Sunday, 9 December 2012

Powering up for the first time

Just a quick post to advise all that the layout has been turned back over after doing all the points and control panel wiring.
A successful test was run with both a 49 and a 421.
There remains a slight problem with the three double slips however, as the centre frogs are dead and need someone with some electrical skill more than I have to attend to.

The scenery can now start!!!!!
I will post up some photo's this week to show the progress so far.

Till then, remember when you see black smoke it is  ALCO country!


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Getting the feel for the track plan

Hi all,
Just a quick update on Tarana. Front base boards have been finished. Track has been placed temporilay to get the feel.
A couple of pics of the progress so far. Also showing the Bunnings pallet racking used for thr frame work.

Until the next update, after some track laying on Friday night.
 hopefully on the weekend
Till then

Thursday, 6 September 2012

New layout start

Hi all,
Just a quick update to advise all that the beginnings of Tarana are underway. Base boards have been started and purchase of requirements have commenced. Still have to get a couple of code 75 catch points and all is good to start laying the track.
The control panel from CPD has arrived today, the cobalt point motors have been here for a week already as well. The only thing holding up a start is some free time. Will post some progress photo's in the next day or so. The intention is to give an weekly update from the time it starts to the time it is made operational, with the committed view of displaying at the Perth show in 2013, so I have 9 months to have it completed.
The base frame has been set up, thanks to Bunnings. I am using their pallet racking set to 900mm with  the base boards at another 240mm on top.
Until the next update.


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Line closure

Sad times are quickly approaching, the closure of the "Main Western Line" is fast approaching with the sale of our current house.
But 2 good pieces of news is at hand, with the new premises brings hope of a new beginning.

 1. Plans have already been started for the NEW "Western Division". The current plan is for the site of "Tarana" to be built with the branch line to Oberon included. It will be 5.7 m x 3 m (not including the branch, which will be modules extending out of the shed into the drive way for running, expect it to be 4 m long x 1 m wide).
So stay tuned for more updates as they come to hand. There has been a "Last run Session" planed for the line before its closure.
2. The sale was also subject to the "Layout being included in the sale" so the line will live on with thw new owners (saved me pulling it down).

Catch you all soon

Monday, 7 May 2012

Time for am update

Well dosen't time fly, I almost died when I realised that it was October since my last up date.

Well apart from being busy in the CUB world (Beer for those that dont know) there has been some progress on the Exhibition layout. With the show around the corner in three weeks the rush has started. Below are some progress shots. More updates to follow.........
Oxen and Whim
Lefthand side view

Righthand side view
Until next update