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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.

Blue skies over Wombat Creek

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Mon, August 16, 2021 16:34:48

Well, not quite. More like ‘blue skies behind Wombat Creek’. To be able to work on the buildings near the edge of the layout I needed the background to be installed. The sky scene and the backing were purchased years ago, so it was a matter of putting it all together. It looks okay, but…

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Wombat Creek from the sky

There is an unexpected colour difference between two of the sheets and the cloud cover doesn’t quite match up. It can partly be rectified with the upcoming buildings. The backing is curved around the corner, which I thought could cause a problem. It did! The background sky is printed on self-adhesive paper and was stuck to the flat panel. Bending the panel unfortunately caused some ripples. I had hoped the rather strong bonding between the panel and sheets would have been enough to prevent this problem. Unfortunately not, but I will live with the ripples for the time being (which will probably be forever!).

In great need of a building

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Wed, August 11, 2021 17:46:20

Melbourne City Council erected more the 40 public toilets between 1903 and 1918, most with 2 stalls. Eight of these remain, all still being used for their original purpose. The structures employed a prefabricated system which enabled the urinals to be assembled on site or dismantled and relocated if required. This occurred often, as their prominent locations in the streets sometimes offended contemporary standards of public decency. This could be the reason most of the toilets have the entrances quite near the curb.

Public toilet, Victoria Square

Wombat Creek has received a couple of surplus toilets from Melbourne. A 4 stall unit has been erected three years ago in front of the town hall. Another smaller 2 stall toilet has a temporary spot in front of the Bank. It partly covers a smother of the newly laid pavers. In the attempt to close the gap between pavers they got too wet and partly disintegrated. To pull them all up again and do the whole odd shaped footpath was not an attractive solution.

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Along the Golden Mile

The toilet is of course very convenient for male tram passengers in need, but also very inconvenient if the doors of a stopping trams happen to be just in front of the building. In the future I will probably relocate the little building and perhaps replace it by a small kiosk selling newspapers and magazines.

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 18

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Mon, August 09, 2021 14:49:07
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City Hatters, Wombat Creel

With Melbourne in lock-down 6.0 I can go no further than 5 km from home, so I have some time to work on the Bank or more precisely the shops in the basement. ‘City Hatters’ on the corner has got window displays and a display ‘cabinet’ next to the quite narrow steps leading down to the entrance. Further along a bicycle shop has been stuck on (yes, at the moment it looks like something glued on to the building). The footpath along and past the building has been paved. Unfortunately a rather ‘big’ gap needs to be filled next to the main steps.

To prevent people from falling into ‘City Hatters’ railings will be erected in front of the shop and along the steps. Also, a canopy will constructed above both shops.

Finally – a busy bar

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Wed, July 21, 2021 15:10:27

Unlike present day Melbourne the bar at Duncan & Fraser is busy as never before. Every table is booked and no room left for the proprietor.

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A busy bar!

I used ‘flash’ for the photo. I will install ceiling lights so future photo should better show the lively atmosphere in the bar.

The bar is open – almost

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Tue, July 20, 2021 15:11:47
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Can’t wait to get into the bar!

Being in lock-down you need to do some therapeutic activities. I have learnt that one such activity is painting figures. The bar of Duncan & Fraser will soon be full of life. The photo shows the line-up ready to be installed inside the building.

Just to make it clear. The study waitress didn’t step into something ‘nasty’. She and the coffee-serving waiter are both temporary standing by the help of a small amount of blue-tack.

Buildings and Features in Wombat Creek

Buildings and features Posted on Fri, July 16, 2021 15:57:09
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
Factory ‘Vinegar’IP
Department StoreIPphoto
Hotel ‘Duncan & Fraser’IPphoto
Mechanics’ InstituteIP
Plumber ‘Leaky’IPphoto
Queen Victoria MarketIPphoto
Shoe shop ‘C. Row Rauert’IPphoto
Coal DepotP
Fire stationP
Police stationP
Statue ‘Queen Victoria’P
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In progress9

Happy proprietor

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Fri, July 16, 2021 15:42:21
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The arrival of 200 people in Wombat Creek yesterday made the proprietor of Duncan and Fraser very happy. He sees great business potential after the arrivals have undergone some dress-up (read painting), and fortunately the year in Wombat Creek is 1963 and not 2021. The real life hotel (Young & Jackson) has had a couple of Covid-19 cases and is – like the rest of Victoria – in lock-down again.

Day and night at Duncan & Fraser

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Fri, July 09, 2021 13:40:22

The proprietor of Duncan & Fraser is a happy man. Finally he has some income from the advertising on the front of the hotel. Hopefully he does not have to pay the electricity bill!

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A birds-eye view of Duncan & Fraser

The first photo shows a birds-eye view of the hotel with all the beams securing the three big billboards along the roof-line.

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Duncan & Fraser at daytime

The second photo is taken in daylight of sorts.

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Duncan & Fraser at nighttime

The third photo is taken at night time. The LEDs came with a battery box for three 1.5 V batteries, which gives a very bright light. To dim the light slightly I have replaced one battery with a metal screw (!).

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