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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Yes.....I am still here and there has been progress on the new layout!

I am currently in the middle of a job change from management back to a union job.  The downside of which will be fewer days off, but the upside is that I will have more time every day to get things accomplished. And the under construction layout has benefited lately.

Above is the framing and lower level of the 3 level peninsula. The lower and middle levels will represent the standard gauge line from Tocumwal to Narrandera, while the upper will be the Victorian broad gauge line from Tocumwal towards Seymour.

This is the peninsula from the end where you enter the room.  The end and the 2 wings attached to it will be model display cases which will hide the turn-back loops at the end, eliminating difficult areas to scenic on what is supposedly a "flat land" railroad.  To the right can be seen the 3 levels, which from top to bottom will be Shepparton, VIC; Tocumwal and Narrandera.  To the left of the photo will be a helix connecting the middle and lower levels...and further to the left (opposite the wall with the window), will be Victoria Railways staging.

In this view, Victorian staging will be behind me, the middle to lower level helix to the left and the middle to upper level helix will be in the alcove to the right rear, along with a lower level turn-back loop below it.  

Aisles are approx. 6 - 7 feet narrowing to around 3 feet where the peninsula joins the rest of the Railroad.  

Thanks to Bob Stack for shaming me into an update...more soon.


  1. Hi Lance,
    No shame meant. Glad to see you are still busy and tackling what looks to be an interesting layout.
    You might need to backdate your rolling stock to 4 wheelers now!!. Thank goodness there is a lot more available now.
    The best of both worlds Vic and NSW modelling. Looking forward to more progress.

  2. Been wonderin' about you Lance, like Blair, you both drop off the radar from time to time so it gets to be pretty lengthy between posts. But first things first, and money and spare time is the important factor in EVERYTHING we do. So good luck with your new employment and hoping to see some more of your version of Aussie railroads.

    Good luck with it all mate!

  3. Good to see you back at it Lance.
    Work can be such a pain at times ! I'm on hols at the moment and just got back from a road trip which took in part of the murray valley !
    I have about 10 days left and now the cave is finished I may even get to make a start !