Monday, 29 July 2019

Brief Progress Report - lots of little things.

The ASM waits for 3034 to inch forward towards the buffer before switching the points to the loop
Over the last 14 months I have been photographing birds in two specific regions with the aim of publishing a book. This has delayed progress with the railway, however progress continues slowly.  Key areas include work on the buildings on Argyle St/Camden Valley Way - finishing them off and blending into the landscape. Artwork for decals is in preparation to complete the buildings. This layout has a lot of fencing and I refer you to Jims blog for his view on this subject. Paling fences have been completed behind the goods shed and a split rail fence from the end of the platform to the buffers. This can be just seen in the photo above behind the overgrown strip of land between the yard and Elizabeth St. Stink pipes for toilets have been added and signs for the various station rooms will be part of the decal work.

More detail is being added to the backdrop. Point levers of various styles, catchpoint indicators are being installed as per above photo using many of the Uneek products. A little realigning of the baseboard modules and addition of a small curved module between the river and terminus modules has provided more efficient space utilisation, such as wider aisles and yet to be confirmed longer yard for Narellan.

I am seeking information or photos of the sawmill that was at the end of the stock siding and appreciate any info readers might  be willing to share.

Until the next time I will continue to split my time between the railway and the bird book
 (a sample photo below of an Azure Kingfisher Kisses lagoon Bega). Happy modelling

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Surrounding the Station Part 2

Construction is well underway of 5 buildings on Argyle Street opposite the goods yard and milk factory, the side of the Esso service station can be seen on the extreme left, moving right is the workshop behind the Atlantic Service station building, the adjoining service station building, house which became an Atlantic Fuel office and to the right Art Deco Clinton's Holden building

There has been steady progress since the last blog in between travelling parts of NSW and Victoria. There are a lot of buildings in a reasonably small space and some selective compression has been required while trying to keep the buildings in proportion. Realistically all the buildings need to be further back from the edge of the road, however this would have meant shortening each building even further. 

There were many changes to the Atlantic service station and house over time. The verandah on the house was originally open and closed in possibly in the early 1950s.  Later the exposed brick was painted  based on available photos maybe around 1960 or a little earlier. The combined buildings moved from the Atlantic Petroleum Company to Camden Tyre Service Centre again possibly late 1950s or around 1960. During the Atlantic servo days there was a COR bowser along with 2 Atlantic bowsers, under an awning yet to be constructed.

The ground slopes width and lengthways which has been a challenge to get the buildings to sit correctly and blend into the landscape, as always a work in progress. I am currently working on signage for the various buildings, some these will be home made decals particularly for the Clintons building, other signage will be printed on photo paper and cut to suit. The Camden Historical Society and library have again been invaluable sources of reference. The Clintons Holden building is still in existence although significantly modified and is deemed as historically important.

In between modelling, my wife and I have been travelling going to the Canowindra Balloon festival, checking out the painted silos at Grenfell, Weethalle and revisiting the silos between Yarrawonga and Benalla. We also did a trip to the Victorian high country. Its always a great opportunity to see what remains of various railway lines and infrastructure below a few shots from these trips.

5367 in Cowra roundhouse

Silos and grain shed Canowindra

Canowindra station and water tank, generally in good condition

Weethalle station and signal box has been well maintained