Ringbalin Light Railway

JimmyB

Semi-Retired; more time for trains.

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G Scale Trains, HO Trains, 1:1 Sugar Cane trains
Though not sure what the real thing actually looks like, from the photos I have seen this seems very realistic :)

To get an idea of the real thing, think of bamboo that has just gone through a very intense fire which has burned off all the leave and just left the stalks which is the look I going for with the weathering.

This will give you some idea of what happened prior to hand cutting, australian sugar cane fires - Bing images

The thinking behind it was to kill the vermin and disease (weile's disease) so the cutters weren't affected this was a big concern in the early days.

Later on the cane was cut by mechanical harvester (harvester pictures on this page as well as some cane trains) but there were still people on the ground, nowadays the cane is cut "green" with no fire involved.

In fact the last cane fires were lit here this cutting seasons from now on there will be none, bit of a pity because tourists used to flock to see them.

There were impressive, burned fast with an intense heat. I lit a number back in the day and believe me once they got going they burned faster than any bush/wild fire I have ever seen.
 

Benco

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Only things missing are a few cane toads and the rum distillery.
 

GAP

G Scale Trains, HO Trains, 1:1 Sugar Cane trains
Only things missing are a few cane toads and the rum distillery.
Going to put a distillery right next to the sugar mill when I build it same as the real thing.
The toads don't get a look in at all, all they are good for is golf shot practice.
 
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FatherMcD

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Nice job on the loco, wagons and the weathering, but could do with some flames in the background. Preferably not your house!:)
 

GAP

G Scale Trains, HO Trains, 1:1 Sugar Cane trains
Nice job on the loco, wagons and the weathering, but could do with some flames in the background. Preferably not your house!:)
Now you've done it.
You mentioned flames and I am thinking about that as a scene when I run at twilight/night
Something like a row of superbright LEDs shining up through some coloured material and a couple of fans to give movement
Bit like this
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dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
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Now you've done it.
You mentioned flames and I am thinking about that as a scene when I run at twilight/night
Something like a row of superbright LEDs shining up through some coloured material and a couple of fans to give movement
Bit like this
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That will work, when we were allowed to Dance at my local Jive Club every 2 months they had a Fure and Ice night with just such devices and very effective they were too. But probably only at dusk or night.