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Ideas 1 to 6, Starting the Design Process

Categories: Exhibition Layout.

There are many elements in the Wodonga area, including: Wodonga SG loop and Uncle Ben’s Wodonga Station & yard Triangle, one side to Albury, the other to Bandiana/Cudgewa Coal Sidings smaller channel crossing between the coal sidings and the main bridge Murray Bridge – this WILL be on the layout Oil siding this side of Albury Albury itself To combine these elements, or some of them is not easy. There is lots there ! So I eliminated Albury and ruled out the Oil siding, though it could make an appearance. At the other end Wodonga and the SG loop have
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Questions about the subject area (Wodonga)

Categories: Exhibition Layout.

There are many questions regarding Wodonga and they are listed here. As answers are found this page will be updated. If you know any of the answers please kindly let us know using the Contact Us  link above. Coal Stage  What date did the old coal transfer crane cease being used? What date was the old coal transfer crane demolished? What happened to coal, was it railed down to Melbourne on the SG?? (though the coal would I assume be a very small amount as steam traction was 99% gone) What date was the old Coal siding-Bandiana leg BG of
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Track Plans – The Coal Siding Mockup

Categories: Exhibition Layout.

You have seen the link HO scale dimensions over the full size aerial shot as another aid to plan this layout. I had started on a paper plan using some dimensions of the aerial photos as shown in the link above. I wanted to do a mock up in full size of the layout from the level crossing to the signal box. To aid this I re sized the aerial shot, grey scaled it and rubbed out the dimensions. I then used good old MS PAINT to print it out so I got 25 pages of it blown up. This
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Track Plans – The Coal Siding in HO scale

Categories: Exhibition Layout.

The layout in HO scale, fully sized is not that long, about 34ft in total. But the maximum width of 10.3ft makes baseboards a little tricky. Even with most of the yard being about 5ft in width, this shows making a layout to scale has implications. I think we will be compressing the width as much as possible, with little need to compress the length. Standard Gauge train lengths can be 11ft long, whereas the BG cement siding is about 10ft. This is important as it can set the size of our trains. Up to now when drawing rough plans
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Track Plans – The Coal Siding over time

Categories: Exhibition Layout.

Disclaimer: This article contains initial thoughts by the author. They do not represent any official EMRC direction. Stations layouts change over time, or disappear completely! When planning to build a layout after any real life location, the station’s layout, track plan, buildings, access and purpose can change over time. Indeed the station may be ripped up or just a single track through. If there is a station and yard still there, it probably has grown, shrunk etc. as traffic needs change over time. The Coals siding at Wodonga is no different, for it has changed much over time. After all
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