The layout is new almost complete - just waiting for the trees and backscene. The full complement of rolling stock is now built, painted and tested. At exhibitions, the plan is to run three typical trains: a long one hauled by the Garratt, a medium train hauled by one or two NAs, and a fire patrol trolley.
The rail linear motor test track is now evolving into a small micro-layout. The Monbulk Creek trestle bridge is a popular viewing spot on Puffing Billy, a 2'6" gauge tourist railway on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia.
The scenic base is now in place, so time for the detailing, correct trains, and trees. Lots of gum trees.
After a long break, I have started working on the linear motor tracks again. This time, having a 3D printer means that the main emphasis will be on rail rather than road.
This little layout tests:
- the latest track design (with wide curves optimised for rail),
- a good track-surfacing technique (self adhesive labels printed with images derived from AnyRail 3D views),
- small scale train models (trickier than it looked, getting independent vehicles to move like a train is like herding cats),
- a simple queuing system (simulating storage loops to provide variety without needing points),
- and will be the basis of a small Australian narrow gauge micro-layout.
A project I have been meaning to tackle for a while. I have quite a few old Farish suburban coaches stored away, and wanted to convert some of them to have clerestory roofs.
These roofs are simple drop-in replacements for the originals, and are available on Thingiverse. I want to see how a full rake looks when painted!
My first attempt at an N scale wagon - the distinctive GWR Cordon DD4. This gas tanker was used back in the days of gas lighting in passenger carriages. Most railway companies used a different design with two longitudinal tanks, but the GWR had to be different (although they did adopt the other type as the DD5).
The body is glued on top of a Peco 10' brake chassis. It has its undercoat, but final painting is still to be done.
The model is available to download and print on Thingiverse - search for "GWR Cordon".
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