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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by FWLR » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:20 am

Great video Jake. Hopefully those fires will die out soon.
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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Tropic Blunder » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:33 am

Hi all it seems ive gone quite mad. Another video from the weekend...
Enjoy all!

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Tropic Blunder » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:44 am

A little project I'm banging out before we all get locked up at home. Based off an Andrew Barclay sent to Norway ive modified it to be 3' 6" and Australianised it as per Pozieres at Queenscliff. I was going to make it stephensons to use another chassies but this one was already cut up so thats sorted.

the backstory is that the NEVR needed some medium sized surburban tank engines for their lines radiating out of Melbourne to the East and South and so after hearing how impressed BHP were in South Australia ordered 6 of these tank engines. the main trunk was shortly electrified displacing these locos to short trip trains and heavy shunting work.
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the prototype
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8 hours of CAD later
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testing colours straight off the printer (it was black on the other side)
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after some sanding/filling and its first coat of primer
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Im still trying to decide whether ill model it in its early guise (lined green with an oil lamp headlight)
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or in regular unlined green/black with electric headlights, rerailing jacks etc

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by ge_rik » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:12 am

Powerful looking loco. Was the body a single print-out? I hadn't realised 3d printers could produce something quite so large.

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Tropic Blunder » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:52 am

Thanks Rik, I spent a lot of time juggling between Australian prototypes (too modern) or South African Prototypes (wrong wheel arrangement/wrong feeling) but this just spoke to me for some reason.

Its actually a two piece print you can see the split down the centre of the body on photos 2 and 4. it has a spigot designed into it so it all lined up perfectly and assisted gluing which made putting it together a breeze. My two main printers (Cocoon touches) are 200x200 and the Wombot that I'm slowing trying to fix is 250x250x300 so they are capable of small 4 wheelers or smaller locos in 16mm.

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Andrew » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:23 am

That's very impressive! Will look great at the head of a train...

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Tropic Blunder » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:04 am

Time for another update:
When I started in G scale back in 2012 I had a dream of a nice long sprawling yard with lots of shunting and operating opportunities but unfortunately being only 14 at the time I didn't really have the skills or the money to make that a reality. Now that I'm older its a bit easier to invest in some track and convince the parents that these things are a good idea and thus with their blessing Hastings was born.

Hastings is the NEVR's only real access to a port (Melbourne was already too congested for port access by the time the system had grown large enough to warrant it) Hastings will eventually get a two track saw tooth workshop, an island platform, electrification along the back road a proper two story signal box and a long corrugated iron wharf shed that will hide the rear mainline and cover 1 road in the dock.
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The NEVR System. Hastings is at the very bottom in the bay with the Island in it. In the real world its home to Esso and Bluescope Steel (BHP) who both have plants there.
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A relative works in a tool store and when they moved their shelving went in the bin. With some welding and cutting I was able to make all the framing for nothing from their scrap.
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Yours truly manning the electric glue stick.
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Rolling the outer bar over after welding to make sure the whole things painted
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test fit of the board tops. The boards are made from Cement sheeting from bunnings with drain holes drilled into it. Its not what its designed for but ive seen it used successfully before and worst comes to worst the whole thing is removable.

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Tropic Blunder » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:56 am

Pt.2
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Baseboards finished. the Aluminium angle is to help retain the concrete in the dock area and in other areas it'll retain a thin spreading of ballast. all areas that arent going to be concreted are code 250 to help with photography
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Test fitting track and measuring out the loco roads. each shed road will fit 2 bachmann big haulers or one Garratt if i ever get around to building an ASG
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The down area of the yard.
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Tracklaying finished at around 10pm but i still got the MM out and some wagons and had a shunt using a lead light!
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MM with the ON ore wagon
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My father and I gave it some testing the next day and even though its still missing the engine roads (I ran out of track and rail joiners) you can still keep two people busy here shuffling wagons with no problems. The railway was designed to run on a timetable with designated shunters at certain stations and staff working so now this stations finished it wont be long before we can have our first session.
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full house, Showing off the formidable storage capacity of the yard.

Last week the yard had its first visitor, heres a quick teaser for next time...
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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Mitch stack » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:58 am

Man that looks EPIC! will be good to see in the flesh and run the baldwin around it.

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by LNR » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:14 am

Glad to see a dream you had finally coming together Jake. Looks really good, and from your test run at night with the lead light I imagine night running in the future might be a lot of fun. Enjoy your "track testing".
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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by philipy » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:34 am

That diesel with the lights on looks amazing.

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by FWLR » Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:19 am

Fantastic that you have got the yard finished at last Jake. It's going to be very busy that's for sure. Love it.. :thumbright: :thumbright:
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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:04 am

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Tropic Blunder » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:47 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

I'm very lucky to have forum member Melbournesparks live a few streets away (A scale 31km to be exact) and thus the other day we christened the new yard.
All photos are his as is all the rollingstock (except the DH and the SAR ON wagon) always a pleasure to see his handiwork
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The tramways new diesel electric pulling into the station after rolling off the branchline
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also attached to the rear of the train is one of the NEVR's EMD G8 diesels, the tramway was performing the transfer in exchange for some surplus ex WAGR frieght wagons
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The DE detaches from the consist and prepares to run around to shunt the T off the train
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Another quick job before we kicked it off was to finally tape up the DH and give it its stripes. Ill fit the window frames and Cab interior this weekend along with glazing
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Having been given the green it rolls onto its next shunt

Thanks again to Alexander for the visit and for the help with building the extension.

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Re: North East Victoria Railway

Post by Andrew » Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:36 pm

Great pictures, thank you. Good work on the extension too.

I love the idea of realistic working with shunters at the various stations etc and "proper" traffic flows - let us know how your first session goes!

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