Thursday, 17 March 2022

Wagga Wagga Station - The other buildings (2)

 Other platform buildings  - Construction continues, and some paint

The courtyard for the now Museum building has a security fence built under the "lean-to" roof. 

At the last end of the last blog, I had just started working on the roof of the Museum building.  After making this similar to my earlier method on the main Wagga station building, I needed a security fence.  This is something that would have been easy with etched brass - but I wasn't thinking this far ahead when I had the etches made, it left little option than to fabricate it from scratch.

A number of 2.5cm lengths of fine brass wire were cut and rested on a scrap piece of corrugated styrene.  A 1mm x 0.25mm brass strip was then soldered to the ends of the wire.  Be quick, as the heat of the iron could melt the styrene if left in contact too long.  The spacing of the corrugations was 1mm, slightly more than 3 scale inches.

After 72 pieces of wire were cut and soldered (enough to fill the gap), additional lengths of 1mm strip were soldered to the brass wire for additional supports top and bottom, and cut off the excess brass wire.
Adding the roof enabled the "fence" to be secured without glue.  I only glued the roof at the main building walls, so the roof can flex slightly up.  This is important, as the fence has to be removed for painting

Some additional vertical 1mm strips to simulate the prototypes supports, and gate

The other side of the Museum building - showing the main roof, and the lean-to roof over the current library, and meals room.
Add some paint.  Looking OK, with just one coat of the cream

Gents Toilet roof

The roof of the Gents toilet includes a distictive cupola, containing a number ot vents.  I didn't have any measurements for this, so it was a bit of trial and error, using the above pictures for reference.

I made up the angle for the vents, by cementing 0.030 square styrene strip on to of the louvers, and repeat until all 3 louvers were in place. Note that I haven't fitted the flashing on the roof at this stage
The roof on the now spray painted toilet block.  There are 3 coats of red paint, and the colour is the same taubmann "streetwise red" sample pot that I used for the main Wagga station. 

Further styrene added to the cupola - just a fiddly task

The toilet block has a store-room in its courtyard.  


One coat of the Cream colour has been brush painted on the Toilet block.  The now completed roof is awaiting paint

I have made the storeroom walls, and roof removeable as a sub assembly, which will make painting the roof and adding the door easier.

Start of the diorama

As many have guessed, I am planning a station diorama.  When will this project ever be completed?

Wagga  Railway Heritage museum visit

On Wednesday, I picked up Pete Neve OAM from his home in Junee, and travelled to the Wagga Museum meeting rooms, housed in the old rest building within the railway environs

The Wagga Heritage Museum meets in the former rest building, which has undergone an extensive internal makeover.  This is another structure that will have to be made.  This is a recent picture showing the now reduced chimney height

I displayed the Wagga and Bomen stations, and Wagga Signal box.  The models were favourably viewed, and it was good to get some discussion going.  I asked about the original railway plans for the now museum building being different - and apparantly, the railway plans were wrongly sized, as there was never any changes to the very thick walls.

Peter Neve reminded the people attending, that this year is the 60th anniversary of the through running Sydney to Melbourne on the standard gauge.  

My model of the station was not the only Wagga station model.

This arts-n-crafts model as displayed at the Museum meeting room, contains many of the features of the real station, although compressed width, and simplified details.  

Until next time.


  1. Great progress on the station Rob. Interesting so observe how the other buildings make the diorama as a whole look complete.

  2. Rob
    Good thinking with the corrugated plastic for the fence. All coming along nicely.
    Ray P

  3. It was a bit of an experiment Ray - not a technique I had seen, or read about. However, in rectrospect, I should have used a finer wire than 0.015" (not that I had any). Thank you for your continuing interest