Wednesday, 5 November 2014

 A future project for the layout is to have a small timber mill at Nullo Mountain, a look around the state these days can only find more modern mills, although there is one not far from me at Wyong North, the photo's here are some I took at Quirindi NSW a few years back, like the one at Wyong Nth they are very much relics of a time gone by.

Austins, is a unique mill in that its still a family operated mill after many years of business, & is also one of only a few left that specialise in the cutting of Cypress Pine, a wonderfully beautiful timber, one that white ants will not touch has grain like no other, but is harder than hardwood, really requiring drilling holes for nails to penetrate the timber even when green & worse when dry.

Its not a large mill, & one ideally suitable for a model layout.  The heading photo is of the large machinery shed & the remaining is of sections of the mill itself, the office & residence is at the rear.

Following on from my last post, I have now been able to primarilly finish off the ground work at Moblayne both at the depot & the goods yard. Some wiring is still needed to be finished but I am generally pleased with the results.  Some updated photo's, in one photo that I took it showed up a glaring problem with an approach road from coal stage to Turntable, requiring some per way fixing to it. 

 An overview of the depot

An ants eye view from the goods yard towards the station & depot

 A view above the ant

 Station from yard end
 The yard is located on the down end of the station.
 Station - The photo's show the red roof as much brighter than how they really look.
Some minor work has been carried out at the loco facilities at Down end of Akuna, with the Turntable area being filled in & an initial cover of ground flock being applied, above this will be added static grass..  The Silo kit is one of those projects that need to be moved up in the priority order, at least for painting.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Some works carried out

The past month has provided some time to advance some of the jobs that I have had priorities to get to finishing or a close state to it.  Moblayne has been the big priority owing to the depth of the baseboard 1220mm.  I agonised over doing the yard & depot until the work along the backdrop was finished & while its still not finished I decided to take the plunge & get the station, yard area to near completed stages meaning there is only minor work to finish off along the back.

Photo's of the work up to this weekend.

My rendition of a NSWGR BBBS unit of the Per Way division or Bristle Brush Ballast Spreader. Simple & authentic, the brush hails from the NSWGR era & was used to level & spread the ballast in the yard, only some minor bits to complete the work.

Coxes as its now known but may be gazetted for a name change following the raising of  area in front of the creek, with grasses in place, & just the water to be added to the creek, hopefully the summer rains will arrive before long to get a flow going.

Hopefully before getting a few days off from mid next week, the primary area at Moblayne as far as the yard, sidings & depot will be all ballasted in place, so a few extra photo's will be posted beforehand.