Sunday, November 23, 2014

Werris Creek Station 'Final' Colours

On the way back from the New England Convention at Armidale, Chris and I stopped at Werris Creek to work out the colours that the station buildings were painted in 1972.

While there I also photographed and took measurements of the railway hotel and refreshment rooms for the next part of the station complex and yes, it was that really hot Monday (40 deg. C ?).

I walked around taking a few more photos of the main building and I noticed that some areas of the paint work had been damaged by platform seats. What showed through nicely was the mid-green of an earlier painting of the window sills. I also found an awning post with some damage about 1400mm up from the base and no I didn't take a pen knife with me. It does look like someone has purposely cut through the layers.

While I was asking the museum volunteers if there were any colour photos taken in 1972 (no luck) I was taken upstairs into the old hotel section and shown a model railway that is being built under contract by someone from Queensland for $70,000. The layout trackwork was Peco and it will be run with a Digitrax Loconet system, press the button and watch the trains run. Unfortunately for some ridiculous reason it was about 600mm off the floor. It should have been about 1200mm so that maintenance could easily be carried out underneath and a raised platform with railings could have been built so that children could see easily. Given the above, I do wonder who sliced into the awning post to reveal the colours, I don't mind though.

Here are the photos that confirm the colours.

Green on the window sills of the ground floor windows
Layers of the different colours painted over the decades
The colour layers on the awning post are very useful and with the photos I have received from several people and the ones I found on the Internet I now am about 95% certain of what was there in 1972.

Here are a few dates from photos of the post colours:

Current brown top coat painted in 2005.
All dark green in 2002
All dark green in 1996
All cream in 1979, 1981 and 1983
Painted all mid-green after 1969 and before 1972
Base black, post brown and cast iron brackets cream in 1963
In 1961 the awning post seems to have been black base, green post, mid-stone top of post and cream cast iron brackets, this is based on the lightened Weston Langford photo of the earlier post.

This black and white photo taken by Tony McIlwain in 1972 has been very useful in showing the various colours when cross referenced with the other photos and the colour information from last Monday.

Now comes the interesting job of building the model but don't hold your breath in might be a while before the next Werris Creek instalment.

"We will now return you to our normal programming....."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New England Convention

I would like to thank the organisers and members of the New England Model Railway Club, the presenters, the clinic presenters and any other helpers for a very enjoyable weekend. This was the first time that I have been able to get to the convention as work always interfered previously.

I spent the weekend talking, talking and talking with old friends, new ones and managing to put faces to names, such as fellow bloggers. Due to the socialising I only managed to get to one presentation and found it very interesting.

The layouts being shown were of a high standard and the commercial representation was good, too good, my bank balance is certainly lower.

Here are a few photos of Bullenbung Creek, the other two layouts were very nicely detailed and sceniced On30, one Australian themed (sorry I can't remember the name) and the other was the Charging Moose US Oregon style of Geoff Nott and John Montgomary. I didn't take a tripod and due to the nature of the scenery on the layouts I was only able to take photos of Bullenbung Creek as it was flat and I do time exposures. I was allowed to place my camera on the roads near the front of the layout. I also took a couple of videos using a small video camera of the sports variety which doesn't have a screen. Unfortunately all I got was a black screen with sound. The video camera wouldn't work until I deleted both files, I have no idea what happened and I was looking forward to seeing the videos.

Attendees were asked to bring along a model to show so I took a NSWGR Distant Signal, more on that in a later post. The models ranged across scales and prototypes but were invariably of a high standard.

Throughout the weekend there were many lucky door prize draws based on your registration number, the prizes being donated by various commercial interests, those in attendance and some that were not present.

The dinner on the Saturday night was excellent both the company around the table and the food. The after dinner speaker (Ian White I believe) was incredibly funny as he described the trials and tribulations of building his own 2 foot gauge railway on a country property.

Chris and I arrived home from the convention yesterday afternoon after staging our trip south over three days. As some may know Chris has back issues and we need to stop very hour or two so that she can get out and move around to loosen up. So we left the convention on Sunday afternoon, drove around Armidale and then down to Tamworth for an overnight stay.

On Monday we stopped in at Werris Creek so that I could investigate the 1972 station building colours and take more photos and dimensions of the refreshment room building. I will give an update on the blog soon. This done we again headed south to Singleton.

On Tuesday morning we drove into Maitland and surprised Chris' 93 year old mother and her sister who go there to have a coffee. After lunch we set off home.

We will certainly be going to the next convention, all in all, a great five days away.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Werris Creek Station - More Colour Information

Today I received an email from Tony McIlwain with a number of photos attached.

Thank you Tony, they were very much appreciated and useful.

There were three colour photos of the station along with ten black and whites. The colour photos were from 1972 and two of them have caused a bit of consternation regarding the colour of the awning posts and cast iron brackets. The photos appear to show the posts and brackets as being green. Tony postulated that the green could be the same as that on the window sills of the hotel and refreshment rooms however the sills were green in the 1963 photo in the last post so it is unlikely that it would be the same. It is more likely that the green would be the same as the dark green used on station platform seats, Newcastle Station awning posts and brackets and other railway infrastructure of the era.

Here are the photos as received and then after a bit of adjustment.

Photo 1
Werris Creek Station - 1972 - Vintage Train to Glen Innes - Tony McIlwain

Photo 2
Werris Creek Station - 1972 - Vintage Train to Glen Innes 2 - Tony McIlwain

Photo 3
Werris Creek Station - 1972 - Wallangarra Tour return at Werris Creek - Tony McIlwain

The adjustments were made to bring the colours of the buffer beam, the locos, the red brick of the refreshment rooms and the common bricks of the upper storey of the main building to a more correct tone. The photos were also lightened to bring out the detail in the shadow of the awning.

The third photo is included here out of interest as it doesn't add much to the colour information.

After this, I then adjusted a few of the photos from the earlier posts to see what showed.

Here are the 1969 photos, the first clearly shows the brown post and cream cast iron bracket above and the second was lightened to hopefully better show the colour surrounding the white rectangles between the ground floor and the first floor of the refreshment room/hotel building as well as below the gutter. This colour, what ever it is can also be seen above the first floor on the main building.

Now for an answer to the unknown colour around the white rectangles here are some black and white photos taken in 1971.

It now becomes apparent that there isn't a different colour around the white rectangles, it was just a shadow effect. Also shown in the last photo is the single colour of the awning post and brackets, looks green to me.

Lastly John Hurst's photo of 3801 at Werris Creek from the previous post (taken in 1973) has been adjusted to see if the 'cream' trim on the buildings could be more like the paler colour of the trim in the above photos. It may be that this was Light Stone.

It a seems to me that the awning posts and cast iron brackets were painted green sometime between 1969 and 1971. The rest of the paintwork seems to be the same between the two years.

So unless someone else can shed any light on the issue it looks like the posts and brackets will be green as Ron's era for his Werris Creek layout is nominally 1972.

Now, though what is the colour of the trim around the bottom of the walls which shows up well in the last black and white photo and also the window sills of the ground floor windows?

Based on this adjusted Weston Langford taken in 1961 I believe that it is dark brown.

I think that I had better stop at this point, then again I am travelling north in two weeks.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Werris Creek Station - Colour Update

I have been able to find a photo of the Werris Creek station buildings taken on 03/02/1973 by A. J. Hurst (John) on his web site. I contacted John to see if he had any more useful photos from that day but after a search he responded that the answer was no. I thanked John and certainly appreciated the time that he took to look for me.

Here is the photo that tells me most of what I needed to know. The year 1996 is not the date that the picture was taken.

The cream or light stone trim with the white rectangles and windows are shown quite clearly in this photograph. Also shown is the interesting colour around the white rectangles, it appears to be a light greyish green, perhaps khaki (also see the 1969 photos from the last post).

Now this photograph really only left the colour of the awning posts and cast iron awning brackets at the top of the posts.

Marcus Ammann told me that there was a 1963 picture on page 38 of the Train Hobby book Country Railway Stations NSW Part 5. I had seen this picture before but had dismissed it but Marcus pointed out that the bottom of a post was in sunlight and that the cast iron brackets above appeared to be cream.

Further searching produced a 1961 photograph by Weston Langford which had a bad red colour shift but did seem to show some colour on the awning post.

I tried to shift the colour back to something more 'normal' by trying to keep the colour of the 48 class within a reasonable range and making the sky blue and this was the result.

As can be seen the post is different to the 1963 photograph. Of interest is the red text on the refreshment room sign and the coloured poster next to the door into the refreshment room.

With nothing further to go on, I have decided that the awning posts and the brackets will probably be painted as per the 1963 photograph. The base of the post will be black (possibly bitumen to protect against water and rust, the posts being in holes capable of retaining water), the post will be a red brown and the cast iron brackets above will be cream.

Here is a 3D printed post and awning truss along with some etched cast iron awning brackets. The post and truss are printed as one piece and the etchings are glued in place. The etchings are a bit rough and are my first effort at etching at home. It would be nice if these could be 3D printed as well but the holes are probably too fine but I must look at it to confirm although it wouldn't be fun drawing the bracket.

So that is where I am up to at the moment.

Chris and I will be going to the New England Convention in November and we will be dropping into Werris Creek on our way back to take some more photos.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Colours of Werris Creek Station Building

Since my post about 3D printing windows and doors for Werris Creek station building I have been doing a search for photos of the buildings from the mid 1960's to the mid 1970's and have only managed to find two photos. The reason is that I need to know what colours to paint the doors, windows, awning posts, awning trusses and all the other decorative trim.

Here are the two photos taken on 6 January 1969 and they appear to show that a lot of the trim was white with some unusual brownish colour on the line of corbels and panels between the floors. Unfortunately they don't show much else. The white however might also be a light cream or a combination of the two on different features.

Unfortunately during my search I forgot to take note of the photographer/owner so I do apologise for this use and hope that the reason is understood.

I would like to ask if anyone has colour photos of the station in the above era that could assist me in getting the station as near correct as I can. Please note that when I say "as near correct as I can" this allows for some modellers licence due to the size and complexity of the build.

I had some trial prints done in the White Strong and Flexible (WSF) nylon material from Shapeways and although they have a slightly rough surface and the detail isn't as fine, Ron Cunningham and I have decided that they are good enough for the project. The difference in price of the Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) material previously trial printed and the White Strong and Flexible is about 2.5 times and this had a large bearing on the decision as well.

I did some awning posts with attached awning roof trusses in the WSF and although the detail on the post is not as fine as would be with the FUD the flexibility of the post will allow the removal of the station building for access to track work etc. The FUD material would be too brittle to allow the safe removal and replacement of the station as the awning posts will be going into holes in the platform (as do the real posts).

As the WSF does not photograph very well being white here is a computer render of the post and awning so that you can understand what I mean.

I also did the smaller window awnings on the NorthWest platform second story (17 needed) as well as a panel of the corbels between the floors (approx. 64 needed).

As you may realise the problem of reproducing the number of items on this building could be overcome by doing masters, then using silicon rubber and moulding them, however I have done this type of work before and it is just that, work! When compared with all the expense and time involved in making castings, 3D printing wins hands down.

As such, I ordered enough parts to do the main station building which I have now received and I need to start work soon.

Incidentally, a good look at the refreshment room/hotel building shows that the windows doors and trim are different, so another set of drawings will be needed, oh boy, what fun.

Anyway, if people can help with suitable colour photos of the buildings in the Mid 1960's to mid 1970's I would be grateful. Of particular use would be photos under the awning showing the colour of windows, doors, awning posts and awning roof trusses.

I can be contacted on rpilgrimatbigponddotnetdotau.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Buying Tools Again

I recently was told by Gary Laker (his blog) that Aldi supermarkets had a small compressor and two air brushes for $99 so I went to investigate. I am a sucker for air brushes and did find it but decided against a purchase as I already have five or six. While there I saw a band saw also for $99 and it looked very familiar. I have been eyeing off a band saw at Super Cheap Auto for the last year or two and it was $169. So a quick walk for a couple of hundred metres found me at Super Cheap. Sure enough, it was the same band saw just a different colour and badging but now at $189, easy decision. Back to Aldi and home with the saw. I haven't had a chance to un-box it yet as other issues have taken precedence such as no where to put it for now.

Earlier this week I went to Jaycar to get some small jumper leads, you know, different colours and twelve to a pack. While perusing the tool section I found a pack of small metric drill bits for $12.95, now I have the number 60 - 80 imperial ones and felt I just had to get these just in case, you know what it is like. The 20 drill bits in the set covered the following sizes: 0.3, 0.35, 0.4, 0.45, 0.5, 0.55, 0.6, 0.65, 0.7, 0.75, 0.8, 0.85, 0.9, 0.95, 1.0, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6mm.

Photo from the Jaycar web site.

I also saw a set of small metric taps and dies for $59.95 covering 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.2 & 2.5mm. The taps come in both taper and plug.

Photo from the Jaycar web site.

I know that I won't use the taps and dies a lot but when I need them they will be there. I have already thought about using a die to put a thread for a retaining nut on the top of the post on brass steam locomotive tenders to stop the connector bar to the loco from coming off. This is important as there are wires running from the DCC decoder to the loco that can get broken when the connecting bar comes adrift. I do have BA taps and dies but as brass locomotives are usually full of metric screws and bolts I felt that the set wouldn't go amiss.

Also tweaking my interest is a Sheet Metal Bender set (also called a bending brake) but so far I haven't succumbed. The two pieces are magnetic so will stay in place in a vice as per the photo from the Jaycar web site below.

Please note that I don't have any connection to Jaycar.

Too many nice tools and not enough money.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bringing it together

Since I started this blog in 2008 I have posted a lot of photos of the layout.  Today I thought that since I have been a bit busy of late that I would try to bring a number of the photos together to present a more complete whole. I have previously posted a video run along the mainline but it doesn't show every part of the layout, but then neither does this post. The following pictures while not covering everything might give a better idea of the layout. The pictures are a combination of overall layout photos interspersed with 'local' photos.

We start from the Muswellbrook staging at the lowest point of the layout and progress through Kerrabee, Bylong, Cox's Gap, past the colliery junction, Wollar, the Cassilis branch junction then up the final grade to the Gulgong staging. Finally we have just a few photos of Munmurra and Cassilis on the branch. Cassilis has not progressed for more than a year, I must get back to it once I remove the overflow of stuff related to recent events from the layout room. Emptying, painting and setting up three bedrooms had a flow on effect.

Please note that some photos have been digitally modified to remove either brickwork above the layout or the edge of the layout by 'rubber stamping' with parts of the existing scene.

Anyway here we go:

Lower Muswellbrook Staging to Kerrabee

Lower level - Kerrabee and grade from Cox's Gap to Wollar on upper level above

Bridge over Kerrabee Creek - Built by Ian Dunn

Lower level - Grade approaching Bylong and Wollar Station on upper level above

Lower level - UP end of Bylong Station and Down end of Wollar on upper level above

McCauleys Hide Merchants and ash filled buffer stop

MV meat van at Bylong Abattoir and McCauleys on left

4434 on Empty Stock in Bylong Loop

SHG on stock train at Bylong

Lower level - Down end of Bylong Station with grade to upper level Gulgong staging
also shown is the Cassilis branch line just below the grade

Bylong tunnel approach

Stock train leaving Bylong

C3262 on stock train enters Bylong No2 tunnel

Climb to Cox's Gap - bridge built by Ron Cunningham

Cox's Gap Signal Box - Model by James McInerney

The line climbs out of Cox's Gap and passes under the bridge on the road to Wollar
4434 on goods on the Cox's Gap to Wollar grade

4434 on goods cresting the Cox's Gap to Wollar grade

4434 on goods passing the colliery junction bracket signal near Wollar

4434 on goods approaching colliery junction with Wollar township on right

A Summer day in the country

4820 and 4831 on goods leaving Wollar

Up Mixed passing colliery branch

6037 leaving colliery at level crossing before junction with the main line

Cross country view with the S08 wheat silo at Wollar in the distance

3647 simmers in Wollar loco as 3390 checks brakes

5139 resting in Wollar Loco Depot

The Wollar depot dog

CPH 28 in the back platform at Wollar

The Mid-West Express resplendent in a new coat of paint pauses in Wollar - Green 3827 leading

4908 on the main at Wollar

4434 sits in Wollar refuge loop

NSWGR 3390 on Cassilis Branch goods train approaching Wollar

3390 passing Wollar level crossing

Farmers Co-operative and the general store at the other end of Wollar township

Cassilis Branch Junction with the flour mill at Wollar in the background
Grade to upper level Gulgong staging also Cassilis branch line
and lower level - Down end of Bylong Station

Gulgong Staging on upper level above lower level -grade to Cox's Gap Loop

5085 on branch goods

10 Munmurra Station overview

Cassilis structure placement mock up

2540 on Cassilis turntable