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We are an informal group in the southern part of Sydney, Australia, who meet irregularly to indulge in our addiction to 45mm gauge garden railways. Some of us have been addicted for years while others have only just been bitten by the bug.
We meet in members' yards, not to cure each other but to pander to our addiction by discussing building methods, playing trains, eating, drinking, playing trains, etc etc.
So if you live in southern Sydney, (not just the Shire) why not join us? > email Greg.

To see the epic video of the GRASSLANDER train travelling across all our layouts, click the picture


MEET the ADDICTS

Some members have web pages for their railways and these are linked below. Those members without websites, have some pictures of their lines further down the page. Just click on the website names below.

****click here to see photo Gallery of our running days****

Greg Hunter - operates the Sandstone and Termite railway in Loftus.          S&TR website          email.
Mark Hobbs - is the owner of the Turrella Tramway at Kirrawee.              T T website               email
Keith Lindsay - runs the Bottle Creek Tramway at Heathcote.
Geof Coleman - runs the Barron Tableland Railway at Oyster Bay.            BTR web site            email
Brian Coppock - operates the Wiregrass railway in Engadine.                                                      email
Terry Robinson is a live steam fanatic, without a layout at present. He has developed a flywheel system to provide slow running for live steamers, and sells them through his company.. Small Steam Performance

Latest changes .....
April 17, 2014..... We had a working bee at Bryan's to clean up his yard, level out his track and reduce his line to a manageable length. Pictures in the Gallery.
December 2013....We have a new member. Terry has joined us to run his one and only live steamer.
July 18, 2012........running at Keith's in the winter sun. see video and pics on Gallery page
November 28, 2011..A busy day at Greg's
April 14, 2011......A great run day at Keith's
August, 2010.......Keith's new track arrangements plan
July 31, 2010......Visit by Andrew Simpson and Graeme Price
Easter 2010........Easter run and BBQ
Mar 13, 2010.......Derailments at Sandstone & Termite
Mar 10, 2010.......New pics of live steam at Keith's, in Gallery. Includes a video.
Jan 20, 2010.......New pics in Gallery of run day
August 1, 09.......New pics in Gallery of run day today
July 13, 09........New plan of Bryan's track additions
March 7,09.........Gallery pages updated
Sep 14, 08.........Bryan's new continuous run track plan updated
Aug 17, 08.........New photo Gallery page started to display photos from Run Days
Aug 13, 08.........Bryan's new reversing loop added
May 1, 08..........Geof Coleman's new website added
Feb 9, 08...........A busy day on Keith's layout, and Geof's new B12 1/2 loco
Dec 8, 07.......Geof's opening of stage 2 of his line.

 


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Keith Lindsay's Bottle Creek Tramway

The layout is named for the creek at his back fence. Keith has no track power, so only battery locos and live steamers are welcome. The track is generally raised above ground at stations, for us oldies to reach easily. But the rear track along the fence has a superb garden setting with many ferns for the trains to meander through.
Bottle Creek station includes a reversing loop which goes under the patio, which provides a beautiful spot for socializing and train viewing. Trains from Bottle Creek head uphill on double track, through Pine Creek where single track starts, then through a fern covered cutting, around past Vale then through the ferns again past Maple station to finally arrived at the 'main' terminus of Vale. The line continues to Brunswick Jn where a triangle is available for turning locos or whole trains. The Climax loco factory is located here.
Keith scratchbuilds many of his models, originally concentrating on the 2 gauge Innisfail Tramway, and other QR rollingstock, from wood. Now he models whatever he wants!
He has recently set out on a 'crusade' to model all types of Climax locos. He has a completed a model of the 1st 4-wheel climax and squeezed in batteries, R/C and sound. He has purchased a Bachmann B class and has added many features to turn it into a model of the Puffing Billy Climax, with RC and sound. He's now finished a class A type.

 

plan
Plan of the Bottle Creek Tramway. click to enlarge.

malcolm moore Keith's A Malcolm-Moore shunter. An Aristo block and 3 AA cells and a switch.

 

40class

40class

Keith's latest creation - a NSWGR 40 class. From an Aristocraft RS3. Keith added a 3rd axle to each bogie - see below.

 

40class

KL
A busy Run day on Keith's layout. Mark's Thoroughbred diesel (red) and Bryan's RS3 cross at Pine Creek.

 

Aclimax
Keith's A class and the S&TR's similar model doublehead up an S&TR grade.

 

Brunswick Jn
Brunswick Jn station

 

climax factory
The Climax factory, made from corrugated plastic sheeting.

 

3climax
Climax #1 leads the S&TR A class and Keith's B class in a most unusual triple header

 

climax B
The B class Climax

 

climax #1
The first Climax

 

KL Garratt
Keith's PB15 visits Sandstone

 

KL Garratt
Keith's Garratt

 

PB15 cutting
The PB15 coming through the cutting at the back of the line.

 

Fowler in cutting
The live steam Fowler is 'lurking' through the undergrowth.

 

Fowler viaduct
Fowler and train on Hebel viaduct

 

Fowler Bottle crk stn
Live steam Fowler at Bottle Creek station, with Keith's scratchbuilt carriages.

 

4trains
A busy scene at the bridges

 

diesel shunter
Keith's tiny diesel shunter is radio controlled!

 

Maple stn
A view of the garden, with the train at Maple station.

 

Innisfail carriages
Three of Keith's scrathbuilt Innisfail carriages at Bottle Creek.

 

bottle creek
Bottle Creek station

 

Pine creek
Pine Creek station.

PBb15
Keith's model of a Queensland PB15 (1924) Based on a Bachmann Big Hauler. Battery powered and remote controlled by Keith, with original Bachmann sound.

PB15
Another view of the PB15
click here to read how Keith made this model.

 

 

 

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Bryan Coppock's Wiregrass Railway

The railway is named for the grass which invades Bryan's tracks. It is mainly built above ground. Bryan likes big diesels, and has many battery powered locos with remote control using model plane controllers.
Brian never seems to stop working-there's always new track to be seen.The latest (Jul 09) addition is the loop on the right of the plan.

plan of Wiregrass rly


the new LiCE train on the new loop (Aug08)


the Master himself directing operations at Notty Ash.





the ruined castle


U-boat visits S&TR






3 pics of Bryan's diesels visiting the S&TR







Bryan's diesel shunter. The 'ropes' are the RC aerial


Here are 3 views of the railway in April 2007.





Brian's beautiful scratchbuilt model of an early Garratt. It's battery/RC control.
Garratt

Zara's halt village



An old view of Notty Ash station with tram line at right (now removed). Notty Ash station

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