Hey hey, Since the last update, East Guildford has now progressed to the stage that we can have regular running sessions (including running nights held on the 4th Friday of the month) which we have done in the last two months with much success. Track work has been completed to make the full loop with the use of Simon Mead's fiddle yard (thank you Simon).
Trevor Burke and Greg Aitken have been continuing to toil away at scenery details while Neil Blinco continues to iron out any issues with track work. Neil cast up extra details such as the station chimney's, picket fences and telegraph poles and the scales were 3D printed by Christopher Maloney for the station building which look fantastic. The station fencing was completed by Doug Firth whilst the other rail side fencing was completed by Greg Aitken. Neil has also modified a set of railway crossing lights for East Street which include a flashing unit for realistic effect. The timber yard continues to grow with a sawmill built by Ray Cooper as well as detail items such as timber stacks by Doug Firth and Bill Gray.
As you can see from the following photos, plenty of testing has been done with a large variety of locomotives and wagons to ensure quality and iron out any potential problems before the layout goes on public display. Sadly the AMRA WA Annual exhibition has been cancelled for 2022 so the layout will not be displayed this year, however this has given the team more time to work on the finer details to ensure the debut is spectacular.
(All images by the author unless captioned).
|Neil Blinco's Railwest Models PM710 and PMR735 double head a train to Perth through East Guildford.|
|Neil Blinco's Railwest Models PM710 and PMR735 double head a lengthy train to Perth through East Guildford Station.|
|Alison Kelly's Marbelup Models DB1588 hauls a ballast across East Street level crossing.|
|Alison Kelly's Marbelup Models DB1588 shunts it's ballast train into the sidings at East Guildford.|
|Neil Blinco's Westrail Models F44 leads a timber and sleeper train through East Guildford headed for Midland.|
|East Street level crossing complete with flashing lights.|
|East Guildford looking back towards the East Street level crossing.|
|The completed end curves for the layout and Simon Mead's fiddle yard. Note track being readied to be laid using the code 100 flex track to the right of scene.|
|Joins between the baseboards prior to ballasting.|
|One of the many residences on the layout cut on an angle in a low relief to fit the space provided. Model built by Neil Blinco.|
|Alison Kelly's Marbelup Models DB1588 hauls a ballast train through East Guildford station.|
|Paul Tranter's X Class Models ADK/ADB set arrives at East Guildford station on a suburban run to Perth.|
|The finer details is what sets off a scene as seen here with the scales, chimney and signal cabin built into the station building by Greg Aitken and Neil Blinco.|
|Neil Blinco's Westland Models DM585 hauls another suburban set towards Perth at East Guildford station.|
|Stuart Mackay's scratch-built ASA steam railcar with AD coach attached arrives at East Guildford Station. (Image courtesy of Neil Blinco).|
|Alison Kelly's Railwest Models PM (yet to be numbered) rolls through East Guildford light engine towards Perth.|