NZ120 Competition: Rangiuru Passing Loop, East Coast Main Trunk, Bay of Plenty

This is one of two layouts submitted for the NZ120 Boxfile Layout Competition.  Please review this entry and the other entry and cast your vote. Voting will close on 10 August 2011 and the winner will be announced.  The names of those who entered will be revealed once voting is completed.

Rangiuru Passing Loop, East Coast Main Trunk, Bay of Plenty

This is one of two layouts submitted for the NZ120 Boxfile Layout Competition.  Please review this entry and the other entry and cast your vote. Voting will close on 10 August 2011 and the winner will be announced.  The names of those who entered will be revealed once voting is completed.

Rangiuru Passing Loop, East Coast Main Trunk, Bay of Plenty

Rangiuru is approximately 10km east of Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty in a rural, predominantly kiwifruit growing area. Topography of the modelled site is generally flat, except for the freezing works which is situated on a slight rise. Kiwifruit shelter belts and orchards form the majority of the lineside scenery along with the kiwifruit packhouse (and associated rail loading bay) and the freezing works rail yard.

Rail infrastructure consists of a main line, two passing loops and two rail-served industries on opposite sides of the main line from each other. State Highway 2 crosses the freezing works spur on a concrete overbridge and a side road approaches from the north and crosses the main line at a level crossing with bells and lights.

The plan shows the Railways-owned site spread across three box files, with the fourth used to represent the freezing works industry across the state highway from the mainline and passing loop. Black lines represent rail lines and red lines the approximate boxfile outlines. The plan is not drawn to scale but is intended to be modelled in NZ120 or TTn3.5 using 9mm gauge track. The time period is not fixed but I would say anytime from the late 1970s onwards. Since there are no passenger facilities I assume these would have been demolished by this time, if they existed at all. Little remains of the trackage at the site currently (2011) except for the main line, but this is where modeller’s licence can come in!

Operations would consist of:

  • Through services: Forestry traffic (empty eastbound, loaded westbound) of log wagons (ULA, USL bogie bolster flat wagons, LPL four wheel wagons), box wagons (ZA, ZP bogie vans and KS, KSP four wheel box wagons) of sawn timber and containers (UK, PK container flat wagons) of wood pulp. Motive power would be DA, DC, DF, DFT and DX class diesels.
  • Kiwifruit packhouse: Shunting services of ZA, ZH or ZP bogie vans.
  • Freezing works: Inbound livestock wagons and empty refrigerated container or box wagons; outbound empty livestock wagons and loaded refrigerated container or box wagons of meat. This particular meatworks had its own shunting locomotive (a TR class 0-6-0) which would make shunting operations more interesting.

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