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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.

Lunch time

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, September 10, 2019 18:25:35

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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Lunch time at Wombat Creek Tramways

A night time view of Victoria Street

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, September 03, 2019 17:45:29

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.

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Victoria Street at night
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The same scene during day time

Progress in the gardens

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Thu, August 29, 2019 17:34:38

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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More gardening

Text & photos from the layout 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?

Text & photos from the layout 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

Text & photos from the layout 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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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.

(Large photo)

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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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