Wallace Creek

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  1. class48nswfan

    class48nswfan Full Member

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    INTRODUCTION



    Wallace Creek is a fictional Australian railway based on an East

    Coast line from Nowra (the current southern terminus of the Illawarra line) and

    Orbost, a now closed station located north-east of Bairnsdale the current

    eastern terminus of the line from Melbourne. The two stations modelled are

    Wallace Creek which is the unlikely home of a small specialist steel works, and

    Mowarra Junction which is close to a small un-modelled dock complex and freight

    line from Timbillica Railhead.



    After many years of underuse the line has undergone

    something of a resurgence and often acts as a diversion for the main freight

    route through Goulbourn. Three passenger trains operate per day from Wollongong

    (where they connect with the Illawarra line electrics) calling at Nowra,

    Jervis Bay and a host of minor stations before terminating at Wallace Creek. Rumour

    is that the Victorian government may well extend the current Bairnsdale service

    to Wallace Creek (which is on the border of the two states) followings its

    recent (for fictional purposes) conversion to standard gauge. However the state

    treasurer (or Mrs Class48NSWfan as you should call her) has yet to sign off

    permission for some suitable vehicles.




    Predominantly the line is freight with steel, container, cement, aggregates, oil, grain and vans (general) regularly seen. Motive Power

    is split between NSW and Victorian diesels
    with a couple of newer locomotives in

    evidence. The period modelled in 1970s to 1990s but as stock increases I hope

    to operate a 70s, an 80s and a 90s scenario. But as it's a model railway and its

    mine, absolute adherence to the protoype frequently goes out of the window!




    The layout is located in a garage (which in fact doesn't

    have a window) in York and measures 14 feet by 9 feet.
    It is an oval around the wall of the garage and a bridge section across the door. Luckily it is high enough of the ground

    so that we can get bikes (and junk) in and out of the garage easily. I have a very

    crude sketch which I will post sometime (when I find it).




    The line starts on the right-hand of the garage in a 2-track

    fiddle yard which is the line northwards and to Mowarra Docks.
    Mowarra incidentally is the Aboriginal word

    for grass snake and named in honour of the two family corn snakes. The fiddle

    yard comes out halfway along the Mowarra Junction side of the layout and as

    well as single platform station there are extensive sidings, an MPD, container

    terminal and oil siding located here. Beyond Mowarra Junction along the back

    wall of the garage is the single track “gorge” section which is a national park.




    The Wallace Creek station (left-hand side of garage) has facilities for cement traffic, a grain silo, steel sidings and a general goods siding.
    Passenger services terminate here with the line running south to Victoria being
    freight only. Indeed to this day no passenger train has ever worked this line.
    The line curves round onto the bridge section (across the garage door) and in

    the middle of this is a short bridge where the loop line miraculously transforms

    itself (by the suspension of rational belief) into the Timbillica Railhead
    branch as it comes back into Mowarra Junction yards.




    I will post something about operation of the

    layout, rolling stock and other aspects, of Wallace Creek at a later date but one thing I discovered is that just watching a train working its way

    around the layout whilst holding an appropriate beverage (so not Aussie beer!)
    is a very enjoyable way of passing the time.


    Pictured below are 44 class and 48 class hauled freight trains passing in Wallace Creek station.



    Dave





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  2. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Top start to your layout thread Dave lost of detail.
    Good to see a Australian theme layout in the UK
    Some thing a little unusual I do know that there are 2 NSWGR Oscale Modellers in the UK
    Looking forward to some more photos to place with the description :thumbs:

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  3. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I'm with you Chris. It's good to see some Australian themes coming in. Good stuff. :tophat:

    Toto
     
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    Good man Dave, great to see the Nowra name mentioned. I live at Bomaderry which is the town on the other side of the Shoalhaven River.

    Andrew
    Sandbar & Mudcrab Railway
     
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    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    Great start to you layout thread Dave, well done.:thumbup:
    Interested to know, where do you source your stock? Is there plenty to choose from in the UK or do you have to get it sent over from Australia?
    Keep the pictures coming :thumbs:
    Kim
     
  6. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Couldn't agree more with the above replies, great start to your thread indeed !

    I recognise the Lima 44 Class and what I believe is a Powerline (formerly Trax) 48 Class. The 44 was used several times on the South Coast Daylight express during the 70s and 80's and the 48 as you are aware, are the go anywhere haul anything loco, very versatile.

    I'll be following your thread with interest. :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  7. ianvolvo46

    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    good thread looking forward to more on this :thumbup::thumbup:

    Ian vt
     
  8. class48nswfan

    class48nswfan Full Member

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    Thanks very much for the kind comments - there are a few pictures in my gallery as well.
    Occasionally a loco comes up for sale in the UK (via E-bay) although new locos are usually direct from the manufacturers - Auscision, Austrains, SDS , Powerline. With postage it does get expensive though! One exception was the ROCO Victorian F Class which I purchased through Scograil of Ipswich.
    I'll do a section on the locomotives next but I'd better get back to work.
    Dave
     
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    The picture below is of a V-line N class loco heading a ballast train through Mowarra Junction during the evening. On the left hand side a NSW 48 Class loco can be seen whilst on the right a Victorian Railways T Class is coming off depot (the building on the left) for its next turn. This is one of my favourite pictures of my layout (though I say it myself).

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  10. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I can understand why. It's a very atmospheric shot. Very life like :thumbs:

    More of the same please

    Toto
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Needing another fix of Wallace Creek. I am still waiting for my first American loco to arrive. A New Jersey Central liveried loco. Don't ask what kind as I ain't used to the types yet. I just know that I need a bigger shed ....... Hold it, make that house.

    Some colour pictures would be good to see more of the liveries. I know that some of these liveries are black and silver anyway but post on.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  12. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Toto, here are the liveries of Dave's locos...

    48 Class is this livery (Silverton Tramway : Broken Hill)

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    44 Class livery Left - Lima, Right - Trainorama model (Dave has the one on the left)

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    The V Line N class is this livery...

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    and the VR T Class is this livery...

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    Cheers, Gary.
     
  13. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Thanks for that Gary. Fantastic liveries. The prices are much more favourable compared to the UK stuff as well.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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    If I wasn't committed to my O scale I would quite fancy having a go at modelling Australian modern railways, there is so much choice, but I think SWMBO would go ballistic if I even suggested it! :avatar:

    Pete.
     
  15. class48nswfan

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    DESIGN PART 1
    When I started Wallace Creek I did not have any real model railway building experience although I have been doodling layouts for 40 years (or more). Initially I thought end to end around the garage but after some input from a website called free track plans (the site still exists but there is no active interaction with the site possible anymore) I decided that some form of circuit should be incorporated into the layout. I'm glad I did as watching a train go round the layout is a good way of passing time.
    Another piece of advice was try to avoid long straight pieces of track and of you do have them, try and break them up (with a bridge for instance).
    So once the base boards were up (about 1.2m off the floor of the garage) so I can stoop slightly and watch everything at "ground level" I had to consider what I actually was going to build.
    Firstly I decided the line would be a single line railway as I thought that had potential for more interesting operation. It meant that the stations would require loops for passing and that the trains could be regulated there for opposite and same direction passes. Even though it was constructed as a loop, I decided that the passenger service would actually only run as a terminating service from the fiddle yard (two sidings where stock is lifted off/placed on) and Wallace Creek.
    To this day a passenger service has not run the whole circuit despite many requests from the Gunzel community!
    So a carriage siding to stable the stock as required as the idea was WC would have two passenger trains a day and one of these would stable overnight.
    Initially Wallace Creek was also a place where freight trains swapped engines and a couple of engine sidings were supplied.
    One of the first buildings was a Walthers Grain Silo so a grain sidings was required and a small goods yard laid out in such a way that the freight stock I then had could be accommodated in it.
    As freight stock grew and operations changed the two loco sidings were replaced by a single siding serving a loading bay. This is known as "Gallant's Siding" (named after my Sydney based nephews and niece) and generally van traffic can be seen there. The yard was extended from two to three sidings plus a short brake van siding recently and now deals with cement and aggregates. There is one long siding along the front of the baseboard which I use as a general siding and one has to imagine a large tarmac area in front of this where steel products can be unloaded.
    The trick with operating the station is not to overstuff it with stock as really it’s only a small town station. It’s an interesting station to operate (I'll paste a sketch soon!) with many trains requiring locomotives to run round and shunting.
    The headshunt can only take about half a train length and the invention of some operating restrictions mean only three long vans can be shunted via the shunt signals at either end.
    Like Mowarra Junction (which I'll write about soon) I did design a bit of "operational difficulty" into the layout which is in part forced by space restrictions. Several years on I am glad I did as the station gives me a lot of pleasure both as a place to watch trains pass by and to operate.
    The attached photo is of an NSW 422 Class (a Lima model) in the goods yard with some cement wagons visible.

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    class48nswfan Full Member

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    GaryBetter photos than I can manage - I'll do a class by class look at my rolling stock soonish. And i'll post some colour photos.D
     
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    class48nswfan Full Member

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    and here is a sketch of Wallace Creek

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  18. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    That exact Lima model was my first NSWGR diesel. My brother bought it for me from Paddy's markets in Sydney for about $50.00 ! I'd say it was one of the better models Lima produced.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    A trip round Wallace Creek
    The following photos show the progress of 4205 heading an interstate van train, It is first pictured at Mowarra Junction – note the Golden Fleece Oil Tanks behind in the oil sidings.
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    4205 has negotiated the curve and is about to approach the bridge on the bridge end of the layout.[​IMG]
     

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