Andersons Man Cave

Andersons Man Cave
Entrance to the cave

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A long overdue update!

Hi all,

It's been a long time between drinks, however a lot of work has been done in the last 12 months...I've just been too lazy to update the blog! A number of locations around the layout have had scenery started on, including finishing off the Sadleirs yard, parts of the cement works on the branch, the main intermodal/steel yard and the SCT yard.

Due to the fact that when the branch is built (this mostly only applies to the 'big' room though where the branch comes out quite wide) it will be very difficult to get underneath to do scenery work. Therefore it was decided that the most important part of the layout to complete now was the 'big' room, which includes the SCT depot and main intermodal yards, as well as the PN Locomotive Provisioning Centre. Once this is done, the branch can then be worked on and finished off to the end of the line.

As usual, I'll let the photos do the talking to show what progress has been made.

X51 in front of the SCT container stand.

SCT Depot at night.

Inside the SCT shed.

Aurizon makeshift loco depot.

Aurizon office.

Intermodal/Steel sidings.

Intermodal/Steel sidings.

Intermodal/Steel sidings.

Intermodal/Steel sidings at night.

PN LPC, still a fair bit of work to do here, few more sidings to add.

SCT loco depot.

Gildan station, XPT storage road and SCT depot.

Gildan station, XPT storage road and SCT depot.

Cement sidings up on the branch.

Cement sidings up on the branch.

Cement sidings up on the branch.

Sadleirs siding.

Sadleirs siding.

Sadleirs siding.

SCT train getting ready to depart the yard at night.

PN steelie leaving the yard.

Final ballasting/grass scenery complete for the intermodal/steel sidings.
 Hopefully the next update wont be in 12 months time, and I'll try to grab a few shots of trains running during one of our running sessions.

Till next time!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Branching upwards!

Hi All,

Long time between posts. Not much has been done in the last 6-8 months due to work commitments and what not. The branch has finally taken off, with work completed in the back room up to where the cement sidings are located. From here the main line will continue to rise around the horseshoe in the middle of the room to Rosella. A few photos to show off what has been completed...

Cement Sidings with the main line to continue rising on the right hand side.
Couple of shots looking down the yard.
Couple of shots of the stone/quarry siding.


Sadleirs yard taking shape.
A few more lights to go in, but you get the idea!
Now for some more random shots. Dad's little scenery corner that he is proud of...
VR Power!
Auscision's new Motorail wagons.
CF4412 Black Caviar
 With Sandown just around the corner hopefully it will provide some motivation for some more work to continue! 

Till next time!


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Progress on the branch

Hi all,

Long overdue for an update! Not much has been done since the previous post, however progress has taken place in the from of starting on the branch line which will run around the top of the layout, and the Sadleirs siding behind where the branch line comes off. A few photos...

Embankment on the branch side, grass and trees yet to go in. Polystyrene and 'no more gaps' provide the mountain look.
Looking towards the mainline side, retaining walls made from MDF. Still some work to do.
Sadleirs siding including shed now pretty much complete. Just some paint and lights to go in on the building, can then start on the scenery side of things. An old industrial asset will go in the right hand corner.

A bit of work has been completed on the rollingstock front. First up, a project for a mate to repaint 4 Auscision VHQF hoppers from FA to PN, and add ends to the version they produced without them...

Steel coil cradles available off eBay coming along nicely...

Billet loads for Hawkmount Models RKKY wagons.

Unweathering a Eureka HUB set and repainting the roofs to closer match the prototype. 

In terms of rollingstock arrivals there hasn't been much since the start of the year. PSM A2 and BCE were probably the best acquisitions, RKKY's from Hawkmount, SDS GY's, SRM Snail (or is that Vlocity?) and Auscisions latest rereun of the RY and E Cars. Oh, and picked up a Ben Singleton built XR with DCC for a good price!

Till next time!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Starting to see some colour

Hi all,

Just a small update to keep everyone up to date and where the Man Cave is at. Scenery has begun on the layout, starting where the door is, where the main junction for the container/steel terminal and ballast sidings is located. The technique used is very simple, paint the base colour first (dark grey for the ballast areas and a light brown earth colour for grass areas) and then sprinkle over your grass and dirt whilst the paint is still wet to create more adhesion. For the ballast we use a ballast applicator to get a nice even spread across the track, and then move a bit around to suit what you need (no such thing as uniform ballast in real life!). Once everything is in place, a PVA/water mix is sprayed over the entire area to keep it all in place. 

The signal box, now completed.
Another angle. Those people are yet to be stuck down hence why the base is still visible!
Bit of weathering to be done on the trolly shed but so far looking the part. Need some boards for the track too.
Looking down the dirt road. A ballast pile will be in the corner in the top left.
 A project I've been working on is fitting white discs on all of our VR and coaching stock. As there are no brass etch's available I invested in a leather belt hole punch to do the job. Using thin styrene, I think they turn out pretty well!

Another project I've just completed are kitbashing a few Lima IP coaches into 'near-enough' VR Vinelander sleeper cars. Mods include lots of styrene, decals, Powerline vestibules, #5 kadees, Auscision wheelsets, decals, BGB underfloor kits, SEM handbrakes and steps that were left over from other projects. No where near exact but they definitely look the part!

Till next time!