (in the case of 37B and 58AC), dullcoat, and at some point will be retrofitted with underframe detail once I've designed it. Peter
  5. No work on the layout recently as having to study for my Year 12 exams (first one is October 31, last is November 8), I haven't had more than an hour or so of spare time at a time, meaning it's inconvenient to go out to the shed, get tools etc out, only to have a short amount of time before having to pack up and go inside again. What I have been working on, are model designs for my business. Most of these will be seen on Borderton, with the an obvious exception. One of my long-time interests has been Victorian Railways swing-door carriages, the name given to the type of bogie stock constructed between 1887 and 1910 approximately. As such, I've been working on designing the entire range of carriages (with the exception of some diagrams with small numbers of carriages built), for 3D printing. A couple of my 3D designs are below. This first one is a suburban electric D car (the M car of this diagram is identical, I just need to finish designing the mechanism and chassis for it). 11 D cars and 39 M cars were modified to this design, from loco-hauled cars, between 1919 and 1924. The second is the carriage that the M and D cars were converted from, an AC first class carriage with van. Most were converted to M or D cars, but some remained as loco-hauled cars and recoded to BC second class cars from the mid 1920s. I had actually completed this design, right up to the point where I realised I had made the two panels between the end and the guards doors too wide, missed a panel between the guards doors and the passenger compartments, and made it 2mm too short. I have already got two prototype models of this design 3D printed to me, to the current (as above) wrong design, and I'm part-way through fixing the errors. Below is a photo of one of the completed prototypes, having had bogies, buffers and couplers fitted, been painted, and decals fitted. It still needs a dullcoat to dull down the gloss paint. The cars are also missing some underframe detail, as good photographs of the cars are few and far between this makes that part difficult. Long-term, I have 34 different types planned, ranging from the original, as-built 45' and 50' long cars, the extended 58' cars (as per the one above), and the suburban electrics, which I've designed all from scratch, as none are available, and only 5? variants have ever been available, kit or R-T-R, and none have been available for the past several years at least. At some point I'll have to build a layout to run the electric units on, but for now I can inundate Borderton with loco-hauled cars, filling a gap in my carriage fleet. Another gap in the carriage fleet (consisting of currently 11 carriages) was filled the other day with the addition of two Victorian Railways S cars, in the blue and gold livery they carried between 1954 and the 1980s. These are from the latest run of Powerline S cars, purchased in a sale on Ebay, 20% off, a not insignificant saving when they cost $165 each normally. That's all for now, hopefully more progress after exams are over! Peter
  6. No reference to a John Nash, J. Nash, or even J. N., sorry. This is the same in the bottom corner of all the plans I have, although dates adopted and plan numbers differ (F.269 for example is 'Substructure of Timber Bridges: Two Pile Piers - Narrow Gauge Lines'. The legibility of the signatures of J. H. Ashworth? and W. Bromby also varies! Peter
  7. It certainly is incredible. Especially given they were still updating the designs that late - the diagrams I used for this one are dated as being adopted in 1935 and 1936, presumably to replace older designs. It would be fascinating to find more details about the company you mention, I'm sure there will be a reference to it somewhere, albeit probably very well hidden. Peter
  8. Between last night and this afternoon and evening, the trestle bridge has been completed. Last night saw the completion of the deck Tonight saw the completion of the 10 piers, each coming in at 43mm tall, giving the bridge a total height of 50mm from base to deck. I also got a photo in slightly more natural light, positioned where it will go once painted. The foam will need gluing down once I've replaced the standard bolts with cuphead bolts (so I can cover them up without being unable to tighten them) Peter
  9. Thanks! Some more progress on the layout this afternoon. The new medium-radius left-hand turnout was purchased, and partially cut up and added into the super scissors. The unit still needs some minor tweaking, mainly on the turnout that comes directly off the mainline, but no new items need to be purchased as that can be done by adding some small sections of straight rail. Some more progress also happened with the trestle bridge, with the entire deck being finished over the course of a few hours. All that remains now to complete it is to build the 10 piers, then paint/stain it before constructing the landscape that it will go in. Whilst a very time consuming process, I really enjoy constructing things out of matchsticks, so this was very enjoyable and somewhat theraputic, giving a much needed break from the rush and hassle of Year 12. The final photo shows the E wagon which I put the matchstick off-cuts into sitting on the deck, showing just how long it is. There may be some progress on either the super scissors or the bridge tomorrow night, however as I have my final Maths assessments (prior to the exams in 9 weeks time) on Wednesday and Thursday there may well not be any new progress until Thursday night. Peter
  10. Last night saw the start of the construction of the trestle bridge for the South Australian end of the layout. At almost 80cm long, and constructed out of balsa wood, matchsticks and dowel, it will be a rather long build - the deck alone requiring over 400 individually cut and glued matchsticks. So far 4 of the 11 spans (each a scale 20', or 7cm long) have been assembled and decking added, the photo below having been taken after the first 3 were done. The base for which the deck is being glued are 5mm square balsa wood sections, being slightly smaller but wider than the prototype - the prototype being two 21"x9" beams each side, with a gap 6" wide between the two, giving a total size 21" x 24", whereas the balsa wood comes out at approximately 17" square. However, it is close enough for my purposes. The bridge is on a nice, shallow, continuous curve of 1066mm radius (3'6"). The plan for VR trestle bridge decks at 20' spans is here: (Having put in the URL, from victorianrailways.net, it automatically loaded the image) And the plan for the 4-pile piers which will be used is here: The height is yet to be determined, but will probably be about 5cm tall (a scale 14.25'). This afternoon will probably be spent on the super scissors crossing, as mentioned yesterday I will be going into the city after school to buy an SL-E196 medium radius left hand turnout to replace my bodged large radius one. Fingers crossed it turns out better this time! Peter
  11. One thing I forgot to add to the previous post. Upon consultation regarding the updates to the track plan, a friend kindly drew up this signalling diagram for the layout. Lever numbers will be slightly different on the diagram for the lever frame, as the hand-operated points will also be included. The fully signalled yard should make operating somewhat more interesting, especially making sure the operators use all the correct levers! Depending on how I choose to wire crossovers and catch points, the frame will be between 40 and 48 levers, but likely closer to the 48 lever end. The distants are fixed as all trains are required to stop at the station due to through-running not being introduced until after my era. The only error in the plan is that the table is an 85' table, not a 70' table as noted. Peter
  12. Not much progress on the layout unfortunately. The super scissors crossover was almost completed last weekend, just needs some minor tweaking and new sleepers around the crossing in the centre. Unfortunately an oversight by me meant that I may have to replace one of the turnouts with a medium radius turnout, unless I can get the bodge I've done to work well. On their large radius turnouts, Peco, in order to maintain a constant 12 degree diverging angle on all turnouts (excluding large radius Ys), maintained a constant curve throughout the turnout, continuing after the frog. Because of the way the super scissors was designed, in order to keep the right distance between tracks, I realistically needed the turnout to reach the 12 degree diverging angle by immediately after the frog - something which doesn't happen on the large radius points. Some careful bending of the turnout and part of the crossing have enabled them to be fitted together, but it's very messy, and I'm uncertain as to how well brass steam locos will go over it. The safest option will be for me to go out to a hobby shop tomorrow after school to buy a left-hand medium radius turnout, which I suspect will be what I do. But for now here are some photos of it as it stands. The main reason for there having been no other progress, along with me having been sick this weekend, is due to a school project. Part of my Year 12 Product Design project was a small (1200x360mm) N scale layout, which I had built the baseboard for, and laid the track on some months ago, however due to other distractions and a certain amount of procrastination had not gone any further, until last Monday, when I discovered that the due date was in fact the Friday that has just passed, whereas I had thought it was this coming friday, meaning I had 3 days to complete it and bring it in to school. An all-nighter on Tuesday, and a very late night on Wednesday meant that I was able to complete it and return it to school on Thursday when the teacher needed the physical projects to be finished. Due to the ability to get buildings for it I chose a British setting, in late winter, and some photos of it are below for those who are interested. Once I have the new turnout for the super scissors there should be some more progress. At some point soon I'll start buying point motors and levers for the layout, especially given the super scissors will require the motors to be fitted and wired up in order to be used, due to the frog wiring. Peter
  13. Having had some input from an expert on Victorian Railways signalling and yard practices, there have been some revisions to the track plan. I will be going out after school to get the turnouts and underlay required to complete the changes. The changes are primarily to increase it's level of prototypical accuracy - the changes to the access to the roundhouse to demonstrate it's use as a loco-changeover station, as with the dead-end extension at the SA end of 1 road, and to improve it's operational ability, through the extension of 3 road at the SA end to allow shunting to be undertaken without always using the main line. I'm particularly looking forward to the building of the super scissors crossover, it's a project I've wanted to undertake for a while now but haven't had a valid excuse to spend the money on pointwork to do so. There will be photos of work on the changes, and no doubt of the construction of the super scissors, later tonight and over the weekend. Peter
  14. True, looking at those the sheen on the paintwork doesn't look too bad. Once I get it weathered it should end up looking more like that than just all over shine. Yup. Got a 500B kit that I'm slowly building, will become 509 in black. And, I've heard a rumour that a manufacturer will be bringing out R-T-R Rx class locos at some point in the future, so will definitely be getting one or two if/when that happens. Would be nice to see more SAR steam R-T-R, especially now more companies seem to be doing R-T-R Australian steam (Phoenix Reproductions VR D3, Ixion Models VR J, Eureka Models VR K and NSW stuff, Orient Express Models SAR F). A Q or S would be nice (gotta love the old 4-4-0s) but I suspect we're more likely to see a 520 or 620 next after an Rx, courtesy of the preserved ones (or a 750 if someone decides to do a VR N class). Peter Peter
  15. Alright. I looked at the Heljan 90' one, but decided the girders and pit of the Peco one was a closer representation of the SAR tables (being flat along the base, rather than angled like the Heljan one). Peter
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