The Ringbalin Light Railway consists of two layouts the "Mainline" and the "Cane Line" that operate independently of each other but do connect via an interchange line.
The layouts are freelance, i.e. follows no “prototype”, the railways only exist in the Kepnock Valley which geographically occupies a part of my backyard and a portion of my imagination.
Track Plans of the layouts evolution can be viewed on the Track Plans page.
The first layout, the "Mainline", is an elevated dual level Large Scale/G/Garden railway with trains running on 45mm, Code 332 track .
It is a small scale operation with a few older steam engines and some small industrial diesel engines.
It mostly hauls raw sugar collected from a sugar mill via an interchange track plus a little timber and some freight, there is a passenger service for the town folk and a railcar service for the workers at the mill.
It has 2 levels which run across the "Back Fence" of the garden around the "Corner" formed by the intersection of the "Back Fence" and down the "Side Fence" (which runs the full length of the house block, but only a small part is used).
The upper level track then descends to the lower level with an overall grade of 4% which consists partiality of a 14 Foot long curved trestle bridge.
Once the 2 tracks are on the same level the line crosses a lift up bridge which allows access to the inside of the loop where there is a landscaped seating area around a firepit.
The lines then passes across a free standing table type area 900mm above the ground, it is here that there is a crossover formed by 4 LGB points so that trains can move from one loop to the other in both directions.
Both track loops then pass through an area, where there is a station and shunting sidings.
The upper track then ascends back up to the upper level via curved track, that crosses a bridge part way up, while the lower loop continues across the front of the shed on benchwork. It is here that there are two sets of points back to back that connect the interchange track from the Cane Line to the Mainline.
The second layout, the "Cane Line", is a single level Large
Scale/G/Garden railway with trains running on 45mm, Code 250 track; it has as it's centrepiece, a sugar mill precinct and there is a line that runs out to the "Farms".
At the end "farms" run there is a loop that has a Y point that has no centering and uses a loco pushing through the blade to change it.
The way that works is a train enters on the LH leg and exits on the
RH leg changing the point as it passes through; the next train enters on the RH leg and
exits on the LH leg and so on, each alternate train travels around the
loop in opposite directions.
The mill layout is a stand alone with an interchange line that connects it to the mainline layout.
So I can have a train running around the farms loop, do some shunting inside the mill precinct and a train on the interchange collecting the bulk sugar and have trains running out on the mainline as well. This should provide some operating opportunities.
In real life cane lines and the mainlines never connect to each other because of the different guages, Cane 2ft; Main (in Queensland Aust) 3ft 6 inches, the mainlines do run spurs into the mills to load the bulk raw sugar this is the logic behind the plan.
There are another pair of points that will take a planned line running into the shed with storage tracks under a HO layout Ringbalin Light Railway HO Division located inside my shed.