Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd

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A narrow gauge railway between the mines, the sawmill and the explosives factory

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Thats nice clean white card Claus - I thought it was styrene when I first saw it.  Is it mount-board ?  I use greyboard for my carcasses but someone gave me a piece of mount board recently and it's a much better product than the grey.

What glue do you use to stick styrene to the card ?


Hi Petermac,

It is mount-board and I use 'Boyle Craft Glue' ( 30-60% vinyl acetate polymer, 35-45% ethyl alcohol and 20-30% acetone) for the plastic sidings. It takes a while to dry but eventually it sticks.

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Presumably that's what we'd call "PVA" (polyvinyl acetate) north of the equator plus some odd solvents ……………..

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Petermac said

Presumably that's what we'd call "PVA" (polyvinyl acetate) north of the equator plus some odd solvents ……………..

Could be, but the glue is colourless. I use white PVA for paper and cardboard.

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Hmm - obviously not the same stuff although PVA does dry clear .....................

I wonder what it would be up here ................presumably it's good stuff otherwise you'd just use PVA or "Tacky Glue".

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The walls are up

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The corrugated walls are all up. The task took longer than expected, but now the painter can get on with his job.

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Getting there

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With the walls painted, the doors hung and the roof up, the out-buildings at the Big Nugget Mine are almost ready to use. Still to come are barge boards, gutter and downpipes. The blacksmith also needs doors and a window shutter before I can focus on the interior.

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Finally finished

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The out-buildings at the Big Nugget Mine are all ready to be used. From left to right you will find the door into the dirty change room. After a shift underground the miners will go here and strip off their dirty clothes and hand them over to the caretaker, who resides behind the second door from the left. The caretakers job is to examine the miners' clothes for any hidden gold nugget in the pockets or seams. Hence the nickname 'nit-picker'. After a shower the miners will step over a foot high doorstep into the clean change room behind the third door. Here the miners will put on their clean clothes and get ready to board the train back home.

The building in the middle houses the first aid room and the carbide light room. In the light room the miners' headlamps are refuelled and maintained.

The blacksmith's shop is situated in the building to the right. The blacksmith plays a crucial role by repairing drill steel tips, picks and shovels. The interior of the blacksmith's shop hasn't been done yet, but will consist of a forge, an anvil, trough, tools and of course the blacksmith himself.

How did I come up with this 'story' about the buildings? Well, it is not pure fantasy. The photo below shows similar buildings at the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo.

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Interesting Claus, don't tend to associate Australia with gold mining.


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What happened?

From this:
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To this:
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in 30 minutes!

I hope the chief engineer has a plan!

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Is the Chief Engineer stil thinking about his plan or what ?  They need to put some hazard tape around that sink-hole before someone falls in …………:mutley

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Petermac said

Is the Chief Engineer stil thinking about his plan or what ?  They need to put some hazard tape around that sink-hole before someone falls in …………:mutley

Just spoken with the chief engineer. He confirmed he has a plan. First step is to enlarge the sink hole!

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