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Neil M
Fireman

Australia
2501 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2019 :  04:53:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


A couple of years ago I started building a small On30 layout in Sydney. I had picked up lots of inspiration from the excellent narrow gauge modellers I met when I lived down in Victoria and here but I hadn't had a space to build a layout until then. I had previously modelled HO standard gauge but wanted to try a narrow gauge shortline for a change of pace.

Originally I wanted to build a model or something local but I kept finding that my interests in lush scenery and seashores were pulling me away from Australia, and I ended up in Jamaica, Hispaniola, the Danish West Indies (now the U.S. Virgin Islands), or something like it, in the late 1930s to 1940s. Jamaica was the world's largest producer bauxite, aluminium ore, until the middle of the 20th century, and the mines started around Ocho Rios on the north coast but spread inland from there. Most seem to have been served by road, the standard gauge railways in Jamaica, and by sea but I reckon that a narrow gauge line could have been built in the early 20th century.

I modified a plan that caught my imagination from Carl Arendt's website but probably added too many extra sidings and lost the open and simple track plan that first caught my attention in the pursuit of more interesting shunting opportunities. Oh well \_(#12484;)_/ The idea is to represent the harbour/export end of a line from one of the mines to the rest of the world.

Track plan and sketch https://www.flickr.com/photos/7912936@N04/ on Flickr

I built the frame in two sections from 6mm marine plywood. It is 1300mm long and 500mm deep. The dropped area at the front is for the sea.

Early days https://www.flickr.com/photos/7912936@N04/ on Flickr

The turntable is crucial to making the plan work since it forms one end of the runaround loop. I built a 125mm turntable from Kitwood Hill Models and I have been very happy with it.

Early days https://www.flickr.com/photos/7912936@N04/ on Flickr

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

Neil M
Fireman

Australia
2501 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2019 :  05:01:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The track is Peco OO scale code 75 track with 1 in 3-4 sleepers removed. Power is DC. Turnout control is wire-in-tube from Modratec with frog polarity switching on the back of the wire-in-tube.

The timber warehouse was one I built about 7 years ago when I lived in Victoria, and I wanted to fit the track plan around it to an extent.

Turntable in https://www.flickr.com/photos/7912936@N04/ on Flickr

To keep it visually interesting, try and make the layout look larger, and to keep the style that the brilliant reference photos that had been shared in the Caribbean Photo Archive on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/caribbeanphotoarchive/), I made the scenery behind the track quite steep and rocky.

Early days https://www.flickr.com/photos/7912936@N04/ on Flickr

And I used plaster rocks, sifted dirt, and Mini-Natur static grass to start the ground cover.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7912936@N04/ on Flickr

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5597 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2019 :  10:23:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Interesting concept you have there, well executed.
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BigLars
Engineer

USA
11436 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2019 :  11:56:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great concept and start!

My current build:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50375
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Hopeless
Fireman

USA
1867 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2019 :  8:42:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are off to a wonderful start. Hope to see more pictures.

Roland
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ironflyer
Fireman

USA
1306 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2019 :  9:21:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is pretty interesting, and its looking good!
Like the turntable pit stonework, and those V bottom dumps too,

That's fine, it'll make another trip kid.

Paul
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Rick
Administrator

USA
23116 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2019 :  03:24:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice.
Good design and what you have built so far looks very good.
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12987 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2019 :  07:52:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice modeling but are you going to have enough room with all those sidings to have the lush tropical scenery that you said you were drawn to?
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Philip
Fireman

USA
2791 Posts

Posted - 12/04/2019 :  6:03:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice start Neil!



Philip

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Neil M
Fireman

Australia
2501 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2019 :  06:14:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for taking an interest everyone.

Mike, you make a good point about too many sidings. Since taking the photos above (probably a year ago) I have shortened the siding on the quayside dramatically. This is my first O scale layout and although it is narrow gauge the scenery takes up a lot more space that I was used to with my HO layouts in the past!


[/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2hWrw6D]Layout overhead view[/url]

I envisage the scenery taking precedence over the trains at each end of the layout with the trains centre stage in the middle. I might have been a bit too generous with the area set aside for the sea but I love layouts with a good sized boat tied up so I am looking forward to building a coaster at the quay.

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273
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