Parakeet

Frank Warren

My module is not to group standards, nor is it based in America or run US-outline locos and stock. That does not really seem to matter though. When I first visited The Black Sheep I had 8ft by 1ft of baseboard laid with Peco 0n16.5 track.  The group found the height was compatible and it gave then  an instant terminal with switching potential, so I was invited to join.  I built a scenic converter board to change the width from standard 500mm to my 12”.  The change in rail height is via a Walthers transition track, code 100 to code 83.

I have always worried that 0n30 is used for both 3 foot and 2 foot gauge trains. The purchase of a Baldwin 2-6-2T as used on the Puffing Billy Railway in Victoria in Australia gave me an accurate 2’6“ gauge.  I also borrowed a book covering all such lines in Victoria, with photos of rolling stock.  I have modelled from scratch steel gondola cars and tourist coaches.   The scenic converter board has a halt from a 1:48 Grandt Line Maine 2 foot prototype, the warehouse is scratch built with matchstick siding.    The original depot is a variation on a 7mm scale card kit of Chelfham station on the Lynton & Barnstable line in Devon .   My research suggests the prime difference between U.S. and Australian structures is the use of corrugated iron instead of wooden shingles.

After exhibiting at Amberley Rail Gala and the Seaboard Southern show I have planned an improved module to full group standards based on the Belgrave station on the Puffing Billy Railway, using hand laid code 82 rail.