2015_10_06 Thinking about Grafton


Well Liverpool has come and gone for another year.
Roger and I made our third (or is it 4th?) pilgrimage up to the sprawling big smoke (Thank God its this side of Sydney :)

Spent a lot as per usual, strangely did not bring a huge amount home with me :)

All Aboard had its 40% off Sale so we called in there on the way up the Hume, and I stocked up on ESU Loksound  and TCS Wow Decoders.
At Liverpool, I paid for the SDS 80 foot flats and forgot to get the Victorian fuel tanks. However remembered the Bunge Flour pots ;)

Austrains had some great specials and I bought a few more NSW 4 wheelers to populate Grafton, and as well I got a bargain 35 Class. But it was a silent one, so I had to buy a Wow to make it just as noisy as the rest of them Only cost me $200 so I was happy with that.

   A  bag of 5 chime Leslie and 422 Class Nathans for the spare parts bins

A few spare G Class bogies

A $200 Steam Engine for the Grafton shed :)

Got an automatic reverser for the second reversing loop as well. Also picked up a couple of SAR Billboard M vans, they looked really nice.

Also got some nice level crossing flashers and a Stock race for Wodonga, a bit of glue to stick them together.

A second Auto reverser for the Wanganella store roads.

Going to see if I can make the Stock Race look busier ...

That has got to be the smallest purchase ever from Auscision :)

Back at Yackandandah
When we got home, Roger happened to wonder out loud about all the NSW wagons I purchased, and that led us on to my South Grafton Extension. This of course led us to the plans, and a drawing of the proposed extension to the layout.
I think Roger has helped me a lot, and his scale drawing certainly led me to think that this extension will be well worth while.  Pictures to follow when I get batteries for my hand scanner :)

Roger really likes a challenge :)

So after examining the Rail Diagrams (Aboout 9 of them from 1920 To 44 we sat down with a rule and a tape measure and came up with this.

 It seems to work. Even though we ran a Victorian branch line into this area it is on the top level and visually separate.
Grafton to Albury Exchange sidings is a fairly long way, and add NSW trains operating to Wodonga Coal Sidings and Cattle race, allows for a lot of operations.

Rod Young

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