The club has a number of layouts. Some are permanently setup in the clubrooms and others transportable and are used at various exhibitions we attend and show at.
New Permanent HO Scale Layout
(Still under Construction)
At the begining of 2011 the club built an extension to our clubrooms to cater for the construction of a extensive new HO layout and to also house the old HO Layout (below).
We are now building the new HO scale layout with the track on the both decks largely complete.
"Brendale" - HO Scale Exhibition Layout
"Brendale" is a modular layout built to cater for the HO scale exhibition needs of our members.
The layout is designed to run both DC and DCC locomotives on separate tracks simultaneously and while it has a basic Australian look and feel, trains from all around the world and in particular, the USA and UK can also be seen.
It is based on a small country town with a main station with passing loops, engine facilities and some local industries. This allows trains to be always on display with continuous operation on the mainline or shunting in a siding or loco area. Some of the industries or commercial premises displayed are strong supporters of our club. The layout is transported in a purposely designed trailer (paid for by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund) to ensure protection and only needs one member to transport.
Old Permanent N Scale Layout
We currently have a permanent 3m x 6m N scale layout in the front room of the Club House.
This layout can run in either DC mode or in DCC mode on any of its its three mainlines. We have a coal mine and shunting yard, a large main yard, intermodal yard, passenger station and towns.
This is due to be demolished shortly.
New Permanent N Scale Layout
A new permanent N Scale layout is under construction.
The first of three decks is expected to be completed early to mid 2018.
"Pine Rivers" - N Scale Exhibition Layout
The "Pine Rivers" N scale layout went through a major refit during early 2012 and now has a Canadian flavour as is shows off a river canyon like the Frasier River.
This layout can run in either DC mode or in DCC mode on any of its three mainlines. There is a township, industrial park, cricket pitch (with a match underway), grain silos and siding and golf club depicted on the layout.
Overall size of the layout is 7.5 x 1.8 metres. The layout is transported in a purposely designed trailer (paid for by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund) to ensure protection and only needs one member to transport.
On top of that, for the youngsters, we have our "U-Drive" layout that is taken to exhibitions, which has an N scale and HO scale track that the kids can control.
This layout has recently been replaced with a new U-Drive Layout.
"WHERARWE" - HO Scale Exhibition Layout
The old "WHERARWE" (was demolished to make way for the "Brendale" layout above)
We used to have an 'HO' Exhibition Layout called "WHERARWE". This was 21' x 8' and was taken to various model railway shows. The layout was based on a modular system (The layout was able to be transported, and was stored in a specially built car trailer). The modules built up into a rectangle around the operators.
Old Permanent HO Scale Layout
Until a few years ago we had a large HO scale layout which we had had for some time.
The layout was capable of handling HO and OO scale rolling stock in either DC mode or in DCC mode. The layout was based on single track continuous run, with return loops and double track passing sidings and is permanently setup in the clubrooms.
The layout had been moved from the old Club Rooms at Bald Hills to the new Club Rooms here at Brendale, and later moved from the front room to the back room, before eventually being demolished. (Check out the video of the move on the HO videos page.)
N Scale Layout - "Coyote Canyon"
"Coyote Canyon" was demolished to make way for the "Pine Rivers" layout (above).