Here's a look at the track plan and the construction of my layout
My layout is now essentially complete, and measures 260cm x 32 cm including the staging area.
My HO scale track plan is nothing too extravagant, and consists of nothing more than 2 x PECO left hand SL-96 medium radius turnouts, 2 x PECO right hand SL-95 medium radius turnouts and a PECO SL-90 medium radius double slip, all insulfrog and in code 100. The staging shelf is a simple two track affair with each track wired with a simple on/off isolating switch and operately entirely in DC power. But the fun was in its construction. Read on and you can follow its progress step-by-step.
Here's how I constructed each building
|My NSW G-2 Goods Shed was the first building completed on my layout.|
- Building a Goods Platform: a simple balsa project
- Goods Shed Part One: adding steps and framework
- Goods Shed Part Two: windows and corrugated iron
- Goods Shed Part Three: Let's rust this thing!
- Goods Shed Part Four: bargeboards, fascias and finished!
|My A-4 type station is reminiscent of a New South Wales country railway station.|
- Building a Station Platform: realistic stone block platforms
- Building a Station Garden: making railway stations attractive
- Railway Station Part One: dimensions for a platform
- Railway Station Part Two: lights, signs and gardens
- Railway Station Part Three: finding the right colour
- Railway Station Part Four: detailing the waiting room
- Railway Station Part Five: from windows to roof
- Railway Station Part Six: fascias, chimneys, rusted, done!
|The Signal Box was a later addition to my layout, and is based on the one at Neath in NSW.|
|This kit-bashed cement plant is my layout's major industry.|
- Cement Works Part One: starting at the base
- Cement Works Part Two: adding the discharge silos
- Cement Works Part Three: completing the rooftop details
- Cement Works Part Four: adding steps and handrails
- Cement Works Part Five: kit-bashing to add uniqueness
- Beach Extension Part One: when paint doesn't match
- Beach Extension Part Two: extending an existing layout
- Beach Extension Part Three: the Port becomes operational
- Beach Extension Part Four: rocks and rolling waves
- Beach Extension Part Five: the sea was angry
Here's a walk-through of Philden's construction
|Philden is now completed to display standard on the eastern Australian exhibition circuit.|
- Adding miles in miniature: why weathering is believable
- Those Uh-Oh Moments: Waving the white flag
- Philden's HO track plan: a simple layout drawing
- Really Simple Block Wiring: even I can do
- Easy Rustall weathering method: how to weather models
- Visualising an upper level: a second bookshelf plan
- Making staging look sensational: museum quality staging yards
- Staging setbacks, simple solutions: when simple works best
- Avoiding space sapping staging: designing a simple traverser
- Using Peco track templates: could this be expanded?
- Replacing legs with panels: extra strength, better finish!
- Making awful look awesome: dressing up layout eyesores
- Weekend morning planning sessions: can I go up?
- Stop, collaborate and listen: Trains aren't all Vanilla
- Lights, wiring, toasted marshmallows!: a wiring disaster story
- Safe and dust free!: adding clear perspex panels
- What's in a name?: naming your model layout
- Building an Abandoned Siding: my cheapest project ever!
- Building a Station Overpass: getting a mirror-finish
- Installing Auscision's CTC signals: having fun with research
- Installing LED strip lighting: easy and affordable results
- Adding the right trees: Trees for Australian stations
- Improving rear layout views: behind the scenes presentation
- Adding Railway Station signs: giving your station identity
- Building a Highway Sign: adding unique road signs
- Detailing a Highway Overpass: from foam to wow!
- Building bridges using mirrors: a modern highway overpass
- Modelling using polystyrene foam: As cheap as chips!
- Using different ballast colours: simple, effective track ballasting
- Adding some ground cover: grass, dirt and weeds
- Detailing concrete Peco track: it's not all white
- Hand painting Peco track: 50 shades of grey
- Adding theatre stage effects: seeing double using mirrors
- Let's wire this up: running that first train
- Let's lay some track: a rather sticky alternative
- The final track fit: last chance for changes
- Painting blue skies blue: easy model railway backgrounds
- Ingredients for a layout: plan before you buy
- Adding that WOW factor: layout presentation is everything
- Painted, stained and varnished: get museum quality presentation
- Let's make some legs: the easiest layout project
- Let's build reversible backdrops: double the viewing angles
- Glued, screwed and nailed: sturdy model railway techniques
- Let's cut some wood: walk-through framework construction
- Setting plans in concrete: drawing life sized plans