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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2016 12:51 am
   
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Bob D
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Good stuff as always Bob.

I need to start scenicking my layout, as soon as I finish the 5 old wooden and metal kits I bough a few weeks ago.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2016 01:41 am
   
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I've still got my 59 class build untouched for some time looking at me from the shelf Bob :>)

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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2016 06:47 am
   
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Today, I finished the two loops. The points are wired and enough droppers done to allow trains to run.
I am still amazed the 49 class goes around 36" radius curves without protest!
I have just spent some time on the lounge watching them go while taking in some much needed caffeine :>0

Here is a shot or two.




Now it is time for the handlaid track to be resurrected in the coal mine sidings. Hmmmm!

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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2016 02:27 pm
   
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O Gauge in the Australian Indoors!

Same thing, 'cept not as wet, Mate!
And sustaining liquids are likely to be closer......

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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2016 03:43 pm
   
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Yep, I miss having my layout in the back yard but then I need to remember how much fun it was to clean bird & squirrel poop off the track and buildings, pick up twigs and leaves before trains could run, cover and uncover the layout as regards to the weather, and mow the yard around the line.
Indoors...I guess I'll have to get used to it!

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 Posted: Thu Aug 18th, 2016 12:19 am
   
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If I could find a way to alter the name of this thread to 'indoors and outdoors' I would Herb :>) The kettle and the fridge is but a few steps away!

Fortunately my outdoor layout works without attention most times I want to run trains Woodie. If I had the issues you did mine would not have lasted very long.
The indoor layout is a compromise, as much of the stock I hope to build will not run around such tight curves or would look rather silly if it did. The very small locos and short stock such as the 4 wheelers and 40' or under bogie wagons will suffice indoors.
Being able to run trains when the weather is inclement or at night will be welcome. I admit to having doubts about having an 0 gauge continuous run layout in a small room but the more I do the more confident I will be happy with the result. It will complement the outdoor layout.

The theme will probably be a double track section of a private mining line with running rights for the NSWGR. Such a situation existed on the South Maitland Railway. They ran passenger trains from Cessnock to Sydney at one time and government locos and stock mixed it with the SMR coal trains.
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 Posted: Thu Aug 18th, 2016 06:18 am
   
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Hi Bob,
As a 5 year-old kid it was a treat to be allowed to stay up late to watch the Cessnock Flyer come through with the S class and 2 passenger cars. My family was in one of the company houses at Aberdare colliery opposite Caledonia station platform from about 1959 through 1960. Sunday was a special treat because the Cessnock Flyer was hauled by a 48 class diesel, arriving at Cessnock mid morning.

My mother was less than impressed on her laundry days with the SMR tank locos on full coal trains that topped up their tanks and worked over their fires at Caledonia station before flogging uphill some more along Caledonia Bank on their way to Maitland.

By early 1961 we'd moved to the Illawarra and Dad had a new job with Australian Iron & Steel Collieries.



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 Posted: Thu Aug 18th, 2016 07:42 am
   
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I don't think any housewives were impressed living next to a railway line John.
Steamers and Alco's would not be high on their list of good things; particularly on laundry day!
A train on one of the Sydney branch lines was known as the 'flying sootman'
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 Posted: Sat Aug 20th, 2016 09:52 am
   
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Having several handmade points and some sections of plain track recovered from the last layout in the shed I am trying to make use of it. Being made from code 100 I first had to make a transition section. This I did last night.
The original sections were made in a jig. The straight sections were glued and soldered in the jig. Every 6th sleeper was pc board and the rest were glued with either an 'acrylic kwick grip' or pliobond. I don't have either or the jig these days. The curved sections were soldered and glued on one side, then laid as required on the layout and the other rail attached using a couple of home made track gauges ( also gone).

Seeing I don't have any heat setting glue in stock I am making the curves insitu with the wood sleepers merely cosmetic with one or two small ME spikes to keep them in place until ballasted; relying on the pc board sleepers for gauge.

I'm not that fussed with handlaying plain track these days but it was this or build some points in code 124 Peco rail section stripped from some of the flex track. :>;)





Ever onward
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 Bob



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 Posted: Wed Aug 24th, 2016 12:48 am
   
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Plenty of work with files,cutters, hammer and soldering iron the last couple of days.
Finished doing enough wiring last night to test run engines around all the sidings.

Wired the points up. The control is via switches recovered from a previous layout ( actually several ,these switches have been used on at least two HO,two S and one O layout previously). The switches are mounted in a piece of thin ply as they were glued to a 3" thick Styrofoam baseboard previously.
The control rod is made from paper clips.




Here is a switch from underneath, already wired for a HO size point.



cheers
 Bob

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