As previously mentioned, I have decided to model Victorian Railways broad gauge in 18.2mm gauge. This has resulted in me having to hand lay my track. While some people try to avoid such activities like the plague, I actually quite enjoy the process.
After gluing some lengths of 3mm cork sheet down, I proceeded to lay my sleepers – one at a time! Given that my lay out is based on a rundown early 1970’s branch line, terminus sleepers were laid in a somewhat random fashion (while observing the prototypal spacing). The sleepers are coloured with mahogany colour wood stain and weathered with various shades of grey and brown acrylic paint.
The Micro Engineering code 55 track is held down by Micro spikes, which themselves are installed by countersinking a 0.75mm drill hole. I have used brass etched fish plates from Model Etch.
The track has been weathered – although I’m not entirely happy with the colour. I have supplied an image of track section that is nearing completion. This length of track is the defunct turntable pit road – now without turn table. The introduction of diesel locomotives some 15 years before renders such infrastructure redundant.
Growing up in Central Victoria, Australia exposed me to the dying days of the once mighty State Government owned and operated Victorian Railways. Family picnics in the bush beside closed branch lines and stories of my grandfather getting a copy of the The Age newspaper from the morning ‘paper trains’ set my imagination running.
Like many modellers of railways, there is often a forlorn hope of recreating images from childhood. If I’m honest, this too is mine.
I live in Bellingham, USA with my wife and two little girls.