How did Kurremi begin?

We have had a passion for model trains for a long time, and began collecting them many years ago. It was not much fun taking these beautiful trains out just to run on a few meters of straight track on the verandah, so Jenny suggested making a garden railway, and WOW! the planning began!

Requirements:

A long track with corners of a reasonable radius to allow the larger engines to navigate around was designed in a corner of the yard overlooking the museum valley.

Setup of the frame

The track has a gradient which adds an interesting way of experiencing the varying pulling capabilities of the locomotives, and as there are two parallel tracks in the large loop, its also fun to compare the trains as one engine pulls away from the other.

The grade is a rise of 600mm over 25 meters, requiring an elevated track for the entire 51 meter circuit, ranging from 200mm to 2 meters high.

After the main loop was completed, a certain gentleman said "you know that you can't run live steam & electric on the same track". Why? "because of oil on the track". Soooo, we built another loop within the first - much smaller in 250 track. Then we thought "What the Heck! Lets have a Rack Railway too", so we had a third style of construction and hung the rail base from the side of the original loop.

Materials:

Building the railway circuits for the electric and steam trains

After much discussion it was decided to do all the vertical construction out of 1 inch construction grade steel water pipe with horizontal braces & stays held together with Downee clips – (why not weld? its cheaper, but very hard to pull apart and difficult to adjust for levels, which was critical later on.)

 




The Kurremi Village

The Kurremi Village

Many of the model buildings were hand made and painstakingly painted by a wood carver in Bathurst to achieve that ‘olden – times’ village feel. The buildings include a pub, Church, shops, saddlery, garage, smithy and more. All of the display village is assembled on boards so they can be taken in at night. We do get snow!

You can visualise the people going about their daily business, with the earliest Fords on the street, while the horse and cart still operating delivery of a load of beer to the Royal Hotel.

The figurines add fun and character to the setting, see if you can find the passenger sneaking a cigarette on the train platform, or the local taking a swift swig from his bottle of liquid refreshment?

Learning about Kurremi Garden Railway Trains and Locomotives

Each month, Kurremi Garden Railway will feature a selected locomotive, as appears in the Blue Mountains 'Discovery Magazine'. To learn more about the history of these remarkable trains, click here.