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I, Claus Ellef, have built model railways since early childhood in Denmark. As a son of an railway employee and living next to a main railway line it is to no surprise. So far I have started – but never fully constructed – four model railway layouts. The last one was rather substantial but ended up been abandoned for around 20 years. My spare time was instead spent with a heritage railway. In 2014 it was finally dismantled. I put the buildings and rolling stock in storage. The tracks were donated to a local railway club.

The reason for the above decision was a move to Australia with my Aussie wife. Being a train and tram enthusiast the journey from Denmark to Melbourne went by rail trough Russia, Mongolia, China and South-East Asia. The only flight was from Singapore to Darwin. The whole journey is recorded on http://www.payne-ellef.dk

Before leaving Denmark I had already considered getting back in to modelling. This time it had to be a portable lay-out, not occupying to much space and related to our new home town, Melbourne. So the obvious choice was a lay-out with a trams. The result is 'Wombat Creek Tramways'.

Wombat Creek is a H0 (1:87) scale model of a fictional town situated somewhere in the Victorian Goldfields, Australia.

The time is 1963. Geelong wins the VFL Championship against Hawthorn (109– 60). John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. ValentinaTeresjkova is the first woman in Space. The men behind The Great Train Robbery get £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London.





The town consists of several buildings. The “Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange” is a prominent building in the town centre. You will also find several other commercial buildings; among them the daily newspaper“W.C. Chronicle”(colloquial known as the "Toilet Paper") and “Wombat Creek Brewing Company” (Famous for the “Wombat Bitter”). “The Big Nugget Gold Mine” is situated at the Western outskirts of town near the small Chinatown. The War Memorial is in a small park along East Street.

The town’s mayor Alfred Campbell together with his son David Campbell owns several businesses, including the bank, the pub and the newspaper. AC/DC basically run the town and make most decisions on behalf of the rest of Wombat Creek’s residents, who, on the other hand, are too busy with their own businesses.

The mayor’s latest initiative is Wombat Creek Tramways. Wombat Creek doesn’t really need a tram system, but AC reckons tramways will improve the town’s reputation. Partly because of limited funds the tramways' construction and rolling stock depend heavily on second-hand requirements from other Australian and overseas tramways.


After two years of modelling, phase one out of three is coming along. The tracks are down and most of the buildings (kits and scratch builds) are in place. The kit buildings stem for some part from my old Danish lay-outs and the scratch builds are inspired by real buildings in Victoria Victoria. Due to the fact the trams mainly run in direction I have chosen to build an analogue lay-out. Only shunting into the depot requires the power supply to be reversed.





'Wombat Creek Tramways' have their own web-site, wct.payne-ellef.dk. On the website I show the latest progress in writing and photos. I also – with great in-frequency – put out issues of the 'W.C. Chronicle' with news-stories from Wombat Creek. The last article was about the Seekers' concert at the 'Mug Punter Hotel'.



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Very good, Claus.  You certainly have embraced the Ozzie vernacular.  I haven't heard the expression "mug punter" for donkeys' years.

Let's face it; all punters are mugs.  You'd hafta be.  :lol:

Nice layout.  Looking forward to more installments of the story.  :cool:

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:hi Claus, welcome to the club.

Interesting looking tram layout, looking forward to hearing more.



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Hi Claus,

Welcome.

When are AC/DC performing at the Mug Punters? Do all the muggins in town use the hotel for a punt? Sounds a chancy place to be.

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Welccome to the club Claus. :Welcome

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Hello Claus,

Welcome to the club.

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Hi Nigel,
Unfortunately AC/DC will not perform at the Mug Punter Hotel. In Wombat Creek time has come to a stand-still - the year 1963. In Wombat Creek AC/DC refers to the mayor Alfred Campbell and his son, the editor of W.C. Chronicle. The only performing and singing they do will be at the local watering hole 'The Wombat Cave'.



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Hi Max,
Many of the shops, businesses and venues in Wombat Creek are named with a bit of a twist! The dentist is dr. Molar and the local GP is dr. Paine. The interesting fact is, they do excist in real life. Just try to google.

Below is a few other examples of appropriate names.



The Bell Brothers use the slogan 'Best in the Ground'. They did consider 'Heaven or Hell - Ring Bell'!
The painters at the brewery are busy repainting the big sign for 'Wombat Bitter'. Well, two are not so busy painting. Instead they are testing the local brew! If the logo looks familar it is not a coincident. VB - Victoria Bitter - has been inspired to do a similar logo (or perhaps it is the other way around).

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Hi Claus

My late uncle Charles was an optician/optometrist.

He had a sign C.WRIGHT on the wall of his shop.

Fair dinks.  :cool:

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Good day Claus, very nice layout, I build card trams have considered building a diorama sometime, your layout looks very clean and organised, well done.

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Great work. Well done

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Two new houses are been constructed along the East Street. The are designed as 'fibro-houses', which later will infamously known for the use of asbestos cement as a wall material. I have adapted the history behind the designs from the following website: http://architecturebulletin.com.au/autumn-2015/a-home-for-every-taste-the-nsw-small-homes-service/


The Small Homes Service was instigated in Victoria by Robin Boyd and The Age newspaper in 1947 and later introduced in NSW. The Sydney Morning Herald and Home Beautiful lobbied to establish a service along similar lines to that established in Victoria. In New South Wales building costs had doubled between 1939 and 1946 and building materials were very hard to get. There was up to a two-year wait for bricks in some areas with no brickworks.

In September 1952, designs from the Victorian service were published in the Sun Herald. The aim was to raise the standard of home design. Designs were in brick (S/B), brick veneer (S/BV) and timber (S/T). The total number of designs in September 1956 was about 40.

It was among the timber house series that the more modern designs could be found. Despite considerable effort by Bunning to promote modern architecture the public seemed to prefer the more conservative designs.

While the New South Wales service overall may not have been viewed as a success, the regular publishing of designs had an impact. The combined living-dining area ‒ initially the result of the need, in the late forties and early fifties, to plan houses in a compact manner to meet official size restrictions ‒ became widely accepted. Living areas opened onto paved terraces. Designs contributed to the idea of informal living for which Australia is now known internationally.





The designs of the two houses in Wombat Creek are S/T 632 and S/T 663. I found the designs on a website from https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/post-war-sydney-home-plans-1945-1959 . The picture shows an original advertisement from 1956. The designs may be compact but they still take up a fair part of the to 'blocks of land' next the tramway depot.

Instead of using the infamous fibre-cement 'Durabestos' I will use cardboard as the main building material. I will try to keep to the colour scheme as seen in the advertisement. So far the walls have been cut and glued together. Next steps are to glue thin strips of paper over the 'gaps' along the walls and to apply some coats of paints.




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Lovin' this! You have to have a wombat featured somewhere, a bill-hoarding, a 'Wombat Soup' perhaps?

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Hi Doug
Thank you very much for your comment. I certainly going to feature a wombat somewhere on the layout. It will probably have to wait a few years when I get to the more rural part of the tramways.

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Hi,A photo shows the slow progress on the fibro houses. The walls have been painted in colours close to the ones in the add. The green is a little darker, though. The window frames are cut from a white 0.4 mm styrene sheet.



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Hi all,


The construction of the fibro houses is slowly progressing. One of the features of the houses is the rather larger windows allowing a lot of light into the interior. Unfortunately the windows also allow you to have a good squeeze into the houses!


I usually don't model the interior of the buildings with the exception of shop windows, which are fully decorated. In the case of the fibro houses I find it necessary to put up wall paper in the lounge rooms and hall ways.


So I have been on the internet to find good pictures of 1960's designed wall paper, curtains and doors, They have all been through Photoshop before being printer on ordinary paper. The outcome is visible in the photo.



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Hi again,
2 weeks of holidays enables me to start on a major project at Wombat Creek Tramways. This time it is the long waited tram barn at the depot. The 'foundations' and the floor were put in place a long time ago. Now I have the time and materials to erect the building.






The model is inspired by the former Victorian Railways' tram depot in Elwood. Between 1906 and 1959 VR operated a broad gauge tram line between St. Kilda railway station and Brighton Beach railway station (VR also ran standard gauge trams between Sandringham to Black Rock and Beaumaris). In March 1907 a fire destroyed the barn and the entire fleet, but both the barn and the fleet were rebuilt later the same year. To read more about the Victorian Railways' tram lines go to http://www.hawthorntramdepot.org.au/papers/vrtram.htm
The new barn in Elwood was clad in corrugated iron and featured some very distinctive inward leaning windows, which will be the main feature of my model.






In real life you will attach the wall to the already placed posts and beams, but I have taken a different approach. I have put the walls together, cut out openings for the windows and attached the posts and beams to the finished wall. Instead of working from the inside and out, I have worked from the outside and in!






All the posts are slightly longer than the walls allowing them to stick into pre-drilled holes in the foundation. Which allows me to move the building from the layout – giving me easy access to the building itself and the interior.






So far walls and windows are finished. Since the ends of the barn will be quite open for glances of the interior I have modelled the window frames on both sides with the help of a white paint marker straight onto clear plastic. It works quite well.






Next step is the rafters and the roof. This time I will do it the 'proper' way around – first getting the rafters up and later lay the roof.


What has happened to the fibro houses? Well, literally the are both in the shadow of the barn! But both houses are progressing well. Whilst I am waiting for paint or glue to dry on the barn I work on the houses. They are both under roof and just need gutters, downpipes and supports under the carports.



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That is coming along nicely! Looking forwards to the next set of pics

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Hi all,

A couple of pics to show the progress with the tram barn. Putting the rafters together was a bit 'fiddly' but I think, they came up all right.  :lol:





I have no idea how the double-decker tram turned up in Wombat Creek. The only Australian city with double-deckers was Hobart, but they didn't look like this one. Well, the tram is used to make sure, it is possible to run a double-decker tram into the middle road of the barn.

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I'm enjoying this Claus.  :thumbs

I love your sense of humour - as Max said, you've picked up the local vernacular extremely well.  I particularly like the vision of  AC & DC running WC ....................... :lol: :lol:

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It is hard to believe 2 weeks of holidays are almost gone. It has been a race to finish the tram barn. The weekend will be spent at the Melbourne Tram Museum and at the 'footy'.

Well, I almost got to the finishing line. The barn is up and running. Compared to the original there is a few adaptations and compromises (sounds better than 'mistakes'). The barn needs bit of weathering to remove the shine of the corrugated iron panels. Rust will be added to show some ageing.




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Just discovered this layout and I really love the way it's firmly planted in time and space in 1963 Australia.The tram barn is amazing and I love your shops and bars etc.It's going to be great to watch this one develop.What's the origins of your trams???
Cheers,John.B.

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georgejacksongenius wrote: Just discovered this layout and I really love the way it's firmly planted in time and space in 1963 Australia.The tram barn is amazing and I love your shops and bars etc.It's going to be great to watch this one develop.What's the origins of your trams???
Cheers,John.B.

Hi,
Thanks for the nice words from John. Since my last photo I have done a bit of weathering and 'rust' on the barn. The rolling stock is mainly made up of three Bachmann Brill trolleys. They have been bought on Ebay for a reasonable price. They aren't really of Aussie design but not too far from the Adelaide H Class. But as you can see a new tram has arrived - a Melbourne W6 class. It is from Cooee and un-powered. I plan to scrap one of the Brills to motorise the W6. It doesn't sound too difficult but apparantly it is not straight forward to dismantle the W6. I'll keep you informed.


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Bachmann in the USA still has powered and dummy Brill trucks in the spares section.

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The weathering of the barn has really brought it to life. It looks fantastic!

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BCDR wrote: Bachmann in the USA still has powered and dummy Brill trucks in the spares section.

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Thank you, Nigel. I have visited Bachmann's website. It is cheaper to scrap one of my Brills, which was bought for that purpose anyway.

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TeaselBay wrote: The weathering of the barn has really brought it to life. It looks fantastic!
Thank you!

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Lately I have been tinkering around the two fibro houses. The 'garden' at the blue houses is mainly made up of grass – very long grass. The residents are not gardeners!
The grass is made with 'teddy bear' material from 'Spotlight', hairspray and a small and cheap spray bottle with diluted green acrylic paint. The result is not too bad – only a few clumps of grass. I still need to add a couple of gum trees, a garden shed, a Hill's hoist and a few more 'surprises'.



It is a bit hard to photograph the street side of the fibro houses, but with a mobile phone on 'selfie setting' it looks like this:

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Work around the Fibro houses has continued. A wooden fence has been erected on top of the bluestone wall along the tram barn area. The garden around the green house has been laid out. As seen on the photo the owners of the green house are better gardeners than the neighbours. The lawn is nicely cut and lined by blue-stones. The garden beds are ready for planting. The concrete slab for the garden shed has also been poured. The tree in the corner is a wattle – probably needs a few more flowers to give it the right yellow colour.


At the back of the tram barn Ray Knott, the local joiner, has loaded his Volkswagen full of left over wood from the construction of the barn. A water tower (yes – the real barn in Elwood had a very distinctive water tower) and a shed for tools are next on the 'to-do-list'.

The tank wagon is a more than 40 years old Jouef track cleaning model. And no – it doesn't advertise the well-known beer VB – Victorian Bitter. In Wombat Creek the only beer to drink is WB – Wombat Bitter!



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Hi all,

The angle may be awkward but the photos shows the latest additions to the gardens around the two fibro houses – the garden sheds. The family in the blue house are not gardeners, so the lawn has only been mowed in a short strip (explanation will follow) and the door of the shed has fallen off the top hinge. The garden around the green house is much neater and the garden shed is well maintained.
Perhaps you have noticed the red dot in the grass. A Victorian icon – a footy (an Australian rules football). In fact, it is a grain of rice painted red!

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A night time view of Victoria Street

Saturday August 24 I went by train to my volunteer work at the Melbourne Tram Museum. At Caulfield Station I spotted a sign advertising the nearby Model Railway Exhibition. Fortunately the museum was not very busy so I decided to leave early and visit the exhibition. I was presented with some very fine layouts in both HO and N scale, but my interest was also caught by the different stalls selling model railway 'goodies'.

A bag of 'Clump-foliage' became the first purchase. Nothing special, but something I need for my gum trees. The bargain was three 90 degree crossing for Atlas for just 60 % of the normal retail price. Pretty good, even I couldn't find a fourth one. The crossing are needed for a future extension of Wombat Tramways. A stall had different LED streetlights for sale. Not something I had in mind for the time being but the price was okay. So I ended up buying a set of three for $10.

Back home I had to wait a week before finding time to install the lights. They came with resistors attached so I have hooked them up to a 9V battery. I am quite pleased with the result, so I will order some more online.



In day light the scene looks like this

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Lunch time

All trams are out and running and it is time for the an employee at the tram barn to enjoy his lunch. A close up on the newspaper reveals it must be early October 1963. The front page informs the readers, Geelong has won the VFL Grand Final.


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Claus Ellef wrote: Lunch time

All trams are out and running and it is time for the an employee at the tram barn to enjoy his lunch. A close up on the newspaper reveals it must be early October 1963. The front page informs the readers, Geelong has won the VFL Grand Final.


 
Is that a good omen for 2019 then ? :mutley

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Sol wrote: Claus Ellef wrote: Lunch time

All trams are out and running and it is time for the an employee at the tram barn to enjoy his lunch. A close up on the newspaper reveals it must be early October 1963. The front page informs the readers, Geelong has won the VFL Grand Final.


 
Is that a good omen for 2019 then ? :mutley
I hope not! I follow the Tigers!

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It's a six, but...


The kids in the blue house have been playing a bit of 'backyard' cricket. It is hard to figure out how they could bounce a ball and run in the long grass, but they did. In fact one of the kids batted for a six. The ball went over the back fence and – by closer inspection – through one of the windows (second from the right) in the tram barn. No wonder they all have done a runner and left the stumps and bat behind.

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Claus Ellef wrote: No wonder they all have done a runner and left the stumps and bat behind.


England cricket team, please take note :lol:


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Yes Ed - we're good at that ........................... doing a runner, I mean !!

Is the broken window painted on Claus ?

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Petermac wrote: Yes Ed - we're good at that ........................... doing a runner, I mean !!

Is the broken window painted on Claus ?
No, I dilled a very small hole in the plastic window .

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Quiet times at Wombat Creek Tramways


It has been rather quiet around Wombat Creek in the resent weeks. The reason for this is the manager's (read my) holidays in Taiwan. After arriving into Chiayi by 'bullet train' (top speed 298 km/h) it was time to explore the Alishan Forest Railway a 2ft 6in narrow gauge railway. Along the line the track winds in and out of 10 tunnels in a way, no railway modeller would even think of!
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G'Day Claus, that has been a fun and enjoyable read, I love the fact that you have given life to your layout with all the stories and information. It sounds like a fun place.Robyn

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Wombat Creek Memorial Park


It has been a while since I have posted on the progress of Wombat Creek Tramways. Holidays in Taiwan and work have taken up time, but some construction has taken place.



A new bandstand – or rotunda – has been erected next to the Memorial. It is modelled after the local bandstand. It is not exact copy. E.g. the railings are different. In fact they are made from left-overs from the Heljan Brewery kit.


At the moment concrete footpaths, nicely moved lawns and garden beds with mulch (made from used the content of used teabags) make up the parkland around the bandstand. Later I will plant some bushes, shrubs and trees and perhaps place a few benches. Interestingly you will hardly ever find people using a bandstand, so I may consider not populating the area.

After completing the bandstand only one major feature is missing from this part of Wombat Creek (I will eventually draw a detailed track plan) – a water tower next to the tram barn. Why the tram barn in Elwood had a very prominent water tower is a bit of a mystery to me. Perhaps it served a nearby powerhouse. I will enquire at Melbourne Tram Museum.


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Nice bandstand Claus.

Are you going to have a band playing in there ?

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Petermac wrote: Nice bandstand Claus.

Are you going to have a band playing in there ?
Maybe on Australia Day 😉

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Diesel locomotive 56 and Scrubber no. 1

Most tramways will have scrubber cars and Wombat Creek Tramways is no different. 'Real' tramways will convert old trams into scrubber cars but Wombat Creek has no surplus of old cars, so I came up with another solution – a diesel locomotive and a tank wagon. I know it is not a solution, you will find at an Australian tramway, but it will serve the purpose here in Wombat Creek. The tracks will be cleared of dust!


On a holiday in Austria some 40 years ago I bought the Kleinbahn locomotive. It has not had a lot of use being in storage most of the time. The wheels and gears had become stuck but a dose of WD40 made it running again. The number '56' comes from a small Victorian shunter, V56, with the same wheel configuration and an almost similar look. It was once used to shunt Metro trains through a washing complex. And yes, the gauge is not right! You may think the colours are the old VR livery, but it is not. They symbolise Wombat Creek with the blue being the 'creek' and the yellow being the gold.



The tanker is an old Jouef track cleaner. The decals on both the locomotive and scrubber are home-made and printed on an ink-jet printer. The first attempt didn't do too good. I chose to print without a background colour (transparent) which made the decals very visible. The second attempt with a blue background is far better but not perfect. The colours could have been a bit brighter, but perhaps they have faded in the Aussie sun! Another 'issue' was the white print in 'Scrubber no. 1'. Of course 'white' on a printer is 'no ink', so it turned up transparent. Well, that was sorted with white paint before the decals were attached.

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Christmas in Wombat Creek

Everybody in Wombat Creek is busy getting ready for Christmas, but the council workers have managed to plant some mature bottle-brushes along the back of the Memorial Park.



A closer inspection reveals the shrubs are made from sisal rope, brown paint and Woodland Scenics foliage and flowers.

On behalf of all the people – young and old – in Wombat Creek: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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And the same to you too Claus - hope you have a great Christmas and that 2020 is kind to you.

Oh yes, nearly forgot - the bottle brushes look great - nice idea using the sisal.


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Looks great. I love the band stand, can imagine a brass band playing there. 
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The Wombat Creek Tramways' controller

I haven't done a proper drawing of the lay-out, as it stands at the moment. Since all tracks are down there is no real purpose for a drawing, so I'll give you a photo of the control panel instead.



Obviously the black lines are the tracks. The reason for three tracks going right to the left edge is the tramways will eventually be extended depending on time and room. The necessary points and crossing are in storage.
The red push buttons control the points. Three points are still not connected and one points is unfortunately very unsteady.
The black push buttons control the power to the tram-stops. The tracks are under constant power and the trams will come to a stop, unless the black buttons are activated.
The slide switches are normally one, but they make it possible to stop a tram between stops.

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Thought is worse than reality

Around six months a finished the two fibrohouses. Well, almost finished the green one. The roof over the entrance didn't get its supports,which are set on angles. I considered that to bee too 'tricky', so the project ended up in the 'too-hard-basket'. But the fact is – thought is worse than reality.


Over the summer holidays I have done quite a bit around Wombat Creek and couldn't no longer avoid the green fibrohouse. And of course – the job was done in about 30 minutes. A length of balsa wood, six pieces of green stem wire, super-glue and some Woodland Scenic for the flowers did the trick. It is a little difficult to photograph the house in situ, but I think it came out all right.

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Garden news from Wombat Creek

During summer holidays quite a bit of work was done on the lay-out of Wombat Creek. Most of the 'projects' still needs the finishing touch, but the photo shows one being almost finished.



The garden around the blue fibro house deliberately looks somewhat un-kept because the family has other interests. The newest addition to the garden are the two tall gum-trees. They are made from florist wire, 'no-more-gaps' filler, some paint and Woodland Scenic material. They came up all-right even though the canopy is a bit wide. The cubby house is made from gum-tree bark and a piece of corrugated iron (plastic). The bark has the right texture and colour, so no weathering was needed. The rope ladder hanging from the cubby house is a very thin slice of corflute panel. A dive into my wife's sewing supplies gave me the materials for the hammock. To finish the scene I only need to find a person for the hammock and a child to climb up the ladder.

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Ray Knott's Joinery getting ready for business

Life in Wombat Creek is going on nice and quiet. Not of new-build for the time being. Only to more 'major' structures are planned – a water tower behind the old tram shed and probably Leaky's plumbing will get a building on a vacant spot next to the Mug Punter Hotel.


Ray Knott's Joinery is housed in a building which once was part of the Brewery. The building resembles the Brewery building. In fact the walls and windows are left-overs from the Heljan brewery kit. A wood storage (partly visible in the centre of the photo) is made from  balsa wood and a small piece of corrugated iron (well, corrugated plastic). The wood on the top is small strips of balsa. The hardwood at the lower shelf is strips of bark from a gumtree.

The parking lot is a bit uneven because of tree roots (read 'bad glueing') and appears worse on the photos than in real life.


The second photo shows more of the area near the tram shed. Concrete still needs to be poured between the rails, and the lamppost should be adjusted to a more vertical position. I will give the council workers a call!

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The Water Tower Erected

The water tower next to the tram barn in Elwood was a prominent feature. It is somewhat unusual with a water tower at an electric tramway, but a fire in 1907 destroyed the barn and the entire fleet. Perhaps the water tower was later installed in case a new fire should break out. Anyway – Wombat Creek Tramways now have their own water tower. The first photo shows the tower under construction. The tower itself is made from wooden I-beams from 'North-eastern Scale Lumber Co.' The beams come in 11'' lengths and are easily cut with a sharp knife. The base for the water tank is a square of balsa wood. The tank consists of two caps from juice containers. The black top is another left-over from the Heljan Brewery kit.



After additional details like reinforcements at the joints, water pipes and a ladder the towers is painted 'metal grey' before the water tank is added. Like the water tower in Elwood the tank is clad in an advert for Peters Ice cream.



The third photo shows the view from the front of the tram barn. Road numbers have been added to the barn and 'speed restriction' (5 mph) is in place at the entrance. A while ago I ask for help regarding road signs from the 1960's. Trevor (Xford) was the man to help me out. He dug out his old book of 1970 Road Rules and emailed me copies of the relevant pages. Thank you very much, Trevor. More signs will be put up in the near future.


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That's looking great Claus.  :thumbs

I love the water tower - very "American" and, as far as I'm aware, such a structure didn't exist in UK but it really does look the part there.

I am slightly surprised there's a water tower at a tramway depot - water and electricity don't make good bed-fellows ……………. :roll:

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Petermac wrote: That's looking great Claus.  :thumbs

I love the water tower - very "American" and, as far as I'm aware, such a structure didn't exist in UK but it really does look the part there.

I am slightly surprised there's a water tower at a tramway depot - water and electricity don't make good bed-fellows ……………. :roll:
 Thank you very. I was inspired by a few photos. This is the link to one from the Public Record Office Victoria:

https://prov.vic.gov.au/search_journey/select?keywords=rs/0820


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Horse stables for the Racecourse
Being on school holidays usually means at least a few days of travelling but not this year. Thanks to COVID-19 I am confined to the house and garden. Which of course gives me time to read books, to mow the lawn, to repot a lot of plants etc. Fortunately I also have time to work on Wombat Creek Tramways. A few minor tasks have been accomplished. Among them some constructions at the Racecourse.

An odd-shaped, walled-in area between the entrance to the Racecourse and Racecourse Road has been a bit of ‘problem’. From the street-side it looks fine but sitting at the edge of the lay-out the area itself needed some attention. The solution was the construction of a few stables for the racehorses.

The stables are made from cardboard with corrugated roofing from leftover plastic card. The horses come from my childhood train layout, so they will be around 45 years old. Probably too old for racing. To give them a bit of shade during the hot summer months a cheap tree has been planted after being improved with extra foliage and colouring to reduce the bright green.


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Woody's is open for business
Woody’s timberyard has been completed for quite some time – except for the crane used to haul in and out large pieces of timber. The timberyard sits right at the back of the layout, so the buildings are only a couple of centimetres deep.


The figures on the fence come from a similar fence around a timberyard in the Danish town of Svendborg. I am not sure it is still around. I caught the image from Google Streetview and put it through Photoshop. In real life the board was a real piece of wood, but being at the back of the layout I decided a ‘flat’ print will do (The 3 foot rule?).

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Leaky's Plumbing Service

My third project during my stay-at-home holidays dealt – like the horse stables – with an odd shaped area. This time it is next to the ‘Mug Punter Hotel’. I often search the internet for images I can use as inspiration for future buildings. I came across a few photos of a South Australian blacksmith shop advertising horseshoeing. They gave me the idea to construct this small building. Due to the size of the spot the proportions of the building is much smaller the original, but the features are pretty much right.


The corrugated iron cladding is vertical on the front and back, but horizontal on the sides. One of out-buildings to the side is with stonewalls re-enforced with steel beams. The very vigorous plant near the front is also found at the original building. I haven’t worked out how to write/paint ‘Blacksmith’ and ‘Horseshoeing’ on the corrugated front, so I may end up with a sign above the door. Another challenge is the interior. The building was design to have the front towards the street and you wouldn’t be able to see inside, but it works better being turned 90 degrees.


The fence looks a bit worn down, but what else would you expect after the business was taken over by ‘Oscar Leaky’s Plumbing Service’! Oscar is so slack he hasn’t bothered to put up his business sign. To be true the signage is delayed because of COVID-19. I get my signs etc. printed at Officeworks on high-quality paper, but I don’t think a trip to Officeworks will qualify as ‘essential travel’.

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If you have a colour printer, you can get sticky label paper in A4 size with 1 Peel off strip.  The trick is to build up enough signs to put onto one sheet to run it through the printer!  That would only involve 1 trip to Office Jerks to get a pack of about 20 sheets for around $12.20 - just checked the website

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/quirkii-a4-adhesive-paper-20-pack-aumsa420p

I used this stuff to make the building sides shown on

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=9679&forum_id=14

and fill in the spaces with other signs or loco number boards, 

Hope this helps

Regards

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xdford wrote: Claus,  
If you have a colour printer, you can get sticky label paper in A4 size with 1 Peel off strip.  The trick is to build up enough signs to put onto one sheet to run it through the printer!  That would only involve 1 trip to Office Jerks to get a pack of about 20 sheets for around $12.20 - just checked the website

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/quirkii-a4-adhesive-paper-20-pack-aumsa420p

I used this stuff to make the building sides shown on

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=9679&forum_id=14

and fill in the spaces with other signs or loco number boards, 

Hope this helps

Regards

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Hi Trevor

Thank you very much for your reply. I have some self-adhesive  transparent sheets, I can put through my printer. It works quite well. I have used them for my 'scrubber car'. The challenge will be the corrugated surfaces of the building. How to get the sticker to follow the actual surface so it looks like it is painted directly on the walls and not stuck on. I will test it out and let you all know, how it goes. 

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Hi Claus,
Some of the Trainz buildings and other textures that you can find on the net are good enough that you can get away with stickers particularly at normal viewing distances. To wit as an example...   

https://www.shutterstock.com/search/galvanized+sheet  which if you can manipulate it a  bit with paint or similar (who needs photo shop?) can look quite presentable!

Cheers

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xdford wrote: Hi Claus,
Some of the Trainz buildings and other textures that you can find on the net are good enough that you can get away with stickers particularly at normal viewing distances. To wit as an example...   

https://www.shutterstock.com/search/galvanized+sheet  which if you can manipulate it a  bit with paint or similar (who needs photo shop?) can look quite presentable!

Cheers

Trevor




Hi again,Leaky's Plumbing Services is situated right at the front of the layout, so I need to get the lettering right. I am back at work (though it is teaching 7from home) so Wombat Creek is at standby, but I hope to get bit of work done during the week. 

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Hi Claus,
Good luck with the online stuff... I've been doing a bit with my U3A lot on a one to one basis and that has been heavy going! 

You may be interested in the following thread on the Model Railroader site. Tom did also have a section on Australian signs (Golden Fleece, Ampol, Brockhoff Biscuits etc as I recall) but not sure where they are on this thread!

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/162879.aspx

Hope this helps!

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An Aussie icon in the backyard

No backyard would be right without a Hills Hoist. Of course the two gardens around the houses had to have the Aussie icon for drying your laundry. A bit fiddly to do. I had to reduce the number of strings from six to four, but I think they came out all-right. The clothes are made from tissue paper painted with a very diluted acrylic paint.


The garden around the green house still needs some work. The garden bed is too empty and where is the second icon from the 1960's – the incinerator?

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I'm with Doug here Claus - brilliant modelling !!

That first shot looks so realistic ......................................... :roll: :lol:

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Petermac wrote: I'm with Doug here Claus - brilliant modelling !!

That first shot looks so realistic ......................................... :roll: :lol:

Thank you. I am especially pleased with the green hoist in the background!

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Gum tree for the brewery

The paved area behind the brewery, the shops and Ray Knott's joinery has been somewhat 'boring', so something had to been done to make it more attractive. A while ago a small building – formerly the stables for the brewery's draught horses – got erected and some fencing applied, but the area still needed more to be attractive. So I decided to plant a tree – a rather big gum tree.

I started off with florist's wire to form the trunk and branches.



The wire was then covered with no-more-gaps filler. It takes a while to try but remains flexible for some time, which gives you the opportunity to keep adjusting the shape of the tree.



Once dry the whole tree was painted light grey with a few darker strokes. Brownish paint simulates rough bark at the base of the tree as found on some gum trees. Finally the canopy was added using Woodland Scenics light green foliage.



Before planting a small area of cobblestone was 'dug' up and replaced with some grass made from 'teddy bear fur' sprayed with a light green paint.


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That's a beauty Claus. So very Australian.

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All looking very neat.  I live the hoist - a great idea and replica.
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Running out of room


Stage 1 of Wombat Creek Tramways is almost finished. Well, it will probably/hopefully never be finished. Still some 'concreting' to do between the rails and a couple of points to wire. But otherwise, all major features are done. So it is time to think ahead.


Unfortunately I am running out of room. 'The Tram Room' should have enough space for stage 2, but at the moment the room also serves as a office. My wife and I are both working from home due to COVID-19.


But I have done some forward thinking. I do have a plan for Wombat Creek Tramways, so I had a pretty good idea of the next step, which will have to fit onto a 900 x 900 mm square. On Ebay I got a very good deal: two Peco points fitted with motors for $25. Unfortunately they are a quite long version, so could they fit in?






Some cardboard was cut to the right size and I could measure it all up. The points didn't fit in the expected spot, so the plans had to be redrawn. The result is a far better line-up! The points will sit at a major tram stop, which gives the opportunity to go in two directions. It will also save me two point a a crossing on stage 3. The 90 degree crossings (four of them) will connect to the existing track at the front of the lay-out. The points near the church will lead to a track at the back of stage 1 (behind the town hall). The last three points are spares for stage 3. The two quarter circles are for drawing curves.


So what now? Wait for the virus to disappear or try to get started on stage 2 already. It can be done without being put in place. Just a matter of lining up the tracks. I prefer the last option.

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Running out of track

In my previous post I was running out of room. A bookcase was 'un-stacked', moved and finally re-stacked and more room for Wombat Creek Tramways appeared! It is now possible to extend into stage 2, The photos shows 'the blank canvas' that will be the town centre in a couple of years!


So enough room, but not enough tracks. I have the five crossings and the points needed, but a mail order will soon be done for more flexible track. I will keep to posted on the progress!

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Wow, that looks like a very useful extension Claus.  Do you have plans ready for it or are they still being formulated ?

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Petermac wrote: Wow, that looks like a very useful extension Claus.  Do you have plans ready for it or are they still being formulated ?
HiI do have a plan. In fact I have already put down four 90 degree crossings at the end of the tracks in Main Street.  A photo will soon follow. 

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Inspecting the curves 
The work on the extension of Wombat Creek Tramways is on its way. A couple of engineers are inspecting the latest track work at the intersection of Main Street and The Golden Mile. The four right angle crossings are working quite well, but the crossing just to the left and outside the view has caused some issues with older locomotives. The engineers also have some concerns with the curvature right before the points. The track geometry isn’t great.



The reason for this is partly how Wombat Creek Tramways is constructed. The mayor of Wombat Creek, Alfred Campbell, decided with the help of his son David, editor of the W.C. Chronicle, the town needed a tramway. (The rest of the good people of Wombat Creek are too busy with their own businesses to care). To keep the costs down AC/DC decided to purchase tracks, points and rolling stock second-hand, if possible. So they bought a pair of points for a very good price, and as a result of this the Tramways got an unnecessary curve!

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A day for celebrations in Wombat Creek

Saturday 30 May 2020 is a day to remember in Wombat Creek. The tracks on the new extension have been laid (and re-laid due to a curve being too tight) and wired. The circle line is now fully operational with up to three trams running at the same time.



The photo shows the single line along Lt. Church Street. The line was planned to run in front of the church, but resulted in a curve in Church Street being too tight. The curve was eased but one of my three identical (?) still derails negotiating the curve. A problem to solve at a later state.

The shop fronts are mock-ups of real shops from the streets of Melbourne. They have just been printed and glued to cardboard to give me an idea, how they fit in. Before a final print each shop front has to go through Photoshop to get rid of electric wires and poles in front of the shops.



The control panel for the extension is a temporary fixture made from a take-away container! The tracks are still the original lay-out. The two unused holes are for the now re-positioned points into Little Church Street.


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Quiet days in Wombat Creek

It has been quite a while since I have posted an update from Wombat Creek, but here is some news.

Even with two weeks of holidays the progress has been rather slow. Not due to lack of time, but because the tram room also serves as an office for my wife, how has to work from home due to COVID-19.

During the last few weeks the main focus has been on the shops along Church Street and the church itself. The shop-fronts are made from photos of real fronts from Melbourne streets. They have been through Photoshop to remove unwanted features like parked cars, tree branches and people. The depth of the houses varies from less than a centimetre to 5 cm. I still have to do awnings and signs.





The church is a second-hand Hornby model, which I purchased a while ago. I plan to change the colour of the walls and of course install the stained-glass windows. The railings are made from thin plastic card and green stem wire. I think they came out quite well.

Hopefully I will get more work done in the weeks to come. Who knows - we may unfortunately soon be under stricter lock-down here in Melbourne.

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Oh no, I'm sure your wife doesn't mind you working on the railway while she is working.....  :mutley
Looks good, I like the idea of printing off the shops for the back scene.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 1
 
Until recently my main focus has been on the buildings in Church Street and the Market. The next task is putting up signs for the different shops and businesses. The signs are ready to be printed on 300 gr. paper, which I can’t do at home. Unfortunately the printer at my local Officeworks doesn’t work, so I have to wait finishing the buildings.
 
Instead I have put forward the construction of the Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange (for now on just called the bank!). It will be the most challenging construction so far and I don’t plan to see the finished building in the near future.
 
The walls are constructed out of 2 mm mount board. The first photo shows the parts making up the front of the building. Everything will be cut by hand, which has been time consuming, but the current lockdown here in Melbourne gives a lot of time at home!
 
The second photo illustrates the assembled front and end walls in its future position at the intersection between the Main Street and the Golden Mile. The proportion between the bank and the building to the right of the photo isn’t quite right, so the latter of the two may need to be repositions further back on the lay-out. Fortunately it is not a major challenge to move a 4 storey building in scale HO!

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Hi Claus,

On first glance on the mockup, I was thinking Flinders St Station!!  It should look quite good!
Cheers Mate,

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xdford wrote: Hi Claus,

On first glance on the mockup, I was thinking Flinders St Station!!  It should look quite good!
Cheers Mate,

Trevor

Maybe you are right  :roll:

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During the weekend a team of bricklayers went to work at the Bank.





In fact the bricks are printed on a photocopier and later glued on. Looks very 'substantial' for the time being, but I hope some 'trimmings' will enhance the look of the building.

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An update from Church Street

An unexpected day off from work gave me the time to do the signs for the shopfronts in Church Street. By temporary removing St. Ursinus Church it is possible to do a photo of the entire row of shops.



From left to right you find:
An antiques store - it is in real shopfront somewhere in Melbourne
LJ Hooker Real Estate - perhaps not the only 'hooker' in the street!
TAB betting - Church Street is probably not as innocent as you may think
Church Street Spirits - well, it is after all Church Street
Town and Country Vet - an existing veterinarian clinic somewhere in Australia
Burke and Wills Surveyors - an unfortunate name for such a business (if you are not familiar with Australian history, they got lost whilst exploring the Outback)
Pet Shop - making sure the vet will stay in business
The Black Cat - perhaps another name could be 'Gentlemen Club'. Definitely not related to the Pet Shop!
'Shop to Let' - honestly ran out of shop names. Anyway it appears pretty run down
The Toy Shop - you should be able to buy to model trains and trams somewhere
The Rug Shop - again a real shopfront from Melbourne
Sputnik - selling clothes for the young adults. The year is 1963 and the owner got inspired by the latest Space craze

I am still working on Queen Victoria Market located adjacent to the shops and of course the long-time project with the Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange.

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Spot the difference

I spotted a nice photo of Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, on the internet. After a make-over in Photoshop it came out like this:



It will be positioned towards the very back of the layout, so was it really necessary to improve the front. The shadows give it depth already. Anyway I made a few extra copies, cut out the columns, glued them to 1.5 mm cardboard and finally glue them in place on the front. Spot the difference.



I think it was worth the effort.

The sidewalls will be extended and a proper roof added. It has to wait until the hard lock-down in Melbourne is over and I can purchase a board for the the background. The market is in front of a curved 'corner' making the back part of the roof some of a challenge to get right.

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A great street coming together there and I like the use of photographs for the buildings.  Some great names in there too. I also use photos, but only for temporary buildings and to help with "town planning" and I have just started to convert them to models, although I have quite a few left to do.
Ironically I am also building a street scene which will have a market at one end, and mine is Abbey Street.  Who would have thought two similar scenes on opposite sides of the world?!

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 3

During the last three weeks or so columns and 'cladding' have been added to the front of the Bank. The 'cladding' is made of narrow strips of paper towel of the type you buy on rather larger commercial rolls. It took quite a long time to glue in place, but ended up with the right texture. The paint is acrylic and a home-made mix of white and 'yellow ochre'.


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That's a substantial building Claus - now I know where our bank charges go ............................. :lol:

A brilliant idea to clad it in kitchen paper - never thought of that but you're right - the texture would be spot on.  Did you soak it (the paper) in PVA or glue it in the traditional manner ?


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Petermac wrote: That's a substantial building Claus - now I know where our bank charges go ............................. :lol:

A brilliant idea to clad it in kitchen paper - never thought of that but you're right - the texture would be spot on.  Did you soak it (the paper) in PVA or glue it in the traditional manner ?


I soaked the paper towel strips in diluted PVA (approx. 1 : 1) before applying them to the building. After drying the paper became quite firm, but easy to adjust if additional glue was applied. I was quite unsure, if it would end up in a mess during painting, but the paper stuck very well.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 4

We are still on strict lock-down in Melbourne with a nightly curfew and only allowed 1 hour of daily exercises less than 5 km from home. That makes life a little bit difficult, but thanks to the Internet I have be able to keep modelling the Bank.

It is no secret it is modelled after the grand facade of Flinders Street Station. I have been able to google a floor-plan, which has given me the length of the main entrance. In addition to this I have a drawing which is no to scale, but still a great help getting the dimensions right. The main source of information though, is Google Street View! In short – the model so far has been done without a recent visit to the station.

Since my last post the facade has undergone some progress. The walls are almost finished. The dentils (small squares at the top) are numerous, cut and glued in individually.

The stain-glass window is taken from an almost front-on photo. To get the size and shape right I scanned the cardboard cut from the opening and with Photoshop adjusted the photo to fit the scan. Two copies (one reversed) were printed on a transparent self-adhesive label, cut out and stuck on each side of a lid from a take-away container. Perfect fit first time! I will use the same method with the flooring. Scan the odd shape of the floor and get the tiles to fit.



Next my attention will go to the back of the building. Even it can't been seen from a 'normal' viewing point, it must be done up nicely.

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Top marks! That really does look like its going to be the part!

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The back of the Bank will not be visible once the building is in its final position in Wombat Creek, but I still want it to appear as well done as possible. At least I know it is done right!

For the time being bits and pieces are sticking out at the ends of the wall because I don't know, how wide the adjoining buildings will be. Part of the wall features may be extended to the two walls at the end of the building.



The construction will continue with the flat roof, which will be detachable. That will give me access to the interior of the building, which will be visible through the front entrance. Window frames are also high on the agenda.

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All looking very good and I'm impressed that you are finishing off the unseen rear of the building - it certainly looks the part and will be a great feature building.
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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 6

The flat roof has been cut and the construction of roof details can commence any time.





The gaping window holes have also been filled. The window frames were drawn in OpenOffice Draw and printed on transparent self-adhesive labels. Each frame has been done in two copies -one for the outside and one for the inside of the building. The frames were stuck to a sheet of clear plastic before glued in place. The are slightly opaque but less than shown on the photos. The front windows still need some panels and posts, before they are finished.









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Hi Claus and wow,

This landmark building gets more impressive as you complete each element.  

Superb modelling and thank you for sharing your techniques.

Best,

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 7

Just a small up-date on the progress with and around the Bank. Windows are now proper framed.
Next to the bank a department store is under construction. It is a card-board kit from Metcalfe. It is low-relief and was intended as such, but due to its depth the building will not fit along the back of the lay-out. Instead a rear wall will be constructed and the store will eventually sit nicely next to the bank.



Until it is possible to get printing done at Officeworks (still out-of bounds due to Covid-19) the interior of the Bank and the back of the department store will have to wait. Likewise the pavement in front of both buildings. Instead the attention will be on the roof. I can do some work but again some printing has to be done.

Along the top of the walls will be a balustrade, which I intend to buy ready-made. Unfortunately the only OO/HO balustrades I can find online come out of England. They seem to be a good quality and reasonable priced, but postage is a problem. Currently an order from England has been under its way since July 25!

Do any of you know if its is possible to find a supplier in Australia or do I test my patience and order from England?

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HI Claus,
I seem to remember a modeller of my acquaintance using  notice board pins with a plastic body and a styrene cap that could double as the upright... just cannot remember exactly who it was!  I think they will be staple items at Coles or Woolies... I will keep an eye out for them!  Check out the J Burrows Push Pins at Officeworks!

Office Jerks have these for $3.14 each packet.

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/j-burrows-push-pins-assorted-50-pack-jbpushpina

hope this helps!

Cheers

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xdford wrote: HI Claus,
I seem to remember a modeller of my acquaintance using  notice board pins with a plastic body and a styrene cap that could double as the upright... just cannot remember exactly who it was!  I think they will be staple items at Coles or Woolies... I will keep an eye out for them!  Check out the J Burrows Push Pins at Officeworks!

Office Jerks have these for $3.14 each packet.

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/j-burrows-push-pins-assorted-50-pack-jbpushpina

hope this helps!

Cheers

Trevor


Thanks Trevor. I will give it a try 😉

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 8

Have you ever tried to work with 'spherical geometry'? Well, if you have to construct a dome you certainly have. Triangles have curved sides and the sum of the interior angles exceeds 180 degrees. It is even possible to construct spherical triangle with two right angles! Great fun and difficult to get right.



The bank is now 'crowned' by one large and two small domes. The photo illustrates how the larger dome is supported by 8 curved 'beams'. The drawing for the beams was done in OpenOffice Draw. Since the curves originates at the corners of the octagon they do not follow a circle but are slightly 'elongated'. This will create semicircles at the middle of opposing walls. 



PVA glue, clothes pins and a lot of patience helped getting 8 segments in place. They don't not match up as well as I wanted, but the domes will be covered with copper panels from Scalescenes.



Just waiting for Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted and the printing can be done. Until then the work on the Bank has come to a halt.

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Wow - that looks very complex Claus but very well executed.  :thumbs

I'd have gone with  a flat roof.......................... :oops: :lol:

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Very impressive, it it going to be a very fine building when it is finished.  The domed roof will be most eye catching and a change from the normal fayre.  
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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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The domes are clad in copper sheets. I still need to add details such as capping along the ridges and decorative features.

The clocks at the entrances are in place. Not quite as the original building in Melbourne. The first attempt was too big and didn't allow enough room for the well-dressed banker to enter without his hat been knocked off. Handrails will be added to the steps aiding the elderly costumers.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 11




Lately I have been working on the interior of the Bank. I have decided only to do the entrance hall and the central banking room. The remaining rooms will not be visible once the building is in place.
Well, the same could be said about the central banking room, as seen in the first photo.






If the roof is removed more details are visible. Of course the bank needs its roof, so the long term solution will be installing a few lights in the ceiling above the tellers. Long time ago I bought a string of 100 micro LEDs from Bunnings. It is a matter of digging them out from storage, cut a few from the string, calculate the need of resistors and install them above the tellers and in the entrance hall. Perhaps a project for the approaching holidays.






From now on the attention will be at the roof. The domes aren't finished and balustrades will be placed along the edge of the roof.

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12 noon in London apparently! 
That looks fantastic, I really like the detail of the steps merging into the slope. Fantastic modelling.

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I began the construction of the Bank during the lock-down here in Melbourne and have been relying on images I can source from the internet. One image showed some dimensions of the room above the entrance, which made it possible to calculate the width of the model. Another image showed an overall drawing enabling me to calculate the proportions of the building. Unfortunately the second drawing isn't quite true to the building as it stands in real life. To the right of the main entrances the drawing didn't show the extension of the booking office and the upper parts of 'City Hatters'. I have begun to rectify this 'mistake' as shown.






You may notice a screw in front of the new extension. It is set into an 'underground' beam. Unfortunately the entrance to 'City Hatters' is in the basement! The beam must be moved. Fortunately all the screws are still accessible. The run of the steps down to the shop entrance can't be found remotely, so I may visit central Melbourne for the first time in many months. At the same time I can do some photos of the window displays, which I can use for the model. Perhaps I will also purchase a new hat at the same time!

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Merry Christmas from Wombat Creek Tramways






I had hoped Myer (department store) would be ready for Boxing Day sales. Despite three days of intensive construction work on the site the extension of the original store front still lacks roofing and other features. Hopefully the store will be ready for a 'grand' opening in January 2021.


I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Oh dear Claus - we use Myers to send gifts etc. to relatives in Brisbane - hope they're open soon !!!

In passing, your bank looks absolutely fabulous.  As Chris said, I love the way you've merged the steps into the slope and a mightily impressive building all round.  No wonder they charge so much for overdrafts ..................

Superb modelling Sir !!!

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Petermac wrote: Oh dear Claus - we use Myers to send gifts etc. to relatives in Brisbane - hope they're open soon !!!

In passing, your bank looks absolutely fabulous.  As Chris said, I love the way you've merged the steps into the slope and a mightily impressive building all round.  No wonder they charge so much for overdrafts ..................

Superb modelling Sir !!!
Not a problem. Myer in Wombat Creek is still open for mail order. Time in the Creek hasn't moved on since 1963, so you need to mail your orders by post!  ;-)

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 13


The Melbourne Tram Museum has been closed since late March 2020 due to COVID-19, but with the restrictions easing in Melbourne the museum may soon open to the public again. After being closed for such a long time the trams had become rather dusty, so some of the volunteers went back on the 2nd of January to start cleaning.






On my way to the museum I did a brief stop at Flinders Street Station. The facade is the inspiration for Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange. As can be seen from the photo I think, I have done a good job so far considering I have done all the modelling from pictures found on the internet. I also took the opportunity to photograph a few details of the roof along the concourse and the area in front of City Hatters.

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Myer is open for business


As planned/hoped the Myer department store in Wombat Creek is now open for business. After a frantic few days of work the roof is finished and signs and railings are up. A taxi rank in front of the store is ready for use – unfortunately the town's only taxi is on route to Gum Nut Gully.






As can be seen on the photo entering the department store will be a bit of a challenge due to the lack of a footpath near the revolving door, but I am sure that will not deter the customers getting to the good bargains.






Deliveries to the department store are through the doors at the back. At the moment the sit high above the ground but that will be rectified at a later stage with an elevated back-road.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 14






The tramway modelling has been on hold for a while due to holidays (In case you don't remember, holidays are days of leisure spent away from home. Yes, it is possible in Victoria!). Before we went on holidays I had time to work on the roof of the Bank. The copper roofing has been finished with capping along the ridges, windows and ornaments. I still need to finish the roof with small spires and a flagpole.
The top of the facade will be finished with balustrades. Trevor suggested earlier to use push pins for the balustrades. I duly went and bought a packed, but they turn out to be too big and chunky. Ordering pre-made balustrades from Britain is out of the question due to postage ($75+), so I need to come up with something else.


Chris (Teasel Bay) noticed earlier the English church in the background. Could it be out of place in Wombat Creek? Well, on holidays we had a stop in the old gold mining town of Beechworth. It was like being in a real life Wombat Creek – just missing the trams. The old bank had a vault for gold and the Anglican church looked like this:






I guess it could be somewhere in England. You do have blue sky over there?!  :hmm

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That church could indeed be in England Claus - occasionally, there are blue skies but there's usually rain too.

I was also marvelling at your Gold Exchange building - there's been an impressive transformation from this :



To this :




And just to highlight what a brilliant model it is, I thought I'd include this shot of the finished model with people and trams in frame :roll: :


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Sensational buildings Claus,really impressive!!
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 Well done, Klaus, that is a truly superb build and it has really interesting following the progress from those early beginnings Peter cleverly reminded us.  It would be a super build in itself, but as such an accurate interpretation of the real building, it really is impressive.  The only problem you have now is, how do you follow that?
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Thank you all for your kind comments.

The next build will certainly not be as elaborate and complex. What's next I don't know at the moment, since I still have fair few things to finish on the Bank.

After a lot of contemplations I have come to the conclusion, I cannot make a proper balustrade on top of the building myself. Instead I have ordered a laser-cut one from ScaleModelScenery together with other 'bits-and-bobs'. The postage to Australia wasn't too bad!

The base of the building also requires some work. Handrails for the steps and next to the steps a display window for the 'City Hatters' shop. The shop itself is in the basement. Unfortunately (or perhaps of course) in the same spot as a 'cross-beam'! Next to 'City Hatters' there is room for a well-known Melbournian hobby shop.

To finish it all off two canopies will cover the footpaths (in British English: pavements) in front of 'Myer' and the above mentioned shops. Plus I haven't decided what to do about the clock under the dome. I have thought of a working one, but perhaps it will not look right.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange - part 15

Life in Wombat Creek is pretty quiet at the moment. Recent work includes some 'underground' adventures. To make room for the basement of 'City Hatters' a crossbeam under the Bank has been moved 45 mm to the west.


The roof of the building is finished, finally. The central dome has been topped with a flagpole, which bring me to the following question:


How to model a flag?


A paper flag will look like - a paper flag on a stick!


Any ideas? Please, let me know.

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Quality work, Claus!

Flag? How about good quality Sellotape (Durex?) Cut double length, fold around a black painted pin, crumple (no wind..?) and then go at it with spirit markers or enamel paint.....

Before Peter gets all schoolboy giggly, I understand that Antipodeans refer to Sellotape as 'Durex'.

That reminds me, did you hear about the newly-weds who didn't know the difference between Vaseline and putty? No?





All their windows fell out....


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Chubber wrote: Quality work, Claus!

Flag? How about good quality Sellotape (Durex?) Cut double length, fold around a black painted pin, crumple (no wind..?) and then go at it with spirit markers or enamel paint.....

Before Peter gets all schoolboy giggly, I understand that Antipodeans refer to Sellotape as 'Durex'.

That reminds me, did you hear about the newly-weds who didn't know the difference between Vaseline and putty? No?





All their windows fell out....


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Thank you for the idea. I will give it a try though it will be difficult to paint the Australian flag. Perhaps a combination of a paper flag and tape will do the trick. 

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 16

While waiting for the balustrades to arrive from England my attention has been on the road at the back of the bank. It will hardly be visible from a normal point of view, but I know it is there and it must look right.



The area has been raised some 15 mm above the baseboard, which has caused a small issue with Myer's display window. A few steps will connect the lower footpath to higher grounds. The surface of the road is made of fine sandpaper which looks quite real apart from the joints. Retaining walls will be built along the footpath next to Myer and in front of the vinegar factory. Why vinegar? It will give me a reason to model a famous sign (at least famous around Melbourne) of a skipping girl. Not sure how I make her skipping at night time. Neon lights in H0/00 scale are rare!

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Another pub for Wombat Creek

In real life Melbourne the intersection of Swanston Street and Flinders Street features two iconic buildings – Flinders Street Station and Young & Jackson Hotel. The station has already been resurrected in Wombat Creek as 'Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange', so time has come to the hotel.



A recent five day lock-down in Victoria gave me time to make a mock-up of the hotel. With photos from the internet and some time with Photoshop I came up with a composite image of the buildings. The first version may have been true to scale but appeared too big compared to the surrounding buildings. The photo shows the second version which sits a bit better with the existing buildings. Due to space limitations the Wombat Creek version of Young & Jackson will not be an exact copy of the original but, hopefully, it will be recognisable. For the time being I have no schedule for the build. I will need to pay a visit to the original to investigate a few details – including the bar!

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And this is why Claus would visit the bar

https://www.youngandjacksons.com.au/chloe

all research of course !

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Well,  to decorate the inside to the Nth, he would need to take a few pics,  scale them to 1:87 ... Uh oh  too dark, in for more research...
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I've looked very hard but I can't quite make it out - is that a Cartier or a Timex watch she's wearing ?

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Just before a long weekend here in Victoria I received a packet from Scale Model Scenery. The postage was reasonable and I only had to wait five weeks.



The main reason for the order is the balustrades for the Bank, but why not get a few additional items?
The barrels will be beer kegs full of Wombat Bitter.
The signs and the cable drums belong to the Tramways (even Wombat Creek Tramways at the moment operates without over-head wires!).
The joiner Ray Knotts and the plumber Leaky will take possession of some of the workbenches.
Lastly some of the bicycles will be sold from a shop yet to be opened, probably next to City Hatters. Wombat Creek has already a store selling bicycles (among a lot of other items including radios and televisions) but some competition will lower the prices and benefit the good people of Wombat Creek.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 17





The balustrades are up. They were easy to assemble with some tight fits on top of the columns. The roof area of the Bank is finished – at least for the time being.

My focus will now be drawn to street level. The two shops to the right of the stairs have to be finished. Canopies along Main Street and The Golden Mile are also on the drawing board.

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The balustrades really finish off the bank nicely.That's a great touch for an amazing group of buildings...looking the business now Claus!!!
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I agree with John - the ballustrades look excellent.  A brilliant group of buildings.  Will Messers Knott and Leaky have shops in the block or are they elsewhere ?

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Claus, What with John Dews Grand Hotel, your Imposing Bank and then there's Peters Viaduct ?? (Cough Cough)  It makes my little card shop fronts seem all inadequate !!  :lol:.        
Great Job  :thumbs

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Petermac wrote: I agree with John - the ballustrades look excellent.  A brilliant group of buildings.  Will Messers Knott and Leaky have shops in the block or are they elsewhere ?
Ray Knott's Joinery and Oscar Leaky's Plumbing Services are well established businesses in Wombat Creek.





The joinery shop is in a building formerly a part of the Wombat Creek Brewing Company (famous for its Wombat Bitter). It is made of left-over panels of the Heljan brewery kit.





The plumber has set up shop next to the Pug Punter Hotel. Situated at the edge of the lay-out the building is rather small. It is lacking signage. I am still pondering how to 'paint' the letters onto the corrugated walls.

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Sol wrote: And this is why Claus would visit the bar

https://www.youngandjacksons.com.au/chloe

all research of course !

Also a reply to post 129 and 130.

Did some research into the interior of Young & Jackson yesterday. Unfortunately the photo ended up like this:



I will need to go back! Next time the order will be photo followed by beer instead of the opposite!

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Hmmm looks like a very shaky camera hand to me !I wonder why !!  :mutley
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Hi Claus,
Out of interest, are you using a stud contact system? Just noticed the "proud"  what might otherwise be track nails in two photos ago!

Look forward to your interpretation of how to make sure that Chloe becomes a prominent feature on your layout.  Be a shame to tuck her away in some very obtuse corner inside the building where it cannot be seen from the street!

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As a fellow Melburnian, I second all the accolades for the superb modelling here. It is not exaggeration to put it alongside John Dew's Granby when it comes to superb free-form buildings, and very difficult shapes to boot. Great to see everything coming together. What I particularly like is the way it captures the essence of Melbourne while being a construct of some iconic buildings which are variously dotted around town. Very clever indeed.

SWMBO gives your Myer 5 Stars and she should know!.

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xdford wrote: Hi Claus,
Out of interest, are you using a stud contact system? Just noticed the "proud"  what might otherwise be track nails in two photos ago!

Look forward to your interpretation of how to make sure that Chloe becomes a prominent feature on your layout.  Be a shame to tuck her away in some very obtuse corner inside the building where it cannot be seen from the street!

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Hi Trevor
It is track nails. They are a bit too long and will go through the board if I nail them right down to the sleepers. They will eventually be covered by the road surface.

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Lovely photo................................ :roll: :roll: :roll:

Is there something else I should be looking at on this thread - I thought it was a model railway forum ?  :lol: :lol: :lol: :cheers

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Claus,
Chloe is a babe! And she's not even wearing a vest...she'll catch her death!!! You have to try and maybe feature her on a poster or something!
  I was looking at your Birmingham tram kit awhile back and decided it was near enough to do a conversion to an SHMD tram,so I purchased one myself.I also have several West Ham trams that will magically become SHMD also.I got myself a Cardiff tram(motorised Corgi) off Ebay as well, and. when I tested it, to my delight it had internal lights fitted, so it's looking like a 00 scale tram layout will be appearing sooner rather than later...
...I blame you! :lol:
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Covered walkway along Myer

Work on the covered walkway (canopy) along the Myer department store has commenced. The columns are meat skewers with footings made of M4 'lock nuts'. The crossbeams are made of cardboard.



At the moment I am constructing the 'rafters', which will support the roof.

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Skewers,locknuts and cardboard!!! Now that's what I call re-purposing!
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georgejacksongenius wrote: Claus,
Chloe is a babe! And she's not even wearing a vest...she'll catch her death!!! You have to try and maybe feature her on a poster or something!
  I was looking at your Birmingham tram kit awhile back and decided it was near enough to do a conversion to an SHMD tram,so I purchased one myself.I also have several West Ham trams that will magically become SHMD also.I got myself a Cardiff tram(motorised Corgi) off Ebay as well, and. when I tested it, to my delight it had internal lights fitted, so it's looking like a 00 scale tram layout will be appearing sooner rather than later...
...I blame you! :lol:
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Hi John,
You have given me an idea! Of course Chloe has to be a feature of the pub. Nowadays she is at the second floor and not visible from the outside. I think I will get her down to the first floor near an entrance and she will be seen through an open door. It will also require a new visit to the hotel to get a proper photo of the distinctive carpet!

By the way, if you take your photo before the beer, Chloe looks like this:


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And after the beer she looks like...???  Cheers  Trevor

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Looking forward to seeing the carpet Claus.  :thumbs

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A new home for Chloe

As I mentioned in my comment to John (Granby Junction, post 3030) I went to the 'tram room' and commenced the construction of a new home for Chloe. I have abandoned the name 'Young and Jackson' for the hotel, so for the time being the hotel is unnamed.

As of the 12th of April the building has come so far:



The building material is cardboard with a few sticks on balsa wood. All 70 windows and doors are cut by hand. The green parts are green because I used green cardboard. Nothing to do with the final colour.

The original building and the inspiration for the build looks like this on a rainy Saturday morning in April 2021:



Since Wombat Creek is set in 1963 I have to go back in time to find the right colour for the walls, A search on the internet gave me some photos but unfortunately in black and white. Instead I turned to Warren Doubleday from Melbourne Tram Museum. He dug into the archives and in no time came up with the following photo (photo: Peter Moses, 1963. Archive: Melbourne Tram Museum):



The walls are brown! Perhaps not the most inspiring colour. The window frames appear to be white. I intend to print the windows on transparent foil and in a printer 'white' equals 'no colour'. Therefore I will need to change the colour. A few years later the window frames were brown as the walls, which is just too boring. I think I will go with a light grey.

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At the end of the day Claus,it's your model, your rules! I'm operating a 1930's layout with one or two 1940's locos, but who's to tell me I can't??It's going to look great, that's all that matters!
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Update on the hotel





The painters have finished painting the outside of the hotel. The tilers from 'Marley' are putting the last tiles up. The company has just required four new vans for a bargain - $20 in total.
The proprietor to the left has a bit of an argument with the sign painter, who has left out a significant feature of the one of the signs. He will have to take it back to the workshop and draw up a new one.

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Lest We Forget - ANZAC Day in Wombat Creek




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Some absolutely super modelling, Claus.  The department store looks better every time I look at it and the new hotel is clearly going to be a match for it.  You certainly do buildings on a grand scale, and I love the detail you manage to create.  
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Headmaster wrote: Some absolutely super modelling, Claus.  The department store looks better every time I look at it and the new hotel is clearly going to be a match for it.  You certainly do buildings on a grand scale, and I love the detail you manage to create.  
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Thank you very much for your comments. Yes, the buildings are coming along (very) slowly. 

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Seeing those Anzac banners hanging there Claus rather sobered things up a little.  I would have commented but got sidetracked reading more about Gallipoli and Anzac Day elsewhere....... :oops:

As Michael said, your buildings really are very grand - in terms of their imposing appearance and their modelling.

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The framework for the canopy is finished





I have finally finished the framework – posts and beams – for the covered footpath along the department store. I am not an engineer so it may not be up to engineering standards anno 1963. It doesn't matter. I have had good fun doing it, and hardly anything except the posts will be visible once the roof is on!

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Wow Claus - that looks really stunning.  It's a pity most of it will be invisible once the roof is on.  I take it from that, the roof won't be glass ............. :roll:  I suppose where you are, glass would make it far too hot in summer. :hmm

This whole building is going to be very spectacular - you ought to take the picture to Myers and show them - they might give you a lifetime free shopping card ......... :cheers

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Petermac wrote: Wow Claus - that looks really stunning.  It's a pity most of it will be invisible once the roof is on.  I take it from that, the roof won't be glass ............. :roll:  I suppose where you are, glass would make it far too hot in summer. :hmm

This whole building is going to be very spectacular - you ought to take the picture to Myers and show them - they might give you a lifetime free shopping card ......... :cheers

Petermac is right. A glass roof would look very good but far too hot during summer in Wombat Creek. Instead the roof has been made of corrugated iron sheets, which will still make it a quite warm wait for Mrs. Peterson. She has spending a few dollars in Myer and finally flagged down a taxi. She has been waiting for a while, whilst the taxi picked up a lucrative tour to Gum Nut Gully.




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Update on the Hotel

The work on the hotel has been partly put on hold due to time spent on the awning along the Myer department store.

Since the last 'hotel entry' most of the windows are now in place. Doors are still missing. Some of them have do be redrawn and printed.



The windows are rather big and give you a good look inside the building. The interior of the front bar will need to be modelled. So far the walls have been covered in wall paper and the back of the bar is in place. An internal staircase (not visible in the photo) is ready to be installed but will have to wait until a doorway is in place. Working on the interior is quite 'fiddly' due to the limited width of the building.

The proprietor and the sign painter have moved into Victoria Street, They are still arguing over signs. This time wording of the sign is too long for the facade. Unfortunately the proprietor can't sack the sign painter. He is the only one in town!

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Now with a 'roof'

In Melbourne we are in a lock-down again. Certainly not an ideal situation but since you can only leave home two hours a day, I have more time to work on Wombat Creek. The last couple of days the focus has been on the roof of the hotel.



Nowadays the original hotel has a flat roof with a rooftop bar. It could be interesting to copy, but I have decided to go further back in time. An old aerial photo (probably from 1927/28) shows the hotel with a pitched roof and chimneys. For the time being the proprietor enjoys the view of the intersection.

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The roof is finished

Like Jeff/SRman I try to get the most out of our current lock-down in Melbourne . Well, not as much as him since I am not retired!

As I wrote in a previous post I have decided to do a pitched roof on the hotel. It is now finished except for a wash of diluted black paint to take the shine off.



The proprietor has taken advantage of one of three access points on the roof. He seems to be in a very precarious situation with quite a free fall in front of him. Don't worry – I will install a secure walkway along the roof.

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Too many details?

Can you do too many details? I don't think so. As long as you have the time and have fun, you can add as many details to your layout as you want.



Because of the rather large windows parts of the interior of the hotel is quite visible. So I have started to model the ground floor bar. The photo shows the counter with its beer pumps, bartender and a thirsty couple. A waiter is serving coffee for a couple of seated ladies. Everything and everybody will be transferred to the hotel itself. I am just waiting for around 200 guests to arrive from overseas. With the current COVID-19 restrictions and closed borders it will take a while. Meantime I will install hotel's doors and signs.

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I always think some sort if interior is a great idea, even if you are the only one who ends up knowing it is there!  And your bar looks great.  I'll have a Martini please, shaken not stirred, obviously.
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Headmaster wrote: I always think some sort if interior is a great idea, even if you are the only one who ends up knowing it is there!  And your bar looks great.  I'll have a Martini please, shaken not stirred, obviously.
Michael

Hi Michael,

You shall be welcome anytime! And of course, shaken not stirred.

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Duncan & Fraser Hotel is open for business

After a few days of frantic work the ground floor of the Duncan & Fraser hotel is open for business. The men from 'Ray Knott's Joinery' have fitted all the doors and a staircase between the ground floor and the first floor.






The sign writer finally got all the signs right. Only two brass signs near a doorway went missing.






Chloé has already got an admirer, but I am not sure his girlfriend shares his excitement.






The original hotel
The Princes Bridge Hotel opened on 1 July 1861 by John P. Toohey and his brother who later went on to found the Tooheys Beer brand. The Hotel was renamed to Young and Jackson after the Irish diggers who took it over in 1875, cousins Henry Figsby Young and Thomas Joshua Jackson.
The hotel is an amalgamation of five separate buildings of two and three storeys, with the original 1853 bluestone building designed as a three-storey residence, with a butcher's shop on the ground floor. It was later extended in both directions, with all buildings rendered and painted to match each other by the 1920s. The red glaze tile dado and ornamental frieze was added to combat the grime at ground level. Since the 1920s the exterior hotel has been dominated by large advertising signs, even to this day.
The hotel is well known for the nude painting Chloé, painted by French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875. After being hung in the National Gallery of Victoria for three weeks in 1883, it was withdrawn from exhibition because of the uproar created especially by the Presbyterian Assembly. It was bought for the Young and Jackson Hotel in 1908 for 800 pounds.
(Extract from Wikipedia.org)


The ‘Wombat Creek’ version
The hotel has been renamed ‘Duncan and Fraser’ after the well-known coach-builders from Adelaide. Over the years their workshop constructed 120 trams for the Adelaide tramways, 39 tram for provincial Victoria and approx. 120 trams for Melbourne. Instead of ‘Princes Bridge Hotel’ the hotel in Wombat Creek sports the name ‘Golden Mile Hotel’ taken from the nearby street name.
The large advertising signs on the building will be inspired from signs seen on the hotel in the 1960s. They will a selection based on what suits Wombat Creek and me. As a dedicated non-smoker I will leave out the big advertisement for cigarettes!
The interior of the hotel will only be partly modelled and will not reflect the original hotel. One reason for this is the lack of room. One of the facades has been ‘bent’ around the corner facing Victoria Street instead of Main Street. Chloé, however, will appear inside the hotel!

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Lovely model!

I enjoy reading up the real history as well. And I've just realised that I walked right past the Hotel, but all I had eyes for was Flinders Street Station steps!


IIRC there was a model shop in Swanston St from where I brought a Lima B Class V/Line home.

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Alan W wrote: Lovely model!

I enjoy reading up the real history as well. And I've just realised that I walked right past the Hotel, but all I had eyes for was Flinders Street Station steps!


IIRC there was a model shop in Swanston St from where I brought a Lima B Class V/Line home.


You had a chance of a brief encounter ( and a beer!) With Cloe and you missed it   :cry:



Loving the unfolding story Claus  :thumbs


Cheers

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Alternative income for Duncan & Fraser

So far visitors from overseas haven't arrived to Wombat Creek and the hotel is not getting much of an income. The proprietor has to come up with an alternative and has his thoughts set on renting out spaces for advertising. Quite a few companies have responded to this option. It is just a matter of time before the neon lights go up.



In real life the Young & Jackson was almost covered in advertising. It all started in the 1920's and continues to present times. Nowadays, though, the advertising is confirmed to the top of the building. I have studied quite a few photos from the 1950's and 1960's. Over the years the advertising has changed. Some signs stayed on for quite a while (e.g. the one advertising for Tasmania. Interestingly the word 'Tasmania' at some time changed to the informal 'Tassie') while others changed over time. My signs may not have been on the building at the same time, but they are a representative selection. A few signs have the wording changed to suit Wombat Creek and surroundings.

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Inspired by Colin W and Jeff Lynn/SRman I have purchased a small video camera. I have attached it temporary to one of my trams and done a test run around Wombat Creek. The outcome is not stunning. The camera struggles with focus on close-up objects, but how much can you expect with a price tag of $25?

Have a look at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellef/51277153082/in/album-72157681672199253/

The route around Wombat Creek is:
Tram Barn - Main Street / Bank - St. Ursinus' Church - Golden Mile / Duncan & Fraser - St. Ursinus' Church - Main Street / Bank - War Memorial - Victoria Street - East Street / War Memorial - Main Street / Mug Punter Hotel - Main Street / Bank - Church Street - Victoria Lane - East Street / War Memorial - Main Street / Mug Punter Hotel - Tram Barn

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Hi Claus, 
Well Done... I'll have to try that myself.   I have ridden a few loco cabs in my time and just taking an eye view along the front of my layout, coming up to the points in either direction was scary to say the least! Probably more appropriate for an interurban tram ala the Glenelg line in Adelaide!  In any case it would be good to see "from the cab" as I practice with the inertia braking. 

Thanks for the ride and the inspiration!
Cheers

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I remember those days well in the late 1950's here in South Australia on trams.

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Additional income for Duncan & Fraser

As mentioned in an earlier post the proprietor of Duncan & Fraser has looked into an additional in come for the hotel. As a result parts of the facade has been covered in signs advertising diverse items and offers. A further three signs will appear along the roof.





The lights are from a set of 100 micro LEDs brought from the local hardware a while ago. Today the price is $9.99 with includes a battery case and three batteries. The LEDs are in parallel, so it is quite easy to cut and re-solder the 'chain'. The lights are very bright so I will run from only two batteries.

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Day and night at Duncan & Fraser

The proprietor of Duncan & Fraser is a happy man. Finally he has some income from the advertising on the front of the hotel. Hopefully he does not have to pay the electricity bill!



The first photo shows a birds-eye view of the hotel with all the beams securing the three big billboards along the roof-line.



The second photo is taken in daylight of sorts.



The third photo is taken at night time. The LEDs came with a battery box for three 1.5 V batteries, which gives a very bright light. To dim the light slightly I have replaced one battery with a metal screw (!).

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Claus Ellef wrote: Day and night at Duncan & Fraser

The third photo is taken at night time. The LEDs came with a battery box for three 1.5 V batteries, which gives a very bright light. To dim the light slightly I have replaced one battery with a metal screw (!).

Which reminds me of the Darwin Award given to the guy who, when a fuse blew in his Pickup (Southern USA of course) he substituted it with a rifle shell, only to be shot in googlies when it went off (thereby removing himself from the human gene pool!).

Probably an apocryphal tale, but a good one none the less. 

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Happy proprietor





The arrival of 200 people in Wombat Creek yesterday made the proprietor of Duncan and Fraser very happy. He sees great business potential after the arrivals have undergone some dress-up (read painting), and fortunately the year in Wombat Creek is 1963 and not 2021. The real life hotel (Young & Jackson) has had a couple of Covid-19 cases and is – like the rest of Victoria – in lock-down again.

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Wow. That is a lot of people painting! Good luck. 

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TeaselBay wrote: Wow. That is a lot of people painting! Good luck. Thank you. I'll start with some seated customers for the hotel.

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The bar is open – almost





Being in lock-down you need to do some therapeutic activities. I have learnt that one such activity is painting figures. The bar of Duncan & Fraser will soon be full of life. The photo shows the line-up ready to be installed inside the building.
Just to make it clear. The study waitress didn't step into something 'nasty'. She and the coffee-serving waiter are both temporary standing by the help of a small amount of blue-tack.

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Hi Claus

Great looking bar!  I populated my buffet car and dressed the tables with paper plates (hole punch chads), food (painted blob of superglue gel) and glasses (short Plastruct rod pieces).  From a distance/through the carriage windows, I was really pleased with it.





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Hi Barry, Fantastic idea. I may give it a go in the restaurant on the first floor .

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Finally – a busy bar





Unlike present day Melbourne the bar at Duncan & Fraser is busy as never before. Every table is booked and no room left for the proprietor.

I used 'flash' for the photo. I will install ceiling lights so future photo should better show the lively atmosphere in the bar.

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Loved the cab ride Claus and the hotel is really stunning - with and without lights.

I'm just wondering how many rooms it has - 200 people descending all at once will put the housemaids under some strain .....  :lol:

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Petermac wrote: Loved the cab ride Claus and the hotel is really stunning - with and without lights.

I'm just wondering how many rooms it has - 200 people descending all at once will put the housemaids under some strain .....  :lol:

Thank you for your comments.

Fortunately Wombat Creek has more than one hotel/bar, so I am sure some of the 200 new residents will attend the Mug Punter Hotel near the Racecourse or Wombat Cave in Victoria Street. If they crave for Chinese, The Golden Dragon in the former 'Diggers Rest Hotel' is the place to go. Finally there are the Tea Rooms in East Street.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 18





With Melbourne in lock-down 6.0 I can go no further than 5 km from home, so I have some time to work on the Bank or more precisely the shops in the basement. 'City Hatters' on the corner has got window displays and a display 'cabinet' next to the quite narrow steps leading down to the entrance. Further along a bicycle shop has been stuck on (yes, at the moment it looks like something glued on to the building). The footpath along and past the building has been paved. Unfortunately a rather 'big' gap needs to be filled next to the main steps.

To prevent people from falling into 'City Hatters' railings will be erected in front of the shop and along the steps. Also, a canopy will constructed above both shops.

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In great need of a building

Melbourne City Council erected more the 40 public toilets between 1903 and 1918, most with 2 stalls. Eight of these remain, all still being used for their original purpose. The structures employed a prefabricated system which enabled the urinals to be assembled on site or dismantled and relocated if required. This occurred often, as their prominent locations in the streets sometimes offended contemporary standards of public decency. This could be the reason most of the toilets have the entrances quite near the curb.




Wombat Creek has received a couple of surplus toilets from Melbourne. A 4 stall unit has been erected three years ago in front of the town hall. Another smaller 2 stall toilet has a temporary spot in front of the Bank. It partly covers a smother of the newly laid pavers. In the attempt to close the gap between pavers they got too wet and partly disintegrated. To pull them all up again and do the whole odd shaped footpath was not an attractive solution.




The toilet is of course very convenient for male tram passengers in need, but also very inconvenient if the doors of a stopping trams happen to be just in front of the building. In the future I will probably relocate the little building and perhaps replace it by a small kiosk selling newspapers and magazines.


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Blue skies over Wombat Creek

Well, not quite. More like 'blue skies behind Wombat Creek'. To be able to work on the buildings near the edge of the layout I needed the background to be installed. The sky scene and the backing were purchased years ago, so it was a matter of putting it all together. It looks okay, but...



There is an unexpected colour difference between two of the sheets and the cloud cover doesn't quite match up. It can partly be rectified with the upcoming buildings. The backing is curved around the corner, which I thought could cause a problem. It did! The background sky is printed on self-adhesive paper and was stuck to the flat panel. Bending the panel unfortunately caused some ripples. I had hoped the rather strong bonding between the panel and sheets would have been enough to prevent this problem. Unfortunately not, but I will live with the ripples for the time being (which will probably be forever!).

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No need to hurry?


The general pace in Wombat Creek is slow. Very slow. The photo below is from August 9, 2020.






It has taken a year to get to the next photo.






In fact nothing had happened to Queen Victoria Market until a week ago. The mean reason was the lack of a back scene. The back scene had to come up before the depth of the market and curvature of the roof could be calculated. As seen from the photos the height of the building has been extended. The main entrance was too low. Still more to do. The skylight (hardly visible) needs glazing and a photo will give an impression of the interior visible through the main entrance.


Another challenge to the right of the market is to rectify the obvious/common mistake of a road leading directly into the sky! A row of shops should do the trick and also improve the perspective.No need to hurry?

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Didn't COVID slow things down  Claus ?  :mutley

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Sol wrote: Didn't COVID slow things down  Claus ?  :mutley
Well, Wombat Creek is stuck in time - 1963. So I  can't 'blame' Covid for the slow progress.
 It is more a matter of finding time to work on the tramways and stick to one project at the time. But I am not in a hurry. As long as I enjoy what I am doing it's fine, no matter how long it takes. 

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A market update

No, I am not thinking of the stock market! Instead there has been some progress on Wombat Creek's own Queen Victoria Market.

Trees have been planted; a mail box is ready for important letters from stall holders; the steps have been equipped with handrails for the elderly and perhaps dizzy traders celebrating a good turn-over.

Gaps between the steps and the ground are due to the fact, the steps still has to be glued in place.


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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 19

Great news! The Bank is almost finished. With the canopy along the Golden Mile and railings around the City Hatter shop finished, only a few signs and the clock above the entrance need to be installed. I am on the look-out for a working clock but may settle for a fixed clock face.





With almost no people around the two photos could be from the 2021 lock-down, but with Wombat Creek locked in a 1963 time warp, the steps and footpaths will soon be full of people enjoying everyday life.

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Wombat Creek and Gold Exchange – part 20


It is a sunny afternoon in Wombat Creek, A couple of gentlemen are at the bank with suitcases full of gold or banknotes. An elderly Miss Jennifer are on her way up the steps to make a small withdrawal. A couple of girls sit on the steps to the right whispering about them all. A salesman are leaving City Hatters. Did he have any success selling his newest range of hats? He certainly didn't buy one himself!






In real life Melbourne City Hatters is part of the iconic Flinders Street Station. The shop's website, https://www.cityhatters.com.au, reads:


City Hatters has served old, young, titled, swaggiesfooty followers, RSL, race goers, Governors General, actors, personalities and anyone requiring a hat for any occasion. 

City Hatters began trading as a hat shop, beneath the clocks at Flinders Street station in 1910.

Originally it was the station master’s office when Flinders Street station was built and after this, the builder used the office when the master moved upstairs. It became a hat shop owned and managed by the Buzolich family and called Buzolich’s. Doug Buzolich was one of five brothers who owned 4 shops in Melbourne and one in Geelong. The one remaining was the Flinders Street shop.

HB’s acquired Buzolich’s in 1927. Wallace, Buck (of Henry Bucks fame) & Goodes were major suppliers and Henry Buck himself acquired the business after a friendly exchange of assets and debts and have owned and managed the store ever since.

In 1934 Bill Littlehales became the manager and buyer and worked there for over 50 years and was one of the last of the legendary great hatters, retiring finally in 1990.

Major events in the City Hatters calendar are The Derby, The Melbourne Cup and Christmas.

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The Flinders Street model is absolutely fantastic, Claus. I hope to see it in the flesh one day, when travel is allowed again.

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The Hobby Shop – part 1


Flinders Street Station, which has been my inspiration for the Bank, supposedly has the longest facade in the Southern hemisphere. I do not have the space or time to model the entire facade, so I have skipped the middle part and gone straight to the far end. Even with this smaller part the space is not quite right, so I have had to do a bend around the corner! So in reality this part will be very loosely based on the real building. I do hope, though, the shop in the basement will be recognisable.






I team of 'brickies' cam around during the last couple of days. They did a great job but either forgot to consult the drawings or just working too fast. Any way they didn't leave any openings for doors and windows! As the photo possibly reveals their mistakes should easily be rectified with a sharp knife.

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The Hobby Shop - part 2




The bricks have been removed from the windows and doors. The stone masons have started to build the foundations (Walls before foundations  :hmm )

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For this shop Claus ?
Hearns Hobbies

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Hearns Hobbies
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The Hobby Shop - part 3




Citizens of Wombat Creek on their way to the Bank have stopped outside the Hobby Shop. They can't believe their own eyes. Never has a town building been erected with such a speed.

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An easy option


After days, weeks and months of drawing, measuring, cutting, glueing and painting my own designs it was rather nice and relaxing to sit down with a Metcalfe kit with just a bit of cut and glue.






The 'Regal' was intended to sit to the left of the photo, just opposite 'Myer', but I find the building to low for that position. Instead it will be the focal point at the end of Main Street. It is a low relief building so it sits perfect against the backdrop.


The building will be raised a few millimetres once the pavers at the front are laid. It will also be changed from a cinema to a theatre showing 'Wildcat The Musical'. Not a huge success, though!

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The Hobby Shop – part 4










The Hobby Shop is finished. All it needs is a proper sign to lure the customers in!

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The Model Dockyard?  ;-)

Fantastic progress, Claus.

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The track to ... nowhere?





At the moment the newly laid track is just leading to the abyss (read edge of the layout). It will eventually be part of a loop around the gold mine and join the main line again at the intersection near the Bank. I had to do the track before I could proceed with the footpath (pavement) around the Regal Theatre.

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The Royal Arcade


For a confined spot next to the Regal I wanted a building (or rather a facade) which was rather short and at the same time with some features. After some investigations on the internet I found the Elizabeth Street entrance of The Royal Arcade in Melbourne. Short and distinctive. It came up quite well with only one 'mistake'. I glued '1901' above the wrong set of windows!






The Mechanics Institute to the right looks out of place. It is less than 10 mm thick and designed to fit in along the curve, but I think it needs to be replaced with a two or three storey building.

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Now that threw me young Eleff, but yes I agree with you the Engineers Institute to the RIGHT doesn't quite fit the bill. Not high enough and doesn't quite fit in with the other two. Wonder if a fancy swimming baths facade would fit the bill ?  :hmm
Must admit I'm loving the variety of buildings you are coming up with  :thumbs

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"To the left - to the right" - I'm pleased he's not driving !!

That's the problem with trains and trams, they can only go where the tracks take them, left and right matters not one jot !! :cheers

Is the "Regal" a Metcalfe structure Claus ?   It doesn't quite come up to the standard of the bank................... :hmm

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Barchester wrote: Now that threw me young Eleff, but yes I agree with you the Engineers Institute to the RIGHT doesn't quite fit the bill. Not high enough and doesn't quite fit in with the other two. Wonder if a fancy swimming baths facade would fit the bill ?  :hmm
Must admit I'm loving the variety of buildings you are coming up with  :thumbs

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Matt
Hi Matt,
 
The Mechanics Institute is on its way to storage. It doesn't sits right (well, I must admit it sits to the right) next to the Royal Arcade and the Regal, which is a bit of a puzzle. Back in the days we could go on holidays here in Victoria and I came across the said building in Lancefield. I took a 'straight-on' photo, put it through Photoshop to clear up colours, to remove a street sign and to adjust the size of the building. The height of the doors matches other doors in Wombat Creek, so everything should be fine. But it is not. The building appears to be too high for a one storey building. I think it comes down to the thick brown 'frames' around the doors and windows. I like the idea of swimming baths façade. I would never come up with that idea myself, since I can't swim!  :hmm


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Petermac wrote: "To the left - to the right" - I'm pleased he's not driving !!

That's the problem with trains and trams, they can only go where the tracks take them, left and right matters not one jot !! :cheers

Is the "Regal" a Metcalfe structure Claus ?   It doesn't quite come up to the standard of the bank................... :hmm

Hi Petermac,


You are right - it is right!


The Regal is a Metcalfe structure with less features and details compared to the Bank. It is okay for a building at the very back of the layout (the Bank sits around 20 cm from the front), but it is obvious on a close-up photo. I have done quite a few less detailed buildings along the backdrop. From the distance it works quite well and also gives me time to construct the more detailed ones at the front.


The next detailed feature is rather small. It will require vermilion paint, which I don't have. My supplier is unfortunately just outside my allowed 15 km traveling zone (Postage will be twice the price of the paint!). The roof will be curved with curved and glazed roof tiles, which I may be able to make myself. The original is in Adelaide, which at the moment is absolute out of reach for a Victorian. Add to all this a few dragons! This will eventual be good fun  :Happy

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A roof with a difference


This build is a bit different. I have made a roof without having something to put under it! And the shape – it is quite unusual for Wombat Creek.






As the composite photo shows, I started with a rectangular base. I used OpenOffice Draw to make a template for the supports. The four corner ones are 'elongated' versions of the regular side supports.


Next step was adding strips of 350 gr paper to the supports. By adding the paper as strips overlapping each other I get a 'stepped' look of the final roof (like roof tiles slightly overlapping each other).


The tiles are corrugated plastic strips. I did look into buying ready made roof tiles 'Spanish style' but I fund the price including postage too high. Instead I used some left-over sheets. The capping tiles along the ridges are tiny pieces of 50 gr paper.


Finally I painted the roof with 'burnt umber' with a small amount of red to give the tiles the appearance of yellow terracotta tiles.


Time consuming but fun to make the this Chinese inspired roof. Of course I have an idea of what will be under the roof, but it has to wait until shops are open again. I need some additional supplies.

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Only one storey, but could be a nice challenge:

Google street view Nicholson Street and Gertrude Street corner - the old cable tram engine house, so partly relevant: (https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8053652,144.9736416,3a,75y,143.48h,89.63t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sb_ojxn72-juAczxXoeYNug!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3Db_ojxn72-juAczxXoeYNug%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D83.4159%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192)

and https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8055639,144.9739636,163m/data=!3m1!1e3 

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SRman wrote: Only one storey, but could be a nice challenge:

Google street view Nicholson Street and Gertrude Street corner - the old cable tram engine house, so partly relevant: (https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8053652,144.9736416,3a,75y,143.48h,89.63t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sb_ojxn72-juAczxXoeYNug!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3Db_ojxn72-juAczxXoeYNug%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D83.4159%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192)

and https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8055639,144.9739636,163m/data=!3m1!1e3 

Hi Jeff,

You are right. That would be a challenge! :???:

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The back corner






Recently I have spend some time modelling around the back corner of the layout. As seen on the photo it is a fair distance from the normal viewing point.






A closer look as seen by the phone's camera (apologise for the somewhat blurry photos), reveals a couple of customers at the market blocking the view of the interior. The interior is just a photo of the main 'arcade' of the real market in Melbourne. To the right of the market a small alley branches off the main street. Unfortunate the shop front of 'Rogers Diamond Emporium' can't been seen, but the arrow with the diamonds points potential customers to the shop. The sign on the wall of McPhee's Fine Antiques' advertises an Aussie stable, 'Vegemite'. Greatly overrated in my opinion! The 'One Way' sign is a result an investigation into 1960s road signs (Thank you, Robyn and Trevor for your help more than a year ago!).






The alley is very narrow but the forced perspective works quite well. The front of the Emporium drops 2mm towards the back and the hight of the rear shops is approx. 20 mm less than the Antiques shop.






The last photo is a close-up of McPhee's Fine Antiques and LJ Hooker Real Estate. The awnings do stick out but the rest of the buildings are complete flat!

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For completely flat buildings Claus, they look superb !

I also like your ideas for forcing perspective down the alley - it works very well.   :pathead

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Petermac wrote: For completely flat buildings Claus, they look superb !

I also like your ideas for forcing perspective down the alley - it works very well.   :pathead

Agreed, they look great as always. 

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Some superb modelling, to great effect there, Claus.

But where's MisterHookerBear? (Talk about clumsy advertising names!!).  :twisted:

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The sign says it all

In a previous post I included this photo



The roof has now got some support and looks like this



The photo is obvious not 'in-situ', but shows how far the gate and background buildings have evolved. The 'cobblestones' warps a bit hence the gap under the buildings. Once in place the cobblestones will be glued down and everything should look all good – I hope.
The shops still need some signage, but the sign above the gate says it all. Ron (Sol) may recognise the gate and be able to translate, if needed.



The corner of the awning has been fixed and the signs are in place. In fact, the gate and shops are in their proper place in Wombat Creek. Being Wombat Creek the Chinese lions have got a twist!

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A bird's eye view of 'the Empire'

I have been asked to submit a few photos of Wombat Creek for a tram magazine. One request was a bird's eye view of Wombat Creek. Why not share the photo with you!


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Is the "Regal" a Metcalfe structure Claus ?   It doesn't quite come up to the standard of the bank................... :hmm

Well, it is a Metcalfe and it is in the background, but I could not do nothing about the above comment  :cool wink
I have added a few details to the 'Regal'. Instead of 'cinema' it now states the name of the musical Wildcat. The posters at the entrance have been replaced with appropriate versions. Some 'cut-outs' on the balcony could draw in crowds as well.



The area between the Royal Arcade and Chinatown still creates a challenge. It is quite narrow, so the building will be very low relief. A public bath and a RSL building are both on the drawing board.

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Happy customers at the Hobby shop



A happy trio are leaving the Hobby shop. Dad is carrying their newest purchase. The Tri-ang train-set R4A consists of a Princess Victoria locomotive, two BR coaches, tracks and a battery operated controller. 

The Pedal Place appears to be fully stocked inside, but it is a little wonder they haven't utilised the space in front of the shop to show off their newest bicycles. Maybe later!

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