What a busy month May has been for myself. This involved getting Narellan ready for the model rail exhibition at Rosehill, then the weekend of Exhibiting Narellan at Rosehill and a week later, doing a quick trip down to Albury to check out the Model Rail exhibition.
Getting Narellan Ready for the Rosehill Gardens Race Course Exhibition
As mentioned in my last blog, Narellan as a layout ran well except that I had failure with one of my Austrains 30 Class Tank engines which needed to be repaired before the Rosehill Exhibition. I was able to successfully get it back up and running again but only after a few lap where it decided to fail again. Looks like it is the motor that is failing in this unit. I decided to try and repair the other 30 Class Tank loco that I failed due to some debris finding itself into the gears, however it ended up being a task that would take too long to fix which would impact on other items that I wanted to complete for the upcoming exhibition. Luckily, I did get a few more Austrains 30 Class Tanks which I was able to install lokpilot mini chips non-sound in which ensured I had plenty of 30 class locomotives on standby if my last remaining DCC sound chip 30 class was to join the group of the other 30 class tank locomotives that are pending repair in my workshop.
Moving on from the 30 class tank issue, I decided to swap out the scales that were on the platform as they were not the correct ones for Narellan and replaced it with a Branchline Modeller Scales which are the closest variant to the scales that were once based on Narellan's platform.
This was a simple kit to build which only took an hour for me to build up. I certainly recommend this kit to anyone who has not yet got into kits that requires bending Brass etched parts.
The other addition was the Station Master figure which was placed onto the platform of Narellan Station. This was one that I got from Andlan Models. I outsourced the painting of the figure to my brother InLaw, who is big on painting figures for Wargaming. I do have a many other figures painted, such as engine drivers and fireman, but with the issues I had with the 30 Class Tanks, I have decided install them later on once I have confidence that all issues are resolved.
The Way & Works train was something that I was going to run at the exhibition. I was able to find some woodlands scenic packs that included suitable figures that could ride on this train. As this was one of the last items I worked on and I was pushed for time. This prevented me in doing proper a test run. Therefore, I only got to do my first test it before the opening of the exhibition it was derailing. However, I will workout what needs to be sorted before the next event for Narellan, whenever that will be.
Unlike other occasions, I took several photographs of the exhibits at the show. Unfortunately, I did not make note of the name of the exhibits that were on display. But here are some the photos I took.
Not sure when the next Exhibition going to be for me either as an exhibitor or as a paying member of public going to be as it should be noted that a few model rail events are not going ahead this year. At this moment, it looks like that I have to look forward to whats is on the 2023 calendar.
On that note, better to get back into the workshop and get some model rail projects back on track.