Thursday, March 14, 2013

ORBOST!

Gday All,

It has been a number of months since our last update.  In this time we have attended two model railway exhibitions where Paul has received great feedback and awards for his work. 
Below are some photos of the progress leading to how the layout is presented today. 

Here it the completed bridge awaiting placement on the layout.
This photo shows the bridge (minus track and ballast) in its place on Orbost.
Sweeping curve looking towards Newmerella.
Sweeping curve on the final approach to the terminus at Orbost station.  Note the attention to detail with the placement of fence posts in the paddock.
Just like the prototype in 1981, the bridge has been modeled with the replacement steel beams following damage incurred during floods in the 1970s.
Attention to detail never ceases to amaze me. 
This truly shows the scale of the bridge.  The highest pier sits at around 9mm!!! 
Below are some photos from the 2012 Stawell Model Railway exhibition.  These photos are taken by Dale Cray.  This is how Orbost is presented at the moment.
This photo shows Orbost with a passenger train crossing the completed trestle bridge.  I will upload a video soon. Paul has even attached picture cards to the front of the layout demonstrating the prototype location.  Note my 5 inch miniature train display in the background.
What can I say............ WoW!!
Here's the view towards the terminus.  This is where Paul will be focusing his attention next.
MORE WoW!! All this scene needs to be completed is the highway surface.
This photo shows the 'balloon loop' that Paul has installed at the end of the layout.  This enables the train to depart the station, travel across the layout and return to the station without intervention.  The PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) controller allows the train to travel at the realistic 'snail' pace making for a 10 minute return trip!!! 
The next exhibition Paul plans to attend will be Morwell.  Operated by the Latrobe Valley Model Railway Association, this exhibition will be held at Kernot Hall Morwell 8th, 9th and 10th of June.  Hope to see you there!!!!

Take care and HAPPY MODELLING!!!!!
Adrian

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