Saturday, 7 July 2018

Well it has been over 12 months since my last my post.

In that period of time, I have received my 42 road roundhouse and coal stage that I will placing on the layout. This will represent the mini-Enfield side of the layout. Thank you Kevin Rasmussen.

In the last week, I started construction on the model railway, starting on the mini-Enfield side, as this will be built on flat baseboards. Nice and easy. I will then start on construction of the Liverpool side and then build the curves at each end. I will upload some pictures soon on the progress. Exciting times ahead!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

New Photos of Liverpool Signal Box

I would like to thank Alex Nadalini for allowing me to post these photos of the signal box.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Well it has been sometime but there has been movement in the camp, so to speak.

I have been able to secure an area at my farm to build a replica of Liverpool.

The total size will be 20m x 10 m.

My aim is to have all the points in Liverpool Yard inter-locked, for simplicity, with all signals connected to the frame, on one side of the layout, and then a staging yard and loco depot, on the other side, maybe a scaled down Enfield with one of the round-houses. The layout will be DCC only.

The next stage is to decide on how the layout will be built. Will I use L girder, a flat baseboard, or something else?

I am sure this weekend's model railway exhibition at Liverpool will give me inspiration.

After this weekend, I intend to commence the design phase and use SCARM to design the layout. I will be using Peco Code 75 track, except for one point in the yard, which was a unique 3 -way point. This will be hand-built. Using code 75 allows me for faster trackwork construction.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Development of Track Plans (courtesy of ARHS)

When the line was opened in 1856, it was single line from Dog Trap Road and unfortunately, no plans exist.

The earliest plan that does exists dates from 1888,

When duplication reached Liverpool, another platform was added and it became Platforms 2/3.

 You will note that the signal box was located on Platform 1.

 The next major development was the construction of the Holdsworthy Line. To provide better viewing of the new line, the signal box was relocated to the northern end of Platforms 2/3.

In 1924, the yard was modified again.

In 1929, electrification reached Liverpool and the signaling in the yard was modified,

In 1943, the yard was modified again, and it basically remained in this condition until 1956, when the Collingwood Woollen Siding was disconnected from the Down Siding, and then in 1968 when electrification was extended to Campbelltown. This plan shows Liverpool at its peak and this is the trackplan that I will be modelling on my next layout,

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Well my talks at the MRNSW went very well. At first I was nervous, which was expected, and then after 3 talks on the day, I was exhausted.

I was then asked to present a talk at Liverpool Genealogical Society which was done. And now I have been asked to do another talk at the City of Liverpool and District Historical Society. I think I should charge a fee and become a full-time speaker.

Anyway, I have some great news. My local council has approved the construction of my shed at my property in the Picton/Thirlmere area.

I intend to build a shed 25m x 10m of which the majority of the room will be devoted to a model of Liverpool. It will be set in the years 1955-early 1957; as in early 1957 the Challenge Woollen Mills siding were removed from the railway system. It will be based on the track plan of 1943.

I will keep you posted on developments.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Modelling the Railways of NSW (MRNSW)

On 16th May 2015, I will be hosting a talk on the history of Liverpool Railway Station, at the MRNSW at Loftus TAFE . It will go for approx 1 hr. It will cover topics like the station buildings, the goods shed, ticket office, electrification, accidents, and the Moorebank/Anzac Rifle Range Line.

If you have registered at their website,, to attend the Convention and nominated my talk as one of your classes, I look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Well it has been over 12 months since I last posted and in that period of time I have continued my research into the station. I have measured the goods shed and am in the middle of preparing HO scale drawings so that I can prepare an article for AMRM and hopefully a model. I am also researching military movements along the Holsworthy/Moorebank Branch during the period I am modelling, 1948 to 1968. As you can imagine this is a slow process as it requires sifting through STN's at the State Records at Kingswood and each year is the equivalent of 4 phone books.

I have also been successful in gaining some photos of Liverpool from ebay. I hope you enjoy them.

The suburb of Ashcroft was named after EJ Ashcroft

An early photo of Scott Street

It looks like a carnival scene in the early 1900's
Georges River Bridge under flood and under normal conditions

This is my favourite as it shows Georges River Bridge prior to the construction of the Holsworthy Branch

Inside Collingwood Woollen Mills