"Murrum" is the planned P87 layout that I'm working towards building 'one day' (sound familliar?).
I'm taking small steps first with getting my eye back into modelling and kitbashing rollingstock and fitting P87 wheels to them (I'm still waiting for those elusive P87 10.5mm 8-spoke wheels).
The next step will be a test track doubling as a photo track, similar concept to the one by Roy Elder in the latest edition of AMRM.
From there it will be a series of dioramas which will be incorporated into the layout proper. The track plan is yet to be finalised.
The inspiration for Murrum comes from a variety of sources:
- The name Murrum is derived from the Murrumbidgee River, which originates in the western foothills of the Great Divide as well as in the ACT
- The Riverina Highlands branch lines of Tumut, Kunama and Tumbarumba (Murrum to have the 'look and feel' of those lines and regions and not being an exact replica - I just don't have the room!!!)
- The writings of the Late Ronald George Preston; 'Tender into Tank' (and 'Standards in Steam the 30 Class to a lesser extent) had a profound effect on me with his description of these lines
- A few visits to these lines over the last 20 years appreciating what once was and the beautiful scenery of these regions - for our Victorian cousins, think Cudgewa line scenery wise and you'll understand the appeal
- A 1977 school excursion to Canberra and the Snowy (standard Primary School fare- Parliament House and the Snowy Scheme) which came back through South Gundagai and the Prince Albert Bridge - the Sheahan Bridge was still being constructed at the time; I saw the rail viaduct, no trains but I remember cattle being droved onto the bridge and then down onto the floodplain - what a smell!
These regions hold a special place in my heart.
I would strongly advise anyone travelling to the Gundagai area to visit and photograph both viaducts, the road one has had all pedestrian access banned and the next flood will take it out, the rail viaduct is OK, but yet again it's 'demolition by neglect' as so often is the case outside the 'Sandstone Curtain'..........
That's all for now.