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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.

Buildings and Features of Wombat Creek

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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!

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 14

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Thu, January 21, 2021 14:27:35
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Wombat Creek Bnk and Gold Exchange

The copper roofing has been finished with capping along the ridges, windows and ornaments. I still need to finish the roof with small spires and a flagpole.
The top of the facade will be finished with balustrades. Ordering pre-made ones from Britain is out of the question due to postage ($75+), so I need to come up with something else.

Myer is now open for business

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Mon, January 04, 2021 12:25:57
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Myer department store

I had hoped Myer (department store) would be ready for Boxing Day sales. Despite three days of intensive construction work on the site the extension of the original store front still lacked roofing and other features. Hopefully the store will be ready for a ‘grand’ opening in January 2021.

After a few more frantic days of work the roof is finished and signs and railings are up. A taxi rank in front of the store is ready for use – unfortunately the town’s only taxi is on route to Gum Nut Valley.

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Myer is open for business

As can be seen on the photo entering the department store will be a bit of a challenge due to the lack of a footpath near the revolving door, but I am sure that will not deter the customers getting to the good bargains.

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Myer, Wombat Creek

Deliveries to the department store are through the doors at the back. At the moment the sit high above the ground but that will be rectified at a later stage with an elevated back-road.

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 13

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Mon, January 04, 2021 12:00:16

The Melbourne Tram Museum has been closed since late March 2020 due to COVID-19, but with the restrictions easing in Melbourne the museum may soon open to the public again. After being closed for such a long time the trams had become rather dusty, so some of the volunteers went back on the 2nd of January to start cleaning.

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Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

On my way to the museum I did a brief stop at Flinders Street Station. The facade is the inspiration for Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange. As can be seen from the photo I think, I have done a good job so far considering I have done all the modelling from pictures found on the internet. I also took the opportunity to photograph a few details of the roof along the concourse and the area in front of City Hatters.

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 12

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Sat, December 19, 2020 12:09:58
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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange under construction

I began the construction of the Bank during the lock-down here in Melbourne and have been relying on images I can source from the internet. One image showed some dimensions of the room above the entrance, which made it possible to calculate the width of the model. Another image showed an overall drawing enabling me to calculate the proportions of the building. Unfortunately the second drawing isn’t quite true to the building as it stands in real life. To the right of the main entrances the drawing didn’t show the extension of the booking office and the upper parts of ‘City Hatters’. I have begun to rectify this ‘mistake’ as shown.

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Extension of the Bank

You may notice a screw in front of the new extension. It is set into an ‘underground’ beam. Unfortunately the entrance to ‘City Hatters’ is in the basement! The beam must be moved. Fortunately all the screws are still accessible. The run of the steps down to the shop entrance can’t be found remotely, so I may visit central Melbourne for the first time in many months. At the same time I can do some photos of the window displays, which I can use for the model. Perhaps I will also purchase a new hat at the same time!

Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 11

Text & photos from the layout Posted on Wed, December 09, 2020 18:22:01
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Main entrance to the Bank

Lately I have been working on the interior of the Bank. I have decided only to do the entrance hall and the central banking room. The remaining rooms will not be visible once the building is in place.
Well, the same could be said about the central banking room, as seen on the first photo.

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Main entrance

If the roof is removed more details are visible. Of course the bank needs its roof, so the long term solution will be installing a few lights in the ceiling above the tellers. Long time ago I bought a string of 100 micro LEDs from Bunnings. It is a matter of digging them out from storage, cut a few from the string, calculate the need of resistors and install them above the tellers and in the entrance hall. Perhaps a project for the approaching holidays.

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The interior of the Bank

From now on the attention will be at the roof. The domes aren’t finished and balustrades will be placed along the edge of the roof.

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