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 Posted: 5 Jan 2016 01:07
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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. :?

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
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.
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.
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


The End result a exhibition standard "Model Railway"




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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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?

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Hi Chris,

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

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Gary wrote:
Hi Chris,

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

Cheers, Gary.


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


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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. ;)

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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
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Still waiting for it to return.
O scale models by CHRIS, on Flickr

iPad photos of Moonan Flat O scale Model Railway by CHRIS, on Flickr

Liverpool 2015 Aus7 display by CHRIS, on Flickr

More O scale loco's by CHRIS, on Flickr

NSWGR O Scale on East Maitland by CHRIS, on Flickr

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

Loco hauled service Arrives Moonan Flat with 3213 by CHRIS, on Flickr

3652 at Moonan Flat by CHRIS, on Flickr

In the works models by CHRIS, on Flickr

7mm O scale models by CHRIS, on Flickr

5802 Big power for little wooden cars by CHRIS, on Flickr

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.

September O scale day by CHRIS, on Flickr

In the works models by CHRIS, on Flickr

Running on a friends out door layout in the afternoon sunshine.
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.

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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.

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

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Toto wrote:
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.
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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.

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


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.

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

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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

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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 !
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