My first layout 'Greetham' had been to just over 100 model railway shows and it was getting tired, I knew that it would not be long before it would be relegated to memory and when the decision was finally made it seemed quite sad. I had been asked quite often when the next layout would be ready and silly me I made a commitment to have a new layout for the AMRA NSW show in September 2001. I had plenty of time as the show was some months away...well, as they say the best laid plans..I was down to 3 weeks before the show and I had no layout and no ideas, oh dear what to do. A funny thing happened on the way back to Brisbane and I crossed a tiny little creek that had the biggest name, Passionfruit Creek... damn, I thought what a stupid name for a tiny little creek. This name played on my mind and suddenly I had the idea that this would make a great name for a narrow gauge layout and by the time I arrived home I had a plan. Passionfruit Creek would be a tourist railway set in Victoria that would take you on a journey into history and that seems plausible. I spent a bit of time scribbling ideas on paper and decided that I would build four boxes each representing a different scene which were: The tourist railway centre where you jumped on the train and bought souvenirs, had a cuppa...you know the story. Echuca wharf and the paddlesteamers that run on the Murray River. The Victorian gold rush era showing different mining methods. The Dandenong ranges where timber was felled. All this seemed simple enough, but it had to happen in a couple of weeks as I had to get the layout to Sydney for the show. One thing I did fail to consider was the fact that I had no narrow gauge locos or rolling stock and I will elaborate further on this later. The boxes were 1200mm x 600mm x 600mm high and each was fitted with its own fluoro light. This photo shows me in my best attire busily building the boxes. This photo shows one of the completed boxes. This concept was quite good as the boxes could sit on top of each other which made storing the layout quite easy.