Since my changeover to the "dark side" as some have termed it, I expected people to loose interest in this blog and drop off. One thing that you can get on Blogspot is a counter to see how many times you have been viewed. More of a barometer which tells you if you have to try harder or can slacken off.
Just of late I had a look at some of the background info that you can view on Blogspot. One of the useless statistic (to me) is what browser is being used to view the site whether it is Internet Explorer, Firefox or other. Who cares as long as you can see it.
One of the more interesting statistics available is where the viewing traffic is originating from. You can see a map of the world which is coloured darker according to the amount of viewers. Then there is a separate listing of the number of viewers per country which are named.
Across the top of the screen you can then view these figures by total, monthly, weekly and the day itself.
In the month of May Australia was tops with 577 views, a great number from the US in 207, and in third place came Russia with 150 views. Now the wild card here is Russia, who would expect that number from there? Is it a lack of narrow gauge railways there that make them view? I don't know.
Now because the numbers were going up still I had a check of this weeks viewing numbers. Would you believe that Russia has jumped to number one with 123 views, pipping the Aussies at 76 and the US coming in a poor third at 14 views.
This has got me now puzzled with the great jump in views from Russia. Has word got around that there is this blog from Australia with narrow gauge. May be it is being viewed from the Kremlin and they overheard someone mention narrow gauge, then someone mentioned LGB, and then it was mixed up with KGB and I am now being monitored?? If none of the above is true then a good afternoon to all the Ivans in Russia.
SCENERY IS BELIEVING
Most of the track is down now at Eden with just a few sidings to be laid. I am happy how it has turned out so far. I now have a bus running under the layout (Maybe because there are no roads on the top so far) It has been tested and works so far. I am happy with the Haskell NA's and as can be seen in the photos they still have to have all the bits and pieces added. Two of the girls are currently down at Junee getting their voice boxes installed. They will hopefully return home on the Epping exhibition weekend.
One of the things I have been itching to get into is some scenery work. This is the part which brings a layout to life.
|NA loco on head shunt track to loco|
|Edging timbers for coal stage track|
|Driver tries to work out how he can get into the cab|
|Holden driver waits patiently for a level crossing to get to the mechanics|
|Future watering hole|
The shot also shows my first bit of ballasted track on the lower level, the upper level will be done when the ash pit etc is completed. Doesn't take the weeds long to start growing.
|Portrait Still waiting|
|Landscape still waiting|
|NA heads across the proposed level crossing site|
|Road base laid up to track|
|Not sure where the Holden is gone?|
|The Holden is back|
|First empty log train over the level crossing|
|Looking back towards Eden|
So the next job is to finish off the level crossing and get the road surface on. The local council were good enough to provide a tarred road up to the goods yard entrance, it will be dirt from there on.