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 Posted: Fri May 17th, 2013 05:04 pm
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MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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At Woodie's request here's some more photos -
This is the second last lot.
This group are a photos of a series of photos of some of Geoff Nott's modelling work over the years.

In no particular order
Lilly Flat


Leigh Creek Lumber Co


Smuggler's Cove


Charging Moose


and again


It looks like I missed getting photos of the Red Stag and Muskrat Ramnble photos that were also on display.

That now only leaves my photos of the photos in the Photo Competition for both Model and Prototype to come next and then I'm all done....



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Hi all,
To finish out the activities on site at the Convention, here are my dodgy photos of the superb photos in the Photographic competition. My photos were taken only to give me some idea of what was on the wall. They were all shot hand held using available light only, and most were not shot directly square on. Please blame any percelved imperfections in these photos on THIS photographer rather than the exhibitors. All the photographic work on display can only be summed up with one word... EXQUISITE!!!!

The full list of winners and a photo round-up of the convention will appear in the next issue of the Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine. My photos here are only 800 by 600 pixels. The ones to be printed in the NGDU next issue will have a whole lot more definition and details.

And the winners were
Photograph - Prototype
1st Glen Pope – Silverton to Broken Hill
This is one that I didn't get a photo of a of photo of

2nd Dan Pickard – 7A at Menzies Creek


3rd Ray Walter – No. 1322 Mal Tempo Cuba 2003
This is another one that I missed getting a photo of :f:

Others were "Another load of cane -Farleigh" by ???


"Shunting at Fairymead Mill" by ???


"White Pass & Yukon at Bennett Lake" by ???


Photograph - Model
1st Richard Grinyer – Stony Creek
I missed getting this one too :f:

2nd Laurie Green – “Early morning start”


3rd John Dennis – They won’t fit


3rd Peter Sutton – "RGS Loco #40 on trestle"


Some other entries in this category were
"Pocohontas Machine Shop" by Graeme Pendlebury


"Deep in the mountains" by ???


"Freight in the Gorge" by ???


"Looking out" by ???


"Deep in the Forest" by ???


Photograph – Digitally Enhanced
1st Richard Grinyer – Tracks in the bush
Missed this one :f:

2nd Peter Jackson – Presidents Avenue
And this one as well :f:

2nd Dan Pickard – G42 on the Simmer


Well that's it for photos of the on-site activities at the 13th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.

Dan has asked me to put up some photos here of my post-convention activities as well - Anyone else fancy some photos of two of the four Layout Tours that were run as part of the Convention?



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Hi all, back again,
Now for the post-Convention Layout Tours.
Four model railway layouts were open for inspection by convention attendees on Easter Monday. For a quick overview of what was on display check out the layout descriptions and some photos at http://cngg.org.au/html/layout_tours.html

I would publicly like to thank all four layout owners for opening up their layouts for us visitors. I only got to 2 of them with my build team mate for The Corrimal Incline, Guy Gadsden.

The ones I missed were:
Bill Black's "Animas and Lobato Southern in Sn3
and
Peter Sutton's "Los Pinos & Toltec" in HOn3

The two layouts that I got to were
Forum member Rod Warren's "Lost Creek" in On30
and
Richard Grinyer's "Stony Creek" also in On30
I'll cover the layouts in the order that I visited them, first up was Richard...

I know that Richard's "Stony Creek" has appeared in some magazines (Certainly narrow gauge Downunder and I think maybe also in one of the US-based magazines). Remember that Richard also won "Best in Show" at the convention for one of his dioramas... The "Pioneer Gully Tool and Supply Company" was on display on a table opposite "Stony Creek"



and


But Richard also had a surprise waiting for us - a "new" layout in G9 scale that is still "under construction" This is a miniature "ride-on" railway using G scale figures and N scale track. The riding car is done and most of the scenery is well under way. As far as I know the choice loco is yet to be made for this one. Both Guy and myself have been into the model engineering stuff for many years and this one "rang bells" with both of us. It also featured some of the best sandstone rock modelling that I have seen. Guy is a member of the Hornsby and District Model Engineering Society and their layout at Galston in northern Sydeny is cut into the side of a sandstone gorge, just like this layout












Compare Richard's cutting

with the cutting at Hornsby & District MES
http://www.hme.org.au/photos.php?id=9&category=1
and you'll see how magic this layout will be when it is completed.

And on to "Stony Creek" the loco facilities

and ash pit

a homestead

and the details in the yard




a closer look to the right

and into the tunnel mouth

looking the other way along the layout












a kookaburra view










and some of the rolling stock


And a couple of detail views to close off








Also on the workbench was this CMP truck


I'll save the photos of my visit to Rod's "Lost Creek" for the next posting as Rod's layout needs it own posting to do it full justice.



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Interesting, I see he changed his engine shed.... I wonder why, I liked the first one much more.



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Great effort with the piccys mate, thanks. Such a lot to see.
Rowan

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Hi all,
and now on to Rod Warren's (Lost Creek on this list) home.
Guy and myself got to Rod's towards the end of the allotted visiting time.

On following the signs, we met Rod, who was doing some work on his N-scale Santa-Fe Railroad Southern Division. We were invited in to take a look around this layout, before we got to his On30 Lost Creek Railroad.

His N-Scale layout has been featured in several magazines internationally. I've been an N-scaler since the late 1970's. His layout is the most impressive N-scale empire that I've seen in all those years. The current 9 pages of his layout thread here is at http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=3885&forum_id=7&page=1. I hope I have accurately placed the following photos as per his map on page 1. His Dispatcher's desk has to be seen to be believed.

On entering the layout room we could hear the quiet hum of idling diesel motors in the distance from the diesel service area at Augusta


The grain silos at Flynn Yard are on your left as you enter the layout room.


and a closer view - remember this is N-Scale!!!


from further down and looking back at the Auto Assembly Plant at Flynn Yard


Directly across the walkway was the silo at Hackney


Further along the tracks was a work gang


and the silos at the backscene divider

looking towards Guthrie depot and panel

a closer look at the depot

and panel detail

The quality of finish on the panels has to be seen to be believed. Well done Rod :bow::bow::bow:

I think this is looking towards Red Rock


The grade crossing at Red Rock


and the Farmers Co-op silo at Red Rock
Check out the etched brass enclosed ladder on the silo.

Just outside Red Rock was this oil pump in the middle of a paddock


The Farmers Union silo at Ponca City


Rod makes skillful use of "placeholder stuctures". Here are Johnsons Packaging and the Western Can Co

These mind the space until the fully detailed building is ready to be permanently installed. and a closer look at the cannery


I think that this is McFarlane Ready Mix at Hackney
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I spotted a red "intruder" along the right-of-way and asked what it was for. Rod uses these pins as markers for any "bad order" points that need his attention.


and on to Winfield at Winfied cement

and Winfield station with its etched brass radio mast

and Fitzgerald Plastics

and DH Electrical behind the station

and the Cargill silos

with a closer look at the hopper under the awning

with retaining wall and etched brass fence.

A run through the country side

brings us to the ADM silos at Udall

over the highway underpass

past our idling locos that we heard when we first walked in

and in to the the major station at Augusta

then back out the door and on to Rod's On30 Lost Creek railroad next.....



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Wow, that N scale layout is amazing!



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Hi all
now its time for Lost Creek's Lost Creek On30 railroad. There are 15 pages of the construction saga with photos up at http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=3783&forum_id=4&page=1. Please go take a look and compare photos. Please bear in mind also that this layout is still in build mode and the build time available has been adversely impacted by Rod's N-scale empire that was being featured at the Australian N-scale Convention that was due a fortnight after our visit.

I hope that my photos do justice to this layout. Rod was a gracious host. This layout is based in a seperate shed from his N-scale empire that featured in my previous post. Grab a coffee and here we go....

Just inside the door was this little loco making boiling water noises, with the odd "burp" from the safety valves now and then


and some other Lost Creek locos and the combine were parked behind it

Rod has done a good job on his backscene. In upcoming photos in this thread you'll see just how effectively it blends in with the rest of the scenery on his layout

and a closer look at LCRR #7, a weathered Davenport sporting a Backwoods Miniatures dress-up kit


Way down yonder at the end of track near the start of the peninsula, Rod's rail crane was parked


Lets have a closer look at that rail crane, #4 on the roster


And hiding in a corner is the O standard-gauge to On30 interchange track

Kind of help set the idea about the differences in size between standard-gauge and narrow-gauge rail equipment?

On some parts of this layout Rod has used an unusual idea for camourflaging his manual point throws at the fascia edge


Here's a closer look at another of them. Note the weathered timber. Each one of these is different


Lurking in another corner, protected by some parked ore cars were some fully detailed switchstands, awaiting installation.


Here's a wider view of that corner of the layout


These 3 cars were parked out at the end of track on the peninsula.


Lurking in the background of the last photo was this highly detailed watertank awaiting the arrival of its scenic surrounds.

with the standard-gauge/narrow-gauge interchange tracks in the background

Moving on to the mine...


This is highly detailed, for example


A closer look at the body of the ore bin


and the mine load-out office


and even closer - the detail is outstanding :bow: :bow: :bow:


Rod's rockwork gives a pretty good approximation to the type of rock seen in hard-rock non-ferrous mining territory such as Nevada and Tasmania






Now on to the logging camp and a sweep arond the bend towards the town of Pine Gap. This area of the layout looks pretty close to fully finished










The depot and water tower at Pine Gap


Some detail shots of the scenery. Rod's use of the combination of pelmetted lights that are out of your line of sight and a black layout fascia really makes the scenery leap out at you.


with the coal stage at Pine Gap in the background


To close out my visit to Lost Creek, a photo of some of Rod's highly detailed log bunks


This completes my photos of the formal part of my visit to the 2013 Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.

That only leaves the informal part -
Any one care to join me next time on a trip on 30" gauge with Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Gembrook and back? I did the trip on the Wednesday after Easter. Dan did his trip on Puffing Billy two days earlier.

Photos from that trip next time....



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John. A super record and what a bag full of ideas to feast on! These will certainly fill in a few gaps in my thinking.

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