Moonan Flat

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  1. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Moonan Flat
    7mm O scale NSWGR theme Country branch station


    Last year I decided to build a test track for display at Sydney's biggest model railway show.
    The orignal plan was two tracks within a box type display as I wanted to be able to demonstrate DCC sound locos and in a big hall I figured the sounds would get lost if it was just a open plank.
    Some where along the line I made the decision to turn the Idea of the test track into a small layout I figured it would be more fun than just moving a train up and Down a 8 foot plank why not make a small layout.
    In Australia if you asked about O scale most modellers would tell you don't bother with that scale you can't have a layout unless you have a huge shed or multi car garage. :confused:

    So I set out to build the test track as a layout that debunked that theory.
    Moonan Flat was born
    Moonan Flat is a real place but the railway never went there it's located on the edge of a area called the Barrington Tops in the Upper Hunter area of NewSouthWales. A location that is very much like parts of Britain.
    The area gets high rain fall so is often quite green and even gets snow some winter's so what better place to base a layout with a very British style small layout plan.

    Just up the road from Moonan Flat village 2015 looking out the front of my 4x4
    [​IMG]This is Australia !!! by CHRIS, on Flickr

    Timber work started only took a few hours of work to get to this stage, I always choose good quality first grade marine ply as it reduced the chance of any warping and you can use the thinner thicknesses as a result without issues its worth the extra 10% in cost this you will save overall in not having to do so much cross bracing due to the rigidity of the Marine grade ply. Will end up with nice light sections as well.
    [​IMG]New O scale Layout Build by CHRIS, on Flickr
    In just a short period it went from a planned test track to model railway and was exhibited at The 2015 Sydney Model Railway Exhibition as part of the Aus7 modellers group stand promoting O scale modelling in Australia looking like this.
    [​IMG]Liverpool Exhibition 2015 by CHRIS, on Flickr

    The layout only has 2 points but has the following,Main platform, Bay platform, runaround loop with a goods siding all made possible by using a rotating sector plate as a fiddle yard the equivalent of the station approach that wasn't modelled = 2 points.
    Layout Size is, scenic sections 8ft X 16in plus non scenic 3 track traverser 5ft X 1ft mounted on a 4ft X 16inch board I will describe some more in the next post.

    Follow this topic from the bare boards above to a scenic "Model Railway" in the scene below
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    The End result a exhibition standard "Model Railway"
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    This is the orignal plan Draw up by Ian (leddie69) in anyrail took him all of a few minutes one night with me describing what I wanted over his shoulder as he clicked away. Thank again Ian.

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  2. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    That looks great Chris, must admit that if I had enough space then O gauge would be my first choice! Look forward to seeing the rest of the build and some loco's please?

    Cheers
    Ron
     
  3. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Chris,

    Can you tell me which manufacturer of track (including points) you use ?

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  4. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Gary wrote:
    Hi Gary its standard Peco code 125 Bull head track and points just painted and quick dry brush weathering of the rail and chairs,after the first two sections I laid I decided to cut out the webbing from between the sleepers looks much better as you don't have to make sure it is fully ballasted to the top of the sleepers.
    B/H is not prototypical for NSW unless it I was modelling the orignal line to Morpeth near East Maitland.
    Points came via the bay $23 each S/h but had never been removed from pack (score with those got 6 all used now though) and I purchased a new box of Peco C125 B/h track from hunter valley model supplies.
    Another photo from the 2015 exhibition I was sent this by a modeller at the show I forgot to take any of my own layout

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  5. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Really nice modelling Chris, lots of operating potential without being fussy, there,s still plenty of room for detailing, well done :thumbup:.

    Cheers, Pete.
     
  6. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Chris,

    Great whistle stop tour of your layout. Looks like a great build right from the start. The baseboard work looks well constructed as well.

    Great stuff. A few of your loco's would be well received. ;)

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    As requested by Toto some photos of some of my loco fleet that are avalable to run on Monnan flat or my other layouts
    Some photos on Moonan Flat, East Maitland, Hunter Yard and one photo on Arakoola a layout that will be traveling to the UK and will be at Telford 2016 O gauge guild exhibition

    Unfortunately most NSWGR steam locos were drab black occasionally they had some red lining and a special few were green these would see passenger service generaly until the Brown boxes arrived (Diesels)

    Below is just a few of the 40 odd locos I'm gradually upgrading to DCC sound slowly as would break the bank to do all of them.

    Firstly this should be the pride of the line a fine scale brass loco that I custom orded waited 6 years for it arrived and was in my hand for a few hours before it was picked up by the Co that produced it to return it to the factory in Korea. It had so many faults and issues
    :facepalm:
    Still waiting for it to return.
    [​IMG]O scale models by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]iPad photos of Moonan Flat O scale Model Railway by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Liverpool 2015 Aus7 display by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]More O scale loco's by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]NSWGR O Scale on East Maitland by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Newly arrived CPH No13 makes its first arrival at Moonan Flat with CPH No11 by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Loco hauled service Arrives Moonan Flat with 3213 by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]3652 at Moonan Flat by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]In the works models by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]7mm O scale models by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]5802 Big power for little wooden cars by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Valley yard by CHRIS, on Flickr

    3820 on Arakoola a layout that will be in the UK on display at Telford this year all 17.5meters of it.

    [​IMG]September O scale day by CHRIS, on Flickr

    [​IMG]In the works models by CHRIS, on Flickr

    Running on a friends out door layout in the afternoon sunshine.
    [​IMG]2016 on short goods train by CHRIS, on Flickr

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    Hi Chris,

    You are spoiling us now. :avatar: sorry to here of the calamity with your fine scale loco. She looks the part as well. I love the big diesel, a very imposing looking loco.

    The shots of the wagons with the open side doors look terrific as well. Great stuff and thank you for taking the time with the images kind Sir.

    Toto
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    I edited the previous photo post with some more info

    Until I do some more on the build here's the shunters truck
    Got second place in the national modelling compertion with this
    Model that I built
    The big passenger car seen in varnished livery in the photo in the previous post got the first place.

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    Hi Chris,

    I can appreciate why the shutter truck has been so successful. It's really fantastic. Just looks so realistic.

    Congratulations on some great work.

    Cheers and thanks once again for sharing the image.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  11. ianvolvo46

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    Fascinating Chris it just shows what an interesting and varied hobby we have, more please.

    Ian
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Toto wrote:
    Thanks Toto.
    The shunters truck is one of my favourite models I have built in O scale and when I found that little person at a local specilist supplier "TheRailCar". I knew he was the figure for the truck.

    ianvolvo46 wrote:
    Thanks Ian
    This hobby is so varied and I appreciate everyone's different and I have no problem playing trains on a fellow modellers "plywood central" that is never going past that stage as he's happy with that and just wants to run trains and I equally enjoy running a fully detailed model railway with interlock points /signals full time table running with individual car cards etc.

    Re L273 I started with a photo of the prototype and made a close representation.
    The shunters truck I built as a serious model and took some time to put a little extra into it unusual for me, (I took my time),
    I often start a wagon one night have it ready to prime paint in the morning colour paint by morning tea, then decals after dinner inbetween doing what the wife wants to do then weather it late that night, way too impatient.

    So with the shunters truck I made the brake gear movable the chain from the hand brake wheel will actualy wind up and pull the actuator then pull the shoes. Stupid stuff but the sort of thing you need when entering an Oscale model in a NMRA national competition with some other very fine models.
    I Just have to come up with something new for this year's comp.

    But if you look closely a good number of my goods wagons don't even have brakes or just basic shoes.
    Like I said in my welcome post I really just like to run trains so not too worried what's under a lot of the trucks.

    http://www.click

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    Fabulous modelling Chris, if you hadn,t mentioned the goods wagon brake gear I would not have noticed :thumbup:.

    Cheers, Pete.
     
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    Hi Chris,

    Congratulations on picture of the week my friend. the first of many I'd think the way you are going.

    well done

    toto
     
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    Grats on picture of the week Chris and on the awards you obviously we'll deserved . Some fantastic detailing has gone in to these and it shows !
    Looking forward to seeing some more of your work !
    Cheers Matt
     
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    Photo of the week Wow thanks Toto for thinking it was worthy.
    I will try harder now to get some more good photos that may one day grace POTW again

    Thanks for the congrats Matt.

    Some good news from Moonan Flat yesterday got a phone call saying the pride of the fleet was returning again. :thumbs:

    So a little history of of the loco that was to be / is now the pride of the fleet.
    Close to 10 years ago a company called "PSM" precision scale models, announced its intent to produce a O scale fine scale brass model of NSW Australia's most famous loco class the C38's,, 3801 the class leader is in Australia like Flying Scotsman is in UK every one knows it.
    So put my name down for one waited and waited got older eventually in 2010 Was told its about to go into production so deposit paid, I was told it will be delivered in time for Christmas this was mid 2011, so as a Pressent to go under their tree it was a good way to justify a super expensive loco well it missed every Christmas since fast forward to October 2015 I finally get my loco a custom orderd #3805 on opening the box noted a few issues :facepalm: the more I looked at it the worse it got basicly a twisted body chassis due to one part incorecttly fitted and the assembly of the body / chassis became twisted, having had the loco for about 3 hours a phone call and some photos sent to the company had my loco picked up the next day along with my dads one that also had issues and it was sent back to the factory in Korea the day before Xmas 2015 a phone call and I was told your locos are landed will have some one drop them off to you Xmas eve, well they misses another Xmas and finally made it into town yesterday.:). Brand new Newley built 3805 from the factory
    As the faults with the orignal were so bad that the orignal wasn't worth repair
    Open the box out falls a couple of little parts :facepalm: not again inspection reveals these parts will be easy refit.
    Put on the track and some issues with the chassis were evident
    The tender Assy was just poor missing bogie springs alignment of pipe work fouling the bogies etc
    Another phone call to the owner of PSM and he said can you fix the issues this time if I send you the parts
    So a brand New fine scale Brass loco has had it's Chassis striped down and rebuilt tender running gear rebuilt and a couple of springs borrowed so I could run it until the spares arrive
    Whilst it's been apart I installed a speaker in the smoke box and it has a TCS WOW sound decoder fitted
    As I couldn't sleep tonight I decided to get it going still have to wire in the lights but it moved under its own steam tonight at 3am WOW it's loud the neighbors lights came on just after the first whistle test before I turned the volume down they must have thought train was running through there house "Pay back for the thrash metal :mad: their son plays at all hours. I may have given it more than one test blow. :lol: :avatar:

    The link below is to a quick video of the Happy moment just after I tuned down the sound, of 3805's first movements.
    Now to do some decoder tuning the model is fitted with a expensive Falhuber motor so is very light on the current draw.


    :thumbs:
    :lol:
     
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    Hi Chris,

    I'm sure that POTW will be no stranger to yourself. You do some great modelling. Proud to have work of that quality on the forum.

    Well worth waiting for. A great looking and sounding loco. Just a shame about all the grief it took to get there and of course the time.

    A pleasure to watch though.

    cheers

    Toto
     
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    Toto wrote:
    Thanks
    I've got a big smile:) today after 3805 steamed up and down the layout.:thumbs:
     
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    Hi Chris,

    Great news that you finally got your 38. Looks and sounds awesome on the clip too.

    Ian
     
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    Thanks Ian it was 3am in the morning when I decided to solder the wires to the speaker and test.
    You know how loud the speakers I use can get well as per all decoder it was at full volume when it first came alive.
    So tested the whistles rotated to the 38 five chime and let it rip just a few times, before turning down the volume. this had the A/h neighbours lights come on and they were looking outside karma for all the times the kid played thrash metal at ungodly hours that makes the house Windows rattle.

    Ian it's time to start a few posts on your micro layouts.
     

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