Chapter 115 – 13/07/2018

Well after a lengthy delay, I have finally managed to get moving on weathering 1754D after we installed a sound unit in it last chapter. The first step was to apply a small amount of white artists acrylics with dry brushing to the body.

This was done to help mute the blue shading in areas where it would have faded the most. The other area was the logo which tended to fade to light outline.

 Once this was done and let to dry (for a month as it turned out), I masked the windows and sprayed the entire model with a very fine mist of white paint. In this case, I used Humbrol Matt White thinned with GP thinners. You can see the difference between this image and the previous one.

As I’ve mentioned previously, this is done to help blend the colours on the locomotive and to leave the white and blue looking far less stark. At the time this was done, I also gave the model a quick, light coat of Tamiya Flat Clear (TS-80).

The Flat Clear gives the surface some tooth for the powders to adhere to later on. Once this had dried, the next step was to start applying the powders. Firstly, I applied a small amount of AIM Dark Rust to the roof.

I did this in small patches along the roof. This helped to simulate how the roof is actually uneven on the prototype and rust develops on the flatter sections between the ribs supporting the roof. After this was done, I applied a small amount of AIM Dark Earth powders to the roof.

This helps to blend it all together and give the roof a worn look. At the same time, I added small amounts of Dark Rust to the exhaust and the center of the panels around this area. This was then muted with a small amount of Dark Earth.

Next I added small spots of Dark Rust to the edges of the top of the body and drew them down using a dry, flat brush. This helped to create little streaks and faint rusting. I also did this on the edges of the cab.

I applied Dark Earth to the bogie sideframes and the cable runs on the underframe. Most of this was blown off and then brushed in. This helped to highlight the detail on these parts.

The buffers received a small amount of Dark Rust which was rubbed in with a small, stiff brush next. Essentially this entire model was done using ONLY the two colours of powders. Another option would have been to apply either a black powder or a wash to the grills, which I still may do.

Once all of this was done, I re-masked the windows and gave the entire model another light coating of Matt White with the airbrush.

Next, I sprayed the entire model with Tamiya Matt Finish again to seal everything in place and to remove any unwanted shine.

This model still needs to have the wheels painted, but that aside it is pretty much finished. Overall, I am happy with this model. It was a pretty quick weathering job that took around about 2 hours to do.

As I’ve mentioned, I still need to paint the wheels on this locomotive to complete the model and possibly apply a light wash to the grills.

And of course, there is still two more units that need weathering also, 1728D and 1733D to complete my collection of blue Driver Only 1720s… for now.



As always though, we shall see how we go.

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Chapter 114 – 05/05/2018

Here we go again with yet another series of delusional rants from Planet Jandowae.
A small voice in my head (well a Bridget shaped voice in my right ear actually) has been telling me for some time that I need to “get my ****** **** ** ****** (censored for your benefit) *** **** ** ***** into gear and show the installation of a sound unit for a 1720”.

So after having come up with the idea to install one of these decoders all by myself, I have decided (without ANY influence at all) to show you step by step how I install the sound units in my 1720s.

The first step is to remove the shell from the locomotive.
This is done VERY quickly by simply undoing the two small Philips Head screws under the locomotive. They’re diagonally opposed from each other on either end of the fuel tank (the same as they are on all our locomotives). You may prefer to (in standard gauge you will have to) remove the sideframes from the bogies.

To remove the sideframes, just place a small flat bladed screwdriver behind the sideframe and gently press it out from the two mounting pins. Just place them to one side until you’ve installed your decoder.

The shell can then be removed from the locomotive. Keep in mind, this is a tight fit and should be removed slowly. DO NOT try to take the shell completely away from the chassis as it is still attached by two sets of three wires. These can be unclipped and this should be done carefully as they are very small clips.

Once this is done, it is simply a case of removing the dummy plug from the printed circuit board. Try to do this with even pressure or pry it up with a small flat head screwdriver.

Once the plug is removed, plug in your decoder. Please remember that ALL decoders use the orange wire as PIN 1. Pin 1 on the PCB can be located by a small white rectangle that is printed around the socket. There is a triangulated corner of this white rectangle… This is pin 1. So ensure the orange wire is plugging into pin 1.

If you’re just fitting a standard DCC decoder, this is all you need to do aside from poking the decoder inside the shell (above the lights wires on the hood end will keep everything in position) and reattach the shell to the chassis. If you’re fitting sound, keep reading.

When fitting the sound unit, you will notice that there is a pair of brown wires coming from the decoder. These are the wires for the speaker. If you look at the chassis, you will note a small indented section leading to the fuel tank on one side. This is where the wires feed through to the speaker enclosure.

The speaker enclosure is located inside the fuel tank. Under the model, you’ll see a flat speaker plate with holes in it (as well as some strange words such as “Wuiske” no one is really sure what these mean). This plate can be removed with a small flat screwdriver blade in one end of the tank.

Once you can see inside the tank, pass the two brown wires through the opening into the fuel tank and you’re ready to attach the speaker. DO NOT use the white (or black) baffle box that is included with the speaker as it is taller than the fuel tank (It’s a 1720, they’re small).

Carefully solder the wires to the speaker terminals. It does not matter which wire is soldered to which terminal. At this point, I usually place some Play-Doh in the bottom of the speaker enclosure before pressing the speaker inside. This will eliminate any negative sound from leaking…

Negative sound is where you have sound vibrations emanating from both sides of the speaker. If they meet, they cancel each other out. This will result in a very quiet sound that has little bass and sounds distorted.

Next I press the speaker into the Play-Doh. Ensuring the speaker is seated nicely inside the fuel tank, I can then refit the speaker plate to the fuel tank. Once this is done, simply reattach the shell and the locomotive is done.

The final step is to program the running number. Prior to this though, I suggest test running the locomotive with the default address of 03. This is done merely as a possible fault finding step later on if problems occur. But I will mention this in a minute.

Programming the running number is done in a number of different ways, depending on which DCC system you’re using on your layout. I have the Lenz system using LH-100 controllers and it is a simple case of placing the locomotive on the programming track and pressing button F (function), 8, then entering the running number and pressing ENTER. That being said, I nearly always program my locomotives using the Loksound Programmer which is mounted to the wall next to my computer.

I mentioned earlier “fault finding”. This is something I have learnt to do every step of the way. As a manufacturer, I get calls from people whom claim to have a “dud” locomotive. Nine times out of ten, it is actually the fitting of the decoder that has been done wrong and could have been avoided. So, here’s what I do for my own locomotive fleet.

First and foremost, I run the locomotives in using just DC. Running in is ESSENTIAL as these are a mechanical device and they have gears and bearings that need to bed in (just like with a car or motorcycle). I usually let mine run for about an hour in each direction at top speed. Then I knock them down to about half speed and allow them to run for a few hours in each direction. You’ll notice that this will remove any wobble and excess noise from the models.

This step also means that I can eliminate the locomotive being the issue if it does not work once I have installed the decoder. The next step is to run it with the decoder installed BEFORE I have programmed it. This means that if it has an issue once I have programmed it, then the fault lies with something I have changed by accident in the programmer.

One thing I do HIGHLY recommend is to turn off the DC function on your decoders. This can easily be done with the programmer but can also be done with the controller on your DCC system. I suggest this as I had a wiring fault on my layout a couple years ago that was burning out decoders. The fault was caused by the AC current coming from the DCC system being blocked and only a low voltage DC current getting through on one section of the layout.

As a result, the locomotive (only two locomotives did this too, the rest were fine) would go quiet and then crawl along as it was trying to switch from AC to DC and back constantly for a while. This killed two decoders on my layout and also took me a few months to find the cause of.

The end result, was I fitted a “Snubber” to the layout in each power district and the problem was solved. I would suggest looking up a DCC filter or Snubber on google and seeing what you come up with as this VERY cheap fix has saved me a lot of headaches and has meant that I swear a little less.

So with 1754D added to my fleet, she is ready for weathering. When I installed the decoder in this locomotive I also installed two others. So my 1720 fleet is now sitting at 6 locomotives. The goal is ten, not for any special reason except that when I was a kid, I said I would love to be able to have ten 1720s on my layout.
As always though, we shall see how we go.

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Chapter 113 – 10/04/2018

Now then, where was I at last time? Oh yes, I was showing off my personal fleet of models.
So here goes, in this chapter, I’ll show you the remaining six locomotives from my current roster.

As most of you know, I don’t add ANY locomotives to my layout until they have been weathered and had sound fitted to them. This simple rule for myself helps to motivate me to pull my finger out and get more work done… Well that’s the theory at least.


First up, 1557D.
This model has had no real weathering as yet. After adding the sound, I painted the wheels and gave it a very light mist of light grey, followed by Dullcoat.

This just blends the colours a bit and dulls the entire model down. I may look at adding more weathering to this model at some point, but for now, 1557D is happy on the layout and working hard… Even if it doesn’t show in it’s weathering.


Next up is 2410.
2410 was a locomotive I had put aside to weather and then Wade McLaren offered me his… So we did a swap.

Wade has removed one of the window panes on the driver’s side and has made this locomotive look as though it was gainfully employed in the coal fields for many years… JUST like the prototype was.

As with the blue liveried locos in my fleet, Wade has used white paint to fade the logo, almost out of existence.

1743D is up next. Like 1557D, this model has had very little done to it.
I removed the bogie sideframes and painted the wheel faces then gave the entire model a very light misting of light grey enamel paint and a quick coat of dullcoat to seal everything in.

I used the 3M Blue Painters Tape to mask the windows as always.
One lesson I have earned is that once the model has been dullcoated, remove the tape from the windows ASAP! Otherwise it will leave a gummy residue on the windows.

1755D is the next loco in the fleet. This model was begun with painting the wheels (as always) then had a light mist of grey and dullcoat added. The dullcoat not only gives you a nice matt finish but also provides some tooth for the weathering powders to adhere to.

I used photos from the Prototype Photos section of the site as a guide for weathering this model. If you ever get any residue from masking tape on windows, just use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton wool bud to carefully remove it.

The sideframes were given a very light dusting with black powders on areas where the bogies would see grease and grime build up. The grills were given a very light application of dark brown powder (black stands out A LOT on the corporate livery).

Small patches of Dark Rust were applied with a small stiff brush to areas such as the corner of the cab and in other areas where rust develops. Again, I used the prototype photos as a reference here.

Next is 2402D. This model is my favourite 90 tonner thus far. As usual the weathering started off with a light mist of grey, painted wheel faces and dullcoat. From there, I applied white artist acrylics using dry brushing in a downward motion to give the logo a faded look.

I applied small patches of white to the roof of the long hood. These next had powders (dark rust) added and gave a nice halo effect to the rusted areas.

The white dry brushing was used on the cab sides and other areas of blue. This gave a very faded and battered look, just like the prototype.

I redid this part a couple times until I got the result I was happy with. A small cotton wool bud dipped in water was used to rub off the unwanted paint.

There were a few things I made mistakes on and ideas that didn’t turn out how I wanted on this model. One of the things I love about weathering is that you can always go back and change things.

The last locomotive in my fleet (so far) is 1741D.
This model was weathered using the same techniques as the others… ie wheels pained, light grey mist etc.

The dry brushing was again done on the blue sections as the prototype has white splashes on the paint there.

The roof was weathered using Dark Earth and Dark rust powders and these were worked into the dullcoated roof and the excess blown off.

There is a pattern to how the roofs weather on these locomotives. Usually the areas where a brace or some other section is welded beneath the roof remains relatively clean.

Getting the powders to leave a small semi straight line clean takes a bit of practice to get right. And then, once you get comfortable with being able to do it, you will make a mistake and have to redo it again… and again… then swear and repeat.

Overall, I am happy with my fleet of locomotives, thus far. But, I do need to add more locomotives to my fleet. Then again, I also need to continue weathering some more wagons. Those new HWO wagons need a bit of weathering too. I should really look at getting more done on my lights also.

Ahhh the list is never ending. Gotta love this hobby. I guess I’d better get a move on and tick some things from my list… Or I could just see how we go.

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Chapter 112 – 03/02/2018


A lot of you have been commenting on the weathering of my personal models after the last few chapters.


After much thought, I decided to have a think, the result of my thinking of having a thought was that, as a thought, maybe, I think, I should put up some photos of my complete (thus far) locomotive fleet that resides on my layout.



Not a bad thought? I think I thought so too.



The first of the 1550 class that I added to my personal collection was 1558D.


I discovered that the 1550s never really got that weathered as Driver Only units due to being repainted not that long after the conversion.


This unit was given a light misting of grey (the light grey we used to paint the old freight wagon kits actually). This just dulled the blue and reduced the starkness of the overall colours and gave it a slightly bleached look.



1558D and 1570D were both weathered using this method and then had powders added.



Overall, these are not my favourite weathering jobs and my later ones are (in my opinion) far better.



I have all three of the corporate liveried 1550 class on the layout and the first one I weathered was 1572H.



1572H ended up being weathered more than I had initially intended.



I wanted to see how much weathering was needed to avoid the light shining through the cab roof, one of the problems with yellow locomotives.



The end result, I am actually pretty happy with.



The next locomotive I tackled was 2401D, the Bicentennial unit.


This one was a model I was genuinely worried I would not be happy with. The prototype never really got that dirty. The bogies and fuel tank got rather grotty but the body was kept fairly clean.


The next locomotive I will show in this chapter is 2414. This model was (again) dulled with a light mist of light grey, then dull coated.


From there, I painted the yellow air conditioner and began to dry brush the body with an eggshell white (really cheap artist paints were used for this).


I added a rust colour over the top of the white sections, to simulate rust. I also started applying powders at this point. Once I was happy with each layer, I dull coated the model to seal everything in.


As the 2400 class stayed in coal traffic longer than the 1550 class, they seemed to get a lot more fading of both the blue and the white sections as well as a darker colouring around the bogies and fuel tank.


1574H is the last locomotive I will show in this chapter. This unit was one I simply had to do as it spent much of it’s life in corporate livery with a blue air conditioner. So just as something different, I painted this and added a driver.


As you can see, the weathering is very mild. Again, it was dulled with the light grey and some VERY light applications of powders were made.


In the next chapter I will show the remaining locomotives in my fleet and may start showing some of the rollingstock I have running around the Wuiske Layout. As always though, we shall see how we go.


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Chapter 111 – 24/01/2018


Wuiske Models, again, in partnership with Haskell Co are proud to announce the release of the 2100 class.

These models have been announced a few weeks back and are now here and available.

With the release of the fourth ever Mass Produced, Ready To Run Queensland locomotive, things are starting to look a lot simpler for QR modellers.


Many of you have been asking if the kits are going to be making a come back and I am pleased to say that they will be returning soon.


With the release of the 2100 and coupled with the fact that some long haired lout from Planet Jandowae was involved, obviously there was going to be a stuff up… And there was!


That’s right, I invented a locomotive! Well, not quite, but close. One of the corporate liveried locomotives has the wrong running number.


That’s right, we released 2109D in a livery it actually never had applied to it. This is an obvious stuff up on my part and it took the combined efforts of BOTH my brain cells to let this one get through.


That aside, some people are now referring to this unit as “The Unicorn” and seem to be accepting it with good grace.


That being said, we made a mistake and wish to let people know that it was my personal stuff up and we won’t do the usual routine of blaming “the factory”, “the economy”,  “China” in general or even “Trump”. No, this is my mistake, plain and simple.


With that out of the way, I am sure the 2100s will make a great addition to our ever expanding line up of Queensland models. I know this has been the class most asked for by you for a few years now…


Well, more second most asked for actually, but that other class is not on the drawing board currently as we don’t wish to have another double up of announcements.

Over the last few weeks, Bridget and I have managed to get a few things taken care of on the layout in between getting the 2100s ready. The junction for the two branches has finally had the point motors installed and ballasting is continuing… Have I mentioned that I hate ballasting?



Harriston yard has been receiving a bit more detail in the form of some weeds and small shrubs around the cold stores.


There is still a long way to go, a lot more ballasting and more point motors to install, but as always…
We shall see how we go.



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Chapter 110 – 07/01/2018

Well, as most of you are aware (due to the lack of activity on this page if no where else) we here at Wuiske Models have been collectively busier than a one legged man in a bum kicking contest, with an itchy nose, holding an asthma inhaler. Having said that, a lot of work has been going on in the background.

Of most interest (to me at least) has been the 1720 class locomotives finding a home on the layout. Thus far, three units have been fitted with sound and two of these have been weathered – 1741D and 1755D.

My eventual aim is to have ten 1720s for my own collection. This is mostly due to the fact that ever since I was a small child, (as opposed to the larger, noisier and all together nicer small child you see today) I always wanted to be able to have ten 1720s on my own layout. I also wanted a layout large enough to sustain ten 1720s.

That’s right, “ending world hunger”, “ending world suffering” and “ending world peace” fell by the wayside in favour of that long haired buffoon from Planet Jandowae having more locomotives on his layout.

The even better news is that the number one, shiny, cute and wonderful Wuiske Models Elf (aka Bridget) seems to be in complete accord with this plan. Many is the time she has sat on the balcony regaling me with tails about how the world will be a better place once the 1720 population of the Wuiske Models layout hits double digits.

Phrases such as “surely, it will decrease taxation, increase fertility and lower cholesterol?” have been heard to have been issued from her lips… Similarly, phrases such as “I swear, you hear what you want to hear” and “are you actually hearing the words I am saying?” are also heard.

Yes, it’s a rich tapestry of conversation here at the Wuiske Asylum.

As most of you are aware, the 2100 class has been produced and is currently in transit. But more news on this soon.

As ever, we shall see how we go.

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Chapter 109 – 27/01/2017

1720-Orig1-1720Well it’s been a while since my last little rant on here… Yet again. I have been spending more time trying to do live videos on our Faceplant page (


1720-Orig1-1747If we can get this to work then the idea is to have a truly interactive forum where you can all comment on my modelling stuff ups. See how I do things and (with any luck) tell me where I can improve. This is after all how we all learned.


1720-Orig1-1760In this chapter, I will be showing you the artwork files for ALL 18 running numbers of the 1720s. As you can see, we are releasing them with 3 versions “as built”. These have a slightly differnt blue livery and do not include the familiar “worm” logo. These units were from the mid 1960s up to the mid to late 1970s.

1720-Orig2-1726We are releasing 6 running numbers in the original livery with the worm logo. These cover the mid to late 1970s right up until the 1992-1995 period.

1720-Orig2-1738All running numbers have been chosen as the units that survived in their chosen liveries the longest to allow you to cross them over each other.

1720-Orig2-1742Some units we’ve produced were to later be scrapped (such as 1726) which was written off after a level crossing accident whilst in the corporate livery.

1720-Orig2-1757We’ve also done a few special units, such as 1770 “James Cook” in both original and corporate liveries.

1720-Orig2-1761Obviously the models will be available in both standard (16.5mm) gauge as well as the accurate HOn3½ (12mm) gauge.

1720-Orig2-1770-James CookAs with our 1550 and 2400 class locomotives, they will be fitted with directional lighting and independently controlled number boards (for DCC).

1720-DOO-1728DSimilarly, they are equipped with a standard 8 pin DDCC plug.

1720-DOO-1733DThe locomotives are fitted with Genuine Kadee Couplers with scale heads. Unlike our 1550s and 2400s, you asked for us to fit them with #158 couplers instead of #58s so we have.

1720-DOO-1741D-YellowAirconThere are four units being produced in the Driver Only (or DOO) blue livery.

1720-DOO-1754DAs you can see there is one unit (1741D) in the blue livery with a yellow air conditioner. This unit survived like this for a number of years and was one of the very last blue liveried locos left in Queensland.


1720-Corp-1721DThere are also 4 units in the corporate (Broncos) livery. Again, we have selected these based on the longest running units in these liveries.

1720-Corp-1743D-BlueAirconAs with 1741D, there is one corporate unit with a blue air conditioner (1743D). Again, this unit ran around for many years like this.

1720-Corp-1755DAs with all Wuiske/Haskell products these locomotives will have the couplers mounted at the correct coupler height. But can be changed to suit standard gauge coupler height also.

1720-Corp-1770D-James CookSound units are being prepared from ESU Loksound as we did with the 1550 and 2400 classes. These will, again, be available to any retailer so you don’t need to know someone to get them fitted.

1720-BiCent-1723-BicentennialLast but certainly not least, we have the Bicentennial unit 1723. This unit, like our model of 2401D, will be made in limited numbers. But, we are producing more than we did of 2401D to try and avoid people missing out.

So with all going to plan and once we get Chinese New Year out of the way, the production should draw to a close. After that, the models will be shipped. So, we’re still looking at another month or two but they are VERY close now.

As always though, we shall see how we go.

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Chapter 108 – 16/11/2016

1Well here we go again with another chapter of the world according to me. Since the last chapter, we have had out last show of the year, the new Logan Model Railway Show as well as the Modelling The Railways Of Queensland Convention.

2As usual the convention was brilliant and a wealth of information was offered as well as a heap of inspiration. The highlight for me though was the diorama (or soon to be layout hopefully) from Steve Hornabrook. His Diorama “Tarni” is a fictitious branch line set somewhere in South Eastern Queensland. This is Steve’s first effort at modelling and WOW, it’s impressive!

3As you can see from the photos, there is nothing at all that would allude to this being a first shot at modelling. After a fairly lengthy conversation with Steve, I learned he had spent a lot of time researching blogs, websites and faceplant groups for ideas. Most of the structures on the diorama are built using a rapid prototyped frame with styrene cladding laid over the top. All done on an Aldi machine too!

4Steve has used basic techniques for his scenery to amazing effect. Simple applications of static grass and weathering powders over plaster stained bases have really captured the look and feel of a small Queensland Branch in the 1960s beautifully.

8As I mentioned before, we also had first Logan Model Railway Show held in Beenleigh. This was put on my the Logan Club and they did a spectacular job! Our thanks go to Jim and all the boys at the club for doing an amazing job! Especially for a first show.


7The show was packed with layouts and traders. There were some new layouts there and a lot of different things not usually seen at the shows. The stand out layout was Dennis Campbell and Gary Psyden’s Stanumvale. This QR layout is beyond SPECTACULAR!

6For those that remember Caintoad Flats, this is head and shoulders above it. The level of detail is just amazing. Every part of the layout has some amazing detail. From the WWII air raid shelter down to the lamps inside the loco shed.

5With the sunday winding down, I thought I would take the oppurtunity to walk around and get a few photos of the usual suspects from the shows. Obviously it wouldn’t be Adam’s Corner if we didn’t make it a bit more “interesting” though…

10Kerry helping out Dave McPhee from Modeller’s Warehouse.

9George from Aurora Trains, with Yani from Craftsman Scale Accessories and Roc Wall from the Gold Coast Club.

12Gerard Ryan and his son Brendan.

11Benjamin Page from Train Pictures and James from the house next door to the house next door to Jame’s house.

14Al Cutmore from AR Kits… and apparently endorsing some soft drink company.

13Anatol… Fresh from the nuthouse.

16Jim Costello from J&J Hobbies.

15Matt from Matt’s Ballast.

I will do my best to put up some more photos of Stanumvale in the next chapter. As always though, we shall see how we go.


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Chapter 107 – 01/10/2016

2Well it’s been a pretty hectic time down here on Planet Jandowae since my last little rant.
Since then, we’ve attended a multitude of shows. As always, we had an absolute ball! Obviously it goes without saying that we would like to thank All the clubs for their continued support and for continuing to put on such great shows.

1Many of you have been asking after Rob lately and inquiring as to how he is doing and so forth. Well I happy to say that he is up and mobile (well in a form) and his typical bloody minded attitude is serving him well to ensure he will not be seeing the glue factory any time soon. That aside, he did managed to catch himself a death defyingly deadly case of the dreaded man flu of, um, death. Thankfully the Australian medical profession had misplaced their “special pills” and euthanasia is still illegal in this country so… Rob is back on deck! And will be on hand for the last show of the year at Beenleigh.


5Meanwhile back at the asylum, we had another of our barbeques. This one was nice and small with just Paul Henderson, Yani Tout and Charles Clarke. Having just the four of us milling around the layout room was great. After much discussion, it seems like we’re heading in what most seem to think is the right direction for this layout and everything appears to be working well. That being said, we’re expecting a majorly cataclysmic event at some point within the next few days… Obviously.

3Scenery has started to be placed on the end of the Abattoirs branch and a “slab” has been laid for the main building which was resurrected from the old layout.  A few more point motors have been installed… a dozen more actually. So only 30 or so to go now and all 73 sets are motorised and wired for DCC.

10The greatest change to the layout has been the addition of the head boards that was touched on briefly in the last chapter. We have also installed the first 15 meters of LED strip lighting. we bought this from eBay for the princely sum of around eleven dollars for a five meter roll. With the first three rolls up, all I can say is WOW. These things totally change the way the layout looks and feels. this is exactly what I was planning for the old layout, it just never eventuated.

11The current plan is to add two switches to the fascia of the layout. One for turning the main layout lighting on and off. And the second one will operate the dimmable blue LED’s for night time operation as well as all the street lights, building interior lights and those on the vehicles… Assuming I don’t give up on soldering between now and then.

7I can say, that whilst typing this rant, I did in fact add the isolated section for the loco depot and it works a treat. We have been forced to make use of it only once thus far when we double up on running numbers but it also makes everything a lot simpler with controlling the layout as there is less locomotives starting up (especially when Captain Blackout is here).

8The layout fascias have been getting a bit of attention and now there is just one small section to put in. With the scenery around the Container yard and Harriston South yard starting to take shape, we are almost ready to install the cross members for supporting the headboards and lighting fixtures.

6The largest things to be done here were the “pads” for the container yard and the approaches for the road bridge that hides the mainline vanishing through the backdrop.

As usual, these were made using styrene formers and then plaster was laid in and smoothed as it dried. I’ve found that a simple plastic spatula works wonders for this and once the plaster is partially dry, I come back with a wet finger and just rub any undulations smooth. Once it is all dry, I give it a light splash of water and hit it with some course grit wet and dry sand paper. I have not tried to go for a perfectly smooth finish but something that is roughly smooth.

9This section was to be painted to represent bitumen and, as usual, was done with cheap artist acrylics. As the paint dried and soaked in (gotta love plaster), it became lighter and took on a much more “natural” shade. The final step will be to add some lining and then some light weathering with powders. As always though, we shall see how we go.

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Chapter 106 – 28/05/2016

106-02After out most recent running session, several issues have come to light…

We get a lot of issues with the layout shutting down. These shut downs seem to be caused by two things, both of which are classed as “operator error”.


106-03The first problem is people running (or attempting to run) through points that are set against them. Whilst this may seem like a pretty dumb issue to have, it’s more of a case of people leaving one point towards another and they encounter a set of points that has not been changed back by the previous operator.


106-08The second issue is caused by people not shunting or operating with a purpose. This is possibly the primary cause of the first issue.

With a lot of idea swapping between Jade and myself, we’ve decided that we need to implement four systems in place on our layout to make things run smoother.


  1. Train Numbers
  2. Driver Qualifications
  3. Train Orders
  4. Train Purposes

The idea of train numbering will be pretty straight forward and will essentially give an overview of where the train is heading… In exactly the same way as the real thing (funny that).


106-10The Driver Qualifications for the layout is an idea we want to borrow from what some of the American layouts use. All operators will start out with the simpler trains and as sections of the layout are used they will effectively upgrade themselves to operate more varied trains.


106-11The train Orders will be a simple sheet of A4 or A5 paper that lists which locomotive, wagons or coaches they have on the train. Where they are starting from and running to, as well as the eventual times they are running… Again, in exactly the same way the real ones do.


106-12Train purpose I think is possibly the most important of the lot. This will (hopefully) ensure that wagons are not set out on roads that are designated as “run around” roads. This sort of thing can bring the entire layout to a standstill for a fairly lengthy period of time. It is also the primary cause of people just “working around it” to get the “job” done. This leads to the initial issue of layout shut downs due to running against points as their path is being made up as they go to avoid a blockage that should not be there.


106-13Part of the rest of the plan involves placing track diagrams on the head board of the layout around each junction or yard area to clearly identify track locations, names, purposes and industries.


106-14The theory seems to work in our heads but there is obviously a lot more to go into it so we shall have to see how we go. The overall impressions we’re getting from our barbeques is that this layout is far better to operate than our previous one and has a far greater capacity for more people to operate around each other. So that’s one little dream of mine satisfied… 99,999 to go.


106-15We’re now at the point of fine tuning the operating side of things somewhat to eliminate problems. The one satisfying thing we’ve learned is that nine out of ten issues are caused by operator error or at least lack of route knowledge or train purpose. Armed with this, we can work on it to try and make sure everything is laid out in a simple and logical manner to allow people to just turn up and after a few minutes, be running trains. Well that’s the theory anyway.


106-01Getting back to something I mentioned in the previous chapter, with the Brisbane Show, we had our usual Saturday Night Dinner. Again it was at the Cleveland Sizzler and we had a group of about a dozen of us there for it. As usual we had an absolute ball. Wade McLaren, Hayden Lynch, Dallas Trembath, Andrew Matt and Tyler and Lauren Meiklejohn. Also there was (obviously) myself, Jade and my brother Craig. My mother and the kids came along too.


106-04As usual we had an absolute ball and were still chin wagging as the staff tried to usher us out 20 minutes after closing time. This (obviously) led to further discussions in the car park for another hour until we all decided to retire.


105-06Thanks to those whom could make it this year. It’s always the personal highlight of many of the shows for me as we can kick back and discuss everything and anything and simply have fun. It’s also one of the places where I get a few ideas for possible future products or ideas for the layout.


106-07On our return trip from the show, we decided to drop into Mick and Anita Thornes’ house for a long overdue coffee. This obviously turned into several coffees and eventually into us spending the night there, talking until, one by one, everyone retired to Bedfordshire to check their eyes for light leaks.


106-06The following day, we continued our trip home and decided to stop off at Dalby so the kids could catch a couple of coalies crossing at the station. All in all, a great way to finish a great weekend.


106-05Once again, I’d like to thank everyone for yet another spectacular Brisbane Show and a damned enjoyable 5 days for all of us.


106-17As with everything on Planet Jandowae, the layout and it’s operations are a work in progress. The Wuiske Models barbeques are designed to be a relaxed forum for people to get together and just play trains and help us find out where or what needs to be modified or improved on our layout. If you’d like to attend our barbeques, please have a look at our Faceplant Page as this is where they are usually posted about a week prior to the actual event.


106-18I’m happy to say that after each of our barbeques we always have things that we’ve learned and that help with further progress on the layout. Plus we just have a lot of fun.


106-16Coming up this weekend, we have the Toowoomba Show on the 4th and 5th of June. As usual it’s on at the Toowoomba Show Grounds and it will be a great weekend. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of you there and we can catch up. Being a smaller show, we can actually take the time to talk more with people too. This is why the Toowoomba Show is always one of our favourites –  because we can relax and actually exchange ideas and gain feedback about the things you, the modeller, would like to see us doing.


106-19So, if you’re able to come along and have a chin wag. Being Toowoomba, you may even catch me wearing a jacket… then again, we shall see how we go.


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