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 Posted: Sat Jan 8th, 2022 06:33 am
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Claus Ellef wrote: Wombat Creek Tramways no. 17 on a test run

The mechanics at the workshop have been busy this week. The former Hobart tram has been transformed from this:





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The photo shows the tram, now renumbered as WCT no. 17, at the tram stop in Victoria street. The rebuilt is almost finished. Still to come are two side steps and the seats of the saloon. To gain a more smooth run additional weight will be placed under the longitudinal seats.


Beautifully done, Claus. I like the livery too.

That looks like the old Batman Avenue terminus.



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What a great job you have done using that kit. Looks fantastic, I like the livery also but what of the spoon….!



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TeaselBay wrote: What a great job you have done using that kit. Looks fantastic, I like the livery also but what of the spoon….!
Hi Chis and Jeff,

The livery is taken from the Hobart tram no. 17, which resides in the Tasmanian Transport Museum, Hobart. Unfortunately the museum was closed during my Christmas visit to Hobart, but a friend from the Melbourne Tram Museum has supplied me with quite a few photos. The Wombat Creek no. 17 isn't an excact replica of the original but close enough.

Regarding the spoon I can tell you it is still a mystery to the good people in Wombat Creek. It seems to have disappeared again!



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Tram no. 17 – added weight and livery

The double-decker trams in Hobart did occasionally display an unfortunate habit – overturning rounding sharp curves. The tramways solved the problem by converting the trams into single-decker trams.



Wombat Creek Tramways will keep no. 17 as a double-decker. The test-runs have showed a tendency of the tram swinging from side to side, so I have decided to add some extra weight. A visit to a store selling fishing gear paid off. Two 20 grams lead sinkers have stabilised the tram. The shop assistant asked, where I would go fishing. To his surprise I replied: 'I never go fishing!'



The livery is very close to Hobart no. 17. As seen from the photo the tram sports very fine lines and a tramway logo on the sides. This was done in 'Photoshop' and later printer out on 'Transparent Clear Label For Ink-jet Printer Only'. Before applying the prints to the tram, they were sprayed three times with matt finishing sealer.



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A 'new' trailer for the Tramways

Quite a few years ago I bought one of the (in-)famous Atlas tram editions. Unfortunate – perhaps because I didn't do a proper research first - the model of a steam tram from Bern, Switzerland is narrow gauge. Fortunately it can be re-gauged to standard gauge even the model needs some alterations to resemble an Australian steam tram. 



The trailer was deemed to be of no use, but a friend from the Melbourne Tram Museum provided photos of the steam trams in Bendigo. They only operated for a short period between 1892 and 1902. The trailers were of slightly various designs but all more or less like the one from Bern. The Bendigo trailers had either 8 windows and platforms with open sides or 6 windows with enclosed platforms. The Wombat Creek Tramways went for a 'consolidated' version. So instead of being scrapped it underwent a minor rebuild. The platforms got solid sides and longitudinal benches and the bogies got wheels from a W class tram.




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