Perway shed at Ladysmith - a "simple" scratchbuilding project
During the openday at Ladysmith on February 11th, I took an opportunity over the lunch period to wander down to the perway shed, and measure it for a future model.
|Ladysmith Perway shed
Permanent way sheds were once a common sight on NSW railways. They contained equipment used by the track gangs for repair of the line. With the reduction of branchlines, use of hi-roller work trucks with decendable railway wheels, and the large track mounted resleepering, and tamping machines, the humble perway shed along the line is no longer used, and most have been removed, leaving just a concrete pad behind. Fortunately, Ladysmith is not one of them
The line to Tumbarumba contained a number of perway sheds. Whilst I haven't done a complete survey, I have seen the concrete pads at Humula and Coreinbob.
|Coreinbob also had a small gangers shed. The small culvert on the approach to the former shed is a nice detail
|The 2 sets of rails in the Humula perway shed concrete pad can still be seen. The size of the pad looks similiar to Ladysmith
Ladysmith Perway shed in pictures
A previous open day, the Perway shed was open, and I managed to take some pictures, which I will share here.
|The perway shed fits in the "neck" between the silo loop, and the station loops
|Note the internal door support frame design.
|A telephoto picture has the station much closer to the shed. It is a lot further away.
|Lots of details of clutter hiding in the grass
|The doors opens to the right, the other to the left.
|The closest water tank does not appear to be plumbed in
|A better idea of how far away the station is
|Sleeper details in front of the Perway track entrances.
|Joints were reinforced with 0.040 square styrene
|Rear downpipe made from styrene rod, and cut at angle, and rejoined for the 45 and 90 degree bends. I covered this technique a while ago
|I made another compromise - the Ladysmith Perway shed has a translucent roofing sheet above the RHS trike bay for interior natural light. I haven't yet found clear corrugated styrene, so to simulate that would have been a challenge