Site seeing – August 9th

Just the one site to see today, on YouTube, and the background idea for a future layout design. Let’s away!

Site 1: Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

Whenever I travel to Melbourne on the train I pass through Bacchus Marsh (it’s around the halfway point between Ballarat and Melbourne). I recently found a new channel on YouTube featuring Trams and Trains from around Melbourne. Watching the operations in the video below at Bacchus Marsh led me to thinking about an exhibition layout. With the wealth of Ready to run (RTR) rolling stock available and the intensive working of the passenger service (especially the storage of train sets) this could have the makings of a great medium-sized exhibition layout.

First watch the video and then take a look at the signalling diagram below.

Video 1: V/Line Variety at Bacchus Marsh Railway Station in 2012

Bacchus March Signalling & Track Layout

Image 1: The Bacchus Marsh signalling diagram & Tram layout

I think that there is plenty enough in the track layout to keep an exhibition crew going all weekend. With the station being both a single platform terminus and through platform (with the right hand side going through to Ballarat and beyond) this could be nirvana for DMU & Loco hauled railway modellers. Your thoughts?


MODELING: Ready for Paint on Wilson Car

I’ve highlighted this build before, but wanted to share Gene’s final before paint images of his Wilson reefer. You’ve really got to take a close up look at the details he’s added during the build.


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Wilson side view

I had a few hours this week and was able to push to the completion on the Wilson meat reefer.   Primer application is the next step in the process and finally the color.    There are a few steps that I will go though showing details that were fabricated for the model.

Wilson trainline connect

I added the control valve connection to the train line.  The gray plastic parts were taken from a Grandt Line brake set.  I sliced the bottom off the tee and mounted it to the train line with CA.  The connection to the control valve with a cast elbow and pipe from the same Grandt sprue.

wilson drains

Ice was the cooling medium in these reefers.  The water runoff from melting ice was drained via pipes or hoses on the underframe.  I used some .060″ plastic hose inserted on a .040″ styrene rod.  I made the hose about 18″ long.  The drain is installed on the underside of the…

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