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The Real Hunter Valley
Nestled between the South Pacific Ocean and the
Great Dividing Range to its west the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia is
a major coal and wine producing area. Coal has been dug there since the early 1800s and
shipped to the port of Newcastle for almost as long.
Wine too has been a major component of the Hunter
economy for almost as long. If you would like more information on this region there are
several interesting sites, some official others not so, that I will point you to as you
The Hunter Valley Lines
The HVL is based on a real location and prototype.
The prototype for rail operations is one of the J&A Brown Company's coal railroads.
The South Maitland Railway did exist. It is well
documented in many magazines, books and historical articles some of which I have in my
collection, others that I have sourced through public libraries in NSW. Some were even
taken from private collections of residents around the area along with some of the
historic associations in the Hunter Valley.
The HVL is a mish mash of ideas and thoughts and
operational possibilities and provides me with the enjoyment I feel I need to get from
modelling railways. I am not about to apologise to the purists. The type of modelling I do
will not stand up to the glare of the rivet counter.
However, it is fun, I do run the models I like, in
the settings I enjoy and have a fun time developing my version of history.
So if you are the type who like to nit-pick, save
both of us the trouble and do not go further, if you like to see modelling, well executed
and enjoyably used then come on in.
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