The Leawarra Nayook Railway

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:37 am

Wonderful pictures Grant, still time to enter the 'Freight Train' photo competition..... you know you want to !
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:05 am

Wasn't overly happy with today's pictures Peter, but put them up as not much seems to be happening on here.
Hope no one is suffering some of the bad weather I've been hearing about on the news, especially
where you are Peter.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:34 pm

LNR wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:05 am

Hope no one is suffering some of the bad weather I've been hearing about on the news, especially
where you are Peter.
Grant.
PM sent.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by invicta280 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:33 pm

You have to admire this railway. One of the most atmospheric garden railways you are likely to see.

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:39 am

Thank You very much.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by bambuko » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:57 am

I just discovered this gem of a thread hiding in the depth of the forum :mrgreen:
Thank you! most enjoyable hour spent catching up from the beginning :thumbright:
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:40 pm

Hi Grant,

They are really nice shots and tell a lovely little story of a railway going about its everyday business. Pictures of your line always inspire me, not just for the excellent standards achieved but for the 'working railway' atmosphere that they always capture - and that's the bit of the hobby I love most.

Thankls for posting them.

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:31 am

Good weather for steaming the last two days.
A short goods made up in No. 2 road, Hunslet in charge waiting for the dwarf signal.
Wed 11-12-19 2.JPG
A short pause at Warringine.
Wed 11-12-19 4.JPG
Round the curve.
Tues 10-12-19 1.JPG
Crossing the main road.
Wed 11-12-19 6.JPG
To arrive in the loop road at Nayook.
Wed 11-12-19 9.JPG
The Rodwell's like to keep the store well presented. Cars staying clear of paint spatter!
Wed 11-12-19 7.JPG
Water for the loco and a cuppa for the crew.
Wed 11-12-19 14.JPG
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:35 am

Superb pictures Grant, beautifully posed in excellent landscape. The weathering of your locos and stock is perfect.
Sorry you haven't entered the competition this time..... we would stand no chance against you!
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:39 pm

Hello Grant,

Thanks for sharing todays operations. Your photos never fail to please, the setting is so believeable. As I think I've said before, it's my belief that this is enhaced further my your line being operated with purpose and accuracy in operating practice. It's a real railway doing a job.

That last shot of the Hunslet on the water column is one of my all time favourites!

Please keep 'em coming!

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by invicta280 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:15 pm

Next time you weather a loco maybe you could do a 'how to' video. You've absolutely nailed the technique.

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:08 pm

Thank You very much for the compliment Invicta :oops:
As I don't do videos, perhaps words might suffice.
Firstly my best friend for this is an original Olympus airbrush. I understand there is a copy now, but I've no experience of them.
For the uninitiated they are a high quality double action, airbrush with adjustable material volume. This means the trigger has two actions, pressing it down gives you propellant air, pulling it back gives you material (paint in this case) and the amount of paint is adjustable. For weathering in particular this allows you to have air on, and then introduce tiny amounts of paint into the pattern and hence the job.
The next thing to know is where to put what colours and why. I suspect you guys in England might be at a slight disadvantage here, as your locos appear to be kept much cleaner, although the older generation of modellers should remember locos in hard working life when the demise of steam was imminent.
I have admitted I do terrible things with paint, but it works for me so I keep on. The Hunslet mentioned above was originally painted with automotive acrylic from an aerosol can. The smokebox was painted with high temp. stoving in matt black. All the weathering was done with Humbrol enamels, finishing off with Revell matt clear for most, and Cabots Urethane gloss with matting agent stirred in (I ran out of Revell matt) for the dome, funnel, safety valve etc.
The high heat of real loco smokeboxes ends up blistering the paint particularly the lower part of the door where ash collects inside so a rust colour gives this effect, the heat is also concentrated as it enters the funnel so more rust here. In hard water areas, also as the lids of the tanks are banged about you get rust or scale developing. Rust is obvious, scale shows up whiter or very pale grey (old dictum, "there is NO white or black in nature") everything else gets a liberal coating of soot and smuts falling vertically, so matt black can be used from a distance to simulate this. Rods and motion work all get my favourite darkish milk chocolate colour (used to be called Humbrol Brown Bess, but they've changed it now) and couplers rusty or brown or black.
A good source for weathering is Tipong Colliery ex B Class locos, but there are plenty of others. Just spraying a surface with blotchy dirt colour doesn't really cut it, dirt has a source and a reason for it appearing where it does, and a bit of thought can add a really authentic look.
My Hunslet 1.JPG
My Hunslet 2.JPG
Two views of the Hunslet after the weathering job.
My apologies for being so long winded, hope this goes a little way to explain things.
Grant.
PS just noticed I pulled back the rust on top of the smokebox door, the beauty of the airbrush, just keep going till you get it right!

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:22 pm

Brilliant Grant, thank you for the photos and the description.

Whenever I think about selling the last of my 16mm scale stuff I see what you have achieved and it makes me want to get creativity again!

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:36 am

Thanks Tom,
I started off where you are now (5" gauge) in the back yard but never finished a steam loco, and my yard and wallet not really big enough. I always had in mind to build a railway not just a loco so have ended up in 16mm scale. There's still nothing like the satisfaction of opening the throttle on a passenger hauling loco, so I'm envious of your situation too.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Mitch stack » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:10 am

Nice weathering Grant, How did you build the Hunslet?

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