Penlowry

Chronicling the development of my 5-gauge 4mm scale model railway with a few off-topic insights thrown in for free

Light rail and Brio

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Once again I must apologise for the recent break in transmission. Work reached an all time epic level and I have had no time for modelling let alone blogging about it.

On the work front I have been discussing what the north of England might see next for rolling stock, preparing to carry out a global market survey, and soothing the fevered brow of some banking types who are thinking of putting some cash towards a light rail system in a little village called Sydney. This has necessitated 2 trips, and I am writing this on the way out on the second of these trips (currently at 36,792 feet, 7,357 miles from Sydney, -45 deg C outside, travelling at 569mph, just clearing the coast of Oman having stopped at Dubai).

On a modelling front I have no intention to do a light rail system but one of the interesting things about the Sydney system is that it will have no catenary in the “historic” section from Wynyard to Town Hall. This is excellent news for the modeller who now has an excuse not to put the string up (in fact the Dubai light rail due to open this year will be the first totally wire free system using Alstom’s third rail APS, but I digress).

Dubai APS LRV

Dubai APS LRV

I have many connections with The Sydney light rail system as I helped write a report that said a) it’s quite tired, b) you (the government) shouldn’t pay too much to buy it back, and c) shut the monorail it’s even more tired (in fact it’s very like the first word in this c section but the vowel changed).

A scene from the past - light rail and monorail at Paddy's Market before the monorail was dismantled

A scene from the past – light rail and monorail at Paddy’s Market before the monorail was dismantled

(My next post – Part 2 of the rail research unit –  will include more about the monorail)

Oh and the Brio? Well I’ve been building many layouts for my son. I now generally do my best work before I leave the house in the morning. It’s his birthday on Thursday and I’ve bought him the Forth Bridge. No, really, look!

Brio Forth Bridge

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Author: Chris H

Now in my fourth decade, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad, and trying to fit in railway modelling and visits to volunteer on the Ffestiniog Railway. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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