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Wombat Creek Tramways

Wombat Creek

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.

More gardening

Buildings and features Posted on Thu, August 15, 2019 18:56:39

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.

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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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Time for mowing?

Buildings and features Posted on Thu, August 15, 2019 18:53:19

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’.

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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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A rusty barn and a new tram

Buildings and features Posted on Thu, August 15, 2019 18:48:54

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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Buildings and Features

Buildings and features Posted on Wed, July 24, 2019 19:05:10

Building / Construction / Feature Finished In Progress Planned
Bakery ‘Wombat Creek’ F photo
Bar ‘The Wombat Cave’ F photo
Barber F photo
Barristor ‘Lawson and Partners’ F photo
Bookshop F photo
Brewery ‘Wombat Creek Brewing Company’ F photo
Butcher ‘A.J. Roberts’ F photo
Chinese Restaurant ‘Golden Dragon’ F photo
Cinema F photo
Coffe shop ‘Bert. Edwards’ Tea Rooms’ F photo
Coles Stores F photo
Dentist ‘Molar’ F photo
Doctor ‘Paine’ F photo
Electrician ‘Gilbert Electrical’ F photo
Emporium ‘Raven’s’ F photo
Fish’n’Chips F photo
Florist ‘Flowers on the Corner’ F photo
Funeral Director ‘Bell Brothers – Best in the Ground’ F photo
Furniture Shop ‘ Simpson Lee & Co.’ F photo
Goldsmith ‘Goldstein’ F photo
Green grocer ‘Pears’ F photo
Haberdashery ‘Buttons’ F photo
Hairdresser ‘Chez Alberto – Curl Up and Dye’ F photo
Hardware ‘Allan W. Taylor & Co.’ F photo
Ladies Fashion ‘Manning & Co.’ F photo
Milk bar F photo
Newspaper ‘Wombat Creek Cronicle’ F photo
Old tram shed F photo
Petrol station ‘Golden Fleece’ F photo
Pharmacist ‘John McCoff’ F photo
Photographer ‘J.F. Hurley’ F photo
Post office F photo
Public toilet ‘Victoria Square’ F photo
Racecourse F photo
Radio TV Cycles ‘Hillman’ F photo
Shoe shop ‘C. Row Rauert’ F photo
Stock and Land Agent ‘Kookaburra’ F photo
Tailor ‘ Boyson’ F photo
Town hall F photo
Tram stop ‘Victoria Street’ F photo
War Memorial F photo
Watchmaker ‘McFarlane & Son’ F photo
Fibro House #1 IP photo
Fibro House #2 IP photo
Joinery ‘Ray Knott’ IP
Pub ‘Mug Punter Hotel’ IP photo
Tram depot IP photo
Tram stop ‘East Street’ IP
Woody’s Timber Yard IP photo
Bank P
Bottleshop P
Church P
Coal Depot P
Fire station P
Hotel P
Mechanics’ Institute P
Plumber ‘Leaky’ P
Police station P
Real Estate P
Rotunda P
School P
Statue ‘Race Horse’ P
Statue ‘Queen Victoria’ P
Water tower P
Finished (for the time being) 42
In progress 7
Planned 15
Total 64


The Tram Barn is almost finished

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 16:45:36

The barn is almost finished and 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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Update on the tram barn

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, July 09, 2019 17:40:22

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.

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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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The Tram Barn

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Sat, July 06, 2019 17:39:33

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.



Wall paper for model houses

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Thu, June 20, 2019 17:36:34

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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