Hey hey, as promised, here is the long awaited first update on the new East Guildford exhibition layout. East Guildford is a railway station on the Midland line situated approximately 14km from Perth Station. Originally named Woodbridge (Not to be confused with the current station called Woodbridge), it was opened on the 13th of July 1896 (Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Guildford_railway_station) to serve the Royal Agricultural Society's Woodbridge Showgrounds. It didn't receive its current name of East Guildford until the 1st of April 1908. Originally having two platforms either side of the tracks, a new island platform was created when the standard gauge was introduced in the late 1960's and is the current configuration today. On the up Perth side of the mainline was a siding that facilitated access to the Peerless Flour Mill and timber yards. Access was through a crossover to the up line so trains could access both mainlines. These have since long gone and the mill burnt down in 1975 (Source: http://www.swanguildfordhistoricalsociety.org.au/research/places/).
The new layout idea was first pitched to the S Scale SIG back in August of 2018 from which a small sub-committee lead by Murray Hartzer was formed. Over the ensuing months and meetings, plans began to materialise including wiring, track layout and the formal proposal to the AMRA WA committee. Last month, written approval was received from the AMRA WA committee. As a result materials were purchased and construction commenced.
Since the March meeting where the initial frame was displayed to the SIG, progress has continued to gather steady pace as can be seen by the photos below. Members have been steadily working away during the week and the results are as you can see in the final photo. Several more modules will need to be constructed before track can be laid however if they continue to progress at this same rapid pace, a half sceniced layout could be displayed at this year's Annual Model Railway Exhibition (fingers crossed). Keep watching this space for more exciting updates on this project as they come to hand.
|Pr536 and an unidentified PM haul a lengthy goods from Midland past the Peerless Flour Mill at East Guildford.|
|East Guildford station prior to the standard gauge introduction.|
|East Guildford Station as it appears today.|
|Murray Hartzer (left) and Trevor Burke (Right) commencing work on the frame of the first module of the new layout.|
|(from left to right) Keith, Murray and Trevor adding the baseboard to the frame.|
|Two modules in an almost ready for track condition.|