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 Posted: Fri Feb 9th, 2018 04:12 pm
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A brisk -31C here this morning, needless to say will not be out much today. Finally stopped snowing, dropped about 45 Centimeters here finally got ahead of it with clearing my parking. On the bright side the day's are getting longer.

Working on a couple of unfinished model projects, which I have put off to long. Laying out yard, looks like I will need to stretch it to at least 10 feet in length, tried to fit it onto a 3 foot by 8 foot sheet of plywood, just to cramped!.



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 Posted: Sat Feb 10th, 2018 11:30 am
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Morning Ken, ouch -31, complete opposite here, a hot 35 degrees today, turned the air-con on when it reached 32 degrees, can say thumbs up air-con fixed, will need it tomorrow 39 degrees and that to Thursday.

Good time to get some projects out the way, I was going to do some work in the ship project today but the computer killed the time, being on Spotify all  afternoon sorting out playlists and a bug in their latest date as usual, have to wait till they fix it. 
Oh yeah I tried the Canadian Club, is a whisky, very nice indeed with dry ginger ale, will get a couple of already mixed bottles.

I have finely levelled the three station modules and approach module car port end, I decided to temporary put down some track platform two and three to set up the Indian Pacific, got to hot today will do that tomorrow morning, take pics and video, long train 28 coaches  split on the platforms.

   

All the modules finely levelled, I decided to save some time and effort in not cutting new legs, I put in paves and old module leg off cuts  in the next pic.






The next pic I decided to improve the points in the  middle double track, swapping an express point with the medium point, passenger go through with ease  







Last pic switching the two points a slight fix up and running again,, now I have to redo the bus wiring again.

Can't wait to run the first passenger train though the points, a while off yet, will get there.

Tony from very hot down under 

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 Posted: Sat Feb 10th, 2018 11:47 am
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Don't like to have too many pics in a post, a lot of work, this pic with the temporary track down, all up with the temporary track need 24 lengths. The two small points to the right of the pic, the outside point will become a Wye point, the there be three tracks there and the middle track a shunting track, like to plan ahead  and in stages.

 More pics t come tomorrow once the Indian Pacific is set up and there be a video clip of the real train shunting the carriages into the platforms, be fun.

Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 8th, 2018 12:39 am
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I temporary set up the Indian Pacific with the latest consist of 28 passenger cars, since I started modelling Sydney Central I modeled the IP on the off peak train, once there was two services  a week sadly cut back to one now, I had enough carriages from another train to make up the 28. Pure awesome can't wait to end of June early July to actually split the train drive the first half in and back the other half with another loco, 
Had to bite the dust and scrap Sydney Central and not build the other three modules to complete the station complex, now I have to look for a smaller Union station building that will fit in, most probable scratch building one . 


First pic showing the whole train 28 passenger cars will look awesome running around on the layout especially the spiral, not that far away.




Next pic my lastest loco, NR18 new Indian Pacific colour  scheme only one loco so far in that paint scheme, there is other NR's in different IP colour scheme and Logo.









Last pic of the train split int platforms 2 and 3, platform is used for XPT train.

It is cooling down now under 30 degrees now, off for a weeks holiday tomorrow  back into the construction next weekend.

Tony from cloudy down under


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 Posted: Thu Mar 8th, 2018 01:15 am
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I have improved the adjustable saw horses, the bolt idea didn't work, much better now, can't wait to use them next weekend.


 



They were mentioned back in post 35 , top pic showing the the bolts wing nuts, next pic set up. I got fed up of the nuts coming out all the time will take the nuts and fill in with dowel .



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 Posted: Sun Mar 18th, 2018 12:24 pm
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I have finely found the station building I be basing my building on, Dallas Union station, will fit nicely in the Australian scene nicely with a few changes, actually the building will fit in the space I would of had Sydney Central building in but cut down version, since I am not going a head with the second stage of the station complex I had to find another building, bingo.




I be modelling the platforms on East Perth terminal where the Indian Pacific ends her journey across Australia and heads back, until I lay the track down station after the end of June, don't have enough track, will have to complete the main line.





Next pic I be modelling the Auto car carrier dock like in the pic, will see the adjustable ramp at the end of the platform track.

The next pic is what I am hopping my station complex will turn out like stage one, the island suburban island platform I be modelling and have a second second track and platform where the power station is and also being another passing loop for freight trains.



The last pic was meant to be the first, had trouble with the  on the mouse cursor on the corner of the pic 

If anyone has any pics of the Dallas station, especially inside, be a big help, would I get any help from the Dallas Library for drawing, need the height measurements.

All goes well be back into the layout in full swing, was on a weeks holiday last week,picked the wrong time, a cyclone had to hit even though it didn't hit the coast it made it's presence and all the beaches were closes all week, couldn't go swimming in the surf.
Tony from sunny down under

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 Posted: Mon Mar 26th, 2018 04:50 am
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At long last the track, points and cross overs are now down on the approach and last station module, plus I replaces the bolts with 12.5 mm dowel and clamps, speeding up setting up the station models and other sections to the layout.

Even redesigned the bur wire plug panels one on each station module except the last will have three panels, hopefully later on this afternoon I can get stuck into building the new cradle for the panel which will fold up in under neath the module.

The reason of changing the bus wire panels in swapped the station modules to the back of the house and the bridge, the front of the pergola, the bridge has two blocks after the bridge single block and spiral, those three blocks feed back to the back corner module and the two blocks linking up to the first station module at this stage.




Pic above finely done, next job sorts out the bus and block wiring  , going t be a night mare for the chief controller if I decide to mortise the double slip cross over and three way point, I may., not at this stage will be using remote throttles be walking around with the train.



Next above pic, I sorted out the diamond crossover and swamped it with t a single slip on the main line, if you go back to the last post there is pics of East Perth terminal station. Made it so when the Indian Pacific arrives at East Perth the locos can be uncoupled and shunted around the train , the cross overs and point to the right of the pics once the third stage of the station complex is finished and become the main line, wont upset the through traffic , can't wait,station complex track be finished after June.



Next above pic is the clamps I am using to clamp the modules together,using two works out well





Next above pic showing the clamp, for its price does its job will jet two more, last pic the 12.5 mm dowels, will not glue them in place, slide them back in will protect them as well.
Again I had trouble with trying to click the bottom of the pic so I can type under it, not to be.

The attachment pic is of the new bus wire panel the next module have the same, I am using up all those plugs, changing  to RCA single plugs, buy a bug packet of them.
Next post be on my bridge, as I have finely started construction of my double deck cable stay bridge.
Tony from down under

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 Posted: Fri Mar 30th, 2018 01:05 am
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I finely finished the bus wire plug panel, very happy working well folding in and down with ease, took a lot of thought and wasted some ply but got there in the end, the next module after this one will have the same  size I am only building the panels this way till I use up the speaker plugs I have.

Then I will change to RCA plugs not needing those panels, took two days to build, I want to speed up the construction of the layout, RCA plugs are the way to, buy a lot in one bag will be cheaper,coasting per plug 68cents AU each.



Top pic of the panel cradle folded up in under neath the module frame  got carried away with the size of the panel being only half the size, those nuts are the lucking type nuts, the normal nuts will have to keep tightening all the time



Oops!! I got carried away and forgot the plugs are double ones, only need need 12 blocks needing only six double plugs,, luckily I picked the mistake early, to fix it all I have to do is unscrew the 6 on the left and cut the panel to the right size.

The needed blocks are, five are terminus tracks and three through tracks stage one of the station module complex, stage two be the suburban and through traffic, the other four blocks are two passing loops on the bridge and one single track block and siding.

Easy fix cut the panel down, and move the cradle ends, will have enough for the next couple of panels now.

Tony from cloudy down under 

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 Posted: Fri Mar 30th, 2018 01:16 am
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The track decking is coming along nicely, I have started work on the double deck bridge and moved onto completing the single track decking from the car port to the bridge , be an awesome site indeed with the large S bend seeing the first train run through them.

After fixing the plug panel will set up the station and approach model so I can build the car port back of the house end corner module , to move onto completing the rest of the decking  for the car port, a lot of work still ahead in the bridge construction will just have the rail deck done, coming along nicely. 


Forgot to add the straight section on the paves is the start of the bridge being 28 feet in length main span 14 feet, be in 4,7 foot sections.

Happy Easter everyone.

Tony from cloudy down under

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I have finished building the back of the house corner module yesterday, got that down to a fine art, doesn't take long now with the heap of corner clamps  holding the sides in place while I screw the top on.

I have made the road wider between the two modules for a tram circuit as well , will have to build my own station building to fit the scene, not modeling Sydney central now, not enough room, cabs will replace the trams that would of being in front of the station building.

Beyond that module will be the spiral and then the deck work its way around to a tunnel and onto the bridge, will look awesome when done with a  castle on top of the hill, gee those kits are dear to buy,don't want a big castle.

A job for today setting up the spiral to see how it will fit now the corner module is done, pics to follow.

Tony from down under



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