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 Posted: Fri Oct 2nd, 2020 12:11 am
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Thank you for your nice comments, Peter and Michael 😊



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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 9





The photo on this update may not show much progress compared to the previous one, but there are a few additions to the Bank. First of all the floor is in place. The floor pattern is - like the facade - modelled from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne. Whilst the original has a full octagon pattern the bank only received 'a half octagon'. Instead an internal wall will separate the entrance hall from the offices and the vault. The staircase down to the vault is in place. Quite some work went into the stairs, but unfortunately they are not visible from the outside. As a result I have decided only to model the visible interior. It will be a compromise which will save a lot of time and the building may be finished not too long into 2021! The columns above the entrance are made from chicken skewers (after I have eaten the chicken!) and foil from cake cups (again I ate the cake first).
The pavers in front of the building are made from Scalescene prints. The uneven surface resembles the original surface. It will be a challenge to do the steps leading into the Bank. The grey base of the bank is too dark and will be repainted.
The roof is loosely placed on top of the building, which explains the gaps. The base of the roof is bending a bit, but should be flattened with the balustrades in place. The domes will be clad in green copper sheets from Scalescene.



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That's looking brilliant Claus - a real work of art.

It already looks good but with those copper domes, it will become the centrepiece of the layout.  Not the sort of building one would expect to find in a town called "Wombat Creek" - more like in some capital city ............. :shock:

Is it built to fit a specific area or did you have some kind of plans of Flinders Street ?



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That is coming in leaps and bounds and will look great once complete. 
Is the very English country church behind in keeping with the creek!? 



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TeaselBay wrote: That is coming in leaps and bounds and will look great once complete. 
Is the very English country church behind d fitting the creek!? 
 I guess there could be a few 'Poms' among the founding fathers of Wombat Creek!
I will try to alter the walls into bluestone walls more appropriate for an Australian church.



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Petermac wrote: That's looking brilliant Claus - a real work of art.

It already looks good but with those copper domes, it will become the centrepiece of the layout.  Not the sort of building one would expect to find in a town called "Wombat Creek" - more like in some capital city ............. :shock:

Is it built to fit a specific area or did you have some kind of plans of Flinders Street ?

Wombat Creek has some very lucrative gold mines. Among them are 'The Big Nugget Mine' and 'The Small Nugget Mine'. The mines will be part of the third extension of the layout which will include a small narrow gauge railway servicing the mines and local industries like a sawmill (supplying timber props) and an explosives factory.


All the wealth from the mines has to go somewhere and surely Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange will gain from this. Most of the gold will at some stage end up in the Vault but some has been sold and the money spend on the impressive building. The town's mayor Alfred Campbell happens to be the CEO of the Bank and wants to leave a lasting legacy. Thanks to him we also have Wombat Tramways.


Right from the very start of Wombat Creek Tramways I have wanted to recreate the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne, with the iconic facade of the station and the tram tracks crossing at a 90 degree angle. Another landmark will be 'City Hatters' next to the steps and 'Young and Jackson' hotel at the other corner.



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A great update Claus..... i know how long small details can take but it is really turning out to be a super model of the highest quality.
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New tram for Wombat Creek

A body of a double-decker tram has arrived at Wombat Creek Tramways. It is an old (?) Keil Kraft model with some minor defects.



The only Australian tramways with double-decker trams were the tramways in Hobart, which closed in 1960. It is possible one of the trams found its way to the mainland and Wombat Creek. Most of the Hobart trams had an open upper-deck, but a few were enclosed. He model is un-powered, which is handy since the tram has to be re-gauged from 1067 mm! The trolley pole will also need to be replaced with a bow collector.

So a few 'issues' to deal with, but I didn't expect to win the auction. How much did I pay? $2.00 + postage! A bit of a bargain, I reckon.



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