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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.

Invisible details

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Fri, January 04, 2019 14:43:54

Most model train and tram
layouts will have a backside and Wombat Creek Tramways is no
different. The layout is designed to be viewed from the ‘front’. As a
result some parts of the buildings will be hidden from view, This is
the case of the shop fronts along the western side of East Street. So
do you leave out details.

Well, I haven’t! So the
fronts of Manning & Co., Goldstein and Simpson Lee & Co. are
fairly detailed. Another problem with building near the back of the
layout is limited space to take photos. With the use of a mobile
phone it has been possible even the photos aren’t to great.

As with the rest of the
buildings in the area the front of the fashion shop and the furniture
shop is inspired by shop fronts in Queen Street, Warragul.

(Large photo)

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The name ‘Manning &
Co.’ relates to a photo from Museums
Victoria Collections

showing a fashion shop of that name in Bendigo 1890. The business is
also mentioned in a newspaper
after a fire in 1889.

(Large photo)

‘Simpson Lee & Co.’
was the name of a home and furniture business in Sydney in the 1930’s
and 40’s. The sold almost anything needed for the household of the

(Large photo)

If detailing shop fronts
facing away from the viewer is somewhat wasted, it makes more sense
to detail the back of the buildings and not the least the surrounds
of the buildings. This haven’t be done yet, but it is expected the
‘yard’ formed by the brewery and the row of shops will full of
interesting details in the future.


Gallery Posted on Fri, January 04, 2019 14:10:33

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Wombat Creek Gallery