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3 hours ago, AzusaE353 said:

Hi all,

Just joined as the forum looks very interesting. I am in Australia, long-time modeller and retired rail engineer last involved in bogie design.(ie trucks for our US buddies)

Had a great rail trip to Japan in 2017 and am building a small JR based layout to fit a retirement residence. Hope to get it set up with computer control eventually but am only as far as the woodwork at present. I look forward to some interesting discussions.

 

Arigato folks!

Hi AzusaE353...welcome!  It's good to have another Sydneysider (I live in Gordon) on the forum.

I am also a long term modeller, previously specialising in New South Wales N scale. 

My interest now is in Japanese steam locomotive models (yes it's a niche area of the hobby) but after checking out SLs at the Umikoji Steam Locomotive Museum (now Kyoto Railway Museum) and travelling on SL Yamaguchi, I was hooked!!  Subsequent visits to Ome Railway Park, The Railway Museum in Tokyo, Meiji Mura, the Kyoto Railway Museum, Wakasa Railway and riding the Moka Railway behind C11 325 helped to keep the dream alive!!!

The SL models now available are amazingly detailed and, equiped with cordless motors in the boiler, run smoothly at low speed...too many SLs are never enough.

Cheers,

Graeme

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AzusaE353

Hi

Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

 

17 hours ago, SL-san said:

Hi AzusaE353...welcome!  It's good to have another Sydneysider (I live in Gordon) on the forum.

I am also a long term modeller, previously specialising in New South Wales N scale. 

My interest now is in Japanese steam locomotive models (yes it's a niche area of the hobby) but after checking out SLs at the Umikoji Steam Locomotive Museum (now Kyoto Railway Museum) and travelling on SL Yamaguchi, I was hooked!!  Subsequent visits to Ome Railway Park, The Railway Museum in Tokyo, Meiji Mura, the Kyoto Railway Museum, Wakasa Railway and riding the Moka Railway behind C11 325 helped to keep the dream alive!!!

The SL models now available are amazingly detailed and, equiped with cordless motors in the boiler, run smoothly at low speed...too many SLs are never enough.

Cheers,

Graeme

I had some time in NSW HO, then freelancing in N then a NSW flavoured On30 based on Dorrigo.

With lots less space when downsizing I am moving back to N.

I can understand the appeal of steam for nostalgia and spectacle but I guess I enjoy the modern developments too.

Missed out on Kyoto Railway Museum but have been to the Saitama Museum and the SCMaglev Railway park at Nagoya.

I enjoyed riding around on the variety of services from subways to Shinkansen and hope to get back again for more train rides!

Certainly going to Japan has given me enough to start a modest layout based on my own experience
 

 

 

21 hours ago, cteno4 said:

Welcome AzusaE353, glad you found us! Great to have a rail engineer onboard here. There are several others that work on various bit of rail around the world on the forum here. Looking forward to see your layout as it progresses. Please feel free to start a topic on it in the layout forum. Always great to learn from what others are doing.

 

enjoy any yell of you have questions.

 

cheers,

 

jeff

 

ps funny you mention the bogies/trucks as I’ve often wondered where each term came from. I’ve always used both interchangeably here in the us and don’t recall specifically folks in the us not knowing bogie.

 

 

Re: Bogies/Trucks and USA - I noticed it most in the model railway press like Model Railroader and Trains. 

Even Wikipedia labels it that way so not sure why the difference.

 

I will put a bit about my layout ideas in the layout forum as soon as I get a spare minute.

I read a lot of other posts there and it is very encouraging to see the skills and range of ideas that are in practice.

 

cheers

Brian

 

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MeTheSwede

Welcome to the forum Brian!

 

I just want to say that I'm looking forward to when you've got a spare minute. 😄

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On 1/12/2023 at 3:20 PM, cteno4 said:

ps funny you mention the bogies/trucks as I’ve often wondered where each term came from. I’ve always used both interchangeably here in the us and don’t recall specifically folks in the us not knowing bogie.


Jeff, I've also wondered about that. When I'm at work we call them bogies, but when I'm at the tramway museum we call them trucks. To confuse the issue, four-wheel trams are referred to as "single-truck" cars, but cars with two trucks are called "bogie cars"! 🤔

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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On 1/12/2023 at 6:37 PM, SL-san said:

My interest now is in Japanese steam locomotive models (yes it's a niche area of the hobby) but after checking out SLs at the Umikoji Steam Locomotive Museum (now Kyoto Railway Museum) and travelling on SL Yamaguchi, I was hooked!!


Even more niche is having a fleet of JNR steam locos in HO, like me.  I blame a couple of footplate trips at Umekoji and Oigawa for that. 😉

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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marknewton

Welcome to forum Brian, from another member also in Sydney. The On30 layout based on Dorrigo sounds fascinating. I've had a few visits there to collect various bits and pieces for restoration projects. Do have any photos you'd like to share? 
 

All the best,

 

Mark.

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Hello gang,

 

I am Patrick, french born, but living in Canada. I am modeling N scale (I have several french TGV). But I also play with electronics and micro controllers.

 

I invite you to read my first thread where I describe my current electronic project...

 

Patrick

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AzusaE353
On 1/14/2023 at 12:30 PM, marknewton said:

Welcome to forum Brian, from another member also in Sydney. The On30 layout based on Dorrigo sounds fascinating. I've had a few visits there to collect various bits and pieces for restoration projects. Do have any photos you'd like to share? 
 

All the best,

 

Mark.

Hi Mark

Well I have moved the On30 layout on now but it was a fictitious realisation of one of the original plans for a Dorrigo railway. There was a narrow gauge option that was considered and I just went with the idea. A lot of the trains were Bachmann On30 reworked to have an Oz flavour. A mixture of scratchbuild and kitbuilt structures. Peco track excepting the hand-laid code 70 on the logging branch. A slow transition to Command Control was going on amidst scenery building and other ideas. It was fun in the making but I will have much less space in the future so a downsize to N again!

On30Plan.jpg

Forney.jpg

Climax.jpg

Dorrigo.jpg

Workshop.jpg

Orara River.jpg

Tunnel.jpg

West Coramba.jpg

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