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    Mikeh67
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    I spent a long time thinking about it and at last I applied to do a big-big display at the Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition (AMRE), 8 to 10 June 2019 in Adelaide, and it looks as if I am going to get accepted! 0 gauge has a relatively small following in South Australia (gauge 1 is more popular for outdoor railways) , so it is viewed as a novel and interesting layout. I aim to have a basic three-oval layout and possibly a fourth track with a train running back-and-forth automatically. Fingers crossed it all goes ahead. I just order some parts from DT to add some variety and scenery. I will keep you posted about my progress.

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    Dave
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    Hi Mike, welcome to the forum! It seems you are going to do what I was dreaming about: displaying a Big Big Train layout at an exhibition. Brilliant!!

    Your parcel is on its way. Please let me know when it arrives. I have shipped to Australia before but still it is a long way Down Under so I am anxious to see it arrive save and sound.

    I hope you will have a lot of fun at the exhibition and I am sure it will bring back memories for a lot of people. It would be great to hear how you are doing there and I would certainly not mind to see some pictures 🙂

    Keep us posted!

    Cheers,

    Dave

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    John3855
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    Hi All

    I have just seen that a Big Big Train layout will be at Market Drayton model railway show Sunday 14/04/2019.

    I will attend and also take some trains in the hope they will let me run them.

    John

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    Dave
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    Hi Mike,

    Just a few weeks to go for the Adelaide exhibition. Everything going as planned I hope?

    I am very curious about your contribution to the show.

    Hope to hear/see something soon.

    Cheers, Dave

     

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    Mikeh67
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    Big-Big layout in Adelaide

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    Mikeh67
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    Photo from other end

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    Mikeh67
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    Side view

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    Mikeh67
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    I learned a lot showing a layout for three days. I had the three ovals plus I had two tracks with trains running back-and-forth using reversing switches. The first thing I learned is just how long the batteries last – remarkably, a set of batteries typically lasted for 8-10 hours. I thought I would be changing batteries hourly, but not at all. The batteries were inexpensive ones as well – $1 each (in Australian dollars). Next the importance of lubricating the rolling stock. I used Pecolube on the wagon wheels and locomotive motors, and Labelle 106 for the coach wheels and the locomotive wheels and gears. I needed to re-lubricate the locomotives after about 10 hours of running. I found that the reversing switches only worked reliably on my 0-6-0 tanks; the Hymeks and 0-4-0’s often missed the reversing switches and ran-on. I think the reason is because the reversing switches warp outwards with time, so they probably need supporting to keep them truly vertical to operate the Hymek and 0-4-0 reversing switches. Reversing the 0-6-0’s ongoing for 3 days was punishing for them, and there was wheel wear (evident because of a lot of red dust where they were reversing). The barrel loaders were quite unreliable with the bogie wagons, because the bogie wagons have lower sides than do the normal, 4-wheel wagons so the contact time with the trigger is less. Also, any train at speed through the barrel loader rendered it very unreliable, so I needed low-speed trains to be sure of success. I also used some of my clockwork Hornby 0-gauge engines and they ran really smoothly on the plastic track. Great fun. Also very tiring!

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    Dave
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    Hi Mike,

    Great to be informed about the show and excellent pictures!

    I hope you entertained a lot of people with this layout and I am curious about the comments you got.

    I think you have put up an excellent display and layout.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Dave

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    Mikeh67
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    Hi Dave,

    Good question: I was focused very-much on the mechanics of making the whole display work for 3 days. Feedback from the crowd was really positive: most kids who visited the display enjoyed it a lot, because they could set the signals, stop the trains and start them again, raise and lower the level-crossing barriers. A lot of layouts at the show were strictly ‘hands off”, so mine was a nice change for the kids and parents and I encouraged touching and playing. On the outside loop, I had bogie-wagons carrying lollies (sweets) and instructions how to stop the train, take a sweet and re-start the train, so that was popular. Surprisingly, the bells on the stations were hardly touched – even though I showed the kids how to make noise with them! A number of older guys told me that they remembered Big-Big and were interested to know what became of it. A few people told me that they had some, but they had never before seen such a big layout. About four times I was asked where to buy it – I referred them to your web site, eBay and Vincent Tuinder. A lot of times people asked me what gauge it was: I took it for granted that people would know it was 0-gauge, but in South Australia the popular gauges are N, HO and Gauge 1 (or G-Gauge – for Garden Gauge). 0-gauge is popular in some of the States in Australia, but not all. So: all-in-all, really good responses from the crowd. And I enjoyed it too :-).

    Regards, Mike.

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    PS – I had an 0-6-0 tank painted as Thomas the Tank Engine – that was wildly popular with kids and parents alike!

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