Ringbalin Sugar Cane Line

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I was facing a problem on my new layout the "Ringbalin Light Railway", I had sugar cane trains but no mill for them to run to and little room to add one.

My solution is fairly simple, I just started building another layout with a sugar mill as the centrepiece. This new layout is a standalone one with a planned interchange to the light railway.

I am using code 250 track (the light railway uses code 332) so it looks similar to what happen in real life around the area I live in.

A line will run out from the mill to a "farms" area and go through a reverse loop so there can be out and back traffic.

The loop is on a "Y" point that has no spring to keep it setting to one position, instead the blades "float" so that when a train approaches it pushes through the point thus setting it, and it departs back to the line, when the next train arrives it again pushes through the point and sets it to the opposite direction. This allows alternate trains to run around the loop in opposite directions (hope I have not confused to many folk).

With this new layout I will be able to run set and forget trains on the light rail (mainline) and do shunting operations on the cane line, I can add interest by having a train running on the interchange just to mix things up.

I have posted my progress so far on my blog for people to see the progress as this advances, this will save me time by not having to write things out twice and post a whole heap of pictures.

So here we go; Link to blog below hope you enjoy.
 

Riograndad

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That`s different and looking good so far,did I read correctly that you plan to have no access to the middle,If it was me I would put at least something in place to get to middle,and I`m talking from experience,thought all would be fine and after a storm I had to dismantle some of the railway to get to a building that had fouled the tracks after it moved and trust me it wasn`t supposed to and I never thought it would.:D:D:D.
 

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A very different stye of baseboard than usual! Looks like it will work well
 

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That`s different and looking good so far,did I read correctly that you plan to have no access to the middle,If it was me I would put at least something in place to get to middle,and I`m talking from experience,thought all would be fine and after a storm I had to dismantle some of the railway to get to a building that had fouled the tracks after it moved and trust me it wasn`t supposed to and I never thought it would.:D:D:D.
That is a good idea and when I finish the sugar mill I might add a couple of access hatches as a just in case.
The main mill building is sitting on a base 800mmx600mm so it takes up a fair amount of room. There will be at least 2 others an unloading shed and a molasses storage tank which will take up a fair amount of room.
That is why a separate layout was required because I couldn't fit it on the main one, well thats my logic anyway.
 

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A very different stye of baseboard than usual! Looks like it will work well
I went with a sort of octagon because the main layout has two angle edges (can be seen in second photo) so I just ran the second edge parallel to that then duplicated that on the other side.
As there will be a pathway around it there are no sharp edges to bump into when walking around controlling trains.
 

dunnyrail

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I note from your blog that the buildings are to be in the middle with the hope that access may never be required. Well worthwhile if you can to put a pop-up in place that can be hidden by buildings or scenery, that way you can make invisible access possible just in cases.
 

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The sugar mill is progressing.
I was going to put in a rum distillery, as in what is just down the road a bit, that would use the molasses but have decided to an ethanol plant might make an interesting addition.
I am looking at putting the big tank, which will be the ethanol fermenter, on a separate board that can cover an access hatch as per suggestions.
I still have to make 'the tipper' building which will sit astride where the rail is and the 'carrier' conveyor that takes the cane into the mill.
I made the mill with no openings to keep the weather out as much as possible, I might paint some windows on it later but looking at the mill down the road there are not many openings at all.

Sugar mill side.JPG

Sugar mill end.JPG Sugar mill end.JPG

Sugar mill end and tank.JPG
 
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I have been looking for something to simulate cut sugar cane for my train of cane bins. Turns out I had the perfect material right under my nose, well underfoot any way.
Its Sugar Cane Mulch I use it to control weeds in my garden beds I but it by the bale at the garden shops.

Cane mulch.JPG

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I did not even use glue to hold it in place, it just packs down when the train is run and if I lose any I can always top the bin up.
This will come in handy when I am doing shunting for the mill as I can just empty the train bin contents into a bucket to get an empty to send back out to the farms.
Another upside is that it adds weight to the wagon.
 

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The sugar mill and tipper shed have been completed and I am now at the stage of siting it and laying track.
Tons of roof and gutter silicone/mastic hold it all together

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Mill End and Tipper End.JPG

Mill and Tipper.JPG

The mill roughed in to position, it will most likely move as track is planned.
Mill and Tipper rough in.JPG
 

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