Terry Flynn

The Layout

NSWGR Waterfall to Scarborough 1953

Modelling the NSW locations of Waterfall, Metropolitan Junction, Metropolitan Colliery, Otford and Scarborough in 1953.

Layout Description

The layout is a walk around point to point style layout. Scenery is limited to Metropolitan Junction and Waterfall and continues to be added. Control system: DCC NCE radio and Wi-Fi.

I have built a high level mainline 10 track fiddle yard, a low level mainline 9 track fiddle yard, a 4 track storage yard representing a coal mine and a low level 6 track storage yard (not used for operating sessions). The 2 fiddle yards are the places where trains and locomotives are reversed at each end of my mainline, allowing me to stage a set of trains for each operating session. I have enough storage tracks in each yard for an operating session to last two and half hours before I need to re stage trains.

Trains based on NSWGR 1953 consists are run to a sequence using train cards to inform drivers of what to do. Most mainline semaphore signals operate and are interlocked with turnouts. Drivers are required to follow the signal indication. A simple interlocked ‘electric staff’ is used for the single line Coalcliff tunnel.

All locomotives are sound equipped and drivers are encouraged to comply with NSW steam era whistle rules. Currently only four trains are shunted in the fiddle yards during operating sessions, including the South Coast Daylight Express, where I have a second locomotive staged in the correct direction so no turning of engines is needed. One train that is shunted in the fiddle yard uses a 30 class tank engine, not requiring turning. Most tracks on the layout have uncoupling magnets where required to minimise handling of models during shunting.

Site Information

Layout Owner:Terry Flynn
Phone contact:0407 741 200
Email contact:flynn1958@tpg.com.au
Layout details:Name: NSWGR Waterfall to Scarborough 1953
Scale: HO with DCC
Size: 5.5 x 12m
Operating sessions:Tuesday at 10.00am and 2.30pm
Install Engine Driver or Train Driver. Two NCE radio controllers are available. Bring own radio controllers if desired.
Refreshments available:No
Special instructions:Park rear inwards in designated street parking. Duckunder entrance to layout in shed. Double deck requires working on a small platform. No wheel chair access.

Layout Visits

The layout is open for operating sessions at the following times:

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The layout is not open for viewing during the course of the 2023 NMRA Convention on Saturday 30 September or Sunday 1 October.

*Places indicates the remaining spaces available for each session.