How my railroad interests moved from the Pacific Northwest to Southern New South Wales .....with a stop over in Southern California

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Photo Overview of the Railway

Procrastination.   Unfortunately one of my strong traits.   

I finally got a little clean up done in the layout room, not perfect as the  photos will show...but good enough to allow me to present the current state of affairs in my little corner of New South Wales.  

The main locations are labeled.  Hopefully, that will aid in locating the scenes on the track plans in the last post.  The last time I attempted...trains would run the entire length of the railway....I'm sure a bit of track cleaning would be in order to duplicate that feat.

First up, a little prototype comparison:
Willow Tree as viewed from Merriwaw Road.  Willow Tree will be a main focal point on the Rwy, as it is the first thing viewed when entering the room.  Also will be a main operational point as this is where I will be adding bankers to all the Pacific National bulk commodity trains.

The remainder of the shots will show most areas of the room.  

Notice the grade leaving Willow Tree in the background curving up to Kankool (behind the camera to the right).  I didn't want to give up the space for a helix, so the grade to the upper level will require bankers.  A non-prototypical  issue that had to be overlooked when this was modeling Southern California.

This photo of the Maitland staging yard shows how the tracks run into the cabinets over Emily's desk in the office portion of the room.  The remodeling of the office was a good trade-off to secure air rights over the desk that allowed for the "Million Dollar Staging yard" 

Last night's premier operating night at Blair's railroad has once again inspired me to get busy.  I have 20 more Blue Point point throws to install, and finish laying track and installing the turntable at Werris Creek loco depot.  

Then,time to think about scenery....

Oh No...I feel more procrastination in my future!

I'll need to keep looking at the photos of Ray's Bylong layout for inspiration


  1. Lance

    Now I'll have do another post ... ;-)

    I have been starting to feel guilty about not doing one since 10 January.

    Your layout is looking good, bit far to go for an operating session though, Oh, yes, you made it to one here though......

    Ray P

  2. That's a pretty impressive layout Lance. What are the radii on the curves between WC loco and WC yard? Starting to take an interest in these things now!!

  3. Lance,
    Looks great. there must be quite a few metres of flex track there.
    Looking forward to seeing the scenery.

  4. All those curved turnouts make me crazy. Can't wait to operate - maybe turnabout is fair play and we can see a Katy 2-8-0 meet a Class A at Quinnell?

  5. Gary,
    The curves at Werris Creek (at the end of the penninsula) start at 38" radius and drop off about 2" - 2.5" on each successive track to the rear. At Werris Creek loco...about 36" on Main track (closest to aisle) then the crossing loop curve varies from about 26" to 32". The as yet to be laid turntable road off the left side of the turntable currently has roadbed laid for about 18" radius....I'm a bit concerned about that one.