Saturday, March 23, 2019

East Guildford Exhibition Layout Update 01/19

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.

March Running Night 2019

Hey hey, another fantastic lineup of trains from the "usual suspects" at this month's running night. We were however treated to some different and unusual models from Bob Pearce including a heavily modified kit-bash of a WAGR P class (see photo below) and a few different models that weren't quite S scale. There was also a good variety of MRWA Rollingstock which should be ready for display on Stuart MacKay's 'Watheroo' layout which is planned to be displayed at this years annual Model Railway Exhibition. Stuart is still calling for volunteers to help set-up and run the layout at the exhibition as well as volunteers to man the modeling desks and other duties such as door sales and the U-drive. If you can make it to the exhibition (even if it's only an hour or so), please consider volunteering for one of these roles, even if its just long enough to give someone a break to have lunch. Your help would be much appreciated. Along with Watheroo, we plan to see a couple of modules on display of the new East Guildford layout which is currently under construction and progressing at a rapid pace. A separate update will come in a following blog post shortly, watch this space! For now, enjoy these photos I took last night and I hope to see you at another one of these running nights.

Neil Blinco's scratch-built N201 hauls a MRWA train through Swan View.
Following close behind is Neil Blinco's short goods train hauled by RailWest G118.
Another MRWA train far from home is Stuart MacKay's X Class Models A21 and a lengthy consist of goods wagons.
Bob Pearce brought in this heavily kit-bashed pacific into a P class. This loco was built quite some time ago while S scale was still in its infancy. She hauls a train of RailWest ACLs built by Ross Green. 
Alison Kelly's RailWest A1511 hauls a short consist down to Midland just past Swan View station.
Alison Kelly's Marbellup Models DB1588 hauls a short consist down to Midland just past Swan View station.
Alison Kelly's Marbellup Models DB1588 hauls a short consist down to Midland just past Swan View station.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

March Meeting 2019

Hey hey, this month's meeting welcomes back members who have been absent for a while including Don Moir, John Miller and Owen Davis who all brought along updates on their current projects. The meeting centred around the photos of the late Malcolm Searle however the meeting had a larger than usual bring and show element as well as an update on the new Guildford Layout. Also there was much discussion and a call for volunteers for the rapidly approaching annual exhibition either for the exhibition itself or for the S scale precinct. The exhibition is a great chance to encourage newcomers to the hobby as well as display some of the great work everyone has been doing over the year. For some this is a great opportunity to get in some quality modeling time too! ;-)

Don Moir's scratch-built FS399. 
Don Moir's Alyn Models ASG20.
Charles DeBruin's scratch-built MRWA B class.
John Miller's heavily modified RailWest A1512.
John Miller's heavily modified RailWest A1512. 
John Miller's heavily modified RailWest A1512.
The bogies of John Miller's heavily modified RailWest A1512.
The internal modifications to John Miller's heavily modified RailWest A1512.
These are the extra parts for John Miller's heavily modified RailWest A1512. 
Further to previous blog updates, John Morrison has made more progress on his LA ballast hoppers. They now include internal detail as well as prototypical chopper couplers. 
A close up of the chopper couplers used on John Morrison's LA ballast hoppers.
Owen Davis has not forgotten us and continues to 3D print wagons and locos. He intends on making them available online for those who wish to print them on their own 3D printers which are becoming more and more available.
Greg Aitken has been busy with this model of a diesel tank wagon.
Greg Aitken also has released kits of the RA wagon both as the 4 and 5 plank versions and has a limited supply of fox bogies to suit.
Stuart MacKay has not been quiet either working on a new MRWA LC bogie van similar to the WAGR V type vans.
Stuart also shared with us his process of casting to make up the MRWA LC van.

Monday, February 25, 2019

February Running Night 2019

Hey hey, numbers for this month's running night were a little light on compared to previous meetings however that did not mean there was no variety in trains. For those who have not attended one of these nights, I highly recommend doing so because these nights are a lot less formal than the regular meetings so members can chat more freely without interruption. In the words of Graham Watson, come along, bring a train, have a chat!


Graham Watson's Lynton England built O class gets a run after some maintenance by Neil Blinco.
Graham Watson's Lynton England built O class gets a run after some maintenance by Neil Blinco.
Neil Blinco's RailWest Models S class with sound heads through Swan View with a goods trains for destinations east of Perth. 
An outer suburban train lead by DM587 heads back to Midland. The loco and carriages are kits by WestOz Models and built by Ross Green.
Neil Blinco's RailWest Models G233 hauls an empty timber train through Swan View. 
Neil Blinco's RailWest Models G233 hauls an empty timber train through Swan View.  
Alison Kelly's Marbellup Models DB1588 hauls some brake vans through Swan View on a transfer special.
Alison Kelly's Marbellup Models DB1588 hauls some brake vans through Swan View on a transfer special. Alison Kelly's A1511 sits alongside in a siding waiting for a road back down the hill.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

February Meeting 2019

Hey hey, I have to apologise for the lateness of this update. I have had a ridiculously busy last couple of weeks. On top of that, I had to duck out during the meeting so I am relying on notes from Stuart MacKay (Thank you). The bring and show did not disappoint with plenty of new models on show that various members have been working on including an interesting tank wagon and an RCW open wagon by Neil Blinco, progress on Alex Kruger's PM class,  a GST wagon by Alan Penstone and a nicely detailed portable grain elevator by John Bajkowski. The theme of the meeting was a round up of flat wagons of the WAGR/MRWA/Westrail. The final count came to an impressive 112 wagons. There was plenty of variety too with various loads ranging from Tractors and Containers to large over size transformers. Thank you goes to the members who contributed to the round up and their hard work in building these models, some of which were scratch-built.

Above is Doug Firth's RailWest Y class which was for sale as it did not fit his era of modeling. Below that is Neil Blinco's QRJ water tank wagon.
Alex Kruger's RailWest PM class fitted out with DCC/sound and lighting.
John Bajkowski's very detailed, scratch-built mobile grain elevator.
John Bajkowski's very detailed, scratch-built mobile grain elevator.
An overall view of half of the flat wagons on display.
More flat wagons on display. 
An overall view of the other half of the flat wagons on display.
This is Garry Pilmoor's unique scratch-built QY wagon.
More flat wagons by Neil Blinco.
An overall view of the flat wagons on display.
An overall view of the wagons contributed by Greg Aitken.

Monday, January 28, 2019

January Running Night 2019

Hey hey, Happy Australia Day 2019! I hope you all have had as much fun today as I have. Fortunately this years running night did not coincide with Australia Day celebrations and has allowed more members to show up for the evening giving us a large variety of trains running. It is always very entertaining with more members and as it is much less formal than our SIG meetings, discussion can be explained in more detail. These nights are well worth the second visit to the clubrooms in a month if you can make it. For those that can't make it, do not fear as I will continue to photograph and record events throughout the year. For now, please enjoy what I have captured below.

Neil Blinco's scratch built V1213 runs a train of timber sleepers through Swan View.
Neil Blinco's scratch built V1213 runs a train of timber sleepers through Swan View.
Neil Blinco's scratch built V1213 runs a train of timber sleepers through Swan View. 
Meeting of opposing trains; Graham Watson's Alyn Models PR525 Frankland crosses Neil Blinco's W942 and V1213 near Swan View station. 
Meeting of opposing trains; Graham Watson's Alyn Models PR525 Frankland crosses Neil Blinco's W942 and V1213 near Swan View station. 
Neil Blinco's W942 and V1213 climb away from Swan View station.
Graham Watson's Alyn Models PR525 Frankland continues downhill towards Bellevue and stations beyond.  
Murray Hartzer's RailWest PM class hauls the Westland through Swan View on its final leg to Perth.
Murray Hartzer's RailWest PM class hauls the Westland through Swan View on its final leg to Perth.
Neil Blinco's scratch built N201 hauls a MRWA train through Swan View.
Neil Blinco's scratch built N201 hauls a MRWA train through Swan View.
Experimenting with new photography angles; Neil Blinco's scratch built N201 hauls a MRWA train through Swan View. 
Following on from the last blog post on the January meeting, here is Neil Blinco's completed MRWA FA van.
Alison Kelly's RailWest A1511 hauls a short consist through Swan View.
Alison Kelly's RailWest A1511 hauls a short consist through Swan View.
Alison Kelly's RailWest A1511 hauls a short consist through Swan View.
Alison Kelly's RailWest A1511 hauls a short consist through Swan View.