Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Edmondson Street Bridge

 Edmondson Street Road bridge - photo diary

One of the bridges that has to be replaced prior to double stacking by Inland rail project, is the Edmondson Street bridge.

In 1995, a Fearnes Wagga bus crosses the bridge.  This is the view looking west, towards Albury

The bridge is on the western end of Wagga's station.  Earlier this week, whilst waiting for my car to be serviced, I thought I would take a few more photos, of this soon to be replaced bridge.

Western side of the bridge, as viewed from the Cassidy Footbridge, in 2016.  Close look at the central pier shows an interesting feature

Another picture from 2016. The security fence prevents access to the line.

The fence also makes picture taking awkward.  This picture from last monday shows part of the fence, as the camera is raised well above ones head. The central pier shows that it might have been extended

Cribbed retaining wall has built up the roadway

Some of the graffitti from 2016, is still present in 2022.  Note the different coloured brickwork where the wing retaining wall changes from a slope, to vertical.  More evidence that the roadway has been widened in the past

Cribbed retailing wall stretches down the hill towards Edward Street (Sturt Highway).  The slope of the roadway is planned to be increased for the new replacement bridge - causing some community concerns.

A 1949 picture of a water tank, and alkali plant, located just west of the bridge.  I do not know when this was removed.  But there is evidence if you look closely. 

A pair of water pipes can just been seen poking above the grass.  The shadow of the bridge railing can be seen on the track.  The fence at the back is the boundary to Mount Erin school.

The roadway, as viewed from the Edward Street intersection.  

The pedestrian railing is quite simple

Lineside poles have the wires going over the road, rather than through the bridge

Access to the bridge is much harder in 2022, than even 2016

View from  "Mothers Bridge" footbridge - looking west.  Note the offcenter pier

From what I can determine, the bridge was built to replace an earlier level crossing approx 1920.  It was originally just a 2 lane bridge, and later widened to 4 lanes with the growth of Wagga Wagga,  south of the railway line - and I dimly remember this happening in the 1960s.  The construction is typical NSW, with sloping wing walls.  The deck is re-inforced concrete, over some shallow steel beams. 

I plan to include a model of this bridge on my layout, but won't have the space for a full roadway ramp.

Some bonus pictures (if you have got this far)

A Junee bound Pacific National wheat train approaches Marrar, on the Junee-Narrandera line on August 18th.  The canola fields are bright yellow.  The road is the Canola Way, and well worth the detour if you are travelling to Adelaide via the Hume/Sturt Hwy

Another classic streamliner at Junee - GM27 last August.  Same spot as 4204 last month.  This one has been also saved from the scrappers, but has been refurbished/rebuilt for SSR (Southern Shorthaul Railroad) freight train operators

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Wagga Wagga Station - a little detailing

 Wagga Wagga station - detailing starts

I have a confession to make.  The Wagga station has suffered some neglect over the last 3 months, whilst I have concentrated on other things - some alas not related to trains.

4204 sitting in Junee yard at the beginning of August.  I first photographed 4204 in Canberra in the early 1980s, during its last NSW government revenue run.  It is great that the loco was not scrapped, and fully restored for excursion work.  This is one of my first pictures with my new Samsung A23 phone - and the quality is far superior to my earlier 7 year old Samsung phone.

This blog post shows some of the little details associated with the station

Toilet block building showing the fence, and storage area.  This picture was taken during the last refurbishment of the station - the brick walls under the render are also visible

The toilet block building cage was made using brass strip, wire, and a LOT of patience

There are a few fences required.  I had some plastic fences in my stash, but frankly, they would have been rather heavy, and distracting.  The cause of one of the delays in progressing the Wagga station, was locating some fine brass fences.  The brass fence acquired via Ebay after a lot of lookibg is much better, whilst still not right, is far better than the plastic ones.

Seats on the platform side

The Wagga station has at least 10 Station seats.  I could only find 7 in my stash.  I believe these are Peco OO - and come moulded in a ghastly green plastic.  I have painted them blue, with black supports.  Not correct, but will do until better examples are obtained 

Luggage carts awaiting use

The etch for the Wagga station awnings, included some extra bits that Ross Balderson had added to fill up the empty spaces.  Two of those spaces were luggage carts.  These are not quite the same as the carts I had photographed, but I won't be too critical

The near disaster

I don't quite believe this happened.  I was replacing the ceiling access panel in my workroom, after it had dislodged after an extremely strong wind entered my workroom, and blew the panel (just a piece of chalk board) into the ceiling space.  In the process of putting it back, the panel dropped through the hole, and in an effort to arrest its fall to the floor, I invertantly directed it to impact the table the station was on.

"Whoops"....(the explicitive has been removed)

The impact of the ceiling access panel was onto the table, and the panel came to rest over the station - only being stopped from forming a pancake of the station by the shelving behind the station.  The station reacted to the force by returning to a set of subassemblies, with some roof sections bouncing into the chalk of the ceiling panel, causing the damage seen.  The front entrance etch was also slightly bent

Assessment, repairs, and cleaning was not immediate.  I walked away for an hour before returning to assess.  I was pleasantly surprised how little damage actually occured.  The only part that really suffered was the roof ridge of the LHS gable - seen in the above shot as white - partially the chalk, partially as the styrene ridge plastic has been removed, exposing the unpainted corrugated styrene.

Anyway, after this, I realise that I have to finish the station sooner, rather than later, and then build a protective cradle, so the station can be stored away from flying ceiling access panels etc.

Diorama resumes.

The first steps after the station was "restored" (I still have to respray the roof area) was to secure the concrete paths made previously.  The roadway curb requires a concrete gutter.  I masked a strip on the roadsurface, hand painted the concrete, and removed the masking.  Then the concrete paths were glued with whiteglue.   

Other modelling

On30 - Outback Model Company - NBH coaches.  I had these kits for about 5 years, and sometimes one needs a distraction.  They are laser cut cardboard - fairly simple, lacks details, but could be enhanced with metal handrails, rollup blinds, and passengers with legs hanging out of the windows

A casula hobbies brass/composite kit - grey primed.  It will be good to get this finished - been at least 30 years.... 

Lyndon Trains - 6 ton cane bins in HOn30.  Gavin from NGDU had asked me to build these for a future "Items of Interest" in that magazine. The etches were produced by Badger Bits - I believe using the same etcher that etched the veranda etches for my Wagga station.  VERY NICE

OCY etc container wagons.  I bought these foolishly at a recent Trains Planes and automobile auction. They were cheap. Unfortunately, they arrived extensively damaged, as the packers had put them all into a large plastic bag, not individually wrapped.  I have cosmetically restored them,  repainted over the previous horrible paint, and added some weight.  Containers and kadees will be needed too.  May make a block train on the future layout - but don't look too closely. 

Last Saturday, I travelled over to Murrumbateman for the Div 2 NMRA meeting at Stephe Jitt's MMR new house.  Stephe had found a house with a big train room to accomodate his Kangaroo Valley railway, albeit with some modifications.  I took the opportunity to take some better phone camera pictures of some of the sections, relocated from his previous obode in Yass.  Stephe tells me that he hopes the layout will be fully operational again in 3 years.  Knowing Stephe, he is conservative with his estimates

Well, that's it for now.  Lessons I hope have been learnt.

Monday, 11 July 2022

Docker Street - Gatekeeper Cottage

 Gatekeeper Cottage for Docker Street - 1

It has been a number of years since I wrote an blogpost on the gatekeeper cottages around Wagga.

My picture of the cottage is from 1997, the former headshunt for the sidings beyond Docker Street has been removed - the original alignment was between the rail, and the paling fence

In the subsequent time since that original blog, I have been accumulating additional pictures.  The Docker Street cottage was one I don't have plans for, and as the cottage is privately owned, these pictures will be used to create a simple diagram for a future model build.

An earlier b&w picture showing the headshunt

A set of pictures taken from the Lost Wagga Wagga facebook site. These pictures have a wealth of detail, from the lineside poles, gates, and trains. It however, does give a minor contradiction - that is the date the boom gates were installed.  My earlier 1959 newspaper article on the Edward Street crossing said that boom gates were in place on Docker street - but the 1960s cars and manual gates show a different story 

Another image from the Lost Wagga Wagga facebook site - this shows the installation of timber flangeways on the headshunt - dated 1965. I suspect that this was work involved with widenening the roadway, as part of the work for the boom gates.  Absolute classic showing the attire of the workers, and the foreman

Another angle of the cottage from 1997

2002 is the date - southbound train on the crossing.  The cottage is not visible, on the left hand side of this image. My picture

A further pair of images pinched off the  Lost Wagga Wagga facebook site.  The gatekeeper cottage from this angle looks unchanged in the intervening 80-90 years

A set of pictures taken last month, with my poor phone camera, in poor lighting conditions.

A 1971 aerial view of the cottage.

A more recent aerial shot - this one from sixmaps

Making the plan.

The aerial shots both are dimensioned, but I was able to get a more accurate measurement by counting the corrugations on the roof.  Each corrugation is 3" apart - and thus I was able to determine the full width of the cottage roof is 40 feet.  A little more guesswork for the wall heights, and roof pitch.  I took these from a plan I did have of the old  Best Street cottage, which has some similar features.  What I don't have is any pictures of the door and window placement from the north eastern side of the cottage, so I have made a guess.  I suspect too that the structure is rendered double brick construction, apart from the rear "lean-to".  

Anyway, that's as far as I have got for now.  Cutting out the styrene will be the next stage.

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