Miniature trains trivia bits

 
  Voldemort Junior Train Controller

A few questions, wonder if any one out there knows

1) The Miniature Railway at Werribee Park was one of my favourite places in my childhood. I have been on it a few times in the late '80s, but I think by 1992 it was no longer in existence. Do any of you know when it actually got pulled up, and why? What gauge was it?

2) Anyone know any historical information about the gauge and details of the Leisureland Fair railway in Langwarrin? Apparently it died more than a decade ago.

3) Does the railway at Carribean Gardens in Scoresby still run?

4) Which miniature railways in Melbourne are worth going on?

5) Anyone out there know of any good miniature railways in Adelaide/Perth?

Thanks

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  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
3) Does the railway at Carribean Gardens in Scoresby still run?
"Voldemort"

It was still running last year. I wouldn't class it as miniature as it's 2' gauge. Also the most uncomfortable train I've ever been on! The noise of the lousy ride on unsprung 4 wheel frames was amplified inside the fibreglass carriage bodies.

5) Anyone out there know of any good miniature railways in Adelaide/Perth?
"Voldemort"

Castledare Miniature Railway in Perth. See http://d1565.tripod.com/cmr

Cheers
David
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
3) Does the railway at Carribean Gardens in Scoresby still run?
"Voldemort"

It was still running last year. I wouldn't class it as miniature as it's 2' gauge. Also the most uncomfortable train I've ever been on! The noise of the lousy ride on unsprung 4 wheel frames was amplified inside the fibreglass carriage bodies.

David
"DavidB"


2' gauge is considered full sized narrow gauge and is outside the scope of miniature raiwlays. In fact 12 inch and bigger are heading that way -
insurance and reguatary wise.


There are many other railways to see:  

http://www.dvr.com.au/links.htm

There is a few railways in Perth, and  at Bunbury. Try the AME link at dvr (as shown above). The railway at Penfield at Adelaide is OK.

Also, check out the  "Announcement: Miniature Railways links in Australia" thread in this forum.

Regards,
David Head
  Hairyman Chief Train Controller

Location: Corowa, NSW, Australia
Hold on a sec, i run a 12 inch railway and i tell you that it is more minature that fullsize and our insurance cost less than 2 grand for the next 12 months, so if they gunna consider us anything more than miniature and it's gunna cost my club sh*t loads for insurance because of it. i'm going to recommend pulling it all up and relaying it as 7-1/4 inch, this way you DVR blokes can run your stuff on it !!!!!!!

Note: Our engine is 50 odd years old as well and the track has been down in the park for at least 20 years
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hold on a sec, i run a 12 inch railway and i tell you that it is more minature that fullsize and our insurance cost less than 2 grand for the next 12 months, so if they gunna consider us anything more than miniature and it's gunna cost my club sh*t loads for insurance because of it. i'm going to recommend pulling it all up and relaying it as 7-1/4 inch, this way you DVR blokes can run your stuff on it !!!!!!!

Note: Our engine is 50 odd years old as well and the track has been down in the park for at least 20 years
"Hairyman"


Ludnum, NSW is pulling out their larger scale track for this reason. And I think this applies in the AALS world as well. Calm down, check your insurance and work it all out with real information.

I always thought greater than 18 inches was  the threshold for miniature to narrow gauge full size.

Regards,
David Head
( who one day wants to get up there to see your railway ! )
  nazarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Between BN 80 UL and BN 87 UL


4) Which miniature railways in Melbourne are worth going on?

Thanks
"Voldemort"


3 words
diamond valley railway
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Which I am doing tommorow  Very Happy
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Box Hill is nice as well.
  Hairyman Chief Train Controller

Location: Corowa, NSW, Australia

Regards,
David Head
( who one day wants to get up there to see your railway ! )
"dthead"


Your more than welcome, our busiest weekend is Australia Day Weekend, then i suppose that it is yours as well.

in regards to the insurance, we went and got our own from Aradley for less than $2000, and they haven't had a problem yet.
  350M-1196T-691M Chief Commissioner

Location: Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne
Box Hill is nice as well.
"Sammy D"


YAY!!! Thanks!
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Box Hill is nice as well.
"Sammy D"


YAY!!! Thanks!
"350M-1196T-691M"


Yes I have liked it since I was very Young. I will come and have a look around on the all comers day in march.
  350M-1196T-691M Chief Commissioner

Location: Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne
Box Hill is nice as well.
"Sammy D"


YAY!!! Thanks!
"350M-1196T-691M"


Yes I have liked it since I was very Young. I will come and have a look around on the all comers day in march.
"Sammy D"


You will be more than welcome, the more the merrier!
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
I was at the all comers day for a little bit last year but this year i'll make more of a day out of it hopefully

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