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Track Plan, Map

The track plan concept for this layout embodies a nominally equivalent amount of left hand curves to the amount of right hand curves. The intent being to equalise rollingstock wear and tear. The alignments are a blend of three real railways in Queensland, Australia; The Innisfail Tramway, the Cairns Mulgrave Tramway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Some other influences include the railways in the Queenstown and Zeehan area of Tasmania, also in NSW, Burrenjuck Tramway and Bulahdelah area timber tramways.
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Diagramatic Track Plan
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Map of BTR

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Map of Southern Line

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Diagramatic Track Plan
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Latest Update; 5th August, 2016
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Rails from house basement emerge at lower left of the drawing below.
The line crosses the pathway to connect to Garden Railway at Sundial Junction.
Trains meander through rainforest up to Cubby Halt, then up to Skink Station
then through the Spiral Cutting then onward to Shenanigan's Wharf.

From there trains run up the escarpment to the terminus at Tabletop Station
and the Wharf on the Barron River where goods to & from the west are transhipped.


The drawing above is 'clickable' so you can view an enlargement.

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The Line Map schematic below depicts the journey from Tabletop Wharf down grade from the Tablelands to the seaside town of Shenanigan's Wharf, thence along the coast to the seaside town of Sundial. From there, trains run a return trip back up to Shenanigan's and then back up to Tabletop.

  This Line Map (below) allows you to view any locality along the line.
  The view is taken from the rear of the train as it travels downgrade.
  Down the left side is a LINE representation of the route.
 - - - - - - - The BLUE font words are 'clickable' - to see pictures.

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Tabletop Wharf (on the Barron River)

Tabletop Goods Shed

Tabletop Station

Possum Bend

Mosquito Junction (Change here for Mosquito Flats)

Devil's Pinch Station

Hammock Junction (Change here for Hells Gate)

Spiral Bridge (Twin Bridges)

Purgatory Scrub Station

- - line from Finch Haven Station

Amber Junction (Change here for Finch Haven)

Frog Hollow (under Brumby Bridge)

Brumby Bridge, curved trestle & timber girder spans

Shenanigans Goods Shed

Shenanigans Station

Shenanigans Wharf (on the Sea)

Grasshopper Siding (transhipment road)

Melaleuca (Change here for Devil's Pinch)

Mosquito Flats, Combo Station/Goods Shed

Hells Gate Junction (from Hells Gate)

Spiral Junction (Change here for Finch Haven)

Spiral Cutting

Spiral Bridge

Skink Station

Table Tunnel

Cubby Bridge

Cubby Halt

Curve into Orange

Orange Bridge

Portage Junction (joins line from Sundial Junction)

Sundial Station

Sundial Passing Loop

Sundial Siding

Sundial Reversing Loop (to return to Shenanigan's Wharf)

Sundial Bridge

Sundial Junction, (Change here for Basement)

Curved trestle to Frog Bridge

Frog Bridge

Curve into Portage Junction

Portage Junction, thence back up to Cubby Halt & beyond


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The main area of the BTR is the elevated section
where most train running activities occur.

Note that the TABLE has two station complexes that overlap each other.
A little imagination here enables facilities to be shared.
Tabletop Station precinct overlaps and blends in with Shenanigan's precinct.

The drawing below is 'clickable', just hover the curser over locality NAMES then click.


To see pages on each feature / locality

Move curser over the Track Plan, then 'click' over a Locality name to see details.


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To see a closeup Diagram of the track plan at Tabletop/Shenanigan's,
just 'click' on the drawing box below.

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Sundial Loop allows trains to return to the main Garden Railway.
to see a Close Up of the drawing 'click' on the photo below.

To see a page for each locality on that drawing,
Move curser over the locality NAME in the 'clickable' drawing below.

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There is also a line that runs from Sundial Junction, across Pathway Bridge
then through 'Hole in the Wall' into the Basement under the house.

This allows trains to be stored on sidings out of the weather.

To view details of the Basement G Scale circuit
just 'click' within the sketch BOX below.

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In the crawl space under the house the grade is compensated to slow trains down.

Trains that are in the basement can be managed in several ways;
* Put onto storage shelves or into boxes for storage.
* Sent further to the Fiddle Yard where train swaps are done.
* deviated to a basement loop track to go back out to Garden Railway.

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Watch a short Video on the Basement balloonloop and circuit.

just'click' on the photo below.

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The PARATABLE was developed by Geof Coleman to provide a solution to a unique requirement on the BTR.
To turn rolling stock without compromising available storage track length.

To see an explanation and sketches 'click' on the photo below.

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To see the Video of the Paratable in action, 'click' on this small photo;

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