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G'day all Narrow Gauge Modeller's,
Announcing the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, to be held in Melbourne, from March 29th-31st, 2013 (Easter long weekend). Once again to be hosted at Carwatha College (Noble Park North, in Melbourne's South East), expect a weekend of quality model and layout displays, modelling competitions, clinics and workshops, and a variety of traders with the latest hobby needs.

Early planning is underway for this event, with a number of new layouts being prepared for show, as well as a broad spectrum of clinic and workshop topics under development. Invitations for Expressions Of Interest in presenting a clinic will be issued as soon as the website is up.

As usual, there will also be a competition section for the convention. Official competition rules will be posted shortly when the Convention website is ready to go online, with categories for Structures, Dioramas, Locomotives (steam & diesel/other), and Rolling Stock (freight & passenger/non-revenue stock).

As has been the case at past Australian Narrow Gauge Conventions, we are introducing a different "special category" to the 2013 modelling competition. This is designed as a category to perhaps challenge your normal modelling practices, and experiment with some different ways of thinking. A common problem that so many modellers experience, is the lack of space around home for their hobby, but would like somewhere to display some of their pride and joys of their modelling efforts or collections. The kind of piece that deserves a place on display on the mantle, so why not make one? So, "The Mantle Piece Challenge" is to create a mantle display/diorama, as a stage for your favourite locomotive, rolling stock, figures, vehicles etc. It's a fairly broad range, but we all have out different favourites that we feel are worthy of making it to the mantle. The finished subject choice should reflect on your own interests, with the restrictions being fairly simple:

Maximum depth of 10 inches (25 cm) - a common depth for a standard mantle shelf,
Maximum length of 36 inches (90 cm)- a bit shorter than a common mantle, but still leaves room for the family photo alongside, plus it fits in the car a bit easier,
Backdrop permitted, providing it still falls within the depth restrictions, so includes either a painted or printed back scene, building flats, mirrorbacking finish is up to you,
No restriction on height we will leave that rule to be decided by you and "the other half",
Can be operating provided it fits the above dimensions.

It's not too many restrictions, but more of an encouragement to build a piece to help bring your favourite parts of your hobby out of the cave, and into light of day. A few suggestions might be a section of track on a scenic base for that favourite locomotive, a short yard section for displaying favourite rolling stock, a part of a street scape for a collection of vehicles or figures, a bridge across a gorge, A cutting across sheer rock face (for the RGS fans), or it may just be an enjoyable length of scenery, just to mention a few ideas.

Further details will be announced shortly, including registration information, full competition guidelines and clinic topics. So start your plans for attending the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, Melbourne 2013. Early bookings for travel and accommodation are suggested, due to the holiday period, to avoid disappointment.

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to seeing you all again soon, and making it another memorable Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.

Cheers,

Dan Pickard,
On behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention Committee

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I don't believe he's a member here on Freerails, but I'm sure many of you would have visited Mario's website once or twice for so good model browsing. He recently uploaded a nice collection of what we Aussie modellers get up to at our conventions. So good memories amongst that collection...

http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_australian_modelers.html

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Thanks for the reminder to go to the web site. There is really some fantastic modellers down under. The last pic on the link of the trestle is impressive to say the least. I wish that I could attend just one of the conventions or the upcoming one. Take lots of pics and fill us in when you get them. I want to get to someplace just less hot and smokey.
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Yep-those Aussies are the best. Maybe someday I can get down under...my problem is that I would not want to come back home! Clif-stay aware, it looks bad along the divide.
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mario has a facebook page that i liked and he replied to some pictures i posted there he is a nice guy

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Hi all,

Little update for the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention. We have been busy making arrangements with our supporting traders, visiting layouts, and a broad range of clinicians. Traders confirmed to attend thus far include The Railcar, Modeller's Warehouse, Kerroby Models, Mountain Blue Miniatures, Outback Model Company and Narrow Gauge Downunder, with many more excellent Australian hobby suppliers still to come.

A number of new layouts are also marked to be on display, with travel arrangements being negotiated now.

The Convention website has gone live, with details starting to become more public. Registration forms should be finalised in the next few weeks, and be available for online booking through the website.



http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013/


Cheers,
Dan Pickard,
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Hi all,
As the dust starts to settle from the Seattle NNGC, a little further progress with the organising of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, 2013.

The website has now been updated, and REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. Options available through the online registration page (there is a PDF print version as well), for extras such as the dinner and various items of merchandise.

http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013

Several layouts and displays are starting to be confirmed for the show, including the latest works from Geoff Nott and Michael Flack (Smugglers Cove On30, with hopefully another module still to be extended on this brilliant new layout), and Laurie Green (Grizzly Flats On30, a finely detailed piece), plus a heap of others still to come.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
On behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Committee

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Hi all,
Time once again for a little bit of an update on plans for the 11th Australian
Narrow Gauge Convention, being held in Melbourne, March 29th-31st, 2013 (Easter
Long Weekend).

Most of the final planning is coming into place now, with a broad mix of clinic
and workshop topics filling up the schedule, a good variety of traders making
the journey to meet your hobby shopping needs, and a great selection of some
fine layouts and models from across the country. Not to be forgotten, the
modelling and photography competition is expected to be a room full of
inspiration and effort.

A clinic schedule will be posted to the convention website when finalised, but
expect workshop clinics on scenery techniques, weathering, molding and casting,
DCC pointers, photography, layout animations, as well as selection of topics
discussing interesting narrow gauge operations from near and far. Plenty to
see, hear, learn and discuss over the weekend. One of our regulars, Phil
Badger, has also kindly offered to spend time trying to sorting out you
locomotive running issues with you. Phil will be available to sit and problem
solve with your locomotive, so remember to bring along that model which is
causing you headaches.

Layouts and display wise, confirmed thus far include Geoff Nott & Michael
Flack's wonderful "Smugglers Cove", their latest brilliant modelling effort
capturing the feel of the Maine maritime area from their recent holiday
adventures. Also making the journey down south will be "The Corrimal Colliery
Incline" project from John Garaty and crew, which pulls together nothing short
of some engineering magic to represent the workings of this former prototype
operation. Displaying also for the first time, will be a selection of the
colourful works from Richard Grinyer, whose beautiful layout "Stony Creek" has
graced the cover of Narrow Gauge Down Under several times now. Richard has
turned his creative hands to more diorama work of late (also a feature of NGDU),
and will have a variety of these miniatures on display. Laurie Green's recent
effort, "Grizzly Flats" will be on show, as a fine example of how to make
something so small feel so big with some clever modelling techniques. For the
smaller scales, Ron Wrigglesworth will have his "Wombat Creek Carriage and
Locomotive Works" layout, in HOn30, again proving that size isn't everything.
Grant McAdam, our meticulous builder, will also be hosting a display of his fine
O scale structures as assembled over the years. I'm meant to be bringing my
"Diggers Bend" project along as well, which reminds me I have some more work to
do. On top of this, still more to be confirmed...
http://cngg.org.au/html/layouts.html

Start saving, because there are traders coming with plenty of goods. "The
Railcar" and making the trip with everything narrow gauge they can stuff in the
trailer. Heading all the way down from Queensland, "The Modeller's Warehouse"
will have you covered with all the finest scenery supplies you could need.
"Mountain Blue Minatures" and "Kerroby Models" will be there with lots of white
metal little people to populate your models. "Outback Model Company" will be on
site with their latest laser cut offerings. "Narrow Gauge Down Under" will be
also supporting, so make a note of your missing back issues. "EFD Simply Glues"
will be bringing all the lotions and potions you need to hold the whole lot
together, and "Brunel Hobbies" will be joining us as well, with all the tools,
gadgets, bits and pieces you forgot you need. Once again, still more to be
confirmed...
http://cngg.org.au/html/traders.html

The year is coming to an end (so an early Merry Christmas all), and Easter is
just around the corner. Its time to get on with making your narrow gauge plans
for next year. Since the convention is happening during a holiday period, for
those needing accomodation, it's suggested to book early to avoid
disappointment. We have provided a list of nearby accomodation to try and help
out with your plans.
http://cngg.org.au/html/accommodation.html

So have you registered yet?

Registrations are now open, with early bird booking prices available up until
January 31st, 2013. Bookings for the Saturday evening dinner and various
merchandise closes on February 28th, with all registrations to be finalised by
March 14th, 2013. There is no registrations on the day, so you must be
registered prior o the convention. Registrations are available online via the
website using the secure TryBooking agency. Alternatively, a print verion of
the registration form is available on the website to download and return via
post, with various payment options available.
http://cngg.org.au/html/NGC2013-Registration.htm

We look forward to having all fellow narrow gauge enthusiasts together once
again in Melbourne for another great weekend of everything narrow minded.

http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
on behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention Committee

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Sounds like a lot of planning has taken place, Dan.

I hope that the show is a great success for you guys.

Wish that I could be there.

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Make sure to take tons of photos of the entries and displays for us who are too far away to attend. Would love to see the modeling.

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To early to ask for pictures too far to fly in for a weekend...;)Make shure you post a lot of pics Dan !

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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out, keep us posted!

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Hi all,

Jumping in again for some of the latest updates and reminders for the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, being held in Melbourne this Easter, March 29th-31st.

The year is certainly starting to progress very quickly, and the first reminder is that the early bird discount for registrations ends on 31st January. After this date, registration prices increase to the full rate, so get inwhile you still can and save a few dollars. Registrations can be done online through the Trybooking service on the Convention website ( http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013 ), or a registration form is also available via the website to print for those wishing to submit their forms via regular post. Part of the registration includes the optional extras, such as booking for the Saturday evening dinner and awards presentation, and the various pieces of merchandise available to order (polo shirts, chambray shirts, vests, and aprons, all with the embroided convention logo).

So what do you get for your registration… narrow gauge overload! Registration covers you for admission to the convention, with access to all the clinics and workshops on offer, a chance to meet and browse a range of our supporting traders from around the country, experience some of the latest layouts and displays from around the country, as well as access and entry to the modelling/photography competition room. Lunch is provided each day, as well as free tea & coffee throughout the day. A comprehensive handbook is also included with your registration, covering notes and background information from each of the clinics and workshop provided over the weekend (approx. 150 pages of modelling and prototype information).

Activities begin on the Friday evening from 6 pm, for check in and collection of your registration pack. The layouts and traders will be available for browsing and buying, with a good opportunity to catch up with those fellow modellers you may not have seen for a few years. Saturday is an early start, with a full day of clinics and workshops, as well as competition room viewing and voting. A sit down roast dinner is being held on the Saturday evening (within the convention hall), and followed by an after dinner speaker and the awards presentation. Plenty of awards are on offer, including best locomotives (steam & diesel), rolling stock (freight & passenger), diorama, structure, the mantelpiece challenge, as well as photography categories for prototype, model and digitally enhanced. There is also the award for best of show, and the Narrow Gauge Down Under award, and the Rick Richardson award to be presented. Sunday will involve another full day of clinics and workshops, and the last rounds of buying from our traders. The convention concludes at 5pm on Sunday evening.

Plenty of clinics and workshops to keep you entertained and educated over the weekend, including;
John Garaty – The Corrimal Colliery, the prototype and the model,
Geoff Nott & Michael Flack – Maritime Maine (background on building Smugglers Cove),
Lynn Zelmer – Portable track in cane railways, and modelling with paper card,
Prof Klyzlr – Aussie logging winches, and foam core modules,
Rod Parker – Two Foot Gauge in Australia,
Rod Hutchinson – Trees from floral wire,
Phil Badger – Loco Maintenance, and “beyond the fence”,
Adrian Hoad – Microprocessors in modelling,
Martyn Jenkins – Layout automation with JMRI, DCC fault finding, and occupancy detection,
Peter Sutton – Designing a HOn3 layout,
Laurie Green – Design and operate small switching layouts, and “Start to finish”,
Steve Pettit – Modelling Fijian sugar tramways,
Mark Fry – Marrawah Tram,
John Dennis – Realistic layout photography,
Eamonn Seddon – Heywood,
And one of our guests making the trip across from the UK, Nick Ogden, who is travelling with some of his fine diorama’s and presenting a clinic on “brick by brick” construction. For those not familiar with Nick’s modelling efforts, they have been published within the “Finescale Annuals”, or as covered on the Finescale forum here,
http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=489.0 .
The final timetable for the clinics and workshops at the convention will be available on the website closer to the event.


Plenty to see with our visiting layouts and displays as well, with no shortage of the latest and finest modelling efforts from around the country.
Geoff Nott & Michael Flack (NSW) – Smugglers Cove,
Laurie Green (VIC) – Grizzly Flats,
John Garaty & Guy Gadsden (NSW) – The Corrimal Colliery Incline,
Dan Pickard (VIC) – Diggers Bend,
Ron Wrigglesworth (VIC) – Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works,
Grant McAdam (VIC) – Scratchbuilt structures display,
Richard Grinyer (VIC) – Diorama display,
Steve Pettit (NSW) – Fiji Cane,
Phil Badger (NSW) – Locomotive service, bring your problem locos,
Rod Hutchinson (VIC) – Regnans Tramway,
plus more still to be confirmed…


Start saving you hobby dollars as well, and making a shopping list, because we have traders bringing their wares from great distances. It’s a great opportunity to check out the latest products first hand, and stock up on your modelling needs. Supporting us thus far;
The Railcar (NSW)
Outback Model Company (VIC)
Narrow Gauge Down Under (VIC)
Kerroby Models (VIC)
Modellers Warehouse (QLD)
EFD Simply Glues (NSW)
Mountain Blue Miniatures (NSW)
Broad Gauge Models (VIC)
Brunel Hobbies (VIC)
Trainmad (VIC)
plus more still to be confirmed…


There will also be a “Bring & Buy” trading board available at the convention. This is your chance to part with some of your unwanted precious treasures. Bring along your items, post your adverts on the sales board, and negotiate your own sales. The Narrow Gauge Convention Committee simply provides this opportunity, but takes no responsibility for the items and the sales, and there are no fees or commissions for this trading board. It is suggested to print your adverts with item details, photos, and contact details, with the item storage the owners responsibility until any sales are completed.


A big thank you to those who have already jumped on board early and arranged their registrations. The Narrow Gauge Conventions in Australia are great events, with plenty to see and do, a great social event for likeminded enthusiasts, and big source of inspirations to keep this hobby rolling forward. We look forward to seeing you all from local and abroad, and making for another successful Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.
Cheers,
Dan Pickard
on behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Committee
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Hi all,
Updates, updates updates...finally some update across the website :)

Head on over to the convention website and check in the "latest news" for links
to all the new updates about the Narrow Gauge Convention plans.
http://cngg.org.au/html/latest_news.html

Heaps of updates on the layouts and displays, a couple more of the attending
traders, listings of presenters and a proposed timetable for the weekend, bring
& buy details etc etc...there are plenty of updates to read about. A late
trader addition is also "Backyard Steam" making the trip down from up north with
live steam garden railway loco's.

For those that have been enquiring about layout tours and Monday activities, a
few more details are being finalised now. A handful of layout owners who are
attending the Convention have very kindly offered to open the homes to visitors
of their growing layouts. To date, Bill Black's Sn3 DRGW layout located in
Emerald, Peter Sutton's Los Pinos and Toltec HOn3 layout located in Warragul,
and Rod Warren's Lost Creek On30 located in Wantirna will all be available to
attendees to drop in a check out their progress on Monday 1st April after the
Convention. Details of Peter and Rod's layout will be uploaded to the website
shortly, and a couple more are still in negotiation. Registered attendee's will
get further details on these available layouts closer to the date.

Also being finalised at the minute, is the option for a vist to the operations
at Puffing Billy on the Monday morning. Plans are to include a tour of the
workshops at Belgrave, a reserved car for attendees to take a ride on the first
train to Lakeside (or earlier stops), and then return when you wish...just don't
miss the last train. The last details of this opportunity should be available
to us by the end of the week, so for those interested in having a bit of a look
behind the scenes up at Puffing Billy with a ride on some preservation steam,
keep an eye out for additional updates very soon.

So if you haven't registered, but are thinking of coming, get on board. Book
your accomodation if need be, and sort out your travel plans. Everything is
starting to shape up nicely for a great show.

http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013


Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Dan-one of these days, I will get to OZ. You have some very cool shows there and the modelling is top rate. My problem is that if I do get there, I might cash in my airline ticket and stay there...I ain't kidding! Have fun and please send photos and words.

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I reckon you'd fit right in with our weather too Woodie. There will be photos, don't you worry :)

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Hi all,
One more quickie to let you all know there have been some more details of a couple of the other layout tours added to the website this morning (for Peter Sutton and Rod Warren's layouts, of course a number of you would have seen Rod's layout under development here on Freerails), as well as a couple of trader updates.

http://cngg.org.au/html/latest_news.html
http://cngg.org.au/html/layout_tours.html

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Hi all,
With the OzNGC all done and dusted, its time for me to relax again for a while. Here's a link to a quick video of some of the weekend's activities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQOjXNiGnig

I'll try and get to a handful of photos once I've had some time to sort through the.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Great Video, Dan!

What a super collection of modeling skills--you folks certainly have very talented group.

What also impresses me, is that all that fine--and of necessity fragile modeling--travels around the country.

Very nice of you to include the bit from 3:50 to 4:00 for Woodie--thoughtful touch.

Wish that I had been able to attend!

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Hi Herb and all,
OK I'll 'fess up - the stuff at 3:50, that one's mine - more stuff going up in the Logging/Mining section under the Corrimal Colliery Incline topic.

L: Hey Dan, do you want me to drop in here some of the photos I got at the Convention in here? I only have about 300 of them - Should I start with "Diggers Bend" or "Splitters Gorge" first? After all it is your thread....

Regards,
John Garaty
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Hi John,
Be my guest! I still haven't really had the time to sit down and go through my collection properly yet, but I know there is certainly heaps that I missed, so would welcome others pics so I can see what else went on ;)

Cheers
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OK Dan, you asked for it - You're leading off with Splitters Gorge and Diggers Bend...

Dan's stuff was in an annex off the main hall

First up a general view Splitters Gorge with the start of Diggers Bend to the right


I had a quick look at some of the photos Dan had posted previously to the forum on Splitters Gorge, hopefully I am not repeatinhg anything in the next couple of photos

Looking up through the canopy of branches, you can almost hear the bellbirds chiming further up the gorge...


The Splitter's hut bathed in dappled shade


From further up the gorge comes the sound of splashing water...


and in the right foreground, ferns surround the feet of young gums struggling upwards toward the light


now on to Diggers Bend

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Hi all,
now its time for Dan's On30 "Diggers Bend" to make an appearance. I think that this counts as a "small layout", but the details speak for themselves.....

An overview of the left hand side of the layout


and a closer view of the Diggers Bend Mining Company's main buildings


as an empty train scuttles aross the yard and heads back to the mine



into the underground darkness. The Company ute (utility truck) looks like it has seen better days.


A view over the creek towards the lean-to


Near the lean-to, a skip gets some attention


Meanwhile over at the loco shed,


the shed fitter is looking for something he dropped earlier in the day


Here's a close up of the mine portal that hides behind the loco shed roof - is it safe to go inside???


And now for some of the gum trees that populate this layout...


and finally a closer look that also shows a nicely detailed misty backscene lurking behind the trees that helps give additional depth to the eucalypt forest


This layout is sure to feature in a magazine or 2 over the coming few months. Keep your eyes out in the "arriving in the next issue" notices, for when it does the printed photos will be absolutely stunning. My hand-held photos simply do not do this layout full justice.


Next up we go down a size to HOn2 1/2 with photos of Ron Wrigglesworth's "Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works" and Rod Hutchinson's HOn30"Regnan's Tramway"....

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Hi John,
Kind of enjoying this...you've found things on my layout I didn't really realise were there :)

Looking forward to the rest of the batch and the commentary.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Hi all
First up 2 photos of part of Rod Hutchinon's 'Regnan's Tramway"
Along the creek...


heading further into the hills....


And now for Ron Wrigglesworth's "Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works", a small engineering works lost somewhere in the Aussie Bush that fixes up narrow gauge railway equipment

An overview of some of the rolling stock parked outside the main sheds


A wider shot of the left side of the layout - Keep an eye out for that big red ute on the right


The yard boss at the office door looks a little worried


The right hand side of the layout with the rear car of the passenger train that has just passed by....



Hmm, nice sports car parked out in front of the verandah. The works water tank towers above all in the near distance


That completes a quick look at Ron's "Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works"

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Hi all, How about some of Richard Grinyer's diorama's that were on display in the same annex as Dan's stuff?

First up his 1/35 scale "Stoney Creek Oil Depot"


The "Miners Den" in 1/48 scale






"Strike It Rich Mining Supplies" in 1/35 scale






The End of The Line" in 1/35 scale




and finally his Rawdon Island schoolhouse in 1/48 acale. This model was featured in Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine





That'll do for now - we still have all the stuff in the main hall and contest room to go yet.....

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Superb modeling!

I take my tattered hat off to you blokes!

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Hi Herb and all,
We're only just getting started

From the layouts on display in the main hall, here's Laurie Green's 'Grizzly Flats"


Keep an eye on that shed on the right




Here it is....


In the background behind the main rail truss bridge was this little road bridge at the top of the main street


And a final look under the bridges at the waterfalls


Are you ready for this?

or should we go to Fiji first???

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Wow, great piccys mate. Thanks.

Rowan

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Hi all,
Another video of some of the layouts at the convention
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IX4W0J6ea8
for your viewing pleasure

More photos on the way - Fiji or US Northeast coast first?

Your call

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Wow! There's an overwhelming amount of "good stuff" there ... have to come back and digest it in smaller chunks. Thanks for posting all the pix!

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Hi all again,

I've flipped the coin.. and Fiji wins....with Steve Pettit's new Fijian-based sugar cane layout 'Lomo Lomo" -



Wnat a closer look at that train?


How about an even closer look at #18?


Here's the other end of the layout - and yes its DCC


Here's #27 on the one of the bridges


Perhaps a closer look at #27?


and the rest of its train of empties snaking back off the bridge.


and a view of the other smaller bridge


and another shot of the Fijian countryside to finish us out...coconuts anyone??


My photos really don't do Steve's work full justice.
More coming in the next installment - perhaps Mario (Big M) Rapinett's modelling stuff on display or are you ready for Smugglers' Cove yet?

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Hi all,
Now it's Big M's turn in the spotlight. Mario Rapinett is perhaps best known as an excellent photographer and documenter of some outstanding work in our hobby worldwide with his Modvid website pages http://www.modvid.com.au/ He is also no slouch himself when it comes to modelling.

For the convention, Mario brought along a display of some of his work in various scales. I'll let the pictures do the talking...

First up his cannery and wharf


A bush diorama in 1/24 scale


A sceniced display track


Garage diorama, I'm unsure of scale on this one, with truck weathered by John Hunter


Under-construction mine buildings in O scale


Diorama by Mario using Phil Shaptor structure and details


HO scale building and detailed vehicle


O scale Hobo's meet


O scale 2-storey house


A wider view showing the HO version beside it and large diorama behind


Truck on dirt track on that large diorama


And now for some of his detailed details - First up an overview of his display of details














:!:I think I'll quit now and go take up something like knitting :bang:
Regards,
John Garaty
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Hi all,
With the OzNGC all done and dusted, its time for me to relax again for a while. Here's a link to a quick video of some of the weekend's activities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQOjXNiGnig

I'll try and get to a handful of photos once I've had some time to sort through the.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard


Hi all,
Strap on a seat, this next one may take a while...



Dan's video above features about 30 second of Smuggler's Cove by Geoff Nott and Michael Flack. That brief amount of time really can't do this layout justice. Even Gerry Hopkins video of the Convention that features about 5 minutes of Smugglers Cove still comes up short. Gerry;s video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IX4W0J6ea8

Geoff and Michael have delivered a layout that delivers constantly changing panoramas as you move along the layout. A small change in angle or position opens up a totally different view that without this change in what is being seen becoming dischordant or jarring.

I hope that my photos may give further inspiration. Their work is truly art. The photos will appear here as though you are viewing the layout from your left to your right

First up is the house at "Dunes Point":


Moving along to the next inlet, before you get to the lighthouse, you see the 30" gauge railroad trestle bridge and the actual 'Smugglers Cove" behind

I'm quite chuffed, I even managed to catch the light in the lighthouse alight.

However, with a seagulls' view, you get a different panorama, the wharf with fishing boat and a glimpse of the On15 tracks behind Smuggler's Cove now coming into view

Keep an eye out for the Real McCoy Rum and Wally's Warehouse....

The building on the "Real McCoy Rum" wharf is really what gave Smuggler's Cove its name. Now zero in on Wally's Warehouse, now the On15 track can be plainly seen, unfortunately that train has just departed


Move to the right of the lighthouse and look to the left, you see Spampy's Seafood. This is next to Wally's Warehouse on the backscene


Look to the right and you see the 18" gauge tracks disappearing under the covered walkway at the Atlantic Clipper Seafood & Canning Company


Immediately to the right of the lighthouse you have


Backing the zoom off gives this panorama

with an arriving fishhing boat, waiting for the bridge to lift, and the buildings of the Atlantic Clipper canning plant towering in the distance. The lift bridge is actually based on an Aussie 2' gauge prototype near Nambour in Queensland over the Maroochy River.

The same view, but from a different angle,


At the other end of the liftbridge tracks is the cannery's delivery dock on the 30" gauge tracks

Keep an eye out for that shack in the foreground with the floats on the wall...it may reappear in my next post

So far we have only covered about 1/3 of the length of Smuggler's Cove that was on display.... Part 2 coming next...

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New detail where ever you look!

Superb!

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Yes, excellent stuff,Smugglers Cove is really good; then again aren't they all.
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Smaugller's Cove - Part 2

We left the layout at the lift bridge that guards the entrance to Smuggler's Cove, and that provides for the passage of the 30" gauge railroad over the cove.


Remember that shack with the lobster pot floats on it...

it was beside the wharf for the lobster processing plant, immediately to the right of that shack.

Its a bit unnerving to have the lookout at the lobster processing plant peer at you through binoculars and give you a wave...

I wonder what's on the menu at the Clam Shack Cafe??? Keep an eye out for that "Historical Seaport" sign....

There's that same sign again at the top left of this photo of...The Maritime Museum.

yes the Maritime Museum has a fully detailed interior.

and here that sign is again...this time at the top right of this photo which also shows the 30" gauge railroad depot in the blurry distance and a patron of the Clam Shack Cafe at the bottom left of the photo.


Moving past the moored 2-master at the front of the Maritime Museum we come to the next wharf,


where the Steamboat "Sabino" is moored

and keep a weather eye out for that little red and white boat in the background....

But moving all of 6" to the right, a different view of the "Sabino" and the steam tram opens up -"It's a Gnomy". Just goes to show what can be done with toy tram

Look for #13 in the background at the right...

and that #13 belongs to the Armory Wharf Cafe that overlooks the inlet behind this trestle bridge

Note the careful placement of trees and other images on the backscene that greatly add to the depth in this photo. These backscene images drift in and out of view from behind the buildings and trees as you move along this layout.

And we still have another peninsular to go yet....Don't go away for too long.

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Thanks so much for posting the piccys mate, appreciate it, Rowan
Where and when is the next exibition on mate?

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Hi all,
Make yourslves a cuppa, and strap on a comfortable seat for the final instalment of "Smuggler's Cove"

Hopefully that little red & white boat seen towards ths end of my previous post might make a magic reappearance

There it is - tied up at the repair wharf of the Atlantic Boat Works. Can't be too much wrong because there's no-one working on it. Maybe the repair crews are busy elsewhere...

Here's what a low-flying seagull sees at the same spot


In the back of the shed


and further up the slipway at the Atlantic Boat Works

with the tram track and the town behind.

Just to the right of the slipway


The main workshop at the Atlantic Boat Works is also a hive of activity


While at Smuggler's Cove wharf... just to the right of the Atlantic Boat Works,


Let's take a quick look at the Antique Shop and Widow's Walk Cafe and tram stop behind the wharf


and a bit further down the street is Pilgrim's Produce and Hardware. The hobo on the bench might be in for sharp awakening


Some things that have not been in any of the previous photos are the trains. Here is one of the 30" gauge trains crossing the lift bridge

There was also a steam-hauled mixed, but I missed getting any photos of that one.

and the 18" gauge train passing Wally's Warehouse


That completes our look at Smuggler's Cove and the layouts in the main hall.

My photos of my Corrimal Colliery Incline on display will be posted to that topic.

I do have some photos of only SOME of the entries in the Contest Room, if anyone is interested. By the time I got there on Sunday afternoon several of the entries on display had already departed.

Regards,
John Garaty
Unanderra in oz

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Great stuff!!!

Thanks for sharing it with us, Rowan!


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Ok, finally have some time to put up a few of my captures from this event to go with John's little collection. I'll try to organise these a little, so first up, some candid pics from around the venue and at some of the clinics. I didn't really get to attend many of the clinics due to organising duties, but was able to hear Michael Flack talk about Smugglers Cove, Steve Pettit give a presentation on building Lomo Lomo, Rod Hutchinson give a tutorial on building gum trees, and Nick Ogden (UK) give a clinic on brick by brick construction.































More to come...

Cheers,
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So I mentioned some of the fine "brick by brick" construction by UK modeller Nick Odgen, who made the trip downunder, and very kindly managed to transport this superb little brickworks diorama with him. The diorama has been one that I have previously greatly admired, so was very happy to get to see it finally in the flesh.











Nick had a good selection of the moulds he uses for his brick structure which are available from Diorama Debris http://www.dioramadebris.co.uk/ . I picked up quite few moulds, so am looking forward to going nuts with some individual brick structures!

Cheers,
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Plenty of traders there to take our money...









The usual view of Smugglers Cove.





The small darkened side room we used for some of the smaller displays.





Including some of the fine models by Richard Grinyer and Rod Hutchinson.










I only took a couple of shots in the contest room unfortunately.











Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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On the Monday after the Convention, there were a number of layouts open for tours, but I headed up to "Puffing Billy" country on the cold morning to inhale some steam...













The cab ride in 14A was a great way to top of a very busy weekend of being one of the organisers for this event, and I'm already looking forward to being heavily involved in the organising of the next NGC when its due to be held again in Melbourne. The NGC moves to New South Wales in the town of Bowral for the 2015 event, which I already have the ideas pot brewing for what to build for that one!

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Great stuff guys and thank you for posting! You Aussies are some fine modelers!

:apl::apl::apl:

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Agreed!

Some mighty fine modeling comes from the world down under---Well done ALL!!

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Amen and ditto, etc... Just fine stuff and looks like a great time was had by all. Wish I was there.

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Is it just me or does it seem that Oz is the land of imagineers? Man thats good stuff. I just discovered Richard Grinyers stuff and am already a fan.

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Great pics and models!

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Hi all,
we still have my stuff from the Contest Room to go up yet
Maybe Dan can correct any captions that I get wrong???

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What a goldmine of ideas. I would have really liked to have seen all of these items in the pics up close. Just fantastic. "Don't be intimidated, be inspired" this sure applies here.
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Hi all,
First up, one I'd forgotten to post earlier, that has already been mentioned by Dan, a visiting diorama by Nick Ogden from the UK of an East German brickworks transfer station from cable-haul to loco-haul This was built brick by brick in 1/35 Scale. The diorama was in 2 parts - the transfer station itself:


and an isolated plinth of part of the cable-haul track with wagon


and a final photo


and now for the Contest Room :glad::glad::glad:
First up the dioramas.... These are structures with scenery surrounds.
Richard Grinyer got "Best Diorama" and "Best in Show" with his Pioneer Gully Tool and Supply Co






Second Place went to Laurie Green with his Fergussons Wharf that was totally scratchbuilt from balsa dowels,coffee stirrer stcks and basswood, with resin or laser cut detail parts,and the track controlled with a reverser ciruit










Nick Ogdens' "brick-by-brick" East German brickyard transfer station shown in the photos at the top of this post picked up 3rd place for dioramas



Dan Pickard picked up the Narrow Gauge Downunder trophy for his "Kawarren" diorama of a stop on the 2'6" gauge Beechy line.




An On2 depot by ???, built to the US structure code, with full interior detail






"Looking for a Ride" by ??? A Sinclair garage with siding track, built from card with timber trim details




And Thanowring Station yard by ???, a detailed model of the a cattle station yard in the 1950's when mechanical horsepower (with the utility truck and and tractor) was taking over from the 4-footed kind of horsepower. The buildings were scatchbuilt using dimensions from 4 prototype remaining structures.










To close this category out, a modified Outback Models garage by ??? with a heavily weathered tow-truck hiding under the shade tree




"Structures" next....and yes there were a few of them too.

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Awesome John! More! More!

:glad:

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Hi all,
Now for the "Structures" category
First up a scratchbuilt Alpline depot in large scale by ??? with some commercial detail parts


And a scratchbuilt HO scale model of the Ophir depot by ??? using scale lumber and some commercial castings for windows. dooors etc, painted and lightly weathered with chalks


Next up first prize went to "Noske Bothers warehouse" by Laurie Green The winning model was built from a photograph


and now for the model, showing some of the 200+ resin cast bags of wheat








Second place went to the "Pocohontas Loco Works" by Graeme Pendlebury. This one almost needs a posting to itself




An overview of the interior with the removeable shingled roof behind


And a detailed view of just one of the 10 internal bays, this one features a large lathe


and along the side wall

This one will probably turn up in the pages of Narrow Gauge Downunder in the near future

Third place went to "J Webbe Barrel & Crate Co by Richard Goslin. This model features a fully detailed interior on both levels, plank by plank balsa walls and individual shingles on the roof. Unfortuately my photos don't really do this one full justice.


Some other unplaced entries were:
A factory building by ???




A modified St Agnes Church




The Sunset Hotel by Grant McAdam with lit detailed interior on both floors






and to close out - an O scale inner-city diner and pawn shop by ???






Next up the "Mantlepiece Challenge"....

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This is......... awesome!!!. Jose.

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Hi all,
The "Mantelpiece Challenge" was a category that was unique to this convention. Lifted from the convention website, the contest specifications were:

The challenge is to create a mantel display/diorama, as a stage for your favourite locomotive, rolling stock,
figures, vehicles etc. I know, it’s a fairly broad range, but we all have our different favourites that we feel are

worthy of making it to the mantle. The finished subject choice should reflect your own interests, with the
restrictions being fairly simple:
 Maximum depth of 10 inches (25 cm) - a common depth for a standard mantel shelf,
 Maximum length of 36 inches (90 cm)- a bit shorter than a common mantel, but still leaves room for
the family photo alongside, plus it fits in the car a bit easier,
 As it so happens, this is a fairly common “shelf” size, available at most hardware stores for around
$10, which is a pretty cheap display base to start from (hint, hint!)
 Backdrop – permitted, providing it still falls within the depth restrictions, so includes either a painted or
printed back scene, building flats, mirror-backing finish is up to you,
 No restriction on height – we will leave that rule to be decided by you and “the other half”,
 Can be operating – provided it fits the above dimensions, this can be a wired and working micro style
layout, dictated mainly by choice of scale, but it would be expected that most pieces remain a static
display. Someone is bound to be mad enough to want something to small work!
It’s not too many restrictions, but more of an encouragement to build a piece to help bring your favourite
parts of your hobby out of the cave, and into light of day.


So what did the contestants come up with??
The winner was Dan Pickard with his Spirit of the Dandenongs" which earned him one of these..



And here is the "Spirit of the Dandenongs"


Steve Pettit got second place with his Gn15 loco shed and tanks. I'm sorry but I don't have any photos of that one.

Laurie Green got third place with his "Holmes Lime Company" that featured a fully scratchbuilt lime processing plant










A trestle that hangs off a cliff face from the 2'6" gauge Walhalla line by ??? is next


Mark Kendrick's O-14 1/43rd scale industrial line that may yet turn into a munitions depot?
with his Krauss steam loco outside the Nissen hut


and the other end with the Malcolm Moore petrol-mechanical loco lurking under its shelter


Next up a model of Lune River depot in Tasmania by ???. First up the loco shed




The Malcolm Moore loco waits beside the engine shed


Next up is the "Coolong Brick and Terracota Company" by ???. This company manufactures pots, pipes and gargoyles, The buildings are representative of a claypit operation. All rollingstock is scratchbuilt. The kiln, water tank and office


The yard area




A small recatngular diorama "Walkin' on the Railroad' by ???




I even entered my "Jaxcilliest Enterprises" just for the fun of it. Not for the quality of the modelling, but to show that you can have a functional "load and dump" layout with an operational hoist in a space of less than a sheet of writing paper. At 12" long by about 4" wide "Jaxcilliest Enterprises" is well within the space constraints set for this competition. My entry form took up more benchspace than the layout did. :) It is an all-foamcore build around a HO scale Lifelike bin. It was built way back in 2007...


That completes the "Mantelpiece Challenge"
Must be about time we went and had a look at some of the trains in the Contest Room...

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Congratulations Dan!

AND--

Goodonya Mate!


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Very cool Dan!
Congratulations!

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Just have to say "Awsome"

Please, more pics! :2t:

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Narrow Gauge Nutter wrote:
Please, more pics! :2t:

Ok well, you asked for it - L: How about some rolling stock first? I'll save the locos for later. :)

Here we go again....by the time I got there with my camera some of the entries had been packed away, so what follows is not a full listing of what was in the various competition categories.

First up the "Passenger and non-revenue rolling stock" category
First place went to ??? for a HOn3 logging winch and flatcar, entirely scratchbuilt apart from bogies and couplers


Second place went to Laurie Green with his RGS "Rico"


Third place went to James Poole for his "NCNG bucker snowplow"




Now for the "Freight Rolling Stock" category"
And the winning entry was this D&RGW Stock car by ???


I don't know who or what got second place.

Third place went to Michael Milway for his Corrimal Colliery coal skips in 1/43 scale. These feature a 3d-printed chassis with full metalwork and nut and bolt detail. The coal bins attached to the chassis were cast from timber masters that accurately match the documented dimensions for these skips. Couplings were drawhooks as per the ptototype with 3-link chain couplings. The 8mm diameter six-spoke wheels are the same as I am using for my Corrimal Colliery Incline layout. These also match the prototype skip

While his skips can't be run over the actual incline, Im sure that they will make some "guest appearances" for photographic purposes once the scenery starts to progress.

Michael also put in this entry

A 1:1 scale 3-printed model of a coupling pin used on 2' gauge flatcars at my local museum and formerly by the Australian Army during WW2 and by the Victorian timber industry. :)

Next up the "Locomotive-diesel and other" category
I am unsure of the builder details, but I think that this one got First place - a Baguley-Drewry-Planet by Bernard Snoodyk?


If Bernard did the first one, he certainly got second place with his "Deutz OMZ 117F" in 1/35 scale




And Bernard also picked up third place with his "Plate-framed Simplex" again in 1/35 scale.


Both 2nd and third place getters featured a micro-motor with neoprene friction drive system.


Another entrant was this super-detailed Bachmann, gas Mecahanical by ???


Now for the steam locomotives
First place went to a heavily reworked Bachman Climax to create a model of an New Zealand logging loco



I don't know which loco placed second,but this totally scatchbuilt model of a 500mm gauge Decauville (Builders # 509)from the Volos brickworks impressed me. It even has operational valvegear. I don't know who built it but the workmanship displayed on this model was exquisite.


Dolly Varden Climax #7


A vertical boiler loco - De Winton?


I'm not sure whether this one is a Sentinel or an Avonside?


I'm not sure of thie one - Dunkirk or Climax? Either way it is a nicely presented geared logging loco.


Mark Fry got third place with his "Juliette" mallet. This loco was featured in the last edition of the Narrow Gauge Down Under magazine.


That completes my photos of the locomotives and rolling stock on display in the Contest Room. More still to come...

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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.

Doug

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John, thanks for sharing all the neat photos.

And as Doug mentioned, lots and lots of inspiration.

Well done!


Herb

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Thanks for keeping the report coming John. Certainly great to see the rest of the weekend that was missed due to organizing rather than enjoying.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Hi all,
This time some not very good news from Down Under...

It was announced from the Australian NMRA branch and relayed via another forum that Geoff Nott, one of the creators of "Smugglers Cove" that featured at the Convention as well as Muskrat Ramble" "Red Stag Lumber", "Charging Moose Mining" and "Leigh Creek" previously, has passed away today. Some of his modelling work was also featured as a photo display at the convention. I repeat that posting of my photos of the photos of Geoff's artistry here.

oztrainz wrote:

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.
....


We have lost one of nature's gentlemen, who had an artist's eye for placement and detail. He was only too happy to share his knowledge about how hid did things and how he achieved such great looking results with anyone who cared to ask.

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Sad news indeed. While I never met Mr. Nott, I knew of his fine work over the years. My condolences to his family and dear friends. Today, there is a void in the brotherhood, he will be missed.

Woodie C Greene

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I am saddened beyond words hearing this Terrible Terrible news. :bang:

His work inspires me and is my favorite of all.:sad:

There indeed is a large void in the brotherhood.....

Well said Woodrow.

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So a bit of a sad day, with the unfortunate passing of a bloke that made me sit up and go "wow", and have a real appreciation for paying attention to detail when modelling. I doubt I would be modelling if I hadn't picked up my first copy of Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine and spent hours studying one of his articles on building the Red Stag sawmill. I switched from being out all night at dj gigs, to going out to the shed and building a sawmill as my first piece. Talk about diving in head first, but that was the effect Geoff's modelling had on my imagination.

Grateful that I've been able to look, touch and feel a fair bit of Geoff's work, and really appreciate the way his mind approached what he was trying to achieve. A genuine top bloke, who also did so much to promote the hobby to kids at exhibitions, with the long hours he'd put into preparing clinics so that kids could step away from their computer games, and get their hands dirty trying some scenery work.

Don't really feel like modelling at the minute...but will be into it again tomorrow, after browsing a few hundred inspiring photos of his wonderful art.

RIP Mr Geoff Nott...and thankyou.

Dan Pickard

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Hi all,
Geoff's funeral was yesterday. Mario Rapinett has updated his webpages that feature Geoff's works.
Please see http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_geoff_nott.html
Most of the photos on the top part of the page are links that will take you to detailed pages for each layout.

Enjoy and remember...

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RIP Geoff

Rowan

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Just what I needed this morning. Thanks for posting!

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Just kind of tripped over this thread, amazing.

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Thanks. Next Australian Narrow Gauge Convention scheduled for 2017 in my home town, Geelong (about an hour from Melbourne, Victoria)...can actually see the venue from my front door :)
Temporary website can be found here http://www.austnarrowgaugeconvention.com/ , with a new version currently under construction. About 18 months to plan some holiday travels if anyone is interested in seeing more of this sort of modelling.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Simply an AWESOME lot of photos, of Aus. N.G.ers models !



Thanks for uploading all the pix. of such great work !!



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