Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Wagga Wagga station - the other buildings (1)


Wagga Wagga Station Platform – other buildings..

I am fairly close to completion of the main Wagga Station building, however, there were two other buildings on the platform that were constructed at the same time as the station.  Of course, these have to be modelled.

Railway print showing the original plans for the Wagga station.  Both the side buildings are drawn similarly - gents toilet on the RHS, and the original per way office on the LHS.

Bob Stack (SCR blog) had supplied me with small sized plans of the station, showing these two buildings.  One was labelled the Gents Toilet, the other was a parcels locker – now the home of the Wagga Wagga Railway Heritage Museum.

The former matched recent photos, but the parcels locker was significantly different from the original pictures of the station. Don’t know when it was remodelled.   But, most importantly, the plan showed that both buildings were the same size. 

Gents toilet

This building is on the eastern (Sydney) side of the main station.  It was reasonably accessable for measuring, and photography.  

As per my method of recording measurements, after I got home, I printed the images on my B&W laser printer, and returned to the station with a pen, and measuring tape. 

So, I cut out the 4 walls from sheet styrene, and carved out the door and window openings.  This is the same technique I used for the main Wagga station, so I won’t give a blow-by-blow photo essay on this.  I will refer the reader to the main wagga station construction blog-posts.

After cutting out, the architectural details were added for the doors, and windows prior to assembling the 4 walls into a box. 

Parcel locker – now Museum building

As the Parcel locker main structure was according to the plans, the same size as the Gents toilet block, I made walls with provision for the door and window openings.  I also cut the styrene for the small office add-on.  I didn’t have any measurements, just some photos, and the forementioned railway plan. 

However, try as I might, I could not get the doors, and windows on the small office to look like my photo.  Then the penny dropped – the parcel locker is larger than the plans.  Checking an aerial view – this is confirmed.

Sixmaps aerial view shows the Museum building, and the gents toilet.  Yes, the peaked roof is a different size on each.  So much for the Railway plans I was provided.  

After a lot of grumbling, and words best not repeated, I spliced in an extra 16% of wall to the existing cut styrene.  Yes, I probably should have cut new styrene, but I am thrifty cheap, and an almost invisible join fits that bill.  I am not going to win any awards with this building, so why waste anything?

See if you can see the extra 16% added to the walls?

Both buildings located on the platform in the correct orientaton to the main wagga station building.  The large plank that I am using now makes more sense


Both the buildings included small “courtyards” for want of a better term.  I understand that at one stage, a kids playground was in the Museum courtyard.  Now both courtyards are used for storage, and the Gent toilet courtyard has part of it converted into a storeroom.  .  Adding the courtyards has taken longer than anticipated , as the level of trim seems crazy for what they are.  The trim involved lots of cutting strips of styrene to size, and fitting one at a time.

Gents toilet after lots of tedious, repetative work

Museum building, prior to the corbels and gettering

The process of adding the corner wall blocks is the same as for main Wagga Wagga station.  There however is a departure.  The measurements for the decorative corbels, and roof eves on these smaller buildings seems to be slightly smaller than the main Wagga station.  I am only going on photo evidence.  So, I have made a couple of adjustments.  If I get these wrong by a few mm, the building could look wrong, and I probably won’t discover it until I am close to finishing.

After the corbels had been added, here is the underside showing the quantity of the trim that was needed to simulate the decoration of the museum building

Once the guttering is on, it was time for the roof


The roof.

 This is where a lot of modellers come to grief, myself included, so making a cardboard template seemed appropriate.  Cardboard errors are a lot less expensive than making mistakes on the corrugated styrene


One only needs a simple bit of geometry to work out the angles.

I have added the guttering above the corbel decoration as part of the wall construction, rather than as an afterthought.  The technique I am using now is better than the one I used for the main wagga station building.  I am alway trying to improve my skills

A little bit of sticky-tape warping in the sun, the roof looks OK, and should fit fine

After ensuring the cardboard looked OK, I then cut out the corrugated styrene, and have made a start on the roof supports

My supplies

I have been asked how do I find the right size of styrene to detail my buildings.  Well, here is one of my secrets.  A few years ago, I took the deep plunge into the wallet, and acquired almost a full set of Evergreen styrene strips.  There were well over 150 packets, and whilst I did get an excellent discount, it still wasn’t cheap.  To save me having to look through the entire box, I grouped each thickness of strip together, in ascending order, and cabletied them  together. 

Having these has allowed me to select the thickness, to the nearest 0.22mm  – or 0.010 thou (approximately 1 scale inch).

14 litre clear container holds the entire stash of strips.  I have another container containing the sheet styrene

These are the 0.015 thou thickness strips - 0.020, 0.030, 0.040, 0.060, 0.080, 0.100, 0.125, 0.156, 0.188, & 0.250 arranged in order, and held together with a cable tie through the hole at the top of the clear plastic holders.  

During the process of building Wagga, I have accessed around a third of the packets, but only exhausted the contents of  a few, which I have replaced prior to actually running out.  Fortunately, Evergreen styrene is a product sold by many of the hobbyshops here in Australia, and it is easy to add a few packets to a larger model order.



Next stage is to compete the detailing, add the roofs, and paint.


Until next time.


  1. Great project coming to an end, hope you can exhibit it some time

  2. Great detail as always Rob. Research can either be a joy or drudgery at times, but I'm sure this project will be worth all the time you've put into it.

    1. I hope you are right Phil. I knew when I started the station, it would be a very ambitious project, but the time taken is far in excess of what I originally thought. Yes, I enjoy research too - I rarely find it dull, and that is often exciting to discover some forgotten gem of history.

  3. Hi Rob,

    I love your detailed progress on the station building construction. It definitely would be worth displaying the finished building at an exhibition, if not on a layout, then a diorama would be ideal.

    One small point on your roof geometry. The quadrilateral shape is correct but you have not detailed the triangular roof sheets. These are 41.76mm wide, 71 mm long and 54.81mm on the angle. Either you have not detailed these on purpose or the calcs are missing.

    Great stuff,

    John P

    1. You are right John, I had failed to put on those measurements, which you can do if you draw the template full size. I also made a deliberate mistake with writing 51mm as one of the measurements - when it should have been 50mm - only to see if people would notice. As it turned out, the thickness of the corrugated styrene sheet (0.040 thou) also has an effect on the measurements, and I had to bevel and whittle away the edge of the triangle pieces (just a little).

  4. Hi Rob, a second thought on the outbuilding size discrepancy. It may be at some time the parcels office was enlarged to provide more room. It is very likely that the initial construction was as per the original plans. Symmetry was an important component of the early designs. You may be able to see some signs of an extension with close observation.

    Good detective work by you,

    John P

    1. I have a 1926 plan showing the original use of the outbuilding, a store room on the platform side, and a perway office on the roadside. These 2 rooms shared the chimney in the middle of the roof. The window arrangement was as per the original plans, and postcard views that I have. Size the same as the Gents toilet block. So the change was effected after 1926. The platform window was turned into a doorway, and the chimney removed. But the extension of the buildng towards the road is a mystery - there is nothing on the roofline or eaves to show any additions. I'll ask the Wagga Railway Heritage people tomorrow when I display the station. Thanks John for your continuing interest