Progress was slow, and following an exciting railfan trip to the Eyre Peninsula, a decision was made to relocate the model to that part of Australia. Thus the Dutton Bay Tramway was born.
The operating characteristics of the small locos, combined with poor running four wheel wagons and unrealistic and non-performing couplers, left us disenchanted with narrow gauge modelling. An effort was made to improve reliability: a number of bogie wagons were constructed, the genesis of our existing goods vehicle fleet, and an alternative coupler was found, one based on the H0 scale X2F coupler. The wagons were a success, even though the bodies were somewhat crude compared to those built today, but the couplings proved to be no bettter than the originals, and as a result the model languished until eventually being dismantled following my marriage in 1973.
Later in the 1980s though two things happened. Peter made a bold commitment to exhibit a narrow gauge layout at Liverpool 1988, and I was transferred to England for a couple of years, my rolling stock naturally being cared-for by him. This combination resulted in the appearance of Anunaka in October 1988, and the beginnings of the Dutton Bay Tramway as it is today.
Currently our combined modules give us an exhibition standard layout in a "J" shape, 5.1m x 4.5m x 2.5m.
As well as trying to ensure that anything added to the layout is appropriate, we are strict on the running qualities of any new vehicles. Even though the BVR was nearly 30 years ago, our memories of trying to operate back then still haunt us, and so we require good running, properly adjusted couplers and "standard" weight before any item of rolling stock is seen on the DBT.
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Last Modified June 14, 1997