Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Graham's Mexican layout

Last week I finally got to run trains on Graham's Mexico-themed layout. For one reason or another I've missed all my previous opportunities to do that.

I was so busy running trains and taking photos that I didn't take note of the town names. In fact, I don't even know whether Graham has a name for his layout!

Here are some photos from the session.

Some very nice rock formations. I think Peter (that's him in the photo above) did this for Graham. I'm trying to talk him into coming to my place to do the rock face on my Washita River scene.

I heard Graham say that because of the nature of the industries in the area he's modelling he will have to scratch-build many of the larger ones.

For some reason I can remember the name of the town that this modern office building is located at. It's .. erm

I operated this local freight, hauled by a pair of KCS locos:

Although it's not visible in the photos above and below, Graham has placed a mirror against the backdrop at the far end of the ravine. When viewed from the aisle, it looks like the ravine extends through the backdrop to the other side of the peninsula.  The illusion is so effective that guests have walked to the other side of the peninsula to see the other end of the canyon. (I'm not saying I did; but I'm not saying I didn't either.)

I love the placement of the jetty and shed in this photo.

As shown in the photo above, Graham uses push-rods to operate most of his turnouts. The layout uses Digitrax DCC, and a CC&WB system.

My thanks go to Graham for hosting a very enjoyable session. I love running trains on layouts like this, that have been designed with switching in mind.

Thanks for looking in.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Darren's "VR Cann River" layout

While deleting unwanted junk from the memory card on my phone I found a bunch of photos that I took when I visited Darren's N scale Cann River layout last August.  Darren's layout depicts a fictitious Victorian Railways branch line from Orbost, Vic. to Cann River and Noorinbee, Vic.

The photos are grainy, but I think they still show the very high standard of Darren's modelling.

When I last saw Darren he showed me a photo of a layout extension he's working on. I can't wait for my next visit.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Greg's 'L&N Knoxville Division'

Last Friday evening Greg hosted the gang for an operating session on his L&N Knoxville Division layout. Here are my photos from the session.

Brendan took on the job of running the Knoxville yard:

Here he is again, using the card sorting shelf. I wish I had left room on the fascia for something like this.

Here's the loco facility at Knoxville:

Pure Oil Co. is located on the outskirts of Knoxville:

This transfer crane is also located at Knoxville. I took the photo because I want one for Davis (on my layout) but I've been too slack to build one.

The first stop out from Knoxville is Oak Ridge, on the right in the photo below.  The industry complex in the rear right corner is (IIRC) the Bull Run Power Station, which is located at one end of a two-track 'loads in - empties out' coal cycle. Loaded coal hoppers enter the complex, and empty hoppers exit it.

(L-R above: Brendan, Greg, Graham and Bill.)

At the other end of Oak Ridge there is a quarry.

Next stop is La Follette, where a train being crewed by Rod and John F. is using the long siding for a meet with Graham's train.

Further down the line is Morley.  Greg is explaining something to Dennis (at the back) and John F.  The track along the backdrop is the branchline to the coal mine (at the far end).
Morley is home to the Butler Paper Mill:
The track that branches off to the tunnel portal is the branch-line to the coal mine at the other end of the 'loads in - empties out' coal cycle.

Here is the mine. The loco is on the 'loads' train, and the caboose (middle track) is on the rear of the 'empties' train.

While reviewing these photos I realised that I should have taken some closer pics of the monitors that Greg has positioned high up at the end of both peninsulas. You can see them just above Brendan's head in the first photo, and above Graham's head in one of the La Follette photos.  The monitors show the current system time (using a fast-time clock), a route map, and a real-time display of what trains are scheduled for departure.

Thanks for hosting the session Greg, and for the supper. The layout performed very well, and I enjoyed running the trains I operated. I'm looking forward to the next session.