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 Posted: Fri Jan 19th, 2018 06:24 pm
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The friend of mine who built the model used anything he could get cheap, free or make himself. The only purchased item's was the Radio Control, and drive set up. I really should build a cart to get it to water, I'm getting on in years and it! seems to be putting on weight?.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 20th, 2018 10:27 am
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Morning Ken, nice freighter indeed do you put her in the water much, nice calling the ship after your dad. I called my layout after my son my wife's first initial and mine ending with two letters of our name, coming up with Camdale.
It was cooler in the morning so got out the second module that bolts up with the car port end approach module, now being shifted to the back of the pergola be more protected from the weather.

Those stand are adjustable for levelling two modules so it is easier nailing down track and cutting track on the module join, saving getting a sore back and knees, wiring as well, the only time  I will have to get down on my knees is when I  plug up the bus wires and tighten the wing nuts, than will change.  .

No work on the ship, laptop issues, be using the desk top computer more now, wont get back to the ship till Tuesday same with the layout, working on the layout till it gets too hot under the pergola.

Tony from down under, how is the weather  where you are Kin in the+ now.



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Here is another pic of the two modules from a different angle.

Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 20th, 2018 10:37 am
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One more pic of the two modules bolted together, I have already shifted the track over and shifting points, another pic tomorrow of the track on the second module which is the end of the station platforms .

I designed the first platform to fit 18 passenger cars of the Indian Pacific, now days GSR don't use platform now, they split the Indian Pacific into two platforms 2 and 3, GSR are the owners, ( Great Southern Railway) and only one train a week now consists 28 passenger cars, I have enough car to make up the the train .

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If I can get parked close enough to the water, I plan to get some time this year with it in the water. Most RC boat modellers here tend to build Hi Speed models. With the Blackie I can let my sister's grand kids have a go with it, with no concerns. It looks good plowing through the water!.

Temp here running between -5C and +5C, I can enjoy this kind of winter, no Snow for a couple of weeks.

On my last layout, I did manage to operate a 26 car coal train, all! have now been shortened to ore cars, much perfer mine/mill modelling. Looking forward to seeing your Indian Pacific train in operation.

Bench work looking good.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 20th, 2018 03:41 pm
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I think, as modeler, we have a tendency to want to honor those who have impacted our lives.

My layout (and the one before) is named in honor of my long time friend, John Henderson.  

I first met John in the 1970's on a crazy railfan trip to chase the Chehalis & Western.  We became instant friends and have shared many great adventures, most involving railfan activities.

Some of those adventures included an extended trip into British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska, another winter trip to Vancouver Island, kind of a silly outing to "chase" cranberry bog "railroads", and many excursions to what is now my home town to chase the Simpson Timber Company railroad. 

There are fond memories of John's red Ford van (The Big Muddy) and lunches of garlic laden sausage sandwiches,  with plenty of onions, beside the tracks of many railroads, large and small.  
John stood by me during a very difficult time in my life when it seemed everyone else beat feet.  When life got better he served as the best man at my wedding.  

He was very much my "big brother from another mother".   

He passed away in 2007.  I haven't taken a railfan trip since.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 21st, 2018 01:03 pm
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Hi Ken that is slightly warmer for you no snow does it have to right condition to snow.
WOW 26 coal car train are the wagons quite long, my longest  freight train once I have made up the other five spine car set is 20 spine cars be pretty long with three locos, the first 10 Walters spine cars are quite heavy.

I like the slower model boats, still haven't made a start on my model, being having trouble with the lap top, has to go back to ASUS again tomorrow, long story.

Changed some points around today and shifted the diamond cross over down a few inches, the way I had the points would of being a headache with the bus wiring, pics tomorrow, the resizing software is on the other computer, will leave it on it.

That is my issue as well, even though there is a fresh water lake close by the council only let model sailing boats  in the lake, there is another lake a few suburbs away I will check to see if there is a model boat club there.

Hi Reg, sad to hear about the loss of your friend, I lost a friend in 2015, he died in a Nursing home, sadly the staff forgot to let me knew he passed away I only found out ringing him on his birthday a few months later.

There is a heritage museum in Rosewood the other side of Ipswich they have a branch line they can run a steam loco and rail motor trying to con my wife if she like to come with me for a day out on a steam train.

Tony from warm down under




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  More or less a before and after photo of my Coal/ore cars, the Coal car is a American Models S scale car, retrucked for 2&1/2 Foot. The Ore car is a cut down Bachmann On 2&1/2 Foot. The car bodies were 6 Inch's in length, now 4&1/2 Inch's. When running it looked like a 15 Foot long snake.
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 better idea of the length reduction on the Bachmann Coal cars.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 03:47 am
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Hi Ken,Wow  those ore cars in S scale be a site indeed, is that where you got your page in the s scale.

I got outside again today and laid down the track and two points, at this stage I may not motorise the points, only ones I will motorise is the points  where I can't get to, be using remoter control throttles walk with the train..

In the pic the two pieces of pine timber represents the pergola post to check the clearance  of the coaches passing the post, any idea on how to hide the post.

The double slip cross over is a headache to operate, I am thinking of  using Leds to show if the it is straight or curved both ends of the cross over, can't wait to run the first passenger train into the station Or the Indian Pacific leaving on here journey, be a few laps of the layout, even longer when I work on stage two of the layout  with extra single track running.


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