Mt Yatala

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  1. Dr Tony

    Dr Tony Full Member

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    Out of the ashes of Boronia (for now) comes the next layout, actually my fourth build now (what am I doing :avatar:).
    I have decided that the dream of making a layout to take a 4 standard car length (roughly in real terms 4x72 foot carriages) with a bit of room to make them run a bit, was just not going to work in the near future. Storage in the garage is one issue, the boards make up a combined length of 3m and then there will be the run-around track, it was to be a cameo box exhibition layout, as is this one. This would require a 3m long workbench to work on the scenic part as a whole, which simply isn't going to happen in this garage any time soon. Then there was the issue of moving the layout. It was first planned many year ago. Since then, and i know these things change, we are into out 3rd La Nina year, which, for those who are unfamiliar with this term, it means that eastern Australia cops a lot of rain, a LOT of rain. Since one of the options was to move the layout about by trailer, i could see this becoming an issue unless i built a waterproof structure for the trailer too...How much time do I have?
    Additionally there were other issues, i had made mock-ups of the Boronia layout with cardboard outlines of the buildings and I was still left with a fair few buildings (or concepts) that i really wanted to incorporate into a layout. I had an idea for an alternative layout kicking about for a while, which was to be simpler and of an earlier era, but its track plan would work better in a smaller space
    I then decided to make it the same era as Boronia, the 1980/90s as this is more my passion anyway, and that is what i have my ideas for. I have built 3 layouts which aren't this, so its time I did.
    In reality it is only a slight reduction in size, but this will make the difference. The layout has 2 boards, 1200mm long by 600mm deep, put together they make 2400mm long. This allows for a platform to fit wholly on one board. I have a thing for platforms that go over 2 base-boards, it is very hard to get it right, haven't seen too many.
    So, after lots of playing with Anyrail and full size cutouts on the floor i settled on a plan.
    It is single track, with a platform on the passing loop. It has a dock platform additionally and 2 other sidings. Lots of room for a township, but still enough train movement.
    Another lesson of La-Nina is to paint all wood. Un-painted wood around Sydney generally goes mouldly at the moment, as there is plenty of surface area for the mould spores to grab hold of. Mould just wipes off painted surfaces. It takes a bit of extra time now, but will be worth it in the long run.
    This layout is HO scale and will be NSW Australia based, but not on any particular location.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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  2. Dr Tony

    Dr Tony Full Member

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    The track will be code 75 for the scenic bit. This is my first time using one of the finer rail profiles. Some people around here like to use the code 83 to represent Australian track, but my 2 local stores don't carry it, and one thing i am trying to do in this layout build is to support our local stores, I'm very glad a new one has just opened up down the road, his prices on Peco track are more than competitive. At each end of the scenic section there is a short piece of transition track from code 75 to 100. The run around curve track will be code 100 and the fiddle yard will be too.
    I actually started this a while ago, but it has taken me a little while to come up with the name. I still want to use Boronia for the layout that it is meant to be, so I had to come up with another. There is another Trig station and creek in our area called Yatala, it is also the name of a suburb on the gold coast, so in order to separate myself from the I put the Mt in front of it. The 2 next suburbs to mine are Mt Colah and Mt Kuring-gai, and there is not mountain at all around there, so this fits right in.
    I also started buying up points and track. Remembering that during the height of covid that track became a bit hard to get due to factory shutdowns, transport shutdowns and lots of people stuck at home deciding to build model railways, i didn't want to get stuck, also there is a big threat of inflationary pressures on the price of this, so i decided to act sooner rather than later. In fact, one of the points, a 3-way for the fiddle yard was not available at the time, they only had one, I asked if he was gong to get another in, he said yes, in a couple of weeks, but don't expect the same price. I picked up the second set of points today for $8 more than the first, so I'm glad i didn't have that rise across them all.
    By the way, that photo was for the P1MRC Facebook page for what i was doing that weekend. The eagle-eyed will spot a set of lawn mower blades in that lot, and some gas-struts, they were not for the railway!
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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  3. Chris Doroszenko

    Chris Doroszenko Lost in the spare room Full Member

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    This is great Doc! I am pretty lucky to have a second hand model store near me so I can get a fair bit of stuff cheaper...I just need to be particular about what is bought...points have failed me in the past.

    Looking like you have a plan of sorts...will be great to watch your progress.

    Kind regards
    Chris
     
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    Took about a day to get the underlay, then track in. Also managed to install the pcb sleepers at the join of the two boards and cut through the rails so that the boards could be separate again, so i can move them around the garage.
    I found code 75 seemed easier to install than code 100, especially when joining up points in loops. Or maybe it's just due to more experience since i last made a loop for Gundah Junction a few years back. The code 75 seems more pliable, which makes sense as there is less metal, but the sleepers seem easier to deal with too.
    Here it is mounted on my mobile work bench, this was originally designed for 2m long modules, but there is a bit of extra length on the top due to the frame, so the 2.4m of this layout doesn't actually hang out too much.
    On a shelf below you can see my Gundah Junction layout, will have to make a dust over for it.
    Next task is to finish and re-figure out my home-made capacitor discharge unit, i stopped work on a it few years ago, so might be almost starting from scratch, except that the circuit is built, just don't know where the wires go, but i should be able to figure it out.
    Once done i will have to purchase the point motors for this, not going rod-in-tube for this one.
    Lots to do, but the task that needed an all to rare big block of time is now done, and that feels like a great achievement for now
     
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  5. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Tony,

    That's some good progress you have made. Pity I didn't know you were after points earlier, as Joe at Casula Hobbies has a lot of second hand points, including the three way. If I remember correctly, most is code 100, but he does have a few code 75 & 83. I picked up a three way for $30.00 !

    If you are after point motors, I have a bunch of Peco and Seep motors spare. Send me a PM if you are interested.

    Cheers, Gary.
     

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