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  1. The chimneys were extended in the 1870s with the introduction of American style end-platform carriages. Otherwise, the smoke and soot would gather under the end platform and get into the carriages via the doors and windows.
  2. More images turn up in my research. Here is "Pioneer" once again. Another rare photo apparently from the Southern Highlands:
  3. I forgot to mention all that time ago that I rode the last train to/from Carlingford on January 5th, 2020. It was a strange to think that in my own lifetime I rode the last train to anywhere. I didn't even think to bring my camera, but being the middle of the night, no good photos could be taken. There had been shuttles with the historic electric sets, but if memory serves, it was opressively hot that day and I stayed indoors with the benefit of air conditioning. I ventured out to take the last train to Carlingford in the middle of the night as the weather was much more favourable. It was a surprisingly well-patronised service, with a lot of (relatively) young people travelling and photographing things. Anyways, the line is closed and it is to be rebuilt as a light-railway service, but it will no longer connect with Clyde, but run into Parramatta along a different route at the southern end. Thus ended 124 years of the Carlingford Railway Line. From what I understand the line itself never returned a profit on the books. I am searching for good literature on the line still. I am sure there is much more to be found!
  4. A bit more thread necromancy from me! I had to put this whole project on hold due to global events beyond my control. In the mean time, someone did the artwork and produced a brass kit for the KA tramcar. I originally asked them to help make the bogies and detailing parts, but they ended up doing the whole thing. The brass kit is available RTR. Marc Dobson is also in the process of producting NSWGR D wagons. There was a lot of correspondence in 2019 to make this happen, but he too was forced to close down his operations due to the global situation. The layout is getting a re-design because I now own a VW Caddy Van and I no longer need to make baseboards that fit into the back of a Kia Rio Hatchback!
  5. A bit of thread necromancy. I was still working on this, but world events at the start of 2020 (the name of which shall not be spoken) conspired to force me to put this endeavor aside. I was looking for the three Manning Wardle books by Fred Harman, but Vol 2, the standard gauge book seems to be unobtainium for some reason. Things have settled down for me a bit so I can start looking into it all again.
  6. For several years now I have been meaning to get myself a Slaters GWR T34 Brake 3rd coach kit to use as the basis for something to represent the brake 3rd coach on the Easingwold line. Have to get around to it one of these days.
  7. That kit turned out real nice. The same company was commissioned to do NSWGR wagons. World events conspired to delay the project, but it looks like I'll have the first ones by the end of the month.
  8. I've been trying search functions but had no luck. There was a portable layout using Peco Set-track points in O gauge built by someone who took it with him in a caravan. I am looking for that thread and all the usual attempts at google and search functions have gotten me nowhere. Anyone remember that thread? It has probably been 18 months to 2 years since I last saw it.
  9. April 2021, and I finally have my hands on these set-track points - nearly 8 years after I first learned of them. This was partly because supply here in Australia was a bit all over the shop and at one stage they were listed at $140AUD each! More recent exchange rates have been more favourable. Now to get to Inglenooking!
  10. AJRM is best described as an "Irregular Serial" It seems that they collect articles and eventually get around to publishing a new edition. A friend of mine once described it as "comes out about every time a Pope dies."
  11. Sorry Jim - That wasn't intended as a criticism towards you. More my thinking out loud about what I would tell people at exhibitions.
  12. Come to think of it, I could offer to make such baseboards for people in between jobs. January has been a bit slower than anticipated and two big jobs that I had lined up... well, one was cancelled because the corporate client (multi-million, multi-national type) didn't want to pay a materials deposit, and another was delayed. So I might just go shopping for some plywood and make up a baseboard this week. Only other confirmed work at the moment is the new garden shed for Mum and a bit of gardening again for Mum.
  13. Jim - when I advise people on how to make things, I do tell them exactly how I did it. I prefer to tell people that you can do it with basic and inexpensive hand-tools, rather than flashing my collection of expensive trade-level power tools. I don't want to put-off beginners that might join the hobby.
  14. Now that I have a circular saw, straight edge and mitre saw it will be relatively easy to make that style of baseboard construction. Might I ask what thickness did you use for the top? I suspect that my lack of success with my baseboard was due to using the foam unsupported. I think if I had boxed in the sides with thin plywood or MDF then covered it with carpet it may have been more successful. Also, I think it may have been because it was sat upon a shelf at a strange angle and on top of a few boxes in a hot garage.
  15. A lot has happened since I last posted on this. The Layout baseboard was not successful - it failed to remain flat whilst in storage. That said, all the locos, stock and track are safely in storage whilst I investigate other options. I now have a remarkably larger collection of woodworking tools so I intend to try something in timber. I am also eyeing off the Hornby W4, Hattons Barclay and a number of other little industrial shunters. Had these things been available 20 years ago I might never have made 7mm scale my primary area!
  16. Maybe send of a letter to Hornby suggesting this as another model in their line up and you'll get a couple of freebies from them!
  17. If you are willing to increase the depth of one of the long sides, you might get yourself a little shunting yard/scene inside the loop. Another option is to run a siding off the curve towards the corner for an engine shed, siding or goods shed scene. Think Hornby Track-Mat type design. If you want to maximise the length of the loop, you might consider re-hanging the door of the room so it swings outward or perhaps have a sliding door installation.
  18. There is a British-outline layout to this track plan built in O gauge called "Dibley" here in Australia. I've met the builder of that layout and his son - both are into O scale model railways and I believe that one of them is sometimes found on this forum. As I recall, the layout is about the size shown in your diagram, though it has been at least 5 years since I saw the layout.
  19. The difference is 0.006" or approximately 0.16mm. I don't think it is worth worrying about.
  20. If you have not read David Jenkinson's "Carriage Modelling Made Easy" you may find it not to difficult to make replacement coach sides. I don't know if the Slaters' chassis would be the right dimensions. The only way to find out is to buy a kit, some plasticard and have a go.
  21. You can get the big American O gauge around a 36" radius curve because you don't have buffers, and it is all on bogies. You can probably get 0-4-0s and 4-wheel stock around the same curve if you transition the curve at each end and have very loose 3-link couplings.
  22. Slaters also do international delivery, which is handy for a guy living in Sydney, Australia.
  23. Seems simple enough. Just cut down the bottoms of the sides. Doesn't even have to be particularly neat - you can hide a bad cut with some crates, barrels and other random yard junk that always seems to accumulate around industrial buildings.
  24. The 3D artwork looks excellent! I'll be in contact again soon about placing a firm order.
  25. After several months of absence, it is nice to come back and find that you've kept up your projects. All of mine are on indefinite hold whilst I set myself up as a local handyman. On the up-side, all my tools are now tax deductibles and I have a caddy van which can transport a layout to exhibitions in future! Keep making your models. It keeps me inspired to get back into it when things settle down again.
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