"Palden Hill" is based on the 1920's track plan of Newbridge, which is located in the Central West of New South Wales between Bathurst and Blayney. "Palden Hill" had at that time had both goods sidings and refuges which allow for a variety of train movements and operations.

The buildings on the layout are representative of NSWGR structures found at many locations throughout NSW. The rolling stock, is primarily NSWGR and represents all periods from steam to modern day diesel.

"Palden Hill" has been work in progress. Members were always working on it to improve its appearance and operating performance.  John Coombes has recently installed a turntable and a roundhouse. Col Critcher  completed a coaling stage and Jonathan Hilliard has constructed a carriage shed.

The new roundhouse and loco depot is loosely based on Kempsey. The roundhouse is being constructed from Evergreen styrene shapes, stripwood and aluminium corrugated strips. The turntable is made by Anton and is a 60 foot standard NSWGR item. The track is Peco Code 100 with live frog points. Ash and inspection pits have been included and the depot will also include a coal stage, carriage shed and barracks.


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The carriage shed was built from the plans (L8) available from Data Sheets by Greg Edwards and old NSWR plans.  The prototype was 150 feet long but the model was built to a scale 100 foot long  due to space limitations on the IMRA layout “Palden Hill”.
The structure is Evergreen styrene strips to form the frame of the structure.  The corrugated iron  cladding is from Campbell Scale models.  The down pipes are manufactured from 1mm brass pipe which is filed to form the beds and then soldered for strength.  The astragals (down pipe brackets) are etch brass details available from Keiran Ryan Model.
The shed was painted using a combination of colours.  After the shed was primed the corrugated iron was painted an Floquil Gray (SP Lettering Gray) and then weathered using Tamiya weathering colours “rust” and “soot” to give the aged look to the iron.  The styrene leges were painted with a thinned mix of Tamiya black and gray over the gray to give the weathered timber look.

The carriage shed is an additional piece of scenic detail to be added to the loco depot environment of the layout.

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