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