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 Posted: Wed Dec 7th, 2022 03:47 pm
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Hi Claus,

Some inspiration for you. What you are looking for is Gauntlet/Gantlet track (interlaced track). Just needs 2 frogs (one at each end), and if you use dead ones no wiring. Melbourne has some of this track - https://railgallery.wongm.com/melbourne-tram-tracks/F134_8689.jpg.html

Best built from scratch, but can be hacked together from some track and 2 points with the blades removed (straight or curved).

Many gauntlet tracks are on curves. The one in Yorkshire that Peter refers to is on the Sheffield Supertram system. Although this looks to have blades as it is a single line diverging into 2 lines using a Gauntlet because of space constraints. S-curve as well.



https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gauntlet_track_at_Hillsborough_Tram_Stop_close_up.jpg (No copyright)

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 Posted: Thu Dec 8th, 2022 11:23 pm
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Thank you Nigel for the photo and link.
Trams have to slow down before changing the points. Therefore it is common practice to get the start of the points as close to a stop as possible. That could be another reason for the 'long' points in the photo.



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TeaselBay wrote: Some brilliant work gone in over the last few months! The control area is pretty impressive too!
Are we ready for a running video of the trams yet?

The 'Loop Line' is up and running

The the completion of part of the loop around the future gold mine it is possible to get an idea of running multiple trams simultaneously. Only one of the tracks as been finished and traffic will only run clockwise.



The video also shows what a difference landscaping (cityscaping) make. The view from the Explosives factory is rather bare. A lot of work has to be done!

Click here to watch the video!



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Nice video Claus  :thumbs

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Working on the landscape
Watching the latest video (you can find it here) it is clear the area around the Big Nugget Mine and the Explosives Factory lacks landscaping. With pieces of scrap cardboard and A4 prints the embankment along the tram track towards the terminus at the Explosives Factory has been enclosed. 



Next step is 'planting' strips of fake fur (used for teddy bears). The fur has been trimmed down and sprayed with green paint.



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Really looking forward to seeing these green teddy bears Claus ...... :cheers



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Spot the wombat

In a post from June 2019 'Chubber' mentioned the layout needed a wombat. I replied it would take a few years, but here it is!



'Grass' (fake fur) and a few wombat holes have been added to the embankment. A small platform along the railway makes the interchange between the tram and train somewhat easier. Up the top part of the street has be sealed and a footpath put down.

Still to come are shrubs and bushes on the slopes, a tram shelter for waiting passengers up the top and perhaps a Mr. Whippy ice-cream van!



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Time to do shrubs

With 35+ degrees outside and Test Cricket on the television inside you know, where you want to be. I managed a few shrubs for the embankment whilst Australia managed South Africa!



PS: The wombat is still there.



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Doing research

A day in Melbourne saw me riding trains and trams all over the city. First a visit to a model railway shop purchasing joiners and an ice cream van. The joiners are needed to finish off both the narrow gauge line and the tramways. The van will be a centre part of a small cameo on the embankment.

An electronics shop provided me with a 'countdown timer', which (in theory) should extend the journey along the mining line with up to four minutes.



The research involved a trip to Clifton Hill. As seen in the photo a group of youngsters with fancy cars have set their eyes on the corner block between the Fire Station and the Bank. A perfect spot for a jazz club called 'the Bellcord'. As the 'chief architect' I have come up with a design like this:



The former United Kingdom Hotel in Clifton Hill (nowadays a very unusual McDonald's). The time frame for the build will be sometime this year. Well, it will always be this year since time in Wombat Creek has been frozen into 1963.



The research continued to this lovely tram shelter not far from Camberwell station. A perfect fit for the stop at the embankment. The build shouldn't take too long.



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Devastation in Wombat Creek





Our five friends of the Bellcord are devastated. Their preferred block of land for the jazz club has disappeared along with the fire station? What is going on?



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A sink hole maybe ............. :hmm :cheers



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Yes like that TV show La Brea ( filmed in Melbourne)



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Petermac wrote: A sink hole maybe ............. :hmm :cheers
It turns out to be the caused by the Consolidated Mines doing tunnelling for the narrow gauge railway!



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Ah, I was wondering if it was 'cut and cover' tunneling  :lol:


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Spooky, just read your post on your other thread about cut and cover.



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GWR in Wombat Creek





'You can't have too many Panniers' is a sentence I often see posted on the website.

Well, I may have one too many! I bought the locomotive in July 1989 from Hamley's of London as a memento from a holiday in Ireland and England. The locomotive has hardly had any running time since the purchase. It didn't fit the previous layouts and certainly not Wombat Creek Tramways.



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