Where is it? Quiz!

 
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Correct Mr Matthew! Over to you!

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  mattrawls Chief Train Controller
  D3639 #TeamRog

Location: Melbourne, Vic
tullamarine miniature railway?
  mattrawls Chief Train Controller

Location: Newport Workshops (Steamrail)
Correct, bulla hill at Tulla

Over to you D3639
  D3639 #TeamRog

Location: Melbourne, Vic
Cheers.

Don't have anything so open floor


  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney


Where is it? Bonus points for who they are and roughly when this was.
  fred55 Locomotive Driver

Location: Brisbane Valley, Qld
Wild guess...  LBSC at Purley
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
Sorry, not quite so long ago, or so far away. I agree that there are some similarities, perhaps even a connection.
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Time for some Clues please
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
The riding car is 2 1/2" gauge.
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
It was in LBSC's time, but it was in Australia.
  fred55 Locomotive Driver

Location: Brisbane Valley, Qld
Sydney Society of Model Engineers, 1934   (the only 2 1/2" track I could find with b&w photos Laughing)
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
Sydney Society of Model Engineers, 1934 (the only 2 1/2" track I could find with b&w photos Laughing)
"fred55"
Not SSME, but you have the correct city.
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
A very WSITD, Darvall Park, West Ryde?
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney

No, not Darvall Park, but you are moving in the right direction.

Time for some more clues (I want to use that photo somewhere else soon):

  • LBSC (seeing that somebody mentioned him) lived until 1967.

  • Apparently nobody who reads the Wascoe Siding newsletter is playing this game.

  • B&W was still easier and cheaper to use until the later part of the '70s.

  • Why did I bother to point out the gauge of the riding trolley?


  •   fred55 Locomotive Driver

    Location: Brisbane Valley, Qld
    It must be you and at Narara.  Maybe thats Kevin Rudd on there too Rolling Eyes
      TomBTR Chief Train Controller

    Location: near Sydney



    It must be you and at Narara. Maybe thats Kevin Rudd on there too Rolling Eyes
    "fred55"


    No, wurx was closer by 60 miles to the site of this former track, and Narara has never had an elevated line, and that is not young Kevin!



  • Oh, I forgot to mention it is not in Nottingham either.

  •   fred55 Locomotive Driver

    Location: Brisbane Valley, Qld

    "John Green had built a short railway behind his Real Estate business in Glenbrook, and, having established the Blue Mountains Railway Society in 1964"......

    Are you sure thats not KRudd on the back Very Happy
    Pete

      TomBTR Chief Train Controller

    Location: near Sydney

    Ok people, I've tied this up long enough.

    It's not in the Blue Mountains, just that they they had an article in their newsletter about the builder of this engine.

    The point about the gauge of the riding trolley is that it not the same as that of the engine. The engine is a 4-8-8-4 "Big-boy" Mallet design. It is 'O' gauge but was still able to pull a couple of people. In the photo, taken in around 1961, it was almost completed and not yet painted.

    This track gave me my first opportunity to learn to drive a live steam loco. The builder also introduced us to the track at Darvall Park. At that time the main track at West Ryde was elevated with 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" gauges, and a little new 5" gauge track on the ground which seemed to be a novelty.

    Like LBSC, the builder of the loco was English and a contributor to ME magazine. The backyard construction could easily have been in a London suburb, but it was in a Sydney suburb. The builder went on to distinguish himself by designing and building ever smaller engines, down to N or maybe Z gauge live steam and 1/8" gauge electric (that's 1/480 scale).

    The riders in that photo both had fathers working in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Sydney University. As far as I know neither of them grew up to be a Queensland politician.

    The Nottingham mention was just a cryptic clue.

    This competition depended on knowledge of the engine, if so then the answer is obvious, otherwise impossible.

    So where was Sydney's only man-carrying O-gauge line at that time?

    Mr. Arthur Sherwood's backyard in Chatswood.

    (I have not done him justice here - Google him for stories about his contribution to conventional model engineering, ultra-miniature model railways and medical technology.)

    I win this time, but as I don't have another photo ready to post it's open floor until I find another!



      Sammy D Chief Commissioner

    Location: Melbourne, Victoria
    Thanks TomBTR for both a good Pic and a great story.
    Will be sure to look him up!
      Sammy D Chief Commissioner
      Sammy D Chief Commissioner

    Location: Melbourne, Victoria
    Clue time: It is in Victoria
      ShepMo Train Controller

    Location: Somewhere in the Hunter
    WSITD at Euroa
      VBAndy Chief Commissioner

    Bulla Hill?
      Sammy D Chief Commissioner

    Location: Melbourne, Victoria
    Correct Andy! Bulla Hill it is!

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