G Scale Progress

RailFest is only a couple of months away and the outdoor layout has to be up and running by then! As a result, Harry Gleeson is putting in extra time getting it completed and isn’t letting some of the wet stuff stop him — good on you Harry!

Photo courtesy of Garry West.

G Scale Construction Commences

Following the removal of the old pond area of the G Scale layout at the front of the club, construction of the new steel framing for the replacement layout has now commenced.

The old layout was showing its age and was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. The new layout will be of much more durable construction and should last many more years!

Also shown in this update are some Mineral Resources locos heading in to the UGL loco works for servicing down the access siding that runs alongside the club.

All photos in this update courtesy of Garry West.

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G Gauge Pond Removal

A Saturday busy bee was organised on 16 July 2022 to complete the removal of the old G Gauge pond structure — with generous assistance of Rail Heritage with the use of their front-end loader to the bulk of the heavy lifting!

A selection of photos from the day of activity courtesy of Garry West.

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G Gauge Demolition

G Gauge old pond section being demolished and replaced

The old G Gauge garden railway front pond section at the club was well past its best. The pond liner was leaking so got drained and filled with sand a couple of years ago. The fibre cement sheeting used as a retaining wall was cracking and splitting causing subsidence problems and on going running issues.

So the decision was made to pull it all out and rebuild it using steel framing — the same technique that was used to rebuild the G Gauge yard out the back of the club.

This collection of photos from Garry West shows the demolition crew hard at work on 29 June 2022.

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