December 16, 2018


.......Because again this year, make no mistake, if I have any skill in modelling it is only because it's a gift from Him.

Best wishes for the Christmas Season and the New Year in 2019.

November 25, 2018

3 Years between ermmm "Drinks"

As mentioned in my post a few posts ago but now a few years ago, I had decided to cease this and my other sites/blogs as Facebook was more discussional (not a real word, but it's easier to converse there...). Still true, but I have also realised that a site is perhaps a useful record, and can be more easily navigated for content by anyone interested. As such I am back to updating it now and again. For the time between then and now, here's a few things that went on.....

The move of room removed two previous areas of the layout - the cutting to the Charity Street bridge, and Deepdene Yard - neither would fit properly in the new space so had to be scrapped. Below then are some scenes that can no longer be replicated.

The layout however has been fully rebuilt and is running again in its new abode, a fairly recent shot below showing some of the re-arrangements and additions the new room made possible.

I was able to recycle much of the previous Charity Street area and use it to negotiate this corner on the Dn side of Glenburn Station (it used to be on the Up side of Glenburn), and also include an exit to a branch therein allowing for extension of the layout beyond the large Glenburn loop to many branch locations. The below shots show this relocated area:

And there were a couple of Christmases which I graced with my usual very average artwork as below.

Apart from 3-4 months where the layout was being rebuilt into its new location, t5rains have continued to run on Glenburn as they have since 2008, some of those during this time are below.

Above is Mark Tregoning's beautiful D2 with original tender on a visit during 2018.

And finally, a new section has been added, this approximating the Riversdale Rd and like crossings in the area, various pictures during the build and after completion are following.

December 14, 2015


.......Because again this year, make no mistake, if I have any skill in modelling it is only because it's a gift from Him.

Best wishes for the Christmas Season and New Year in 2016.

November 30, 2015

Some Wandering

Regular followers may have picked up the absence from this Blog, initially to take a break from public modeling, but after encouragement from valued modeling friends, continuing via my Facebook group where there is far more scope for open discourse - much more interesting to me than just one way comms. The group is here and you're very welcome to join:
User Warning: Not all discussion and modeling on the FB group is VR interwar, you have been warned.

So, just posting up a couple of happenings during the year that were more fully covered there:

Trains kept running on Glenburn, though of late this has gone into stasis for the reasons outlined below regarding the change in location.

 As may be evident, I'm a fan of ground-level-as-you-were-there modeling photography, but occasionally an overhead is useful. Here 1100 has pulled up just in time to avoid overrunning the "end of wires" marker (in white) and has pulled back slightly to allow the shunter to uncouple.

A running session that included new visitor Bill Bolton saw him stretching his black E's legs on Glenburn providing the rather rare scene above of three of VR's finest. Bill's is the single loco with still red buffer beam.

A very kind gift from Phil Dunn of his exquisitely researched and produced Auscision  L class enabled some VR blue and gold to be seen under wires. Typically I only use later liveries for the cleaning train as, frankly, there's quite enough blue & gold getting around. But for this piece of modeling goodness an exception had to be made!

And finally, an overview of the "Cudgewa Room" as present, but soon not to be. A growing family means "Glenburn" will need to be relocated to a new room to be built next year. So this will change. The dimensions of the new room are close but not exact and hence I will need to either lengthen or cut/shut "Glenburn". As such I have stopped further scenic work pending - no point building out only to then break it up.

March 5, 2015

107M, 137M, 12AT, 24D

News reached Sydney of a fire at Newport where the nearly completely restored 4 car Swing Door set was stored, and reports seem to indicate they may be damaged beyond repair.

I have never seen these motors/coaches however in the early days of Glenburn I called the Clark brothers for some guidance on Swing Doors. They were generous of course, and it was appreciated and encouraging. No right minded rail enthusiast likes to lose a historic rail asset, but my thoughts are foremost for them and all others involved in the restoration of these items over the years. At the least, facing the rebuild will be very tough, at the worst facing a loss will be harder.

January 4, 2015

Some workings of a Holiday

Has been a while since I have posted a video of workings on Glenburn, more of this medium having been put on the Facebook page. I had a bit of fun with Video Editor and some holiday workings over the last few days so thought to post it here. One thing about close up video, it shows up any flaws!
Nb. The A2 has not been commissioned yet hence it remains lit/has no plates/detailing/weathering but could not resist lining it up for this kind of working.

Click here:

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December 14, 2014


.......Because again this year, make no mistake, if I have any skill in modelling it is only because it's a gift from Him.

Best wishes for the Christmas Season and New Year in 2015.

November 9, 2014

The yard shall not remain nameless.

Since building, I have been undecided what to call the main (primarily goods) yard on the layout. Location doesn't help as depending on the traffic passing through it it represents Melbourne Yard, outer suburban destinations, country destinations, in fact anywhere trains start or end. "The Yard" or "The Main Yard" lacked any effort, so I delved into my Melbourne time and named it Deepdene Yard. No relation at all with the prototype location other than happy days spent in the area many many years ago. The yard will have two boxes controlling each departure/approach line, and first up was Deepdene B Box. Some pictures follow as do a couple taken over recent days following near completion of the scenery in the area around this box, all except the wiring which is underway as I write.....almost. For now, a treat for the steam buffs with clear skies.

As is now tradition, details of these developments can be found on my Facebook group if you are interested further:

August 24, 2014

The second cut is actually the deepest.

Longer term readers may remember about a year ago (nothing like forward planning - I mentioned the unusual shape of the bridge foundations, and that hopefully I knew what I was doing. I had a welcome break in work recently and was able to tackle scenery across a bigger than usual section of the layout. In brief, this is a brick lined cutting recollecting that emplaced as part of the regrading on the Up side of Camberwell that, aside from its own value as a scene to run through, covers the hidden suburban stabling sidings and provides a visual barrier between the Main Yard and the running lines. As I mentioned in my last post, build details are now being discussed through my Facebook page, but here are some shots of the cutting as finished to date. The other end will be completed with scenery application at that end.

June 16, 2014

Social Media Frenzy

For 7 or 8 years I have used online capabilities to reach people in whose views I am interested, and who may be interested in my modelling, and overcome the distance from like minded modellers.  This site for example has been good for more "formal" updates however it hasn't endeared itself to 2 way discussion, with comments rather tricky to lodge. As such it has been more one-way than I would have liked - I get tired of my own voice! Similarly I have found discussions on forums sometimes a bit constrained (compared to email for example) - people seem to often treat discussion there quite carefully for reasons unknown. I have been a very late adopter of Facebook (FB) as a connection media, only starting to use it really this year for personal contact, and think it may be useful for modelling. So, I have set up a Group on FB, not to replace either this site or my participation in forums, but rather to add to it by focussing primarily on bits of the actual task of modelling (and its very many distractions....), rather than the end product as is often shown here. As importantly I hope it is a way to be able to more readily interact with other like-minded modellers. I wanted to keep the FB site as "Open" as I am no fan of the "Closed Shops" and the cliques and pretension that often seem to accompany them, not just in rail, but in any interest area. But having accidentally cc'd my non-rail friends on a day of rail chat (strangely they have other interests?), it seems making the group Closed is the best way to keep rail and non-rail matters apart unfortunately.

Here's a link to the site:

So, it does need you to join to see and contribute to it, I am sorry about that, but if you are interested further in my modelling journey whether Glenburn, Cudgewa, EBR or other etc., please just send me a request to join via FB. Your membership and inputs will be very welcome. All feedback is appreciated (unless nutty....). :^ )

June 9, 2014

A cleansing Oil.

There is no getting around it, dirty track won't enable smooth operation and can be very frustrating when rolling stock stops/starts. For Cudgewa, I didn't think about it much, lightly rubbing a track rubber (I think Faller or Fleischmann, quite a solid chunk) followed by a vacuum to pick up any rubber bits and dust afterward. I did this every month or so but found this a bit annoying as breaks in layout operation would necessitate a re-do before next running, quite a chore. Added to this was the task of replacing all the detail bits taken out by friendly fire while cleaning. When planning "Glenburn" I took the matter more seriously - the layout would be much larger and would be under wires. Cudgewa's solution wouldn't cut the mustard. So I went exploring the options and I looked at very many. Now, any modeller worth his salt will know that track cleaning prophets and solutions are like vacuum cleaner sellers, each one entirely devoted to his/her method and swearing it's better than all else. A tip - It's always a good idea to ask people who actually run trains on layouts (nb. Decent sized also, not just a couple of metre section of track), rather than the legions of online experts who perhaps last saw model railway track when they were 16 or know someone who knows someone who always did, or has a cupboard full of the latest RTR and could imagine what would work etc. etc. I looked to those who actually run model trains on good size layouts. All Aboard Modellbahn in Mittagong get the credit in my case. Dropping in one day I noted they had a several largish layouts running smoothly in regular operation. I asked and they advised nothing more complex than the Noch (one of the US brands now makes them too) axle-mounted pads with the tiniest drop of oil (I think I use Fleischmann loco lubricating oil) regularly kept things ship shape. So I bought a pack of four pads for a massive $10 that fit to the axle, and some loco oil for same amount and these are still in use 8 or so years later. There's no miracle with their use, they just take the fine layer of dust off the railhead. Regularity is the key - I run them across all track of the layout typically once a week. To access all areas, this involves shunting all stock which provides a further benefit of making sure all stock gets a test regularly. I used to just clip the pad under a heavy wagon but a couple of months ago used an old kit to make the heading photo item - functionally rich, beauty she ain't. Equipped with a weight (ex-Weico Walker roof...), Kadee at one end and three link at the other, and with nice large buffing plates to make quick shunting around a breeze, it gets pushed around by the few non-operational locos I own, heck sometimes even something blue and gold gets a turn. Takes around 20 minutes for two passes over the entire layout track acreage. Rather than a chore, this is actually Ok, not as much fun as running real operations, but very very much better than an eraser. This is pretty much all I do. Costs very little. Works. If there is a small spot causing stopping I use the eraser, I have had to do this 4-5 times in 5 years, other than that major runs over the entire layout with an eraser have been undertaken in December 2009 and March 2012 - not what one would call often. Downsides of this method? Apart from the need for regular running of the "Cleaning Train" (and it may be that a fortnightly clean would work, I've rarely had to try it), the oil on railhead does induce slightly more slipping on grade for some locomotives. With a flatish layout not such a problem, but perhaps an issue for anyone with heavy grades. But I'm not here to recommend what works for me, what I do recommend is that given how nice good running is, and how frustrating bad running is, if you are looking at a track cleaning system that works, ask someone who actually operates trains. Regularly.