This top photo was taken early December 1997 when I just started a new
layout. It will never be finished. I mean, after all, who really
ever does complete a diorama this size. The layout takes up a 10 ft x 12
ft spare room.
..This bottom photo
was taken during New Year 1999. One station has been built top middle,
and the church has been added in the top right corner and fenced in. The
church has a cow paddock next door to it & the roadway beside the church
leads to an engineering works. In the middle of the photo is the shunting
yards whilst to the left is the coaling & watering area.
The railway is set in the post WW 2 period and features
one main-line train starting out at the main station, heading on itís way
through the divide tunnel re-emerging up the embankment where it gathers
speed for the run down to the flat. Passengers are advised that paper bags
are in the
pocket of the seat in front of them as they hurtle
around the bend and then sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery for the
remainder of the trip. Passengers on the branch train have a panaramic
view of the coaling heaps, the tunnel and of course the main-line train
as it overtakes them..
sometimes with monotonous regularity depending
on the the driverís state of inebriation at the time.
view looking south
This photo was taken above the station looking towards the church &
engineering works. The road to the left leads to the main road & the
Werethuwhukawae Airforce Base.
(Photo courtesy of Airforce)
Being a larger church, services are held every Sunday & a good
attendance is gained from the
airforce base just out from the village centre. It was the local vicar's
idea to lease the adjoining
paddock to a local farmer for his cattle stock.
Wandering sheep are a problem for train crews as they pass the embankment.
As you can see
here, members of the public wander through also, scaring the sheep
onto the tracks as they go. Things will improve once the fences are up.
(Photo courtesy of The Werethuwhukawae Times)
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