It has been along time between posts, and I have been happily focused on my prototype blog Rollingstock News for the past few years, although I am very keen to get back into the modelling.
Since my last post, the old Wills St layout was set up, powered, and the mainlines were operated on DCC for a couple of years. The round and round nature of the exhibition layout didn't really fill the void for me, so I was more than happy to part with it to a fellow modeller down the coast who I believe has it set up and operating in DCC.
With my shed having been empty for more than 12 months, I decided I needed to get cracking while I had a chance. Over the January 2018 period I managed to complete all the benchwork in the shed, and then life got busy again, so everything went on the backburner for a while.
In the last week I have taken delivery of a large roll of cork and a lot of track and points, with the intention of commencing track laying in August.
I intend on going back a posting details about my benchwork, but for now, as as introduction, below are a few present day photos of the shed and layout planning.
An overall shot of the layout shed from the access door. Length is 9.8m and width is about 3.8m. The bottom right is the terminus Nathans Point and the far left wall is the main yard terminal of Jonestown. With the large peninsular, mainline runs are nice and long.
A bit of planning for the grain receival terminal at Jonestown. The mainline will come around the wall and loop into Jonestown Yard in the foreground. Grain trains will need to be broken up into smaller portions to be unloaded, similar to what happens at Graincorp Carrington.
The terminal of Nathans Point with a small intermodal terminal on the edge and a simple country platform against the wall. A removable bridge will be built to allow continuous running at times, but is not part of the operational plan.
The town of Nathans Point, with a mainline, loop, and grain loop. The layout is designed for trains of about 4m in length as a maximum. Modern era trains will feature prominently on the layout, especially SSR and PN.