- 30 Sep 2015
Apologies for all the broken images in the earlier pages of this thread, I'm lazy and haven't rehosted them. Skip ahead for working images!
After a very extended period of procrastination I finally got a start on building a garden tramway late last year. It's been running for about six months now, with new rollingstock and incremental improvements happening all the time.
The Eltham South Electric tramway is a shoddily constructed, cheaply run tourist tramway set somewhere in the Victorian bush. The motley collection of rollingstock is maintained by an even more motley collection of voulenteers, depending heavily on scavenged and recycled materials.
The rollingstock currently consists of three serviceable electric trams, with another two under construction or restoration.
530 was the first tram in the fleet, it actually predates the others by about 15 years. More on that later. It is scratchbuilt from plywood and various other stuff, and was originally powered by an old VCR motor. It still gets used as an unpowered trailer sometimes, pending restoration to operating condition.
V214 has been the main passenger car of the tramway since opening day. It's a Bachmann toastrack tram that has been somewhat modified to resemble a Melbourne tram of the same number, dating from 1906.
125A is an ex Sydney Baldwin steam tram motor. It is the main workhorse of the tramway, being used for perway traffic and track cleaning. Scratchbuilt from various scrap materials, with an LGB stainz motor block. Since both rails are used for current return it is battery powered with RC.
The LGB tram is a relatively recent arrival, as yet unmodified. It doesn't really fit the Australian theme, but I quite like it as is.
Ballarat 33 is the newest member of the fleet, only recently completed. It's a major rebuild of another Bachmann tram.
As well as the trams there's various freight and perway vehicles, but they can wait for the next post.