December 14, 2015


.......Because again this year, make no mistake, if I have any skill in modelling it is only because it's a gift from Him.

Best wishes for the Christmas Season and New Year in 2016.

November 30, 2015

Some Wandering

Regular followers may have picked up the absence from this Blog, initially to take a break from public modeling, but after encouragement from valued modeling friends, continuing via my Facebook group where there is far more scope for open discourse - much more interesting to me than just one way comms. The group is here and you're very welcome to join:
User Warning: Not all discussion and modeling on the FB group is VR interwar, you have been warned.

So, just posting up a couple of happenings during the year that were more fully covered there:

Trains kept running on Glenburn, though of late this has gone into stasis for the reasons outlined below regarding the change in location.

 As may be evident, I'm a fan of ground-level-as-you-were-there modeling photography, but occasionally an overhead is useful. Here 1100 has pulled up just in time to avoid overrunning the "end of wires" marker (in white) and has pulled back slightly to allow the shunter to uncouple.

A running session that included new visitor Bill Bolton saw him stretching his black E's legs on Glenburn providing the rather rare scene above of three of VR's finest. Bill's is the single loco with still red buffer beam.

A very kind gift from Phil Dunn of his exquisitely researched and produced Auscision  L class enabled some VR blue and gold to be seen under wires. Typically I only use later liveries for the cleaning train as, frankly, there's quite enough blue & gold getting around. But for this piece of modeling goodness an exception had to be made!

And finally, an overview of the "Cudgewa Room" as present, but soon not to be. A growing family means "Glenburn" will need to be relocated to a new room to be built next year. So this will change. The dimensions of the new room are close but not exact and hence I will need to either lengthen or cut/shut "Glenburn". As such I have stopped further scenic work pending - no point building out only to then break it up.

March 5, 2015

107M, 137M, 12AT, 24D

News reached Sydney of a fire at Newport where the nearly completely restored 4 car Swing Door set was stored, and reports seem to indicate they may be damaged beyond repair.

I have never seen these motors/coaches however in the early days of Glenburn I called the Clark brothers for some guidance on Swing Doors. They were generous of course, and it was appreciated and encouraging. No right minded rail enthusiast likes to lose a historic rail asset, but my thoughts are foremost for them and all others involved in the restoration of these items over the years. At the least, facing the rebuild will be very tough, at the worst facing a loss will be harder.

January 4, 2015

Some workings of a Holiday

Has been a while since I have posted a video of workings on Glenburn, more of this medium having been put on the Facebook page. I had a bit of fun with Video Editor and some holiday workings over the last few days so thought to post it here. One thing about close up video, it shows up any flaws!
Nb. The A2 has not been commissioned yet hence it remains lit/has no plates/detailing/weathering but could not resist lining it up for this kind of working.

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