River Dee Meats ... My first foray into O Gauge

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  1. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks Paul. Should be ready to leave in about 20 minutes and make my way across town to meet up with Chris. Should be a good day !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    A couple of shots of my Hudswell Clarke and a couple of my wagons on River Dee Meats today. Put a basic DCC chip into it for the weekend.

    It seems that the Hudswell Clarke has a bit less play in the axles than most newer O gauge models. It kept derailing at one particular spot on the curve leading into the layout but the larger Jinties and Panniers ran just fine!

    I found that the whistle and one of the sandbox mouldings was missing though it isn't too apparent on the model.

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    Gary surveys his kingdom

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    The layout is looking very nice Gary - well done!
     
  5. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks for the kind words Ian. There is an open invitation if you want to come down and run a train !

    So, not many pics today as I never got out to have a quick gander at other layouts until about 2pm, but I have a few of my layout to share...

    Doing his normal thing of smiling, Chris was very valuable today as the layout generated a lot of interest. Chris as usual, did an outstanding job of keeping trains running and engaging the public. Thanks mate. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:


    HartleyMartin as we know him here, came along today and brought a few pieces to run on the layout. Martin was an inspiration today, showing the young how to drive trains on the layout. Well done mate, looking forward to having you back on Monday. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:


    Last pic is something I truly fell in love with ! This is Chris's DPU that he has had for some time. It ran faultlessly all day running shuttles back and forth between other shunting duties. Chris has been kind enough to loan me the DPU over the weekend. Whether he gets it back again is a different story ! :scratchchin::avatar::avatar:


    I'll post up more pics on another thread, or if any member here starts a Rosehill 2019 thread, I'll just add to that.

    Well it's almost time to hit the hay, so I'll sign off now and check in, in the morning before Jack and I head off.

    Cheers,Gary.
     
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    Looks and sounds like you had a good first day Gary. :thumbs:

    Kim
     
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    Very interesting... how is the UK scene received in Aus? Is it a bit like the US ones in the UK? You either like it or walk past it......
     
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    Model railways is a broad church in Australia. The hobby is nowhere near as big as the UK or the US. There are plenty of people who model British prototypes, as well as American, and the local scene. Not as common are Continental European railways. It largely depends on what people can obtain and with internet mail-order services coming to the fore in the past 10 years, it is now possible to get a lot of products which were only 20 years ago rather difficult to obtain.
     
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  9. Gary

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    Thanks Kimbo. :thumbs:
    Today went well and there was a constant flow of people for at least 95% of the day. The numbers were good.

    Thanks Andy. :thumbs:
    As Martin said, there are plenty of people who model British here in Oz. In fact it was funny that a chap came up and said, "Yay, a British layout...!" Currently there are only a handful of British layouts on the exhibition scene and I do know that the organising clubs would like to see more. The popularity of the Aussie flavour has gathered a lot of momentum in the last ten years, especially now that there is a broader spectrum of high quality of models available.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    The largest branch of the Gauge O Guild outside the UK is in Victoria.

    I forgot to ask you, Gary, how high are the baseboards on River Dee Meats? They are high enough that I can easily reach around the layout and shunt within having to bend over much, but low enough that the young'un's can see the trains. There was also a fellow in a wheelchair who enjoyed the layout because he could easily see it. Is it about 1m or so?
     
  11. Gary

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    You are quite correct Martin. The legs are 1m in height and to the top of the layout (baseboard height) would be 103cm. I make a habit of making the baseboard height accessible for the young and old. Any higher and the children won't see anything and if it is too low, then you and I both would end up with bad backs ! ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Thanks, Gary. I want to make my own layout baseboard low enough that anyone in a wheelchair can see it without too much trouble.
     
  13. hartleymartin

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    Remember that Bachmann On30 carriage I picked up at the show? I reckon a standard gauge conversion is a goer:

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    Another advantage of the 1m height is that you can sit down and runs trains which then puts them closer to eye level.
    If you are having a long running session, or if you just want to have a chat and a beer and watch the trains go around, the 1m height is ideal, especially if you don`t fancy standing for long periods.
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  15. Gary

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    Martin, that coach does look good behind the 0-4-0 ! A simple respray and new decals, you'll have a brand new coach awaiting passengers ! :thumbs:

    Gormo, I think next exhibition I do I'll take my computer chair ! Having wheels on it gives me the freedom to move about the layout and it will certainly give my weary feet a break ! :scratchchin:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Good idea Gary,
    Sounds better than three days standing up........:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
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    One of these days I might make another attempt to put a DCC chip in that Manning Wardle. The trouble is that I'm only too happy with a regular Gaugemaster Analogue controller!
     

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