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  1. It's often been stated by my railway friends that I can be somewhat of a rivet counter sometimes - considering current circumstances it would seem they were correct There are some 1,605 rivets in the model, as they're all separate entities within the model no physical counting was involved in the final count, though the positioning of them was almost entirely by eye, unfortunately following the spacings specified in the diagram resulted in too few rivets spaced too far apart when compared to photographs. Each rivet measures approximately 0.23mm in diameter and 0.12mm in height. The gaps in the columns of rivets on the rear of the tender are for the numberplates. The design of this one varies from my first tender design and print, it was pointed out to me that later batches of DD (after about 1912) and the K class had self-trimming tender tanks, which had a different bunker design and were slightly longer (8 1/2") than the original type. As the models for which this is intended (R-T-R D3 and K class models due out in the next year or so) I decided to move on and get this type finished and then come back to the original one at some point; I need some more diagrams to be able to start my own DD loco design. After the pain involved in adding the rivets I'm going to take a break from tender designs now, the print of this one's starting as I type. I'm not sure what I'll do next, I may start on another loco project or step back from designing and do some kitbuilding; I still have a nice big pile of both unbuilt and part-built kits to work on. Peter
  2. My latest project has been the start of something which will be much bigger eventually. I recently got a set of General Arrangement drawings for a VR DD steam loco (first built 1902), which happens to fit my EM gauge era nicely. So, I started with the tender. The design itself was incredibly complex to do, the tender includes a flare with beading, which is (in my opinion) easily the hardest shape/design aspect to design using SketchUp. The base design of the tender took about 5 hours, drawing it to 1:1 scale using feet and inches. The flare and beading took another 15 hours. It's not my neatest work, but in HO scale it looks fine. The completed CAD design is below. I'm yet to add rivets (several hundred of them, a task which I'm rather dreading), but they'll be done eventually. Once the CAD was completed, I ran off a print. A lack of interior support led to the sides bowing outwards during post curing process. Some extra supports were added, and a second print was done, which turned out fine, save for some Z axis shift, which will be rectified. The second print was painted satin black, and bluetacked onto the tender frame of my brass K class. It's not accurate (K192 is a boxpok K class, built in 1946, the first 10 Ks built in 1922 were the only ones fitted with flared tenders), but I like the look of it. The eventual plan is to design a complete DD, including different variations (they had 3 styles of footplate and 2 different cab designs), but I need to obtain some more detailed drawings before I can do so. Peter
  3. Thanks Mark. As Nile posted, I use the Sketchup STL extension when exporting all of my models. It's very convenient too as it gives you the option to only export parts of a model instead of the whole thing (unless you want to export the whole thing). Peter
  4. It's been a very long two weeks, both personally and on a modelling front, so I thought I should post what I've been up to. One of the things I enjoy the most about modelling is that it makes for a very good distraction from real life on both a personal front and worldwide front, so I've very much dived head-first into it since the last update. The update I intended to post on the evening of the 21st concerns a new carriage, and some wagon painting. As referenced in an earlier update, I repainted the EM gauge wooden U van into the as-built livery of white with a black underframe. It's not that neat - this is now the third livery the wagon has carried, doing a reverse of what the real ones did - starting out in 1950s+ wagon red, then getting repainted into the earlier wagon brown, and now being repainted into it's as-built livery. At some point I'll strip the entire wagon, clean it up properly, and repaint it again, but for now it'll do. It's slightly out of era for what I intend to build as my first layout anyway (my plan being for a line that was only open for two years - 1891-1893 - with this diagram U vans being built from 1895 onwards.) Next up was a new coach. Based on the diagrams for 6 coaches built in 1895, I later discovered that my design was wrong - the real coaches have a tumblehome, which I did not replicate. As such, I have only printed one of these so far. The carriage was printed, and fitted to a Steam Era Models 15' wheelbase underframe. SEM buffers have been fitted, and once I complete painting it will be fitted with Smiths screw links. It rides a little higher than my other coaches, so I may sand down the underframe more to lower it a bit. Next I decided to work on some goods stock. As of about 1888, around 2/3s of the VRs wagon fleet comprised of wooden I type open wagons. I have one of these scratchbuilt, and a couple of years back started a 3D design to print them. The design was resurrected, some faults fixed, and then test-printed. The print revealed that the design was too wide - having lost my measurements of one of the only remaining ones after building the scratchbuilt one. I've left this as a body, as the extra width in a train of wagons would frustrate me. The width has been revised, and once I get a spare moment to use the printer (it's been running almost non-stop printing coaches) will print off several. These will go on Steam Era Models 10'6" wheelbase underframes, which the scratchbuild is built on. I also built a small N type ballast hopper, using an SEM 10'6" wheelbase underframe and some 2x1mm plasticard strip, with the edges bevelled so the planking was visible. It's not accurate - it should be slightly shorter and on a 9' wheelbase underframe, but it'll do for now. It also needs some extra detail added, and couplers. Once I've printed some more I wagons, the underframe will likely be recycled under one. Next up was something different, a bogie vehicle. One of my earliest 3D designs, done back in 2017, this is of a 45' 7 compartment AA first class swing door car. Some 116 of these were built, all save 6 between 1889 and 1892, the final 6 being built in 1902. As swing doors were built to first class designs first, enabling fixed wheel first class cars to be cascaded down to second class stock, it made more sense to make the first class variant. Some 8 different diagrams of 45' swing door vehicles were built before 1900, across AA (First Class), BB (Second Class), ABAB (First and Second Class), ABDABD (First and Second Class with Guard) and ADAD (First Class with Guard) classifications. I have completed designs for 7 compartment AA and BB cars, and part complete designs for ABAB, ABDABD, ADAD and 6 compartment AA cars, the part complete designs requiring updating, as they were very basic and contained inherent design flaws when I first designed them. The 7 compartment AA/BB design was the first to be updated in line with the standards of my later 58' cars (post 1910). It was fitted with a set of kitbashed bogies - cut up from Steam Era Models 6 wheel E car bogies, to represent 4'10" wheelbase bogies. They aren't quite accurate, at some point I'll design some for 3D printing, but they look right. I also think I need to add a washer under the bogie at one end - the ride height varies from end to end as I made the bolsters too large and had to cut them down manually, it would seem I overcompensated at one end. There's also a slight upwards bow along the carriage, a result of the post-curing process. I have a UV lamp on order which should help resolve this issue. Having a bogie vehicle for some extra variation and first class accomodation, my attention moved back to fixed wheel stock. The next design covers the first 16 second class vehicles built for the VR in 1859 - 1-16B. This is the first car I've designed with a tumblehome (curved lower side), and I'm not entirely happy with how it's printed, however I have a theory as to how to partially fix this. To maximise efficiency, at this point I started printing 5 vehicles at a time, the most my printer will fit. As it takes some 10-12 hours for a single print of a fixed wheel coach, this makes a noticeable difference in terms of speed. This is designed to fit a Steam Era Models 6 wheel chassis with the centre axle removed (being a 4-wheel coach), however I don't currently have any, and finances were limited. So for now, I have the 5 bodies. At this point, having discussed it with a couple of friends, I decided to print off a batch of 5 of the first design I did - the M&HBURC ones mentioned in my second and third posts. These were listed on eBay on a price that I thought was on the cheap side, but reasonable. Within two hours of listing, all 5 had sold, and I had a message from someone else asking if I would be making more. A second batch were printed that night, and again all 5 sold within a day. It would seem I had greatly underestimated the demand for such vehicles. As I have my own business, previously focussed on producing the later 58' swing doors (which have unfortunately had several delays due to issues with printing), I have made the decision to sell further batches through there. Plans for the production and sale of the correct types of fixed wheel coach through there are currently underway, and if anyone is interested I run the business through Facebook, the page name is Pioneer Models. The fixed wheel coaches haven't been listed up yet, as I intend to run a few print batches before I do so, but they will be listed at some point in the next week. I'll be posting business-related updates on the facebook page, and won't put any more here, as this isn't the place to put them, and I don't see much point in putting up a thread in the manufacturers section here, being a mostly UK and EU based forum. With the business side out of the way, I then turned back to more designs. With some 8 different fixed wheel coaches and 1 bogie coach, all without guards accomodation, I moved my attention to suitable guards vehicles. By 1893, there were some 3 codes suitable - AD (First Class with Guard), BD (Second Class with Guard) and ABD (First and Second Class with Guard). I chose a diagram of coach which not only had several photos available, but also covered two of those three codes. The diagram covers vehicles 1-12, 62, 63BD, and 1, 2, 10AD, built between 1882 and 1887. The AD cars were recoded to BD in 1889, 1891 and 1901 respectively, which allows me to have 15 as BD and 2 as AD in the period I'm currently focussing on. The design was drawn up, and again 5 were printed. As with 1-16B, these are designed to fit SEM 6 wheel chassis, though this time retaining the centre axle, and needing .5mm extensions each end, being slightly longer than the underframe. The next week will likely see a large quantity of carriages printed for business sale, and once my intended quantity has been produced I'll be turning my attention once again to goods stock - more I wagons, and some vans being on the agenda. I'm also slowly working on refining and adding parts to the M class design, and at some point will do another print of it, and purchase some running gear once I've sold some more coaches. I've also had a request to produce a very specific vehicle - an ABD that varies slightly from the diagram, so there'll be an update showing it when I've done it. Once again I hope it's been interesting, and feel free to comment on any of it or ask any questions. Peter
  5. Thank you very much for your kind words. I know of two other modellers who have done pre-1920 VR, however both in other scales. Frank Kelly's incredible 4mm collection covered most of the locos built by the VR pre-1900, and some built after, and there's a modeller who has a small O scale shunting layout set around 1900 with a two-tone green M class. The layout goes out to exhibitions here in Victoria. As for EM to represent broad gauge, I believe there's a layout currently in England based on Broadford in the 1970s and 80s? which uses EM for the broad gauge, and HO for the standard gauge, and there are a couple of people I know of who have done some bits in EM, but I don't know to what extent. There's been some more progress so far today, but I'll wait until tonight to post so I can include it all in one post. Peter
  6. Some 16ish hours after I started the 3D design work, the 4 wheel coach was complete, minus transfers and glazing. In the end, the double-skin roof was actually from another kit, an SEM Victorian Railways U van, as the kit sprues come with two roofs there's always one spare. The roof was cut to size, and superglued to the stretchers. The two photos below show the differences between a GY chassis as-built, and the modified chassis: The axleboxes on the modified set of axleboxes and side channel have been filed flat, and had some of their height reduced, and the side channel has had 1mm cut off each end. The 1mm was also cut off the main chassis piece in order to fit the buffer beams as part of the 3D model. The strengtheners on the base of the chassis were also filed flat to reduce their depth to that of the side channel, the difference can be seen in the next photo which shows a GY chassis as built. Once the other set of axleboxes was filed down and the side channel cut to length, they were glued to the chassis piece and the wheels inserted. The chassis was then slotted into the freshly printed body, buffers and couplers added (though couplers not glued in yet), and the double skin roof was loosely placed on top. All the components were then put into grey primer, then the chassis was sprayed black while the remainder was painted by hand. The buffer beams are Tamiya XF-1 black, the body Tamiya XF-79 Linoleum Deck Brown, and the roof and window frames XF-24 Dark Grey. I also started repainting the wooden bodied U van shown in the previous post into the white and black livery they were in in 1900, but will save that for the next update. For now, I'm printing a second one of these carriages for myself and a couple for friends, and will do models for a couple of other variants. As I'm almost out of resin the current batch of 3 coaches might be the last prints for a while, but I have a total of 4L of resin on order so hopefully will be able to do a lot more soon (though the website says 7-30 days for delivery given the current crisis, so will have to wait and see). Peter
  7. A rolling stock and brief M class update this time. Having designed a very basic chassis block for it, I printed out V3. This time I managed to get the cab roof off the build plate without snapping it! The hornblock slots are to fit Alan Gibson hornblocks, as I have a spare set from a MR 700 class kit in P4 that I bought for spares (missing some frame pieces and the instructions). When I went to get the hornblocks out of the box, I made a very happy discovery - the tender wheelsets are almost the exact diameter as the wheels for the loco. They're obviously only in temporarily until I get proper drivers, but they certainly help make it look the part! Buffers and Smiths screw-links were also added. The frames are blu-tacked in for now, they'll be glued in once everything's painted and I have the proper wheels and gearbox. The pony truck is yet to be designed. A terrier backhead was also added - a surprisingly good fit. Next up on the list is some actual kit modification. Having got the loco to a point where I can sit it on a piece of track and look nice, albeit unpainted, missing a lot of detail parts, and without a pony truck, I decided to move to wagons. I have a few wagons suitable for the 1900-1910 era already, fitted with screw links, but all on HO. So, my EM back-to-back gauge was used for a second time (the first being regauging the P4 tender wheelsets to EM for the M class), to regauge the wheels on the 3 which had enough clearance for gauge conversion. Future kitbuilds for the EM layout will be built with the axlebox/sideframe sections pushed further out to enable easier conversion. Wagons suitable were a Steam Era Models wooden U van, a scratchbuilt (on SEM chassis) wooden I wagon, and an SDS Models M cattle van. Technically this design M van wasn't introduced until 1936, being of a longer wheelbase than the steel type introduced in 1897, so is unsuitable for the layout, but will do for now. I have a couple of the shorter wheelbase ones to build as kits, so if I decide to keep cattle wagons on EM the kits will be built to EM. Being all suburban stock however there isn't much need for cattle wagons, except for the occasional country train. Wooden U van and wooden I wagon. M van, showing the self-gauging axles fitted to SDS stock. This will make converting it back to HO nice and easy when the time comes. M class at the head of the 3 converted wagons. The guards van visible at the back right of the photo was going to be converted, but unfortunately wouldn't have fitted EM axles. So a new one will be built when I have the money to buy one. Up next is my current project, which is half kitbuild half 3D-design/print. For the planned suburban layout I'll need a lot of coaching stock, a mix of 4/6 wheel and 45' bogie stock. Conveniently, a lot of the 4/6 wheel stock will fit on kitbuilt underframes, so I decided to make a start on one. 20 coaches to this design were built around 1870, unfortunately accurate build dates are unavailable as they were built before the M&HBURC (Melbourne and Hobsons Bay United Railway Company) was purchased by the Victorian Railways in 1878, and the M&HBURC was notorious for poor record keeping. They were built as first class stock, and when introduced to the VR fleet around 1880 (the two fleets were kept separate between 1878 and 1880 for political reasons), were given the code A, and given random numbers between 26 and 476. With a wheelbase of 12', and an over-body length of 21'6", it's almost perfect for a standard VR open wagon chassis - 11'6" wheelbase and 21'6" over-body length. Axleboxes and leaf springs aren't quite accurate, but some cutting, filing and adding can make them a decent representation. As no photographs exist, as is the case for most of the 4 wheel coaches, my design job was simplified extremely. I only had a basic line drawing to work off, as is the case with all other early passenger stock (as far as I have been able to find out), but it shows the basic dimensions which is enough to work off. The simplification due to no photos comes from the fact that the basic line diagrams are notorious for being incorrect, having no photos means that as long as I follow the diagram there's no evidence to prove that it's wrong, beyond the obvious inaccuracies in the chassis. Photos of the chassis build and modifications will follow in the next post once I've printed the body, but for now here's a screenshot of the body design as it's about to be printed: The vertical stretchers on the roof are as the early 4/6 wheel coaching stock had double-skinned roofs, with the second roof often being corrugated. This will be done with either corrugated card or corrugated plasticard. The carriage will be printed just after I post this, and will hopefully be done by, or at some point during this afternoon (currently 5am). I hope it's been interesting, and will post more when there's more to post. Peter
  8. For a while now I've just been posting all my kitbuilds, scratchbuilds and 3D prints in the layout thread of whichever layout the model suited, so I thought I'd start a fresh thread. I considered putting this in the 3D designing/printing section, but thought it would be better to have a single thread to cover both 3D models and standard kitbuilds/scratchbuilds, which I currently do more than 3D printing.At present my Australian modelling covers a reasonable variety of prototypes and gauges - at this precise moment in time I have layouts under construction for both HO and HOn3.5, and models under design/construction in HOn3.5, HO, and EM, which I intend to use to represent prototype broad gauge, as the Victorian and South Australian railway systems which I am interested in were originally built to 5'3" broad gauge, though Victoria also has some 2'6" narrow gauge, most famous for Puffing Billy out in the Dandenong Ranges, and some standard gauge (though that's only been here since 1962, and not the focus of my modelling interest), and South Australia had a mix of 3'6" narrow gauge ,standard gauge, and 5'3" broad gauge. My current builds cover the South Australian 3'6" narrow gauge system circa 1880, and the Victorian 5'3" system circa 1890-1920, and 1940-1970. The reason for the two different eras is to cover both prototype broad gauge modelling using EM gauge, and standard HO modelling. A lot of the earlier designs don't suit HO gauge without modification, as will be shown at some point in this post, hence doing the earlier period in EM. As my work on SAR NG to date has been building track out of matchsticks and Code 75 rail, and regauging a couple of BG wagons, I won't bother to cover it here as it's not that interesting, nor would it serve much purpose. To which end, I'll start with my latest HO/EM project. Originally started as a project to teach a friend how to use Google SketchUp for railway modelling to 3D print, this particular project has evolved somewhat, partly due to necessity and partly due to accident. The initial plan was to design a small, basic early VR loco using drawings in a book I have, which covers VR designs from 1854 to 1904. The Victorian Railways M class 4-4-0 suburban tank loco was chosen, after some convincing from another friend who is somewhat obsessed with the M class and it's 4-4-2 rebuild, the ME. Below is a basic line drawing of an original condition M class. The sloping smokebox appears to have only been a feature of the prototype, so I decided not to overcomplicate things in the design, and use the standard smokebox fitted to the remainder of the class. The basic design - footplate, cab, tanks and boiler, and the start of the funnel, was completed in a single night, and some screenshots are shown below. Footplate, cab and tanks done to the basic outline Boiler and smokebox added, and the bunker and tanks have now had more detail added after close inspection of the few photographs I have of original condition Ms. The next day I added the funnel, smokebox door outline, and the dome, and designed a removeable cab roof for it. Funnel, cab roof and smokebox door outline done. The funnel saddle looks like it sits up a bit too high at the base - this was reduced later. The dome, buffer beams, and tank fillers were then added, and the funnel saddle modified slightly to make it look slightly slimmer. Much nicer. At this point I decided to put it on my 3D printer, an EPAX X10, and run a print overnight. The print came up the next morning, and revealed a couple of areas which needed improvement along with the extra detail that needed adding. Namely, the footplate was slightly warped due to it's thickness (only 0.5mm), and the boiler had sagged due to a lack of supports. The footplate beneath the boiler up to the smokebox saddle was hollowed out - this is prototypical anyway upon further inspection, so didn't bother me, and the footplate was thickened to 0.75mm. I was reluctant to make it thicker as it would have looked bad, but am glad with my decision. In addition, the bufferbeams had warped somewhat to be on an angle to the footplate, so a strengthener was added to them. A couple of photos of the print, showing the issues, are below. Once the fixes noted above had been added, I also added the base for the safety valves into the design, along with holes to add buffers. This was then printed, and came off the printer as of 4:30am this morning (2 and a half hours ago). More or less a complete success! The first print is in the dark grey, as it had received a coat of primer. The new M hadn't been cleaned up quite as much as the original, hence a couple of areas not looking as crisp. Notably, the sag in the boiler was gone, as was the angle on the bufferbeams (mostly...). At this point, I started measuring it up to design the chassis, at which point I discovered a fatal flaw in the design. Having been designed to scale off diagrams for a locomotive built on 5'3", there was not enough space in the tank cutouts for wheelsets to 16.5mm gauge. My problem is shown below - the rear driving wheels are meant to fit in the cutouts. Solution time. Some time ago, I purchased a set of EM wheel and track gauges, with the intention of modelling true-scale BG. At the time, I didn't have the 3D printer, and so my only option was to go for extremely expensive steam locomotive kits or R-T-R (a steam loco kit in Australia is $600 AUD, currently around 300GBP, though that includes wheels and a gearbox, and an R-T-R steam loco is anywhere between $600 and $800, or 300-400GBP), which would come out even more expensive accounting for new wheelsets or axles and other modifications, or to go for diesels, and my preference has always been for steam locos. With this in mind, beyond a couple of pieces of test track being built, and a couple of wagons test-converted, nothing came of it, and the gauges were left lying in a box in my room. The solid area between where the wheels need to go is 16.1mm. My EM back to back gauge is 16.5mm. I can reduce the tank walls by <.5mm either side without compromising structural integrity, to get .5mm clearance either side I only need to reduce each side by .3mm. This should be simple. I haven't designed the frames yet, but when all it takes is a few lines for stretcher bars making it EM instead of OO is easy. The gearbox and motor setup isn't affected by the change. Therefore, for my M class models and future early VR tank locos (which I've been planning to do even before realising I'll need to make them EM, because many other early types will have the same problem), I'll build them in EM for me, and modify the designs for OO for any friends who want them. This will mean the cab interior is unrealistic, as the base will come far too far inwards. On what is already a very narrow cab this would have bugged the hell out of me, but the couple of friends who were interested won't care so much about this as long as they can make it run. Wheelsets and electrics. The M class had 5' driving wheels with 16 spokes. This comes out at 17.5mm 16 spoke. After some investigation it was revealed no wheelsets of this diameter or spoke count were available. The closest were 17mm 14 spoke - J94 wheels. I'll be ordering a set of these from Alan Gibson, along with a set of wheelsets for an HOn3.5 project soon, though it'll most likely take a long time for them to arrive given shipping delays given the current crisis. The boiler will fit a 12mm diameter motor, conveniently I have a very nice 10x12x15mm dual-shaft motor here that will hopefully suit it. The gearbox will most likely be a High Level RoadRunner, but I have to check measurements first. Paint. The model will be painted in Victorian Railways two-tone green, and fully lined out. This was the only livery they had in original condition, the next livery on, Canadian Red and Chocolate, was introduced in 1903, and the M class was rebuilt into the ME class 4-4-2T between 1901 and 1905, meaning that none would have received Canadian Red, being rebuilt from green into green (for 1901-1902 rebuilds), and green into red (1903-1905 rebuilds). I don't currently know what paint colours match the two tones used, but know there are people who have painted models into the livery so will ask around. Worst case scenario I can approximate the colours based off photos of colour models. I hope this was interesting, the next update may be of either the M class, or a couple of kitbuilds I plan on starting soon for the SAR HOn3.5 layout, and for wagons for the M class (coaches will have to be sorted out at a later date). Feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments or suggestions. Peter
  9. Finally some more real progress on the layout. This will most likely be the last for some time, as once some materials arrive Borderton will be dismantled so I have the space to continue working on a layout I'm building on commission for someone. The first item on the agenda was to test whether the sidings made available in the last track plan change would be suitable for carriage storage. These are two of the three sidings that formed the diesel depot on the original plan, the third of which will become the cattle race, which gives the excuse for the wider than normal gap between roads 2 and 3, which was originally going to be a fuelling point - keeping the smelly animals away from the nice clean carriages. How often these sidings will end up getting used for carriage storage will remain to be seen, but the possibility is there, with one of the sidings fitting 4 75' carriages, plus a standard length bogie guards van, and the second fitting another 4 75' cars. The next item on the agenda was to lay the track to finish the extension to the grain silo siding. This was done, and the new siding will fit 18 standard length 4-wheel grain wagons and an F class (VR imported Class 11). The oil tanker is included in the rake as I only have 17 grain wagons so far! Seen in the foreground is one of my latest projects - an SAR Model Co 400 class single-car Red Hen railcar. This one is almost complete, only needing couplers, a DCC chip, decalling, and the windows being fitted to be complete. I also have a 300 class 2-car set to build, the 1st car can be seen part-built in the background behind the wagons. The remainder of the trackwork in this area (two more sidings through swapping a turnout for a double-compound, and moving the turnout elsewhere) is yet to be done, and most likely will have to wait for the commission layout to be completed. Finally, I moved on to do more work on the super scissors. Some of the track required re-aligning due to kinks, and the addition of extra sleepers. The former was completed, and the latter started, as seen in some photos below. If you compare the following photos to those on the previous page, you'll be able to see the differences, as the kinks were quite obvious in photos. As can be seen in the above photo, even the extra sleepers make it look very rough, and at some point in the future I may well replace it with a handlaid one, this will depend on how well it goes in operation. If I get permission to do so from the buyer, I may start a thread covering the build of the commission layout, if so I'll post the link here when the time comes. Subject to funding coming when necessary, the commission build should only take 3-4 months at most, so construction on Borderton will hopefully continue at some point late this year. As always, thanks for the interest, and would always be happy to hear any thoughts or suggestions about the layout! Peter
  10. Merry Christmas to all those who view this thread! As I'm currently nearly 2 weeks into our 5 week holiday, writing this from my hotel room in Helsinki, there has been no progress on the layout recently. However, on a personal note, I got accepted into my first preference for university - a double degree in Business and Accounting at Monash University, close to where I live. At this point my uni timetable looks likely to be completely clear on Mondays, which may well get set aside for railway purposes, either volunteering at one of the heritage railways I volunteer at or for work on the layout. At some point during the year I may also continue on construction of a layout I'm building on commission for someone else - subject to funds starting to appear from their end again, at which point Borderton may get taken down for a couple of months to enable work on it. I hope everyone has a great new year, and I look forward to being able to show some more progress later on! Peter
  11. Just come across this thread, looks quite interesting. For DCC, you'll need 6 isolating rail joiners at the points marked below by the red lines, basically at every joint coming off a turnout frog. Good luck with the project! Peter
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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