Planning to built the Weipa Bauxite Mining line in Z Scale,
as a exhibition layout.
And eventually in it's entirity, every bit of track !
What a task ! But I remmeber it well. Weipa, a mining town based on mining Bauxite. A railway 3 locos, 100 wagons on a never ending shuttle from the Andoom mine to Lorim point
Here's a link I have done to another small article - you'll see many photos here too.
Comalco of course gave way to Rio Tinto but I like the original, my father worked for them and IT sets the layout. 1994 was the last I saw Weipa, hence the memories and year now set. If anyone has Z scale weipa modern locos are welcome to run ;)
The railway will be DC operated, uness I pay someone to DCC the locos. The layout will be intentionally made to be automated. So I can talk or do whatever, and to ensure something is moving !
A project with a new scale is alway fun. I have to get around the scale and gauge, size, ratios etc. I am hoping to not need as much detail as in N or HO so I can do the red tree shrub landscape of the area. But with CAD, 3D printing I hope the layout wil show a different railway. An aspect is the haul roads for the big trucks and diggers. ThesI hop could be sourced as N gage items so I'll be up to every trick to make this layout look busy, and HOT.
So, now to do planning, enjoy !
David Head, February 2013
Update occur when I remember, and when I have done some work !
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The layout at a glance (as proposed)