Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Stockyards at Coolamine

My project for this past summer has been trying to get the Coolamine area completed. The last major build I needed to do, was the stockyards. It was a more complex build than it looks as I made working gates and there seemed to be a zillion nbw castings to install. 

With it now bedded in and the grass growing like it should, I am pleased how the scene has finished up. A few more small details to add, this section of the layout will be complete.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A new Garratt at Puffing Billy

I was in Melbourne this past weekend and heard that the newly restored Garratt locomotive NGG16 129 was running in regular service. I didn't need another reason to head up to Belgrave to ride behind it.

It sounded terrific and looks magnificent.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

August update

I know it has been awhile since I have posted an update on the blog, but progress is continuing on the layout. The farm scene is coming closer to completion. I have added more garden to the house and it is now fenced. I still need to add the gates to keep the livestock from wandering in. I am happy with how the garden has come together

A large amount of time was taken up by scratch building a garage based on one that existed in a local town when I was a kid. I hand carved the brickwork which was far more time consuming than I expected. The figures are 3d printed by Modelu and I find them to be very realistic and take scale figures to a new level. 

The garage will be in the village of Buckland, which is slowly coming together.

Buckland is also the first place on the layout to receive working signals. These were put together for me by Bernard Snoodyk and will add a lot to operations.

Elsewhere on the layout vegetation continues to sprout as the forests slowly cover the hills

For those of you who are on Facebook the layout now has it's own page facebook.com/bogongandgeehi/ which I do update a little more often than this blog.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

It's been awhile...

While it has been quite some time since I have posted on the blog, things are still happening on the BGR.

Just at the moment life seems to be getting in the way of modelling, and there is even less time for blogging, but I am slowly getting a bit done on the layout. The peninsula that you first see when visitors walk into the shed is slowly growing some vegetation I haven't been 100% happy with the blending of the shrubs and grass. I have been trialing better ways to do long grass and when I'm happy I will cover the rest of the hill.

The front gate of the farm has been installed, and the garden around the house is slowly filling in. I need to make a mailbox and farm sign to finish the scene.

Hopefully the next update will be more timely than this one!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Installing the farmhouse

I have started to install the farmhouse on the layout. I still have lots to do but I am very happy with how it fits into the landscape

 I have added a brick outhouse that is a kit from Rich White models

Just need to finish the garden, make the front gate and the farm area of the layout will be close to complete

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Buckland store

There is a new business opened in the village of Buckland. Hunter & Green is the place all self respecting inhabitants of Buckland & surrounds come to for their grocery & hardware needs.

The store is a kit from Chooch enterprises that I bought second hand off the internet. I modified it to look more Australian by building a new store front with a tiled frontage & a verandah. The business is named after two friends, Laurie Green & John Hunter who together own Outback Models. I still have to add an interior and more external details before it is permanently installed on the layout.

Despite the lack of posts the layout is still progressing. I have been tweaking track to try & minimize the number of derailments. I have also been wiring and installing switch machines as well as putting some rolling stock kits together.