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Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« on: December 20, 2010, 05:35:06 AM »
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Hi all, second post and the first with some real content, I have been lurking about here for sometime due to a lack of anything modeling related but as a slight change in life has occurred I can get back into it for my second layout.

first though the essentials
Layout type: modular
Size : 400mm wide (6”) by 900mm long (3’)
Total length of layout: 2700mm (9’)
Track Atlas Code 55, #7 turnouts on main line and #5 turnouts on sidings, one Peco code 55 double slip
Minimum radius is about 250mm (10")
Era: early 90’s- 95
Time of year: September (southern hemisphere late winter/early spring)
Prototype: Generic albeit heavily influenced by Vicrail/V/line (former Victorian Railways)
Expected rolling stock: small locos and short/light bogie stock
Focus: on paper and timber industries.

Orchid and the exchange is my newest and second true layout, it has its roots in the V/line tangerine era and represents the remainder of a small Victorian railways branchline, which in the 1990’s were being economically rationalised to allow for privatisation (getting Jeffed as it was known after the Victorian premier at the time Jeff Kennett, English readers would know this as being Beachinged). For what was once a through station on a much larger line it has now been truncated at the settlement of Orchid, a half horse town that survives on the local agriculture and the most important employer in the district – the paper mill. This mill is also the reason that orchid still has any rail service to allow trains to shunt through the exchange sidings to the mill where container wagons are loaded with paper for export and covered wagons are loaded with newsprint for printers in the ‘big smoke’. Loads in to the mill consist of single loads of Kaolin clay and occasionally a flat wagon with a refurbished rotor or other piece of machinery is brought in or out though mostly it is empty wagons for loading and empty containers. At the town end of the mill the company has leased out a disused siding formerly used for unloading now ceased inbound loads of coal (the mill having switch over to piped gas/electricity in the 80’s) is used by a local timber cutting company and mill to load sawn logs for export, finished timber for construction/ furniture making and woodchips for recycling.

I’m considering several things with the layout, as it stands I know I can easily move a single 900mm long module but I am considering making two of the modules 1200mm (4’) long with the last module still at 900, giving a total length of 3100 mm or 3.1 meters (11’) this would allow the yard area to expand out allowing longer trains and partially remove the need a switch back in order to access the mill area, the plan is still under consideration I would like to keep it linear I’ll play around with this and report back on my decision but any comments on this would be appreciated.
 



The images are first of the two left modules and the right hand one, unfortunately I can't get it all in one picture from anyrail and as this laptop runs vista any attempt to opening some software to stitch them together promptly crashes the machine (and it's only just been rebuilt). more to come in the post christmas period as I need to go get me some wood and code 55.

comments and criticism are appreciated and always  considered
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Tony A

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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 02:09:10 AM »
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Considering this plan with the mill off at 90 degrees makes the sidings much more usable, moves the mill away from the town and makes the spurs longer and able to hold more

the main boards are now 1200mm (4') long and the mill is still 900mm (3'), gonna try one more with the 900 linear tonight.

the only problem I have with this plan is the faffing about to make the curve into the mill
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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 02:54:08 AM »
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Can't see your pics Mate!

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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2010, 04:39:09 AM »
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curious, I couldn't, then I could ok give me a chance to find a good imagehost and I'll re-up them
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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2010, 05:17:44 AM »
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You can link from railimages, but you just need to get the right URL string.
I WANNA SEE THE BOAT MOVIE!

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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 05:07:12 AM »
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Well I got off my backside and signed up to a photo sharing site to hopefully remove that no image problem


so while I'm here I thought I would post plan evolution number 10.
modules are now 1200mm long by 450mm wide (though I may drop back to 400mm) the timber has been purchased and more is on the way along with my discovery of a place that sells expanded foam boards that americans seem smitten with.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2011, 05:12:42 AM by S Class »
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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 01:32:05 AM »
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I follow the Australian N Scale yahoo group when I can- your layout sounds really neat- as a Texan I only know what I have read on the web about Victorian Railways, they had some very interesting locomotives.

Do you mind me asking what you will be using for motive power? A T class? 

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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 02:03:23 AM »
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Are you basing the modeling action from the old APM mill at Fairfield Victoria?

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Re: Orchid and the Exchange, A tangerine and grey experience
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 02:41:00 AM »
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Are you basing the modeling action from the old APM mill at Fairfield Victoria?

I will actually be basing the model on the APM mill at Morwell which used to ship rolls of news print in special wagons along with containers of regular paper products and pulp bales for fairfield.

I follow the Australian N Scale yahoo group when I can- your layout sounds really neat- as a Texan I only know what I have read on the web about Victorian Railways, they had some very interesting locomotives.

Do you mind me asking what you will be using for motive power? A T class? 

I wish I could afford aussie N so far my locomotives are more, appalachian/texan, in prototype though in my head I intend to have lashups of T's, Y's and X's for crews crazy enough to risk them over the light bridges.
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