Thursday, 29 November 2018

I've got a mate...

I was looking for some figures to paint for another project online and I found one that looks a lot like a colleague. So I bought it. It is one of the Preiser Deluxe range.  

It arrived yesterday and I showed it to a number of people at work. I didn't say anything, I just showed it to people and they all said his name. There were a few chuckles as well.

He went for a trip to Billabong Marina this evening for some fish and chips.

Enjoy the pics.

Until next time.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Scene of the Crime

Something odd going on? I picked up some forensic crime scene investigators from Preiser.

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Until next time.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

A Day Out

I had a great day at the Hornsby Heights Bush Fair. Thanks to those who came and had a chat about the layout.

I took some photos from a different side of the layout.

Mr and Mrs Brown seem to have found a lost bear. 

A couple having a spot of fish and chips form Fishy Mc Fish Face. 

 The Queen and Prince Philip stopped by for some fish and chips too.

A different view of the reunion at the marina. The kid is pretty happy about his fish. 

 It was a busy day and more workload than one engine could handle, so a GE 45 ton loco was brought in to help.

Two views of the station that I don't often see.

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Until next time.

Monday, 15 October 2018

A Bit of Protection

I've been asked to show my layout at the Hornsby Heights Bushland Fair on Saturday.

There will be a couple of layouts but the main idea is raising money for a public school.

To get ready for the first outing, I've installed some perspex.

I'm hoping that it will protect some of the details from transit and little fingers. If it does a good job, I might leave it attached.

Until next time.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Time For a Beer Part 2

Maybe, the layout isn't finished.

The blokes at The Tower Ale House have been thirsty for a while.

But now they've had a couple.

The people eating fish and chips have something too.

These bottles come from Walthers Scenemaster Beverage Crates & Bottles pack. They are tiny.

They are really hard to place and it took a while to get them in the right spot. I may have lost one or two as I went. However they are a nice tiny little detail to bring the layout to life.

I picked this up from a hobbyshop in Ronks, Pensylvania. I've already talked about buying little kits or people as souvenirs and this is another example of that.

Ronks is an amazing place for rail enthusiasts.

We stayed at the Red Caboose Motel in a caboose.

This was right next door to the Strasburg Railroad.

This is a short line which still uses steam power for freight services. While we were there one morning we saw the loco shunting its train of grain hoppers for its trip to Paradise where the railroad has an interchange siding with the Norfolk and Southern.

The photo was hurriedly taken as my phone was in our room and it was taken through a diner window on my wife's phone.

Right next to the Red Caboose Motel is the National Toy Train Museum.

However, walk into town and you come to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

It's a fantastic museum and well worth a visit. It is also right across the road from the Strasburg Railroad station.

Here you can hop on a train for the short return trip to Paradise. On the way there is a stop for a corn maze. It wasn't open when we were there.

Keep going down the road and you come to a group of shops. Here you'll find the ChooChoo Barn, a large O scale layout. You'll need to go around it a couple of times to see all of the details.

Next door from that you'll find the Strasburg Train Shop - where I purchased the Beverage Crates and Bottles.

After a top railway themed day, we walked back to our accomodation and a locally brewed Red Caboose Ale.

Until next time.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A New Arrival

IDR Models 70 Class arrived in the mail today. Mine is fitted with a TCS DP5-KA and a KA3. It won't make it around the really tight curves unfortunately so it won't see much use at Billabong Marina. However, there are a couple other places on the 'extension' where it can be put to good use. These bits don't have scenery though.

The loco ran smoothly and quietly as it pottered about the Peco Set Track points and then went for a spin around the layout and the extension. It's a good little unit.

Until next time.

Saturday, 18 August 2018


Is a layout ever finished?

Ask any railway modeller and the answer is, "No."

There will always be something to add, a new kit or bit of rolling stock. I could add to my fleet of boats. I might need to repurpose an industry.

After gluing down a few people and little bits here and there, I stood back this afternoon and thought that my work here is done.

I have to say that it has been a whole lot of fun building the layout and writing the blog. Thanks to all who followed and made comments. I'll still be posting here when something happens on the layout.

What next?

I have a couple of things to finish off - such as a station building for a club layout. However, it's time to start on the rest of the layout. The blog for the rest of the layout can be found here: Why not check it out? The content is about 18 months old at the moment but something new should be added in the next couple of days. In the meantime, have a look at the old posts to find the back story.

Until next time.