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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.

Update on the hotel

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Sat, April 17, 2021 18:05:52
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Walls painted and tiled

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.

A new home for Chloe

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, April 13, 2021 12:30:01

I have 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:

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A new hotel in Wombat Creek

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:

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Young & Jackson, 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:

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Young & Jackson, 1963
(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.

Covered walkway along Myer

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, March 30, 2021 17:50:15

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.

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Canopy along Myer

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

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 17

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Fri, March 12, 2021 18:25:40
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Wombat Creek Bank under construction

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.

Another pub for Wombat Creek

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Sun, February 28, 2021 12:33:00

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.

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Young & Jackson 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!

Buildings and Features of Wombat Creek

Buildings and features Posted on Tue, February 16, 2021 15:48:33
Building / Construction / FeatureFinishedIn ProgressPlanned
Bakery ‘Wombat Creek’Fphoto
Bar ‘The Wombat Cave’Fphoto
Barristor ‘Lawson and Partners’Fphoto
Brewery ‘Wombat Creek Brewing Company’Fphoto
Butcher ‘A.J. Roberts’Fphoto
Chinese Restaurant ‘Golden Dragon’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #1 ‘Antiques’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #2 ‘Real Estate Agent LJ Hooker’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #3 ‘Tiles and Taps’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #4 ‘TAB’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #5 ‘Bottle Shop’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #6 ‘Veterinarian’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #7 ‘Burke & Wills Surviors’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #8 ‘Pet Shop’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #9 ‘To Let’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #10Fphoto
Church Street, shop #11 ‘Toy Shop’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #12 ‘Rugs’Fphoto
Church Street, shop #13 ‘Tiny Trends’Fphoto
Coffe shop ‘Bert. Edwards’ Tea Rooms’Fphoto
Coles StoresFphoto
Dentist ‘Molar’Fphoto
Doctor ‘Paine’Fphoto
Electrician ‘Gilbert Electrical’Fphoto
Emporium ‘Raven’s’Fphoto
Fibro House #1Fphoto
Fibro House #2Fphoto
Florist ‘Flowers on the Corner’Fphoto
Funeral Director ‘Bell Brothers – Best in the Ground’Fphoto
Furniture Shop ‘ Simpson Lee & Co.’Fphoto
Goldsmith ‘Goldstein’Fphoto
Green grocer ‘Pears’Fphoto
Haberdashery ‘Buttons’Fphoto
Hairdresser ‘Chez Alberto – Curl Up and Dye’Fphoto
Hardware ‘Allan W. Taylor & Co.’Fphoto
Joinery ‘Ray Knott’Fphoto
Ladies Fashion ‘Manning & Co.’Fphoto
Milk barFphoto
Newspaper ‘Wombat Creek Cronicle’Fphoto
Old tram shedFphoto
Petrol station ‘Golden Fleece’Fphoto
Pharmacist ‘John McCoff’Fphoto
Photographer ‘J.F. Hurley’Fphoto
Post officeFphoto
Public toilet ‘Victoria Square’Fphoto
Pub ‘Mug Punter Hotel’Fphoto
Radio TV Cycles ‘Hillman’Fphoto
Stock and Land Agent ‘Kookaburra’Fphoto
Tailor ‘ Boyson’Fphoto
Town hallFphoto
Tram depotFphoto
Tram stop ‘East Street’F
Tram stop ‘Victoria Street’Fphoto
War MemorialFphoto
Watchmaker ‘McFarlane & Son’Fphoto
Water TowerFphoto
Woody’s Timber YardFphoto
Department StoreIPphoto
Plumber ‘Leaky’IPphoto
Queen Victoria MarketIPphoto
Shoe shop ‘C. Row Rauert’IPphoto
Factory ‘Vinegar’IP
Coal DepotP
Fire stationP
Mechanics’ InstituteP
Police stationP
Statue ‘Queen Victoria’P
Finished (for the time being)63
In progress7

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 16

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, February 16, 2021 15:39:46

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.

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Behind the Bank

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!

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 15

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, February 16, 2021 15:33:48

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!

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