Camden Valley Model Railway

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

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.

Friday, 20 October 2017

"Waiting and Wanting".

In my last blog I decided to finish as much of the Station Master's house as possible. This included the paling fence down the side and across the back. While in the mood for doing fences I also decided to do a paling fence which was between the Station Platform and the Goods Shed. I anticipated my previous order for paling timbers was sufficient, but I ran out of nails half way along the fence. I sent off an urgent order for more supplies, only to receive an email saying my supplier was holidaying in Tasmania at the time.   
So, to keep moving, I turned my attention to the next object for completion, "The Goods Shed". This only needed some internal objects glued into place, the roof glued and painted, and some drainage done.
I might mention here that my friend came a few days ago, to collect his car carrier I painted for him, and he brought a Trainorama 44 with him, that kept derailing on his layout. All it needed was regauging of the wheels and we test ran it on the layout pulling the car carrier, doing several trips, back and forth, and I did a shunt into the Goods Shed, then while it was in there, I realised that I did it without any thought as to, "will it fit", due to the height. It did, but only just, with the "Road Rager" cars glued onto the top deck.

The Goods Shed.
The item behind the fence is not the "Septic System",
just there to support the fence.

Fettlers Shed and Weighbridge in the foreground.
Station Master's House in the rear.
I still need to build the front fence for the Station Master's House, but until I work out how I'm going to do it, being of posts, rails and chain wire, it's on the "back burner", but hopefully not for long. 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

"Moving Along".

I have finally come to the conclusion that the Station Master's House is finished. It has been a long haul, and now I can see the fruits of my labour and perseverance. Maybe not as brilliant as some, but as I had no photos, and just a plan, I'm happy with the outcome. Those black lines are where the fence will go.

I have also finished Dairy Farmers and now my next project, the paling fence and then the Goods Shed. A rough calculation indicates the fence will require 200+ palings. This will keep me quiet for a while. 
I thought that doing all the main structures, starting at Camden, and going around the layout, so that the representation is visible to those who never knew Camden, would be a great starting point. I can then come back and fill the little bits and pieces, like point levers, and trackside items, later. This will also allow me to empty a few storage boxes I have.
I also have a small job to paint a blue car carrier, black, for another friend. I spent today adding vehicle tie down brackets to the carrier, both top and bottom decks. Not an easy job, but it's done now.
Cheers for now.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

It's "Sunday".

Here are some photos of where I am up to at the moment.
The Dairy Farmers building still has to have the grassed area along side the concrete apron done, and some painting touch up, but I am holding off doing scenery, until I can do the whole area.

Still got painting to complete.
"Just need a steady hand".

Dairy Farmers. Needs grass next to concrete apron.
The Station Master's house just needs down pipes added and I can finish painting it. I have also acquired some strip timber to build the paling fence around the house. Fortunately I only have to build enough for one side and the back. When this is done, I can then decide what will be grass and what will be gravel.


Station Master's House.
Ignore the building in the background.

The factory area, well I'm not sure what was there, but as I acquired this building in my bulk buy,  I decided to use it to fill what would end up grass and bush. The fence posts I made from brass rod and I have some fine Bridal Tule for the chain wire. Again, this won't be applied until I do the scenery.

"Frank Phutz" Small Goods factory.