Wallace Creek

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  1. Gary

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

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    Haha, it must be the VB (Victoria Bitter).... :cheers:

    Cheers, Gary.

    ps, Have to take you down behind where I work as the freight lines from Sefton, Chullora and Lidcombe merge together down there. A gunzel's dream ! :thumbs:
     
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  2. class48nswfan

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    Rumbled on the VB front - yes please!
     
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    Hi Dave

    Sounds very much like you are in the home stretch of getting things done before we see you down here in Sydney. Look forward to your visit and in the meantime a good excuse for me to make sure that Dargan is up to visitor standard. You will be arriving just as I am completing the next progress update which includes the major news that Sir Edgar Coles has finally agreed to the establishment of a G J Coles and Coy outlet in Dargan.

    Cannot shed any light on the 80 class as you have already shortened the leg of the kadees. Most unusual for a DC operation....now if it was DCC then a hundred variations spring to mind.

    Safe trip to Oz.

    Cheers

    and happy modelling

    Richard
     
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  4. class48nswfan

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    Wallace Creek is now closed for the year - this year has seen the gradual conversion of wagons and locos to kadee operation and the winter should see this complete. I am considering a change at Mowarra Junction so I can pass longer trains. Not quite settled on what exactly yet but watch this space as they say.
    I thought I would add a few pictures during the winter of the various freight rolling stock types that run at WC. The two pictures below are of NOFF wagons - a New South wales design primarily used for Zinc Sulphate traffic. After this traffic ceased some found use as PW wagons whilst others were converted into shunters floats.

    On Wallace Creek there are 12 of these vehicles - 9 are used for ballast traffic whilst 3 are used for general goods (non prototypical but it adds interest to NSW mixed goods trains).
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    Its winter time at Wallace Creek and the layout is hibernating beneath the junk the family have been putting on it awaiting the new year dump trips. Mrs Wells (to you lot....and err me) spent November in Australia and I was privileged to see Richard and Gary's layouts whilst there. I did of course indulge in a little rail activity and attached are a few photos reflecting activity in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. I managed to visit the splendid Casula Hobbies in Liverpool (Sydney) and came away with some new shinies which I will get round to photographing and posting. Basically one second-hand loco (NSW 42105), a very handsome parcels van and a couple of odd wagons to add to the mixed freight pool. I also attempted a Saturday afternoon (I was flying in the evening and still had some dollars to spend) visit to Aurora models in Yerrongpilly (Brisbane) only to find the shop closed. Should have checked the website rather than just assuming "its Saturday it will be open". Still got my eye on the Victorian S and E wagons although I suspect the former is sold out. Cannot find these at any other retailers. Oh I did pop into the big hobby shop in Sydney CBD but that had little of Australian interest and I won't bother next time I am over.

    In other news I have just bid for an Austrains Class 80 in Pacific National Blue to supplement the more modern day operations at Wallace Creek.
    I have also started working on a budget plank layout for the winter and to operate my UK stock on. My old small layout bit the dust last year (not helped by the fact its storage space was demolished) so using scrap materials from the afore mentioned garage, work on that is under way.

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    The photos are l-r TT class at Glenfield, national Park station Tasmania, New Norfolk Tasmania (Derwent Valley Railway), Class Y shunters at Southern Cross, a VL and B class at Dynon, Class G at Marrickville, QR Tilt train at Brisbane Roma Street
     
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  6. Gary

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    I visited the Derwent Valley Railway and it is a nice museum. I hope you took a ride on the small train up along the river and back. When I was there, they were running a small 0-6-0 loco (V2) which would be more at home in your part of the world !


    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    It was closed! Bad planning on my part so I had to admire the gems inside from afar. Still I saw an X class (in fact two) which partly made up for it. I think I travelled behind a V class 10 years back on the Queenstown Railway from Strahan but very similar (if not identical) to the Uk Class 04.
     
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    Well that's Xmas done with and now with some time to myself a little time to review things. First of all I have a second 80 Class this time in rather vivid Pacific National livery blue livery. I have applied some white wash to it to make it look a little careworn and picked out the cables in the front. Some grubbying of the various engine grills will follow and then the below body work will start. For the new UK plank I got the peco platform kit which I put together this afternoon and my quest for a Derby Lightweight may have been answered by another model railway chum (not on this site) who has recently gone over to O gauge and is getting rid of all his old 1960s stock. Spent a couple of hours operating his new O gauge layout which was very pleasant (SR branch terminus). Also on the Xmas stash were some telegraph poles and a static grass starter kit.
    Keeping my eye on a hugely overpriced 48 Class on UK e-bay. Hoping the price will come down but turning my thoughts to the Bobs Hobbies (Trainorama) 47 and 49 class which were due to hit the streets last month. Anyone knows whether they are on their way?
     
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    Hi Dave
    I have been watching for signs of the 47 class from Bob's Hobbies too. As I understand it, they will come after the 44, which was supposed to be this year, but I guess this will be proved wrong today. It's interesting to go back through all the old material, websites, pieces in AMRM etc and see the dates just creep back all the time. Last I heard, and that is only spasmodically from pieces in AMRM every couple of months, that the 44 had more issues, but still should be this year. Another mob has announced a 44, albeit only a Mark 1 whereas Bob's have Marks 1 and 2, I wonder which will come sooner?
    They don't seem to update their own website or Facebook at all. Was in West Ryde, where there old shop(s) were a week ago, it was a sad memory really, knowing that another shop has probably gone forever. One of the old shops is now a Korean BBQ restaurant, and it looks quite interesting though.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
  10. Gary

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    Tony, the shop moved to : M2 Business Park, Unit 34/6 Abbott Rd, Seven Hills NSW 2147. Expected delivery date of the 44s was July/August 2019... :scratchchin:


    https://bobshobbies.com.au/

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  11. class48nswfan

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    Thanks Tony and Gary - I am always reluctant to purchase up front and if the 44s are not there yet then I can't see the 47/49s being there any time soon. Tracking a very overpriced Powerline Mark 1 Austrac 48 in the UK ($320) on E Bay - no offers yet (unsurprisingly).
    On the modelling front the UK plank is coming along nicely - the theme is a derelict outpost somewhere in East London with a little bit of remaining freight traffic and an occasional works passenger train. The 80 class has been roughed up and is waiting a spray of grime to finish it off. The platforms have been assembled and I have dropped some grass scatter ion to make it look overgrown and underused. I have a Great Eastern style signal box on order and then reusing some of the buildings that live on Wallace Creek during the summer only the back drops remain.
    The main backdrop is a Victorian factory which is a digital download (from https://www.modelrailwayscenery.com/1930s-factory-backscene-element--bx006--oo4mm176-84-p.asp) which will actually stand independently from the main layout (but hard up against it). I downloaded this and glued it to a piece of scrap wood and it looks OK.
    The family camera has sadly stopped working but the kids (now grown up) tell me I can use a mobile phone to take pictures. Whatever next - radio with pictures?
    Have a happy new year you all.


    Dave
     
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    Scenic work under way on the new plank.
     

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    A little more progress today..... Plank 1.jpg
     
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    The plank has taken a back seat and a return to kadeeing the Aussie fleet has been progressed. Majority of the wagons are done now (although a good few to do) and 8175 has now had the pilots fitted - generally once fitted I leave then for a day or two before I fit the couplings. May do it after this post thinking about it.
    The big news today was the arrival of a Trainorama 47 Class from A UK modeller in Derby to boost the 80s fleet. Its in the NSW Candy livery which I used to hate but have grown to love.
    Cheers Dave
     
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  15. Gary

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

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    I have a mate that loves the Candy livery. We have now nicknamed him 'The Candy Man' ! :avatar:

    The 47's are one of my favourite locos. I wanted one a few years back, but they were all sold out, so I purchased a 44, 48 & a 49 instead ! ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    No half measures there then! The Class 48 mentioned above on e-bay has dropped in price to around $300.
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    I picked up my Trainorama 48 Class for $200, second hand but from a friend. The older Powerline models sell anywhere between $100 and $150. They are still a good model. $300 is a bit steep for a Powerline 48...

    Here are a few available ;

    125th Anniversary 48 : https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Powerli...046184?hash=item2f3c889228:g:AI0AAOSwD0deDcEy

    Silverton Tramway : https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Powerli...045592?hash=item2f3c888fd8:g:ibAAAOSw5WReDcBW

    and a dearer Bicentennial 48 : https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Powerli...420741?hash=item2a8b2a2245:g:JNEAAOSwz2tZl9kr

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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