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Current Layout by John Agnew

Layout Status:

active

Track Type:

Sn42

Layout Space:

24.5' x 24.5'

Layout Style:

Around-the-room

Track Height(s):

39" to 60"

Era:

1955

Setting:

New Zealand

Railroad(s) Modeled:

New Zealand Railways (NZR)

Featured In:

The S Scale Resource, Apr 2018, pg 28

Notes:

John is the proprietor of Railmaster Exports in New Zealand, started in 1966, well-known for their pewter kits and figures. This is John's third layout. Several people helped build and contributed to John's layout. The layout features the wharf area of Greymouth, and the rest of the layout, which is oval-shaped, is modeled on the other side of the scenic divider.


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Greymouth in the 1950s.


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35' "birdcages", A416 and 420, headed for Rewanui.


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Greymouth and Riverside stations.


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The Elmer Lane roundhouse at Greymouth, modeled in compressed format, from the prototype's 16-stall to the model's 6-stall configuration.


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Visible on the ridge above Greymouth is actually the town of Rewanui, which is a branch line that can be reached from a turnout after leaving the Greymouth yard. The approach incline is modeled on the other side of the scenic divider.


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The very foreground of this photo shows the Otira return loop. In the distance, at the top is the town of Otira itself. Jackson is below that. The swamp area is still under construction in this photo.


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This view is opposite of the previous one, showing the Otira return loop from the normal viewing angle. The boxcabs ran in triple, because a portion of the line (in the prototype) is at a 1:33 grade.


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John utilizes mirrors above his layout placed in such a manner that he can see his switching (shunting) moves in the yard at Otira.


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A closer view of the Otira station. The tracks leading to the station are at a strong grade, so John has placed phosphor bronze wires in several locations to help keep the uncoupled cars in position. The freight yard behind the station is level.


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And a view of the enginehouse and turntable at end of the yard in Otira.


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