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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.

A day to remember in Wombat Creek

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Sun, July 10, 2022 12:01:36

Part of The Mining Railway is up and running! The control panel (version 2. Version 1 was relocated to the bin) is in place and wired to the tracks around the explosives factory, sawmill and goods shed.

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Control panel for the Mining Railway

The entire fleet of locomotives, carriages and wagons has tested the tracks without issues apart from some bad connections in a couple of the points. The turntable is still missing making shunting quite difficult.

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Goods shed
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The temporay buffer stop is to prevent the trains from doing a major drop to the floor!



Updated track plan – again

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Tue, July 05, 2022 13:06:47
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The mining railway is slowly coming along but not without changes to the latest track plan The white circle represents a small turntable. The pit for the turntable is currently sitting on the shelf under the baseboard. It is a cap for a 90 mm storm-water drain. Also on the bench a trusted transformer given to me as a Christmas present in 1973. Plenty of power to run the railway. The yellow tramcar in the background is a sentimental anachronism being a typical Copenhagen tram.



A bridge over Wombat Creek

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Fri, July 01, 2022 20:47:45

The narrow gauge railway will cross the Creek twice. The first bridge is a short skeleton bridge inspireed by drawings from Victorian Railways – Way and Works Branch. Thr bridge is situated close to the backdrop, which is a challenge. How to hide the fact the creek is coming straight out of the sky? Hopefully some well-placed treeferns will do the trick!

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A too close fit

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Mon, June 27, 2022 10:47:50
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A close fit

The narrow gauge railway and the creek both run under the tramway loop. No problem with the creek but the clearance for the steam locomotive is very tight with 1 mm between the the top of the funnel and the underside of the loop. This is too tight so something has to be done. Lowering the railway is not an option because of the risk of the creek flooding the line. Instead I will go for a thinner board under the tramway. Probably not quite right from an engineering perspective but it will not be visible once the sides of the future bridge are in place.



Not cutting corners

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Mon, June 20, 2022 20:16:31

The whole area around the explosives factory, the sawmill and the loco shed has been raised 6 mm to get above the surface of the creek. As seen on the photos the factory has been set into the ground to partly cover up it’s very high concrete foundation.

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The track plan has the three points joining each other, but as can be seen from the first photo the track will hit the corner of the factory. Moving the points away from the factory will clear the corner but leave a too short shunt in front of the sawmill. Instead the first and second points will be separated by a slight curve as seen in the second photo.



Up the Wombat Creek – part 3

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Sun, June 19, 2022 12:15:50

I have tried an alternative to resin for the Wombat Creek. Instead of resin I have used clear PVC sold as ‘table cover’ at the local hardware store (They get enough advertising, so I will not name the store!). The PVC comes in different thickness. I went for 0.75 mm with the idea of a double layer for additional ‘depth’. It is very easy to cut into any shape. I did two cuts along the template for the creek allowing an extra 5 mm of both sides.

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Putting the two layers on top of each other makes them ‘cling’ together but only partially. The result looked like the creek had an oil slick or partly frozen over. So I had to go with one layer, but I think it will be fine in the end. The banks and adjoining land will be made from foam-board. Like the PVC easy to cut into desired shape and no mess!

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Up the Wombat Creek – part 2

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Tue, June 14, 2022 18:02:59

I pass the local creek every day to and from work and keep an eye out for the colour of the water. After a rainy day the water resembles ‘coffee latte’, but mostly the colour is brown with a hint of green. Along the banks the water is almost black. For Wombat Creek I have gone for a non-rainy day.

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Up the Wombat Creek – part 1

Text and photos from Wombat Creek Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd Posted on Sun, June 12, 2022 17:42:47
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The creek bed is down – made from toilet paper and diluted PVA glue. Next step will be painting an appropriate colour.



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