The original SPL - a basement layout

HO, Southern Pacific / New Zealand combined (a what if scenario: after WWII New Zealand was so damaged that the USA rebuilt the railroads and owned them).

Port Bonifacio

An HO double-deck sectional shelf railroad featuring double track Southern Pacific main somewhere near Port Costa in San Francisco, a steam museum, two decks and a train elevator, all in a 10 foot by 11 foot study while still making room for a workshop, windows on two walls and a wall full of bookcases!

The Wettington and Mahawatu Railway Company

A G-scale narrow-gauge garden railroad, vaguely based on a New Zealand prototype. The Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company that ran within a mile of here, was new Zealand's only major private railroad, built on 3'6", and was based on mostly US equipment.

Wettington and Mahawatu Rwy Version 3 work comences

The Wettington and Mahawatu Railway Company has reformed and work has commenced on the Wettington and Mahawatu Railway Mark 3. I'll call it Version 3.

W&MR 2.5 proposed trackplan


More continuous running

Gwire control

Time to make some notes on the Gwire radio control system I am using.

W&MR trackplan

Just a rough sketch for now...


Mount Kaukau coming along

The railroad will have a steep spiral track climbing a "mountain" to test the climbing abilities of folks' Shays etc...

Ruling curve

The upside (and downside) of laying in ballast is that the track layout can be changed. This curve is too tight:


ooops nearly forgot the drainage - had to retrofit it into the roadbed.


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