A new layout currently under construction in the work room. This layout is to test construction methods and to provide a layout build experience for members.

The track has now been laid and the power bus is being connected underneath. The two concrete bridges are complete along with the girder bridge. The control panel is complete and is connected and ready for use.

Help is most welcome! Refer to the job log below to see what is being done next.

Important Links

Overall Progress from the MS Project file
Specification Document

Siding Change for South East

Written by Glenn. Posted in Shelf Layout


It has been proposed to change the siding on the South East module to curve towards the East module. This is to allow for a curved background scene in the corner as suggested by Bill. Hiding the corner will improve the look of the area.

There is still space for a coal staging facility in between the outer main line and the siding, if someone is inclined to build one!

Laying Down the Cork

Written by Glenn. Posted in Shelf Layout

Cork Glue Down

Last Wednesday afternoon (28th July 2010) and evening with the help of Doug Willett and Geoff Collis saw the beginning of gluing down the cork. Most pieces have now been cut to size thanks to Doug and Geoff and myself.

The first pieces were glued down with a Liquid Nails equivalent. This worked OK, except that the cork moves around a bit. I would not use it for going around curves as the cork’s tendency to straighten out could move it out of place. The glue was difficult to work with; it did not spread well over the cork surface.

Track Plans-Draft

Written by Rob Lee. Posted in Shelf Layout

Glenn asked me a while ago to draw a track plan for the shelf layout.  Having almost finished it, my laptop’s hard disk died and in true IT professional style, I had not been backing it up.  Anyway, I have finally (almost) finished redrawing it and it is attached.  There is a slight mistake at the station section which needs to be redrawn, but will not drastically alter the layout of the tracks.

I was instructed that we were to have 3 loops, with as large a radius for the curves as possible, and a minimum of medium radius points.  Unfortunately I had to use at least 2 small radius points or there would have been little point of having the sidings in the window bay.  At this point, the smallest radius is 30”.  The tracks are set at 50mm centres and spread out on the corners.  It also has 2 tracks at 50mm over the “river” section and the third separate for a possible larger bridge such as the one that used to be between Windana and Elbridge on the Pineridge layout.  I have also tried to keep the innermost track as clean as possible for trains to just run round in circles, but there are a couple of crossovers to the middle and outer tracks.

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