Saturday 18 November 2023

Let There be Light

 Progress steps up a notch

Over the last 3 weeks (since my last Blog post), quite a lot has occured

David's layout based on Goulburn, was one of the attractions at the NMRA meeting I attended yesterday (Nov 18, 2023) in Canberra. More pictures of this meeting later

Wagga Station master residence - Veranda posts

6 posts are needed.  The first 2 above, are 3 sided, the last 4 are decorated on all 4 sides.  There are 27 pieces of plastic per post - and quite a fiddly job to make.  The post themselves are Evergreen styrene 0.060 square strips 

The most critical phase was glueing all the posts to the support beam.  Not only were the posts square, they had to be correctly spaced to the nearest 0.2mm for the eventual attachment of the ironwork.  The veranda planks were made from a piece of Evergreen 0.060 V groove

The 2 wall support posts added to the front

Finally the veranda gets added

Even without the cast ironwork decoration, the residence is imposing

Not quite the same angle, but the real residence for comparision

Next stages are the pipework, windows and doors.  The veranda railing too, although that will have to wait until after painting

Train Room progress.

Another Bunnings delivery.  Yellow tongue sheeting, more trim, and the kaboodle kitchen flat packs.  I had to move these  further under my carport as rain was expected.  The Yellow tongue boards are extremely heavy for one person - and there were 13 of them - enough to finish the walls.

I rolled primer undercoat on the ceiling.  over 50 square metres, it took me a full day.  Top coats will come later.

Sheeting (and insulation) in the train room continues

Sheeting in the garage area was a lot easier.  The insulation batt width fitted the panels without any additional trimming

Never assume your floor is flat.  There was almost a 3cm fall over a short distance.  This view from the garage side

Doorway from garage to train room

Doorway from train room, to outside.  Note the openings for the electrical cables

Door between the train room and the garage hung.  The door knob was something re-used after about 20years of storage after being replaced in my previous home in Queanbeyan

Ensuite sliding door

Room Lighting is being supplied with LED batten lights.  The colour switch inside the fitting is shown.  I will have to change the colour, as warm white is too yellow for my liking

The support plate for the Daikin airconditioner was simply screwed onto the yellow tongue sheeting.  You cannot do that with gyprock

I insisted on a switchboard to be installed inside the train room.  The advantage of this, is that I can turn off all power points for the layout with a single switch.  There are 5 circuits: Lighting and Tastic, Kitchenette power points; Hot Water; Air Conditoner; & Layout/room power points

Airconditoning fitted.  The outside unit is visible through the window

Tastic installed in the ensuite.  Heat, light, and fan

Light battens installed.  There are 4 in total - the one for the Kitchenette has a separate light switch

Circuit Breakers fitted

Let there be light!!

External Air conditioner in the passage way between my workroom, and garage.  Not much sun gets to this location.  There is also not a lot of space, but this is not a walkway that is used much. 

Next step is continuing with the painting - there are over 80 square metres of wall to prime.  Further work is the tiling of the ensuite, assembly of the kitchenette, plumbing completion, septic installation, and flooring.   Cost of room so far is $27,500.  

Very unexpected, but Tracy found a litter of feral kittens just over a week ago.  Three were well hidden in the weeds that are around my unused swimming pool, but the meow and wandering about of kitten #4 was a giveway.  And we also discovered a den under the rotten wood planking that surround part of the pool. 

We think the kittens were about 4 weeks old,  and looked malnourished, and looking for their mother.

Well, all 4 now are thriving in our house, and Tracy has found homes for three of them.  The fourth,a long haired little girl, who I named Mystique, or Misty for short is being kept  As you can gather, entertaining kittens is a time wasting exercise (as well as expensive - I have spent $230 so far on food, litter, bedding, worming tablets, toys).  I am feeding them 5 times a day, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late supper.  They are growing quickly

We set up a kitten enclosure - using 6 panels of a dog pen, and 4 planks that I had put aside for the future layout.  Works quite well.

"Leo" named by his future owner, contemplates some mischief.  Photographing kittens is a lot of misses to get one hit.

Div 2 NMRA November meeting in Canberra.

Yesterday, I made the 5 hr round trip to Canberra, to attend the NMRA meeting at David's place.

David was offering to demonstrate weathering, and as David is also extremely skilled in Military modelling, it was something I wanted to see.  As my builder Brett was not attending my trainroom build on Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend

David attacks a wagon, surrounded by the curious.  David rarely uses an airbrush for weathering.  Instead, he  makes up a lot of washes using oil paints, turpentine, and white spirits

Subtle weathering.  The NODY wagon is only half done to show the difference

An additional bonus clinic was using the phone application "Engine Driver" on Davids home layout, which is Goulburn station.  Using a Raspberry Pi, with appropropriate software can extend a DCC system to accomodate a number of mobile phone controllers.  Certainly an option for me when it comes to running my layout.  The hammerhead NCE throttles are quite a deal more expensive then old cell phones

The station of Goulburn is mostly scratchbuilt, using plans.  David's modelling work has appeared on many layouts, and was one of the inspirations for me to improve my own modelling standards

David hosts operational sessions on this layout.  The basis is making up trains for the branchlines to Crookwell, and Canberra/Cooma/Bombala.  With mainline trains also coming through, Goulburn can get quite busy.  

Control panel


Getting the walls finished, and completing the electrical aspect of my train room has been a major step in finishing the room.  The A/C cooled the room down in around 10 minutes, and then idled at under 500 watts.  With the extensive installation, I hope the room will be a welcoming environment for layout construction, and later operation.  

Until next time

Sunday 29 October 2023

Some more progress

 Latest updates  on the SM Residence and train room - and a distraction.

In the last 2 weeks since my last Blog post, quite a lot has occured

CLP12 "Casper" is a regular visitor to Junee.  Here it is on the Turntable entrance road.  More of the turntable later

Wagga SM residence

The next area of construction was the 2 story annex, and original toilet block

The 0.010x0.080 styrene strip arrived to enable finishing the roof.   The remaining building additions were also added.  

Before the roof capping added, the SM residence had a large annex that was missing

Annex added

Closeup of the annex.  The door is a scratchbuilt overlay, on a 0.040 thick wall for strength.  Note the roof line variation, and I have not yet added guttering. Photos are useful - the wall join shadow points to a finishing issue

Some detail pictures, taken from the backyard with permission of the owner.  All the pipework will be great to add

Guttering added.  Note the location of the guttering is over the lower window, although nowhere as much as the prototype picture.  With a lot of guesswork for measurements, some errors will undoubtably occur.

Front balcony awning.

Underside of the awning.  The support "triangles" are shaped to support the convex balcony roof

Gluing the balcony awning to the front has made a great difference to the look.  Note the subtle curves of the corrugated iron.  This was made by heating the corrugated styrene in boiling water (*to soften) and then bending the styrene lengthwise to form a curve.  A process I repeated 3 times.  I am not convinced that this method is the best,   

Aerial view from 2020

A comparision picture

Next stages are to work on the balcony, windows, and external pipework.

Train room build (in pictures) 

Great progress occured over the weekend.  The ceiling is in. 

Delivery of ther gyprock sheets etc occured on Friday.  The main sheets are 6 metres long, and bought to minimise the joins

8 bales of insulation.  These are for the ceiling

metal battens installed 

More metal battens for the ensuite area.  The ensuite is to be sheeted seperately from the main room.  Gap is wide enough for the future Tastic (Light, heater, extractor fan)

First sheet screwed to the roof battens.  Insulation added earlier - Note the temporary timber "support", used to stabilize the sheet from bowing during the installation.  The yellow tongue wall made for a secure mount.  

Further sheets had to be stabilised with wood supports screwed to the metal battens

Whilst Matt (the plasterer) was undertaking the patching, Brett knocked up the internal door jamb

Picture taken from the area of the internal door - with the ceiling up, the size of the room becomes apparent 

The ensuite is also now sheeted.  The cornice finishes the ceiling.  This is the shower end

Ensuite - toilet end.  Keeping the brickwork will add some character, although the lack of insulation cannot be fixed with the location of the pre-existing slab pipework too close to the brickwork

Another Bunnings delivery is expected this week - the kitchenette cabinetry, and more yellow tongue sheeting

The distraction - Alistair Gilmour's layout donation to Junee

About a month ago, I was made aware that Junee Roundhouse Museum had been approached by Alistair Gilmour. Alistar was proposing to donate his home layout of the main south mainline from Wallenbeen to Junee, to Junee.  Alistair's home in Sydney had been sold, and the layout had to be removed.

The layout was included in the NMRA Rosehill layout tour earlier this month, and I am indebted to Pat Britten for providing me the following pictures taken during the openhouse.


Marinna? silo

Junee used to have a large coaling stage. The roundhouse in the background is approximately in the right location based on the protoype

Half of the Junee roundhouse is modelled fairly accurately.  If you visit the roundhouse (Wed-Sunday), the bays visible are for the workshop.  The side of the roundhouse not modelled is the current museum display



Illabo silos


Alistair has a fairly extensive computer controlled system, and this was included in the donation.  This picture supplied by the Junee group

Relocation to Junee.

On the 22nd of October, I was informed that Simon was looking for volunteers to help unload the layout out of a truck, and into storage.  The time was 8am Monday October 23.  Below are my pictures

The temporary storage facility

Rear of the truck showing the layout nicely stacked at the end of the roadtrip from Sydney

The roundhouse was a large section 

Room half filled.  The layout has been sectioned, and rudimentary supports added for transportation.  I understand that this work was done on site by Alistair's operations group, with assistance from the Epping Model Railway, whist the removal truck waited.   Well done.

Room filled.  

Last Thursday, there was a meeting of interested public, and 18 people turned up, including the Mayor of Junee.  (I have said earlier that Junee was a railway town).  The Roundhouse Museum explained their situation, that they were not presently in a position to rejuvenate, or display the layout.  However, they recognised the uniqueness of the donation. and didn't want it heading to landfill.  The Junee Model Railway club is proposing to take on the custody of the layout, with the first point being to locate a suitable venue - the prefered is the now empty barracks building within the roundhouse complex.  Discussions are occuring.   Cost of fixing the barracks will be very high, as that building will need a lot of work to bring it up to code (public access).  Timeframe for the project - 4-5 years 

The bottom line is that whilst I am prepared to help as needed, my own focus has to be my own layout.  But, I will add snippets of progress to my blog if people want to be kept informed.

Until next time, build a model or two