Sunday, May 21, 2017

WARIALDA RAIL

 Well Nicks been at it again.This time at Warialda Rail .With both still and action shots.
 With some stunners of the hard to get at bridge over Warialda Creek .The bridge is about 1 km to the west of the station. Visible are the concrete footings from the original bridge that was washed away.
This station was opened on 25-11-1901,situated 740 ks /460 miles from Sydney on the Moree to Inverell Branch. Elevation is 1,037 ft or 316 mtrs.The station was closed on 3-12-85.
This was obviously an important grain receival station in its hay (grain ) day.




The D150 Bulkhead which was added in 1966 for 15,000 tonnes of added storage .
Which is situated on the Western side of the station away from the main yard



          The Original S016 was added to in 1960 with 2 extra bins for 6,000 tonnes          
adding to the origonal 1,600 tonnes




You may have noticed that this silo has JAYE painted on the roof .Is this a cry for help,Or someone seeking attention.Not really the best place for either under the circumstances.






Sample Stand 


Weigh Bridge




An interesting  Shell Depot is still basically intact ,With a sliding door in the storage shed for
 loading from vans in the siding and a lean to on the western side of the open storage shed.








The station masters residence



Yard Crane


Station if you could call it that



                                                   The 2 versions of the fettlers  sheds

You may think Nicks cleaver flying around with his Drone.But spare a thought for me doing the hard yards,stomping around on the ground for the detail shots .In waist deep grass ,dodging rabbit holes and brown snakes.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BEN LOMOND




A SHORT VIDEO TAKEN BY NICK WHICH FOLLOWS THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY
FROM THE HIGHEST POINT SOUTH OF BEN LOMOND . THE SIGN CAN BE SEEN RIGHT AT THE START OF THE VIDEO.THROUGH THE STATION AND DOWN THROUGH THE CUTTINGS AND EMBANKMENTS TO NEARLY THE BOTTOM OF THE GRADE  ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF BEN LOMOND.

 

IF YOU LIKE THE VIDEO SUBSCRIBE AND LIKE AS HE HAS OTHER TRAIN ONES AND MORE COMING UP AS I TRICK HIM INTO DOING THEM.

                                 
                                       SOME PICTURES TAKEN AROUND BEN LOMOND






                       LATE IN THE AFTERNOON  900 DEB SET FORMING N23 CROSSES
                                  44100 AND 48126 ON N12 AT BEN LOMOND ON 7-10-83
                       THE DEB SET HAS JUST SPENT ALL DAY COMING FROM SYDNEY
                       WHILE THE MAIL IS JUST STARTING ITS ALL NIGHT JOURNEY
                       TO SYDNEY.



     
  4495 ON N13 NEARS THE END OF ITS JOURNEY FROM SYDNEY AS IT COMES 
            DOWN THE GRADE FROM BEN LOMOND WITH YOUR SCRIBE IN THE BAM
           SLEEPER. THE DATES 14-6-83 SO IM PROBABLY COMING BACK FROM THE
           MODELLING CONVENTION.THIS WAS  BACK IN THE TIME WHEN I WAS TRYING
            TO GET A COVER SHOT ON THE RAILWAY DIGEST NOT REALIZING IT WAS                  A SPECIAL CLUB.



                                  N22 GRINDS UP TOWARDS BEN LOMOND ON 28-5-83



Sunday, September 25, 2016

BRIDGE WORKS

      The bridge over the Gwydir River at Gravesend .On the now disused Moree to Inverell line.                    This  photo was taken in November 2011.And the river level would be a lot differant at the moment                                                            

With the burden of silo construction removed .I had a bit of track planning to do ,as to the yard layout .I needed the silo finished for this as the distance out from the backboard of the silo rail line would dictate the main line through town and the distance out for the rail bridge.
I always make the rail line at an angle to the front board or with a curve or dogleg in it to add interest to the scene.But being out west I wanted to create the illusion of distance ,so I kept the track parallel with the front for the full distance of the boards .Which is approx 7 mtrs.
With the planning of a yard I usually  make a list of all the things required for a NSW railway yard .Then put all the structures that are made for this on the board ,then shuffle them around until you come up with a track layout that fits in the space available and looks right.


                 A COLLECTION OF TRACK  LAYOUTS ,NON OF WHICH WON 1ST PLACE







When I had come up with a good yard layout I moved to the opposite  end of the MUNGINDI section to work on the bridge section that brings the line into town past the stock sidings and silo.
The silo and bridge have been moved a little further to the south than originally planned,so I had to move the river bed about 1.2 mtrs to the south ,which with foam is relatively easy .Just put an angle cut through the base foam ,then turn over and re glue at 100mm down..
The bridge I am modelling doesn't represent a  bridge in real life but a collection of bits that combined are all NSW practice.I kit bashed a Central Valley  150' steel through truss bridge into a 125' bridge as used on the north coast line.
Also a  through girder kit ,which although not exactly right is that close that I couldn't be bothered to correct it.And timber trestle approach spans.Which all up comes in at 2.3 mtrs in length.
The piers where a bit of a problem,with not much information available on the height of the different sections and dimensions .So from my research it appears that there where 3 different sizes used on my bridge .
So you guessed it i made masters and had the 3 sizes made up so I could adjust the heights and then glue the top cap section on to suit the varying heights in the river crossing.

                                          
                          PIERS FOR THE TRANSITION FROM GIRDER TO TRUSS BRIDGE


                                   
               PIERS FOR THE TRANSITION FROM PLATE GIRDER TO WOODEN TRESTLE


           THE 3 DIFFERANT SIZED PIER CAPS,INCLUDING THE BIGGER 1 FOR THE                                     CENTRE  PIER TO CARRY THE  TRUSS BRIDGES




                                               A PLAN FOR THE MANILLA BRIDGE PIERS


                        THE BRIDGE IN PLACE WITH THE RIVER BED CARVED OUT BEFORE                                                                       THE  SCENERY IS BUILT UP






                                 STARTING TO BUILD THE SCENERY UP AROUND THE PIERS




                                                   FINISHED SCENERY BUILD UP ,
                              WITH A GRAIN TRAIN TO GIVE PERSPECTIVE OF SIZE







Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE NEW ENGLAND CONVENTION

There has been some action at the C Depot construction site with the Transformer platform completed as far as possible .Until the base is installed in the module ,which will be after the display at the
Armidale Convention  in November.

Link To Registration
http://www.newenglandmodelrailwayclub.com/content/convention.shtml

So its basically finished !

                                                 TRANSFORMER  & PLATFORM


                                     ELEVATOR TOWER AND GRAIN RECEIVALS  SHED


                                      OUT LOADER IN EXTENDED POSITION









                                                   OUT LOADER IN STOWED POSITION



                      I will also  have the sections of ASHFORD -- MUNGINDI  extension on display
                     to demonstrate the steel frame foam scenery method . And the method for turning
                     a commercial tree into the gums in this river scene.And some other bits and pieces.