Sunday, 1 December 2013

Not locked in anymore

       One day recently, I took a good look at Station Street, Yea, and it occurred to me that everyone needed a helicopter to get in and out of the place. This would be rather expensive, so I decided proper
road access might be a good idea, to say the least...With a little(actually, a lot of ) tweaking, there was
just enough space to put in a level crossing.
       Also, it was time to tackle the pub, as a warm-up for that scary project - the station. So, I busied
myself over the past few days,  intending to do the lot : The pub, the level crossing and  chain-mesh
 fencing around the tracks. My daughter supplied me with some curtain material, but I had to drive to
Jaycar in Bendigo to get a few brass rods and styrene. The pub, by the way, was largely done by
 gluing scaled-down photo prints onto card stock.
       There is a lot yet to be done around this area. Clearly, for one thing, those sheep need to be kept
off the road. But I am making progress.


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Mutton Chop

          This being the month of Mo-vember, when we are  all doing our bit for men's cancer research,
I realized that I was unable to grow a m(o)ustache, because I have been wearing a beard since about
1965 - the cool trendsetter that I am...
          Then my mind wandered - it often does these days - and I was thinking 'mutton chops'. From
there it was only a short step for me to go out and buy three of the new Ozrail  L sheep vans,
of which the Victorian Railways had over 1400. They were used for sheep and sometimes pig
transportation, until1986, when those dastardly road transports finally won out.
          These 4-wheelers were quite a sight in the prototype, but for the models before me, the word
cute seems to have been invented. I nevertheless think they are some of the finest r-t-r models ever
produced .... just my opinion, of course. They will do sterling service in the hills of Yea, Cathkin and
Alexandra. Only for another few years though.....

                   There will actually be a sheep loading ramp  at Alexandra, but this location is                                                                more photogenic.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Station Street , Yea

       Yesterday I redid the Station Street area at the Railway Station (being a Grumpy Old Man I
refuse to call it a train station). Anyway, the branch was abandoned before we had ' Train Stations".
So there.

       I redid the photo murals after taking new photos, removed some unsightly power poles and
some  of the more modern trappings around the primary school from after 1978. I also decided to
eliminate one somewhat obscured red brick home next to the church. My apologies to the
people living there, but the strip turned out just a little too long. So sorry, but you don't exist.-
Take it up with the photoshop people...

       I roughly cut the strip along the (very cloudy) sky and after applying the photo mural, which
was made up from six single shots, I painted the sky to match the existing. However, it turned out
that the lighting system, which otherwise was doing a great job in illuminating all my failures,
foibles, as well as the odd success, was now doing its worst in highlighting to the extreme the cut
top edge of the photo backdrop, even though it is made of very thin card. I tried dusting it with sky
blue pastel powder - without success.

       Finally, I thought, if you can't beat them - join them. Yea is surrounded by hills, so why not
make it a range of hills. We really dare not call them mountains around here, so everyone relax.

       For those of you out there, who might ask, why didn't you carefully cut out the whole scenery
and stick it against the existing painted sky, I have to say : Make yourself a nice cup of tea and
have a good lay-down... it will pass.

         Finally I added a footpath made from  thicker card, which turned out to be quite acceptable.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

OMG - The Station


            Well, I've been putting it off long enough. If I commit myself publicly to building Yea station,
 I won't be able to chicken out.  So there.


         For my meagre skills it looks a sizable job. We'll see. There will be no predictions as to completion.

         In the meantime, there are a few more views of things that actually exist.

                        Someone needs to ballast Alexandra Yard - and soon. ....aaaah... and take no      notice of the current position of the water tanks...  :-(

                                      This kiss is a superglue kiss. It has been going for months...

      Waiting for bovine freight. Wrong place though - no stock race...

Cheviot Tunnel - sorry, no bikes allowed...


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Strolling around .....

What with preparations for a major European holiday and other issues taking up my modelling time,
 it occurred to me that I had not been very active on the layout  recently... although my enthusiasm
had been fired up by Pelle Soeborg's articles in Model Railroader. The realism he achieves
is impressive.

In any case, not having produced much lately, I nevertheless thought it might be a good idea to take a stroll around the layout and take a few snaps.

                                                                       At the Goulburn


        Alexandra yard

Alexandra goods shed (my version)

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Extension

     It  seemed pretty clear early on that some of the 20" radii just wouldn't work so well with the bigger locos, such as the 'B' Class and the 'J' , as well as bogie rolling stock , so an enlargement of the
benchwork was always on the cards - not that I had much room to play with !

     Bogie stock would be kept to a minimum, but the odd item would surely turn up ... In any case, I
decided the peninsula would be extended by some 450 mm and in the aisle, some 150 mm would be
added. All the trackwork in the area would  have to be re-done, which also allowed me to place the
level crossing at Cathkin (road to Alexandra) where it belonged, a little further Down.

Yard trackage not finalized.


                   Time for some serious surgery ...

                   Still far from ideal , but now workable.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

More Diesel Growl ...

Just sent off my Austrains Y 145 to Mike at DCC Sound , to get him to make it talk... he always does such a good job for me and I don't have the confidence to attempt these things.

The loco, to me, is a beautiful model and although perfectionists have found fault with it to some extent, I very much like the look of it and it runs beautifully and smoothly (on DC). I would expect the same from the new decoder. I am likely to have it back at the Sandown show.

Wednesday, 27th February 2013

For what it's worth, I decided to change the name of my blog to Cathkin from the previous Cathnkin.When I started out on this blog, I thought the play-on-words was reasonably clever (TV comedy show 'Kath'n'Kim').
But because my layout is called Cathkin, as it centres on the place in Victoria , the whole thing was bound to confuse and puzzle..... so, Cathkin it is ! I hope you understand.