Thursday, 9 January 2020

Reflecting Back on 2019 and What to expect in 2020

I would like to firstly wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2020. Unfortunately, it has not been a good end to 2019 and a good start at 2020 for many of those who reside in the areas throughout Australia where Bushfires have impacted many homes and communities over the last few weeks. It has just so happened that one of the impacted towns was Wingello, which myself and a few other fellow railway modellers from my club where involved with in the construction of Wingello Exhibition Layout made several visits over the past couple of years to Wingello to collect the data that we needed to build this layout. My thoughts are with those that have been impacted and I hope those that are impacted can rebuild their homes soon. I have been informed that the Railway Station and the Village store in Wingello has survived this recent Bushfire.

2019 Achievements
Reflecting back in 2019, along with my other model club members we were able to get my model Rail Clubs HO Exhibition Layout of Wingello completed for the Epping Model Rail Club Exhibition which was held out at Rosehill Race Course. Wingello has certainly received some great feedback and has generated some expressions of interests for it to be exhibited out to other model rail exhibitions in 2020.

Wingello at the Rosehill Show

Narellan was another success for me in 2019, currently it is at its very near completion mark, I have been impressed with myself and with my efforts as this will become my first ever working layout that I have completed on my own. Certainly there were some challenges met in the construction of Narellan, overall I was able to overcome them all and hopeful of the end result of not only producing a Exhibition Layout that attracts the attention of the general public at exhibition events, but inspire those who want to go into the Hobby of Railway Modelling that you do not need to have a massive layout for the enjoyment of running trains.

Im glad to have taken up Narellan as a project, as it has taught me a lot of good practices on how a layout should be constructed which I will apply on upcoming future projects.

To close out Narellan, I would like to Thank the Organisers of the Modelling the Railways of NSW Convention to have Narellan on show at the convention and I would also like to thank those who have assisted me at the NSW ARHS Resource Center in finding the research materials that I needed for reference so I could model Narellan as close to what it was in the time that it was in existence. I  also would thank those who have mentored me in constructing this Layout.

Narellan in mid 2019

For my Tumbarumba home layout project, that has taken a bit of a back seat mainly due to the Wingello and Narellan projects. But I was able to get Glenroy Pc1 station Building completed. Throughout the year.

Completed Glenroy Pc1 Kitbash

What Expect in 2020
I have had a good read on my New Year blog of 2019 and I see that I have completed all most goals that I have set for myself. I did not get any N scale Layout projects started. Even though I did manage to complete some N scale Carriage Kits. This was mainly due to the second part of 2019 for me were hit with multiple challenges with work commitments, other personal commitments and other unexpected life challenges. This has set what my expectation should be for 2020 which is as follows.

To complete Narellan layout in January, with weathering of Locomotives and rolling stock and DCC installations to be carried out into February.

I plan to also get some rolling stock kits built up, painted and weathered. Once these items have been completed, I will have most of the Locomotives and Rolling Stock with the exemption of the 20 Class Locomotive that ran on the Campbeltown to Camden Branch line.

The main focus for Narellan will be to get it to a few exhibitions this year, which I will announce closer to the time of each event.

Next blog will show more in the scenery Narellan that what you see now. 

I have now justified to myself that my Home layout of Tumbarumba will be best based within the Garage. Due to the fact that I intend to construct a couple of other Layout Projects, I do not see this layout been completed within the next few years as where I intend to place the layout will take up the area space that I use as a work bench. Therefore a bit of altering of the current Garage outlay will be needed. However, I do intend to get a few more line side structures built up so when the time comes to build Tumbarumba, the line side buildings are ready to be placed onto the layout. Once I replan the new outlay of Tumbarumba, then I will start setting some goals in building Tumbarumba in stages. Basically the plan in the Garage may allow for Rosewood to be also included. Start of construction work on Tumbarumba Layout may not be likely for 2020 but possible for 2021.

N Scale Layout Projects
If I had of finished Narellan a few months ago, I would have started on one of my planned scale layouts as originally planned in my 2019 New Year Blog. The first one I intend to construct is a simple Victorian Layout on the location of Boolarra. This layout is expected to be no larger than 1.8 Meters long and will be built to be both easily stored and be able to be easily transported. The intention for Boolarra is to travel with two other similar sized Victorian N scale layouts that my other Model Rail Club Friends have constructed for exhibition events.
Boolarra will be DCC layout.

There is also plans for another N Scale NSWGR layout which will be DC only still on the list. But when this layout project will start is yet to be worked out.

Other Projects
There may be a few other projects announced throughout this year. With Tumbarumba going to be planned to be placed in the Garage, there is space in the Train Room to have a different Layout/s installed in it. I have an idea what I would like to do, but I will build something that will better suit the available space. But will need to see if it is feasible to do or not.
I also want to get the rolling stock kits that I have acquired over the last few years built up and completed this year.

Blog Post Frequency Expectations
I will try to get at least one blog post in at least once a month.

Well, time for me to get working on whats left on Narellan so I can get it completed for my next upcoming blog. Here are a couple of pictures on what to look forward too.

Platform lighting in a work in progress state.

The Ground Throws and Signal Block that are currently work in progress (with one Ground Throw in need of correction) to be eventually added to Narellan. More details on these and other items on my next post.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Narellan Exhibition Layout Update December

With no more Exhibitions for 2019, this means now that I will be fully committed in completing Narellan for it to be ready to hopefully appear at some Model Rail Exhibition for 2020.

It has been just around a year ago since I started construction of this layout and if it was not for all of the distraction that I had to deal with throughout the second part of this year, Im sure I would have had Narellan completed a few months ago. However, whilst I expect a bit of quiet time over the Christmas Break, Im hopeful to get Narellan completed. After that, the only items remaining is to get more Locomotives and Rolling stock prepared to ensure that there is a good reflection of the various trains that ran on the Camden Branch line. This will mean completing DCC Sound installations into Austrains 30 Class and IDR Models 70 Class locomotives. Weathering of the Locomotives and rolling stock. I also have some rolling stock kits to build, paint and weather.

Good thing is at this point of time I have a bear minimum fleet of Locomotives and Rolling Stock that are ready to run in the worst case.

Second and Final Attempt In Weathering the Office Hut
To close out one of my final line Side Structure Build, I stumble across a good colour Photo that was recently posted on one of the Facebook Groups that I follow of Narellan with the sun light beaming on the Office Hut that was next to the coal stage. Basically, whatever colour it was painted with, it was well disclosed under the dust.

This time round, I ended up using Tamiya Weathering Master powder which I found very effective in getting the desired result that I was after.

Office after been weathered by Tamiya Weathering powder

Landscaping Almost Completed
After being discharged from Hospital last month, the Doctor ordered that I was not to lift anything heavy up until Christmas, which meant I could not setup Narellan and finish off a few items on the layout to make it a bit more stable and add on a facia on the Pigeon box to make it a more presentable.

 The bare area that is in need of Landscaping

When I had got my energy back, I decided to start woking on the area where the coal stage will be based. I looking a several photos, I decided to make piles of coal along the line side. I was recently given some good Blue Foam which was easy to cut into shape to form a shape of a pile of coal. I ended up doing about 4 piles.

Foam that has been carved out to make the piles of coal

I then placed plaster cloth over the foam. And when the plaster cloth was set, I painted it and the surrounding area with black paint so that if there is any gaps in the once the coal was scattered it would not be that obvious.

Plaster cloth soaked and left to set 

Area where the coal is be placed painted black

Once the paint was dried, I brushed on some PVA glue (not watered down) and sprinkled coal on the area and just patted down the coal just to ensure if adhered to the glue. It is worth noting that from earlier experience with landscaping with coal, it is better to use non water down PVA Glue (or PVA glue straight from the bottle).

PVA Glue painted on the area of the black plaint where the coal is going be placed 

Coal sprinkled on the PVA glue and left to set

After around 24 hours after applying the coal, I went over the area with a vacuum cleaner and was pleasantly surprised that the bulk of the coal remained stuck on the layout.

The final area that needed landscaping I planned to have more as a dirt patch. For this I simply did a mix of 50% water and 50% PVA glue with a drop of detergent, which I applied onto the area final bare area of the layout. Once that was applied, I got a cup of dirt with an old stocking to sprinkle the dirt onto the PVA glue. This is a different method to what was done with the coal. But what I do find with dirt, it absorbs the watered down PVA in which allows it to better set the dirt onto the base board.

After the dirt was applied to the layout

Ground Lever Throws
Before going into my experience in constructing the Andlan Models Ground Leaver Throws. This was a new method of railway modelling for me as this is the first time building up an etched kit. I tried constructing my first one by sticking it together with super glue. However, it ended in a disastrous result and by no means blaming the kit here, I knew that the first one of these type of kits was not going to be completed looking perfect. Basically I was applying a little bit too much pressure when I was super gluing the top of the ground frame and it collapsed in a heap.

Result of my first attempt. My advise solder this kit together rather than super gluing it. 

However it ended up becoming a great learning experience where the second attempt I took the soldering method which I found to be not only easier to do than the super glue method, but I found that the model became way more robust via this method. In all, the bending into shape of the etched parts was mostly easy to do, just the the shaping of the top plate of the leaver frame was the slightly challenging part of this model. Rest is just taking your time to construct this model. The following Ground Throw was my second attempt which I think has so worked out well.

 Above photos show the above shows the steps that where taken to build up the Ground Lever Throw.

Next steps from here it add on the styrene for the concrete slab platform and painting.

My Final Note For This Year
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe Holiday Session.
I would like to thanks those who have provided me with the feedback wether it was via this blog page or in person over this last year.

I would also like to spare a thought to those who follow my post, as I know there are a few out Thirlmere Buxton way and other areas of NSW that may have been impacted by the Bushfire activity over the last few weeks as well as those that are out there on a daily basis fighting the fires. Ensure you all stay safe out there.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Wagga Model Rail Exhibition and N Scale Rolling Stock

First of all, my apologies for a bit of belated post, as last month I ended up in a Hospital visit for some surgery which took me out of business for a couple of weeks. Thinking I could do a few things such as writing blogs and planning out future model rail projects amounts other things, I found just the simple things were a struggle to do during this time. However, on a positive note, one main health issue is now fully resolved and I have just about fully recovered and now getting back into railway modelling activities.

On the first weekend of November, I went down to Wagga with a few model rail friends to Support Rob P on his first showing of his N scale Exhibition Layout of Gunning. On the lead up to the event I got my 42's numbered and weathered (refer to my last blog for the work spent on the 42's), along with some passenger rolling stock and a few of my other locos and rolling stock. It certainly ended up being a great weekend. But first, I will do a summary on my construction my N Scale carriages.

4206 passing through Gunning

N Scale Passenger Carriages Kit Construction
All of the Carriages are Peter Boormans kits and over the last few months I have been gradually working on building up these kits.

There is not an awful lot needed to put these kits together, but I found on only two occasions that I needed to file back a couple of chassis to allow the body of the carriage to fit. The rest of it was to paint, glaze the window and fit the bogies.

Basically, painting of these models I found not to be much of a difficult task, but involved certainly a lot of time and effort in masking up for the different colour schemes.

Masking up of the carriage to get the yellow lining

Some of the carriages got painted with a silver roof with the navy dressing (navy dressing painted in Humbrol Mid Stone 225) and the carriages painted with the darker roof where applied with Model Masters Flat Black with a bit of dusting with the airbrush with Humbrol German Grey leaving behind a nice finish. The main Body of each carriage was painted in Raileys Indian Red paint. I used a Model Masters Yellow paint for the yellow lining.

One of the completed paint jobs

Once the Decals were applied, I finished the task of painting by clear coating each model with Testors Dull Coat.

Glazing was done just with clear styrene sheets, cut into strips and stuck into the model with Micro Sol Krysal Clear.

For the toilet window. Painted them in Tamyia white paint

When installing the bogies, on the instructions of these Kits, it states which type of Micro Trains bogies with couplers to acquire (as these are not supplied with the kits). I found that the recommendations for the 6 wheel bogie carriages was good (Micro-Trains 1018 Bogies), but for the FS, BS and BSR carriages I found that the carriages had very noticeable gap between them. After consulting with a few other model N scale railway modellers, I was pointed to the solution which was to acquire Kato N scale 11-035 bogies, cut off the coupler shaft and install Micro-Trans N Scale Universal Body Mount Short Shank Couplers (1015). After following this advise this, this ended up to the solution that had the desirable result.

 One carrige in the back row has the Micro-Trains 1017 Coupler and bogie set. The remainder were fitted with the body mounted Mirco-Tains 1015 couplers with Kato N Scale 11-035 bogies.

Making the modifications by cutting off the coupler shaft on the Kato N Scale 11-035 bogies and removing the the tab that the wiring for lighting would connect too on the power pick up. Wheel with the power pickups were then reinstalled ready to be mounted on the carriages.

The Kato bogies ran with no issues at all when tested.

Wagga Model Train Exhibition
This year one of my Model Rail Friends Robert, decided to exhibited his N Scale layout of Gunning, in which Wagga Exhibition Coordinator accepted his expression of interest. Fortunately for me, I was able to get the time off from work to do a trip with Robert and other supporting model rail friends to assist with the transportation, setup and the running of Gunning at the model Rail Show.

We arrived at the venue late Friday afternoon after taking a long drive from Sydney to where we setup and tested the layout and ensured that it was operating as expected. 

Robs Gunning N Scale Layout setup ready to go for the Wagga Exhibition

From looking around at the other exhibitions, having layouts such as Binalong, Stockinbingal, Yandys plus a few others had this Country Model Rail event to be setup to put on a decent show.

As the show commenced from the Saturday morning, from the moment when we started to run trains, we ended being busy answering a lot of inquires and receiving positive comments about Robs Gunning Layout. 

One thing to note, most of the models that ran on Gunning where kits or scratched built, many of them scratched built by Rob which makes it unique to the fact that there are not that many Layouts that run scratch built prototypical Locomotives and Rolling Stock at this volume at Exhibitions, which has some how placed my effort with the 42's and carriages to shame in a way.

Unfortunately, I took more video than photos, so do not have much decent photos to show. Perhaps I need to think on to starting up an YouTube channel in the near future.

4206 In the Fiddle yard of Gunning with a Robs scratched built N Car set in the back ground

In the end it was a fantastic weekend in which I hope to get involved with in 2020. Certainly was great to meet up with those of you that follow my blog that attended the Exhibition. Certainly good to know that not only people read my blog but have found out some of you became aware of Wagga Model Rail Exhibition event from my previous blog. Also was great to catch up with my other model rail friends that attended this exhibition.

From here now, the focus will be to get my HO Layout of Narellan completed.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Applying Decals, Weathering and Preparing an N Scale Gopher Models 42 Class

I have just taken a short break from working on Narellan to prepare for the final Model Rail Exhibition for the year. The Exhibition I will be attending to will be hosted in Wagga Wagga this coming weekend. I have the privilege to operate on my friends N Scale layout of Gunning for its first ever Exhibition.

This blog will be more focused on modelling on applying Decals and weathering on 2 lots of N Scale NSWGR 42 class diesel locomotives.

With Auscission Models announcing recently that they will be releasing  NR Class Locomotive Ready to Run with DCC Sound option in N Scale, at this current point of time, N scale not just for NSW, but for most of Australia still requires a high level of railway modelling effort if you wish to have the desired models of locomotives and Rolling Stock.

Please note that this the first time that I have to apply decals and have weather locomotives. Hopefully this will encourage others to do the same.

Gopher Models N Scale NSWGR 42 Class Locomotive
Last year, I acquired myself 2 lots of Gopher models 42 class locomotives, which indeed look very nice especially for N Scale. They seem to run smoothly and are powerful units. However, there is one catch with this particular Model. In fact, not just with the 42 Class, but with the other range of Gopher Models product that you will need to apply the decals for the loco number. This is a good option for those who would like to have a particular number in their collection and are willing to go to effort of numbering their loco, but not so attractive for those who just want a fully completed numbered model, though there are folk out there who are willing to number the model as well as installing DCC chips into them for a small cost.

My first subject, before the decals get applied

It is not uncommon to see these models run unnumbered on layouts that are both at clubs and at exhibitions, possibly due to the to the fact (like myself up to this point) the owners of these models have yet to gain the courage to apply the decals to reflect numbering to what they desire.

How easy or hard is to decal these models? Read on from here.

Applying Decals to my 42's
After looking at these models for more than a year and a bit, I decided to finally venture into applying the decals to my 42's.

Please note, that there are several other methods that can be used here, but I have decided  the following method based on the feedback from those who have successfully applied decals to their models.

Basically for this process, I needed a container with water in it, Gloss Clear Coat, Micro Scale Micro Sol (used for softening and setting the decal on the surface of the model) and Clear coat (Semi Gloss/Satin or Dull Coat) to be applied at the end. However, within this process, I planned to weather my locomotives and will be applying a clear coat finish after the weathering is completed.
Tweezers to get the decal out of the water in the container and for decal placement to on the model.  And two clean paint brushes, one to help position the decal on the model and the other to apply the Micro Sol onto the decal.

First step is to apply Maskol on all Windows of the model to protect them from the Clear coat and weathering.

Apply a Gloss Clear Coat on to the model which will help aid the decals to stick to the when they are applied.

Then carefully cut out the decals that I desired to place on the model. For my first model (which was in its earlier livery) I decided to decal it under the number 4206. After sourcing some pictures of 4206, I determined what decals that are needed to be applied.

I initially took the approach to apply the decals that are low risk to be accidentally mis-handled such as the front light number boards and the loco numbering at the rear, then applied the remaining decals. It is worth pointing out, from my past observation, decals can still be easily damaged if they have not have a decal set solution or a clear coat applied.

It is worth pointing out that I found that if the decal was not moving when trying to position it, I just applied more water on to the decal which allowed movement to happen again.

After applying each decal, I applied Micro Sol onto the decal. One thing I would like to point out with applying Micro Sol onto a decal, I found that if you brush it on (as instructed on the bottle) the decal it often moves it out of the area that you have placed it and as the softening the decal is occurring the movement of the decal can cause it to crumble up normally resulting in the decal being destroyed when moving it back into position. I later found that just using the brush to applying the droplets of the Micro Sol solution onto the surface of decal worked well which eliminated the need to bush it on directly, hence keeping the decal in position. I have found also by using a cotton bud patting it down just outside of the area if the decal soaks up the solution which seems to suck in the decal into the model. In some cases, you may notice that the decals may look like it is blistering. Don't get worried about this, it will settle and it will set into the model nicely after a short period of time.

Result after the all the decals got applied on 4206

Weathering 4206
The next step here is a first for me, which is weathering a Locomotive. I thought it was about time to step up the mark on weathering. I did seek some advise before hand on how best to do this. Again, after looking at some photos I found that the roof would would be black from soot and the lower area of the Locomotive would be mostly be an accumulation of dust. I decided to keep the center of the Loco looking clean. 

I decided to only weather using only 3 colours, which in this case was Model Masters Flat Black, Military Brown and Natural Grey. All paints that I have used are Enamel Paints.

Weathering or Decalling, Maskol should be applied onto the windows first. 

I started with weathering the roof section first. I decided to get a card cut to the profile of the area of the Cab to provide a protection to the yellow paint, but allow for a bit of over spray to hit that section to allow for a bit of a transition between the weathered roof to the cleaner area of the loco. I felt using masking tape would not allow the weathered to no so weathered to transition well.

Made use of a card where it protects the yellow paint, but with an unsteady hand allow for some black paint to settle on the yellow paint. above the cab.

Roof now weathered

For the lower section where the bogies cow catcher and fuel tank are located, I did a light spray of Military Brown and then a light spray of Natural Grey. Instead of masking the lower section of the model, I made use again of the card to protect the area that I did not want to hit with the paint, but again with holding the card against the model with an unsteady hand allows to the uneven transition where the dust stops to the area that will be left unweathered.

Lower section of the model now weathered

The Final Process of Clear Coating
To now complete this whole process, I decided to use Model Masters Semi Gloss Clear Coat (Over Coat on the Can). This seals the decals on the model which eliminates the risk of the decals accidentally being removed when handling the model. I decided to use Semi Gloss for now, but have the option apply a Dull coat to have a weathered paint job look if I desire to do so later on. I did not touch the model for a day to allow the clear coat to dry. Once dry I removed the Maskol from the window. Task completed.

4206 is now ready for the final Clear Coat finish

Completed 4206 on my Clubs Tarana Layout

Austerity Livery 4205 Also Completed But With a Slightly Different Approach
I did 4205 in the same process, except that I found in my research that the Austerity Liveried 42 Class Locomotives (4204 & 4205) had black cow catcher and yellow roof covering the area where the cab section was. Not that I found that to be an issue, but I did find some photos that the soot and grime that accumulated over time on the roof cover that yellow roof area and found that the grime stopped around the area of where the yellow that is presented on this model. So it was an easy decision for me to do a heavy weathered roof to cover up the area of the Cab that lacked the yellow paint. For the lower part, I used flat black on the cow catcher as around the lower perimeter of this model. Then applied to the Military Brown and Natural Grey.

Completed weathered model of 4205

My Final Take On Decalling and Weathering
I will first cover the decalling process. The ideal circumstances would to have these models pad printed with the numbers at the factory, but I do like the idea that a few Model Rail Manufactures provide in their runs a few unnumbered locomotives to allow the option to decal it with the desired number. And I have in the past purchased unnumbered locomotives for this exact reason.

Decalling these models was not an easy task, but certainly not impossible. My suggestion would be to try and decal a cheap kit and get use to the process before trying it out on these models as a little practice before hand will allow you to decal these locos with a high degree of success. One thing to point out, if you only have one Loco, you will need to be spot on with decals as there are no additional decals incase you fail applying one or a few of them. If you have a few of the same class of the models, then you would have enough supply of decals to complete numbering your locomotive.

As for weathering, I found easy as you do not need to be an artist to apply it. Best advised that was given to me, which I followed here is to do it in small steps at a time check how you are progressing and decide if you proceed to weather further or stop where you are. I certainly have now the urge to do this with my other Locomotives as it does reflect a mini version of the real thing.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Painting and Weathering Narellan's Line Final 3 Line Side Structures Plus the Sydney Model Train Expo

Since my last blog update, steady progress has been made on the Coal stage, Office Hut and the Out House. I was hoping to get all of these line side structures completed and weathered before posting this blog, but felt that it would be best to leave that to another blog as I did come across an issue with one of my weathering tasks, therefore I will need to carry out a little more research and experimentation on.

On the October Long Weekend, I also attended the Sydney Model Train Expo which was hosted out at its new venue at Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush for the full 3 days of the event. More of Sydney Model Train Expo later in this blog.

Coal Stage
Corrugated Iron sheeting has been added to the model plus the cross bracing detailing on the front of the Coal Stage. This model has also been painted with a bit of a weathered look effect applied. Still a little more weathering to be applied, but intend to do this once the model is ready to be permanently fixed to the layout. So far happy with outcome of this model.

Coal Stage almost completed.

Office Hut for the Coal Stage
All that was really left to do with the Office Hut was to paint it, weathering it and glaze the window.
I could not find any photos that that clearly show what the colour was of this structure, mainly due to the fact it would have been overshadowed by the Coal Stage.

One thing that could be worked out is that the Office Hut seemed to not have been as badly weathered as compared to the Main Station Building and the Lamp Shed. This is probably because it may have been protected by the neighbouring Coal Stage, but certainly seemed to have received a good covering of Coal dust.

Office Hut for the Coal Stage all primed up ready for its paint job

I decided to Paint the Office Hut in Humbrol Mid Stone (Colour Code 225), which is the same colour as what I painted Main Station Building and the Lamp Shed.

Paint job completed with a little bit of the dried brush of Model Masters Rust Enamel paint on the roof for the rust effect

But then, I got way overboard with the weathering of the Office hut. In fact replicated the effect that I achieved with the awing of my Glenroy Pc1 Station Building where there was a nice blistering paint effect. Even though it was something that was perfect outcome for Glenroy ended up something that I did not want for the Office building. Basically, this was caused by too much paint thinners within the black paint I used to apply a black wash which in turn caused the paint job to blister. 

Thankfully, not too much effort will be needed to repaint the Office Hut, but will be doing some experimenting on other weathering methods to get the coal dust effect right for this model which will also need to be further apply to the coal stage. 

Paint blistering effect caused by too much paint thinners 

Paint job stripped back and the painting process stating from scratch

Out House
As mentioned in my last blog the few pictures of the Out House showed that it was surrounded by some thick landscaping that almost blocked it from full view. This is good as I was not fully satisfied of the outcome of the paint job, more so on the under coat colouring where I feel I could have added more grey colour to it. I have applied the rock salt weathering method before applying the top coat. I have used again the Humbrol Mid Stone 225 as the top coat colour.

Painting task from start to finish. Rock salt weathering method applied. Rock Salt removed approximately 4 hours after the top coat was applied.

In a normal circumstance, I would have stripped back the paint work and have started again, but as I do intend to heavily landscape around the Out House where only a part this structure can be seen, I decided to leave paint job as is.

Sydney Model Train Expo
Since the announcement earlier on in the year that the Sydney Model Train Expo was to move from its traditional location of Liverpool Whitlam Center over to Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush certainly stirred up a lot of talk over the last several months.

As much as I loved going to the event when it was Liverpool in the past several years, the last 2 years have shown that the interest from facility was more focused on how they can expand their own day to day business with other Sport and Recreational areas such as a squash court and a gym areas, which has in effect been forcing the downsizing of the space that was made available to the once a year model rail exhibition, which would have compelled AMRA NSW to find another location to suit this event.

This year, I was involved in running two layouts at this event across the 3 days.
The time came for the event and I did see a few challenges encountered by those coordinating event and with some of the exhibitors, but fortunately no epic disasters were seen. Issues that can be learnings which will hopefully help streamline for a smoother running event for 2020. But certainly, the new venue at Olympic Park in Homebush provided a lot more floor space compared to what Liverpool could have provide now.

In all, it was a good show, a country mile better compared to last years show at Liverpool. From my point of view, it was good to see that there was a good mix of Australian and International themed layout and seeing some of the classic layouts appearing at this event.

Even though it did not seem to drag in the crowds making their way to the NRL Grand Final, however Saturday and Monday seem to have drawn in a good number of crowds to this exhibition.

To close this topic off, well done to those involved in making this event at a new venue as a success given the challenges that they encountered. Hopefully we will get to see this exhibition return at the same venue in 2020.

Bullenbung Creek a classic NSWGR themed layout

O scale 13 Class Locomotive traveling through Arakoola

Auscisions Exhibition Announcement of the upcoming NR Class locomotive in N Scale. Could this see a start for a bigger following in Australian N scale?

On a closing note, I have noticed this recognition from of fellow model rail bloggers and along with them I do want to give an honourable recognition to the Layout Passing Time. Certainly a great option for a layout if you do not have a great area of space to run a layout or have a large vehicle and a trailer  to transport a large layout. Certainly, he has proven you do not need a large layout not to just run your trains or impress the paying crowds at an Exhibition. I do hope to see Passing Time at a few more events as well as seeing a few more layouts produced from this railway modeller in the future, as Im sure his next model rail project will be as good or even better.

Great impact with detail in the scenery with Passing Time.