Camden Valley Model Railway

Based on the now, long gone, Branch Line from Campbelltown to Camden,

Sunday, 18 February 2018

"All's well, that ends well".

Last Monday was a "God Send" and now I know what not to use, as I continue with line side structures. I guess it's also better to have more clearance than trying to have the minimum. During the week I replaced the facia on the platform, repaired the Goods Shed for clearance, and all is well again.

Is this guy photographing me !!

Yesterday I did a repair on two Auscision "B" Class locos and they entered the platform without any problems.
I have also drawn the base plan for the second service station. This is the one with the residence attached. I now need to trek to Newcastle for the tile roofing.
I have found over time that when constructing buildings, it is best to do the roof first, then put the walls under it. I have found on occasions that if you have a slightly different angle (or slope) on one section of the roof, the building can be out of square.

My Service Station and Residence Plan

Service Station and Residence

So until I get to Newcastle I will find something else to work on.
Cheers for now.

Monday, 12 February 2018

"An answer to my prayer"

Apparently after hearing of my dilemma, The "Engineer-in-Chief" of construction arrived this afternoon armed with his bag of tools, (the Dremel) and work began on reconstructing Camden Platform, to allow entry of trains. Apparently due to our odd weather we have been having, the timber used in the construction of the platform (MDF) had absorbed moisture enough to make it grow and the swelling reduced the clearance. My trains can now enter the platform to detrain it's passengers. Maybe in the winter, passengers will have to "walk the plank" to reach the platform, we will see.
However, another problem has emerged, being of the same nature at the Goods Shed. This will be easily fixed when I get to it with the angle grinder in a few days time.
I will let you know later when the mods are completed.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

When you've gott'a go, you had better run !!

Nothing has happened since my last blog. The only thing I have done is build one of the two Service Stations required for the next module. This has come to a stop because I need some figures for inside the servo and some material for the second servo. This means a trip to Newcastle because I want to see what I am buying in relation to roof tiling and figurines.

The first servo
Something that brought me to a grinding holt, was a few weeks ago, I did a repair on an "Austrains" CLP Loco for a friend, and I decided as usual to check it for operation. I put it on the track down near the Napean River and ran it back to Camden. To my surprise, it slammed into the corner of Camden Platform. Not sure of the reason, as I was not in a good temperament with this happening, I decided to try one of my End Platform Cars, and it fouled at the platform as well. This means nothing can enter the platform. So I packed it all away, closed the door and haven't been out there since.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

"A little bit more".

This week I have managed to complete a little bit more of Camden. Maybe it's more than a little bit !! The gravel is complete and so is the grass. I still have to add some trees, shrubs and "Uneek" detail bits as well as the Yard Crane, and clean the road surfaces. Also the wire fencing around "Usawit" has to be added.
But at the moment I am tired of Camden, so might do the next module which has the Milk Depot and the Nepean River, just for a break.

Some months ago I bought a new vacuum cleaner to use in the shed and on the layout, but when I tried it for the first time, it sucked everything, even some not so secure track ballast. Last week I bought a smaller dust buster for the layout (and the cars) and it works fine.
I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year.
For now, Cheers.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Camden Station

A few personal matters had slowed me down, but I am slowly catching up again.
Moving along from the Station Master's House and the Goods Shed, the train needed somewhere to detrain passengers, so Camden Station was my next project. This again is modelled from Photographs. Also on the platform was a Lamp Room incorporating the Gents Toilet.
In the meantime my back orders arrived, and I was also able to complete my unfinished projects.

Camden Station - Front

Camden Station - Rear

Lamp Room and Gents Toilet
Ignore the phone box, it doesn't belong there.

What I thought was going to be a "Smallgoods" Factory, on the actual site was a timber mill (I believe). So some mods to the existing building and I will make it a box factory. I might call it "USAWIT" Boxwood P/L. (That's U-SAW-IT).
Till next time, cheers for now.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

My "Tip for Today"

Most modellers would use "Super Glue" sometime in their modelling. It would be getting close to 12 months since I had reason to use mine. Even though I have done a fair bit of modelling. "It kept gluing my fingers together".
Today I had reason to use what I have had over time, and it was as good as the day I bought it.
Clue :- I read that super glue is affected by moisture, so seeing that we use "Damp Rid" in our clothing cupboards, I put some (about a teaspoon) into a small Vegemite Jar, placed the tube of Super Glue in with it, and sealed it with the screw on lid. There is has been all this time, and is back on my shelf for who knows how long.
Damp Rid can be purchased from most Super Market Stores, and Bunning's in small satchels.
It works for me, so nothing too loose, "except your tube of glue".

Sunday, 29 October 2017

"Don't fence me in".

While waiting for supplies, not only did I finish the Goods Shed, I also did the front fence for the Station Master's House.

Station Masters House with kerb and gutter.
When scenery is done, I will then glue the fence into position.

Another thing I have done is the kerb and gutter in front of the house and the entrance to the Goods Yard. The tabs on the kerb and gutter are to assist me to fix the kerb into position and keep it square, and are glued to the cork base.
By not fixing the kerb and gutter it's self to the layout is because it is hiding the module joins. When the modules are separated the kerb and gutter will be on one module and the road on the other. They overlap each other. The tabs will be covered with scenery later. The kerb and gutter on the other side of the road will have to wait, until I know were the driveways need to be.
I have made the gate to the yard, just need to find the type of fence that was along the street in front of the Railway property. I have a feeling it was a split 2 rail type fence, as some pictures I have, show this type of fence along the side of the road and near the railway line.
Cheers for now.