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 Posted: Sun Jan 10th, 2010 04:20 am
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Thanks, Rick.  You really do have a garden railway.  It looks just as good in real life as it does on the forum pics.  The thing that impressed me the most was that the fact that it's DC is completely un-noticable.  You've arranged the wiring superbly.  You have two loops and other shunting facilities without any of the drama sometimes seen on other DC layouts.  Well done. :thumbs

It has full runs across the back of your house and big radii each end .  I really enjoyed seeing it and meeting you and Sharon.

Still editing photographs . . .   :pedal



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 Posted: Sun Jan 10th, 2010 04:43 am
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Excellent Max - does that mean we're about to see more of all your layouts ?  I do hope so. :thumbs

Is Matilda soon heading off to Sol ?



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With Matilda having returned with Max for forwarding on to the next location, the current distance she's covered is:

                                               1563 kms

Well done Matilda !!



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At about 5.30 a.m. on Friday 8th January, Wendy and I arose, showered, dressed and watied for the taxi to take us to the railway terminal.  It failed to materialise, so long story short, we hopped into Wendy's Renault Kangoo and hi-tailed it across town.  My old days as a traffic cop came seeping back as the little van carved a swathe through the early morning traffic.  Suffice to say, we made it in the nick of time.




The Overland was waiting patiently for us.  A view looking back to our carriage . . .




. . . and forward to the loco.




The scenery flashed past and soon we arrived at the River Murray.




A trickle of its former self, but still pretty impressive, nonetheless.  There are still paddle steamers plying the river today; as well as hundreds of yuppie housebats,




Another paddle steamer and a houseboat (fortunately) in the distance, taken looking upstream.




There were three of these class carriages behind the loco, then the cafeteria car, and  . . .




and behind the cafeteria car were two of these class carriages where us rich peoples was.




This is the power unit at the pointy end.  It's called an NR, surprisingly enough.  The fireman is pleading with the driver to unlock the door so he can get back in before the Supervisor spots his Japanese safety boots.

The carriages, although elderly, were clean and in excellent condition.  Because we were in posh class probably, the staff were friendly and a lot of fun - especially considering they had to put up with us for 11 hours or so!

The food was superb and well priced; and arrived in a timely manner.  The stock ran so smoothly it was like it was on rails (sorry :oops:) The double glazing and insulation kept almost all sounds outside and we were easily able to converse in a normal voice.

The doors were locked as we moved off so we couldn't escape.  There was one small downside, however.  The temperature was 40+ and the airconditioning did not cope at all. 

A short walk from the station to our excellent B & B, a shower and we collapsed into the local hotel; and then to bed.

Next morning Wendy started doing the art galleries and I took a taxi to Blackburn South where I was received by Agnes and Jeff (SRman) Lynn.  We had a very hospitable morning with Jeff's collection of Howes equipped locos on his still very acceptable layout, notwithstanding that he has demolished part of it.




I took this just as Jeff was saying, "Max.  You really do have a lot of hair missing, don't you?"  Matilda is out of focus as it's in her contract that I have to photograph her using a gel lens, due to her age.

After a pleasant morning, we (Agnes, Jeff and I) hotfooted it, (literally - the temp was heading North at this stage), across the road to Forrest Hill to Neil Wood's place.  Neil and Sarah put on a sumptuous barbecue - steak, special sausages, salads, followed by this gorgeous custard pie thingy with kiwi fruit, peaches etc., etc., - I digress.  We thank you Sarah and Neil on behalf of Matilda and the YMR tasting team.

Oh, yes.  We did spend some time mucking around on Neil's layout . . .




. . . and got a shot of Matila, just before she was mown down by some fiendish German steam loco.  The railway employee was just saying, "You kan't leef det vegan pukked hir!"   . . . unt he vass recht!!

Neil and Jeff had to sadly leave the caravan at this point, so I continued my taxi journey alone to Frankston, to the home of the Member for Penhayle Bay, the Hon. Rick Gwiwer and Mrs Sharon Gwiwer.  Mrs Gwiwer had laid out a mesmerising array of biscuits, tarts, fruits, ice cream and other sweeties.  I was indeed pleased to feast my eyes (and other parts) on it as I had not eaten for nearly an hour!   Fantasic! Thanks to Sharon and Rick.

Fortunately some other modellers arrived to help me eat the food and a party ensued. 




It was at about this time that a specially emblazoned loco arrived to take Matilda on her official start journey.  It was to commence from the town of Treheligan, which is the name of a large local sea bird which has a huge pouch under it's lower bill.  One of the local Cornish ex-pats dressed up in a kangaroo suit for the occasion.




Here we see Matilda coupled into the Official Train.  If you look closely, you will notice that the engine is of the same type which transported me on the Overland the day before.  An NR!  Further close inspection will reveal that the wagon behind Matilda is an Americal boxcar from the Nickel Plate Road.  Outstanding!





Here's Matilda speeding on her way.  The Kadee couplers hook straight on to the couplers on Rick's stock.




We partied well into the afternoon.  Rick made a speech which Sharon video taped, and which appears earlier in this thread.  I got personally acquainted with the mermaid from another thread and too soon it was time to leave.  So as my son pulled away from the shore and my boat slowly sank in the west, I bit a fond farewell to Sharon, Rick, Mike, Peter, Peter, Andrew, Warren, Sam, Malcolm, Tammy, Shacks and Peter - and Peter the dog, and sadly took my leave.

A significant taxi ride later, I arrived back at my lodgings, with just enough strength in me to drag myself to the local pub again for dinner.




Next day, Wendy and I climbed aboard a tram and began to circle Melbourne.




. . . with some other people - one of whom was clearly uncomfortable in his surroundings . . .




. . . and some others who were obviously in the Witness Protection Programme, and turned their backs to the camera for fear of being recognised.

We did over one more Art Gallery, hopped on the Big Silver Bird and returned to Adelaide.



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A superb account of a very well filled few days there Max. Thank you. It seems you both had a thoroughly enjoyable time despite GSR's attempt to bake you on the way over!

I have had several messages of thanks for yesterday and it seems that a good time was had by all.

Your comments regarding the DC operation of Penhayle Bay have also been graciously noted; coming from one so heavily involved in the DCC side I take that as a big vote of confidence.

:cheers:cheers:cheers

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Wow Max - a fantastic, and extremely witty record of the sojourn. :pathead:pathead

That has certainly set the standards for future postings regarding the voyages of the two wagons.

This project is turning into far more than just a wagon going from layout to layout.

We're seeing countryside, transport and architecture.  We're seeing new "sides" to our members and their families, new shots of well known and less well known layouts and at the same tmie, urging the wagon on to his / her next station.

As there are 2 wagons involved, I can see some friendly rivalry developing - both in moving the wagons along and "showcasing" the scenery and architechture at each respective halt.  Great stuff. :thumbs

It just gets better and better and my sincere thanks to all who are involved but particularly to Wheeltapper who first muted the idea. :cheers:cheers:cheers



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A fine account of the travel you had to endure to get Matilda on her way. I expect you was so gutted on not having so much to eat mate :mutley.

I myself am looking forward to receiving Winston, i may have a surprise package to put on board mate, something you Australians lost last year and shall never get back :thumbs:mutley.

Thanks for a splendid load of pics and information on its maiden voyage.

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something you Australians lost last year and shall never get back
Kylie Minogue :mutley:mutley:mutley

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A hugely entertaining account, Max :lol: :lol:

Well done all of you.

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I won't recognise Max when he gets up this way with Matilda - fat he will be ,after all that food & good living.

Was this :_
"So as my son pulled away from the shore and my boat slowly sank in the west, I bit a"  due to the Red Laughing Water?

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Nice pictures of the trip Max, thanks for the entertaining account.

cheers

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Bravo, great work guys. 

Now I am going to have to put my thinking cap on! :hmm



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That is excellent Max!  It will be interesting to see if either wagon gets as good a day out as that during the journey or if they will be condemed to the postal service.

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Thanks all.  It was a lobour of love.  Looking back over the post I noticed that fatigue had set in resulting in some overlooked typos!  I enjoyed Neil's layout - German HO, and got a chance to see the excellent stone tower in the flesh.  It was interesting to see some more things one can achieve with an ECOS, automated train running for one!  Rr&co look out!



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Max, I'm thinking that must have been some journey you took there so I'm wondering how many miles it was in total?   I also think it was a very admirable thing to do - rather than just posting it - as it really demonstrates the time and trouble which everyone on YMR seems to take in helping each other in any number of ways.   (Thinks: could it have been the thought of all that food that spurred you on?;-):lol:).

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Hi Ken.

Thanks for your kind words.

Petermac has done a rough calculation which appears above my post and is probably very close.  I must admit when Rick was first diagnosed I wanted to go straight away, but that all looks pretty positive now.  It was also Christmas time and not very convenient for anyone.  Anyhow Sol and I planned to go this weekend and then Sol couldn't go, so Wendy decided to come.  Then Wheeltapper came up with the wagon idea, which kind of drew it all together.

I suppose I hadn't thought about the food, but it was lavish nonetheless.  It was excellent to get to see three layouts I have been ogling on the internet; in the flesh, so to speak.  They were worth the effort on their own

Hopefully next weekend I can get around to the blokes here who want to be involved.  I should be able to do a round trip and end up at Craig's in the Barossa Valley.

Cheers  Max



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Thanks Max for a most enjoyable write up on your trip and the snapshots of the layouts.  I would also like to see more of each of them and that pic of Penhayle Bay with the train ready to go is simply brilliant and really conveys the length of the layout.  Well done to each of you for making this happen and Rick, it was good to read some positive news on the health front.

Still trying to get my head round the heat you are dealing with versus the freeze we have here....Not sure which one I prefer at this stage....;-)

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Hi, guys! Sorry for my loooong absence. Have just found out, through a private message from Peter, about this exciting project and have rushed to offer my Meridional services.

I have spread the word around asking our modellers and, especially, modellers' associations and clubs, to send me their best pictures mainly of national (i.e. Argentine layouts with Argentine rolling stock and scenery). Word has also swam across the River Plate to Uruguay and Brazil, so we might get some pictures from them as well.

As soon as Peter (or some other guru) explains to me exactly what would be involved in presenting Matilda to our local socialites, I shall go about finding a place to show it.

I realize I sump into the melée way too late and that I am blissfully ignorant of mostly and basically everything. But, even if Mat makes no detours between Down Under and Liberia, it may, at least, incorporate a few pictures of exotic layouts.

I hesitate to add any of mine own cobweb, since it is just another more or less regular 00 thing, of which there are bound to be heaps and, to boot, better.

With my belated best wishes for 2010.

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Hi Sergio. Don't put yourself or your efforts down. We all model to our abilities and learn as we go along - often with help from inspirational layouts pictured in magazines and the forums such as YMR.

Max only saw a stripped down version of my layout, complete with dust! I have already removed most of the people, road vehicles and smaller scenic items, plus much of the rolling stock, ready for the final demolition. I was faintly amused when Max admired my breakdown train; an item that hasn't actually moved in some time and was positively furry as I hadn't thought to clean it before the visit!!

I think that Matilda and Winston are more about good will and cameraderie rather than whether you are a good modeller or not, or whether you have a complete layout or not.

In our case, it was also a nice way to meet someone from outside our local area yet with whom we chat regularly on line.

 

I hope you can host Matilda, Sergio. Good luck.  :cheers



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hi, Sergio, we would love to see Matilda on your setup in Argentina,that is the object of the exercise
all members, all locations good bad or indifferent,as we say jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride.

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