Rumors of my demise......

....have been greatly exaggerated !
But if you were to judge this by my activity on this blog of late, 7 months to be precise, you could not be blamed for thinking otherwise !

Whilst activity here has been very quiet, I think I have set a new PB for inactivity, elsewhere it has been all go. In a big push to finally get the cave completed to a point where I could make a start on the layout I engaged the services of a gyprocker to line the cave and make it habitable for as much of the year as possible. In hindsight this was a very good move. I went through the quoting process and it was actually Boral themselves who gave me the best price with a job time of two to three days and then ready to paint.

Three days in and the sub contractors were inventing some new words to describe both the guy that quoted and my cave as well ! While walls and ceiling were well within the norm for being a "bit" out of square, it was the beams that had to be boxed in that caused the most grief for them. The 'quoter' had also only allowed for 'square set' edges (no cornice) but the subbies said this was not going to work and I would have problems with cracking later on due to the metal shed expanding and contracting in the temp changes. So Boral coughed up for the cornice, supplied and installed, for free ! Thank you very much indeed and Im more than happy with the job they did. Ivé since had several offers from people wanting to move in, not believing that this 'shed' is to become my playroom ! I suppose having carpet, an air conditioner and LCD hanging off the wall may have swayed them a bit to !!

The storage level track plan created on AnyRail
I also made a start on the benchwork for the storage level and this is nearly completed. This also incorporates 4 traverser type yards and once I get to the wiring of these yards, which will incorporate around 36 micro switches, progress will slow. As I'm sure I have mentioned in other posts, despite being in the hobby for over 3 decades Ive only built one layout, which Mum made me dismantle because she couldnt get to the bed anymore, which was built from Hornby set track from the Hornby track plans book from 1980 or 81. Apart from this attempt I've never laid a length of track. Despite this I am most fortunate to be a part of a group which comprises a truly awsome model railway "brains trust" which I will draw on heavily over the coming years. Although not a club in the true sense, it is from this experience that I can see the real value in belonging to a club or group and having access and exposure to so many varied skills, knowledge and experience.

View from east end showing showing loop storage and through road. Two traverser decks can be seen on the right.

                                     View from west end. Two more traverser decks on right.
As you can see I have gone with the tradional blue walls and white ceiling colour scheme. There is a total of 8 double and 3 quad power points spread around the room. It is lit by four double tri phospher fluro's.
Another example of "brave new world" syndrome was the purchase of a FastTracks jig from Gwydir Valley. With around 150 sets of points with the current track plan for Cambewarra this was a financial decision as well as just wanting to have a go !
 Here are the fruits of my labor so far. Have done six sets so far and have it down to about 1 hour per set not including the timber sleepers.
Thats about where I'm at so far. Still have a few jobs on the bench which may rate a post later on. Preps for the convention are well and truly underway and, as always, we are on the lookout for presenters and demonstrators. Date is yet to be finalised but towards the end of June is looking like a possibility at this stage.


  1. Gary, great to see your progress, I've been salivating over the photos of the bench work. A June date for the convention, please keep us posted as school holidays are the last week in June and the first in July up here in the Sunny state. The group of modellers you mention must be a great help for convention ideas.

  2. Gary,

    You have been foxing about progress you old coot...Now is there a prize for being the 15000th viewer!!!

    It is amazing how much the metal sheds expand & contract. I may have to retrofit to cornices if your cave is anything to go by.

    When you have finished with the paint send it down to the Big G...

    Great to see the progress you have made & I will now bury the rumour of your sad, sad demise

    Rod Kelly

    1. Thanks Rod, Sorry, no prizes for 2nd..or 15,000th !
      Should I send down a cerimonial shovel??

  3. Gary

    Looking good, that 90 x 35mm timber certainly simplifies benchwork.
    I don't think I have seen a layout with so much storage :-)


    1. It certainly does Ray, someone asked me if I had designed it to walk on !

      Tried to make the most of the space available and cater for future "xpansion" ;-) of the fleet without having to dive into cupboards all the time. Just hope it works 8~{

  4. Gary,
    Congratulations on your very impressive progress. Looks like I can plan on an operating session in the cave during the next visit
    (hopefully early 2015)


    1. Might be a bit tight Lance ! How about 2020 ??! I'll do my best !

  5. I'm glad to have found your blog Gary , Anthony from our group put the link up the page where you put the photos of this layout so far , remember that my group is not just about my layout progress, it's about all our members layouts, i can't wait to see this baby coming along, is there a link or something so that I can get email notifications for when people post a comment, thanks my friend, looking forward to seeing you on my group and ill be here all the time as well, one question for you is, even with a wireless walkabout it will be hard operating this when she's finished, have you got buddies nearby to help with operating ?? Keep up the good work my friend.
    John (jcmanu66)

    1. I will get arround to posting the rest of the track plan in the future John. IT may make more sense then. I have kept operation in mind with design and it will (should!) work with tethered or wireless controllers. Yes I have quite a few starters for operating as well bbut I hope they are patient as its a few years off yet !!

    2. Not sure about the email link for comments. I will have a look in the gadjets list.