Sunday, April 13, 2014

Roger Hill's Moe

I recently visited Melbourne and I took the opportunity to visit Roger Hill and his O scale Victorian railway. Roger is a very skilled modeller of both the broad & narrow gauges of the VR.  Roger has based his layout on the town of Moe which had a dual gauge yard. It was the town from which the 30" gauge branch to Walhalla departed.

The track is all hand laid on ties milled by Roger from cedar lining boards. He is also an excellent scratch builder of locomotives and rolling stock and won a best in show at a narrow gauge convention with his G class garratt.

It was fun to watch an O scale passenger train pulled by a R class literally rumble down the rails. It is easy to forget how large O scale can be but how impressive it is.
 Roger also showed me some Australian timber bogies  that he scratch built.

I came away from my visit very inspired and keen to go home to do some work on my layout. It is always great to catch up with friends and to see what they are up to. Thanks Roger for your excellent hospitality and I am looking forward to seeing your layout progress.