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TREVOR GIBBS MODEL RAILROAD PAGE -

Part 12 

MAIN

MODEL PAGE 2

MODEL CHASSIS

LATHE TURNING 1

LATHE TURNING 2

LATHE TURNING 3

OPERATING THE LAYOUT

Ersatz Ground Signals

TRANSISTOR THROTTLES I USE

SCALE SPEED

FURTHER PICTURES

OTHER PROJECTS

EXHIBITIONS

SIMPLE MODEL  STREET LIGHTS 

PASSES

SIMPLE CUTOUT BUILDINGS 

BASIC SEARCHLIGHT SIGNALS  

THE BUDDS!!! NEW "CANADIAN" TREES!   THE GRAIN ELEVATOR  

ST AGNES RAILWAY MAP

ONE OF MY TIMETABLES

  MRE HINTS
AND TIPS
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NEW
SIMPLE TO MAKE LQ SIGNALS
 

As of the week I wrote this I bought my first digital camera and have I been impressed by what it can do! Part of my photo efforts have been on my layout (what else???). I have been busy with a number of projects and you may noice some views that have not appeared before even on a 4 x 8 because I changed the orientation of the layout within the shed.... from “East West” to “North South” although I am still operating in my mind in an East West Scenario. The trouble with excellent cameras is that they will show less than ideal model work. However a bit of selective compression of the JPG (like... 99%) and the dust, fallen figurines and mini cobwebs will not show to you the viewer quite as clearly. Try and Enjoy them anyway!

THE LAYOUT FROM THE WESTERN ASPECT





I was fairly proud of this unit when I painted it nearly 20 years ago and I still am. I only had a miniscule photo in an atlas type book to work from. It was totally hand painted using Tamiya paints which were new on the market then.

The tunnel here is ridiculously short but this is about the only angle you see it... and it looks like the view you get from the train going through the Blue Mountains in New South Wales while the hill to me is reminiscent of the hill at the back of Broken Hill yard again in NSW. Such is the benefit of modellers license









6514 is stopping outside the yard at “Ridgehaven” approaching my attempts at a bidirectional signal, so far unpainted and unconnected but I assure you that it works. The back lighting is courtesy of the westward setting sun. This was one of the first photos I took on the Macro setting. I had to retake all the photos I did first on the Auto setting because there was too much dust showing for one thing

This was not taken during an actual operating session... it would normally be crossing a west bound train at Ridgehaven heading for St Agnes or in the near future the as yet un-named fiddle yard... but more on that later!




You can see 6514 coming into the yard at “Ridgehaven” passing one of the “ersatz” ground signals which has now been fitted with a 3mm bidirectional LED... its not working yet either but it is there... as a fouling peg at least Note the overscale Shed window in the background, 87:1 scale in fact!

You might also notice that the underpart of the rail is painted a russet type brown. This was done by hand and gives the appearance of the track being weathered a bit after I ballasted it. The track is no doubt a bit shinier from the other side but no one leans over far enough to see it!!!








Passing into the yard the 2-8-0 takes a short freight around the main line. In an operating session, it would more than likely be sitting in the next track over waiting to cross the train headed by 6514.

The back F7 unit is not numbered in the number board area... another one of those projects I will no doubt get around to!









Currently ATSF 2520 (with 2523's tender which is a story in itself) the future Central Vermont 472 (at least at this point of time it will be) approaches one of the intermediate stations. Don't look at the backdrop too closely for fine detail as it is definitely in the “5 foot away, it looks OK” category... maybe I was Monet in a past life!











The 2-8-0 by the intermediate stations... take your pick as to which one! I don't have too much trouble mixing eras of stuff although I could run a 1950's Canadian freight with the stock I have. I could probably assemble trains for the 60's and 70's from my selection of vehicles and cross them... isn't modelling what could have been fun!

This Bachmann unit ran OK when I first got it but seemed to slip in "Bachmann" mode of inconsistent running etc. They look magnificent as models but I will not own another one and this one has been sidelined for now.