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 Posted: 28 Oct 2017 08:36
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Very nice - I love the transit shed. Is that home made?Dave



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 Posted: 28 Oct 2017 10:00
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Love your work on this layout. I have a similar idea, getting stuff in because I like it, rule No1 is the key here.
I love the landscape up here between Mt Colah and Berowra, when the line just snakes along the ridge. I also really love the area between Mt Vic and Lithgow, which includes Bell and obviously Dargan (must be a theme of ridges here) which I have surveyed quite a lot of.
Also other things like the Hornsby signal box.
I have lots of ideas like you for my layout, involving a number of ideas condensed into much smaller, more manageable space, the ridge line run, the Thornleigh Malt Works, the river etc.
There are lots of 'purists' who would want these all as they are supposed to be, but there has be a level of practicality and therefore creativity, which you have captured well. Having lived in Newie for a while I appreciate your work on the car sheds in the park.
It's really inspiring to see people living my dream!
I might have to wait a little longer on the classic car dream though. The astute observer of my posts will notice a 30+ year old Toyota in the background a lot, still my first car, a one day, modern classic, but is it a classic unless it drips oil on the garage floor??

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I scratch build a lot of my stuff simply because that is the only way to get the end product but I am always on the lookout for things that suit from the great range of laser cut models available on today's market. The Werris Creek transit shed is one such kit but like most things of a commercial nature, kit bashed slightly to better suit the location on my layout.

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Thanks Tony. Appreciate your comments and that regardless of what a purist approach to a layout may be (and don,t get me wrong, they are beautiful) like you I have too many nice things to include in my scene so as I said earlier provided it suits the era, if I like it,  then in it goes.

Our drive car is a Toyota Corolla, the third we have enjoyed over these many years. They do not wear out you just need a fresh face every so often.

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Toyota fans here.
The daily car is the Corolla too, the "classic" is the Corona, and the work car is the Hi-Lux.
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Love your work Richard , something to aspire too. Tezza.:thumbs:



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Thanks Tezza



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GLEN DAVIS GETS A LEVEL CROSSING

Even though the car park was there, no road access as I could not decide how best to put in the level crossing. The thought of mucking around with plaster was npt appealing and nothing else came to mind until I saw one of Kathy Millatt's videos on tarmack. So I hold of some 3mm craft foam as she suggested, tried it out and it worked like a charm. So on with the installation:


Demolition work completed




Civil engineering completed (plaster!)



Level crossing using the foam installed




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For some reason I could not post the final shot.

Here it is all completed




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Again the down arrows, enter, etc would not work so another separate post.

The crossing signals are connected to the flasher control unit and works fine. I will be installng track sensors to activate the control unit and they will be on both the up and down lines. A bit tricky but I am told it works ok. Right now enough modelling as the Sun Pricess awaits me at White Bay terminal for a few weeks cruising somewhere North.

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Nice walk through of adding the crossing.
A nice result and it fits the scene just right

Enjoy your cruise hopefully lots of Sunshine for you.

Re photos you may find down sizing the image will allow it to go on I did a test when the the host migration first went on line and the standard iPad or phone image that would previously upload now bounces you but if down sized it posts OK



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Thanks Chris

I had downsized them thanks to Gormo's tuition video and you will see that the first three went ok but it went AWOL after that. Computers I guess.

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Hi Folks

Time to get on with some serious changes

DARGAN THE EXTENSION

While the present layout has plenty of interesting track work and scope for train operations, it could not cope with my expanding interest in scenery and structures so I needed more space. Plenty of room in the shed but it would involve a major reorganisation of bench and machinery locations particularly as all equipment is ducted to a central dust extraction system. The bullet has been bitten (or chewed over at length?) and after a fair bit of effort, all equipment has been relocated, new ducts installed and suitable space allocated to the new extension.





That is not E Type oil on the floor, merely where she dribbles in the expectation of her next outing.

As part of the extension I wanted to achieve more storage for rolling stock so a new cabinet has been constructed to go under the extension. One side is shown above. Here is what it contains.









The structure is made from Tassie Oak so it is quite sturdy and presentable.

So now on with the extension. This is the connection point to the existing layout. The plan calls for the twin mainlines to run around the new city of Dargan but with a concentration on buildings and scenery rather than more complicated track work. The extension will add some 30 metres of track to the existing 73 metres.



Here is the first addition



Note I have kept one track intact so I can continue to play trains.

This is where the extension is heading. I have not filled in the centre section for ease of access during construction and wiring.






And this is just about the extent of things.




Should be an interesting outcome but at least it will keep me off the streets.

Hppy modelling


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Wow, a great addition. Plenty of operating access so no issues there. I like the storage solution for your stock. It would be too cold and damp over here to get away with that but it would be ideal rather than being kept in boxes. It will severely reduce the potential damage due to handling.

Keep your updates coming.

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I love the idea of "The City of Dargan", as anyone who has even been there it is a funny concept, one coffee shop and not much else last time we were up there if I remember correctly.
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