I got this informative and interesting question from Dave. Can anyone help??
“I have to say, Al, that I absolutely LOVE your tips, tricks photos and general how-to’s! I’m especially happy if you should come across any photos of Australian layouts. I’m an ex-pat Canadian, whose brother recently retired after 35yrs in CP-Rail (and would you believe I worked for Cdn National for about 8 yrs? !!!), but would like to challenge myself and model some Aussie scenic layouts. I’m now in southeast Queensland, and while I don’t have a particular area of Oz in mind, I do have an idea based on an article I read in a Nat’l Geographic magazine, perhaps from the early 80’s, called “The Tea and Sugar”, and it told the story of an outback train, loaded with all sorts of articles (from tea to sugar, naturally!) and would visit the very outback communities on a fortnightly or monthly run. These would be large stations along the rail line that would be typically 500 or more kms away from the nearest town.
What made it interesting to read, other than the various tales from a selection of people met along the route, was that each car was set up like a compact retail outlet – one car a butcher, the other groceries, another clothing, another shoes and still another a doctor or dentist – you get the idea.
These trains ferried the much needed supplies to these communities that would consist of Aboriginal towns as well as large cattle stations. You have to keep in mind that a station or “farm”, unlike a farm in Canada, can often comprise tens of thousands of square kms and not acres over here, but I’m up to it.
Well, it does sound like a challenge doesn’t it! So, if you do come across any articles on Aussie N layouts, scenery or other tid bits, I’d very much love to have a “sticky beak” (have a look!).
Thanks again for such wonderful insight and help you bring to this hobby!
Sunshine Coast, Qld”