Canberra Monaro N Scale Group Inc., were pleased to be invited to once again display our modules at the 2017 Canberra Model Railway Expo held at the UC Kaleen High School over the weekend of 25-26 March 2017.
The weekend began at 4.00pm on Friday the 24 Mar when the first of four trailer loads of modules were delivered from storage to the school’s basketball stadium for assembly into what was to become the largest layout at the expo. Whilst Tom Dowling and Peter Dinham ferried the modules in two trips each from storage at Tom’s Place at MacGregor, about a 10+KM round trip, other members of the club under the supervision of new Club President, Phil Hastie, started the long assembly and levelling process to ensure that our trains would run properly over the weekend.
Assembly took about four hours from start until train running and testing began with a short break for tea at 7ish. This layout ran to 28 modules of mainly 1200 x 600mm modified AUS N TRACK modules and some 600mm long ones, along with the larger Turntable/Roundhouse module and its accompanying entry and exit modules. We also showed off our two newer square corner modules, Nine Mile Creek and Horseshoe Bend.
Real time running began about 8.30am on the Saturday morning through to 5.00pm that night and resumed on Sunday at 9.00am and finished around 4.00pm for pull-down and packup. We did meet some sticking problems that were easily solved during Saturday morning and most of the public seemed quite interested in the layout design and the variety of trains that were being run. The members were running anything from Australian, British, Japanese and US/Canadian prototype trains.
As well as the club layout we also supported member Vance Brown and his “Ebor Vale” T Track setup, which is based on the English countryside from around where Vance grew up, as well as member Elaine Taggert and her scenery school for the young kids.
As you can see from the accompanying photos and layout diagram this was a major undertaking to setup, run, and packup, and it would not have been possible without the help of all the members involved and their time away from their families over the weekend.