Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tumbarumba Station Building Kit Bash Part 2

To follow on from my last post, here are some more progress notes and pictures in regards to the kit bashing of the Rail Central Pc2 kit to make it prototypical to Tumbarumba Station building.


 The extended part of the front wall was extracted from the second Pc2 Rail Central Kit. The left panel was cut out to make up a provision for a door. This was done by the use of a pinvise drill and a hobby knife. Detailing of the door was done with a Strip of Styrene and a slightly modified Grandt Line 30" x 66" Planked Door (Reference Number 5293). Door needed to be shortened slightly and the door frame trimmed to allow it to fit into the cut out. No modifications where needed on the right panel and the door that is supplied with the kit.


 The extended part for the back wall I made a concrete panel with a window provision which was made out of Styrene. This was placed into the existing window opening on the left panel. I used a scribe to place in the lines for the 15" concrete panel on the styrene. As for the right Panel, I made use again of the pinvise drill and hobby knife to make the window provision.


Also cut up part of the base of the second Pc2 Kit for the Ladies Room extension and attached it to the base of the first kit.


For a test build, I made use of Blu Tack to hold the model together to ensure that all components lined up correctly before any gluing took place.
Also I ended up removing the top row of narrow panels on the front and back walls of the kit. I will replace them with a strip of Styrene later on. The Corbels where removed also with a careful use of a hobby knife and a hobby file as I decided to manufacture my own.

Here is a test build of a Corbel attached to a strip of Styrene. The result looked very promising. I have again made use of the Greg Edwards Station Buildings Standard Design Plans B27 for the size and profile dimensions to assist in the manufacture of the Corbels.

It took the manufacturing of around 20 corbels until I got the seven of the best that was needed for this model. I glued them onto the building and then cleaned them up with a hobby file. I found that it was easier to cleanup the Corbels once attached to the model. I believe that there is a better way to manufacture the Corbels which I intend to try out when I do my Kit Bash on the Pc1 Rail Central Kit of Glenroy at a later date.

The front wall completed with the Corbels attached. The Corbels are looking neater than the previous picture after doing a little bit of cleaning work to them.

Part 3 will focus on the roof modifications for this project.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tumbarumba Station Building Kit Bash

Just would like to start off this Blog on a bit of insight on Tumbarumba Railway Station Building.
After doing some research, I found out that Tumbarumba Station Building was a Precast Concreate Pc2+.
The plus meant it was constructed as an extended version of the Pc2 NSWGR standard, which in this case provisioned for a Ladies Waiting Room. 
After the Mid 1960’s, the Ladies Waiting Room was renovated to create 2 x toilet rooms. This will be version that I will be modelling. Therefore, to make this project prototypical, a kit bash will need to be done.

Before going into the details on the Tumbarumba Rail Central kit bash, there are a couple of other Rail Central Kit bashing articles which are found in the Australian Journal of Railway Modelling Number 11 and Brian Ayling internet site http://users.tpg.com.au/bdayling/Pc2_Conoble.html. 

The following summary is what I have determined that is needed to achieve a prototypical model of Tumbarumba Station Building:
-        2 x Pc2 Rail Central Kit.
-        Add in Fan Lights above the Shelter Room entry door.
-        Lower the Corbels.
-        Remove existing gable and replace with a higher pitched gable.
-        Replace corrugated roofing with a shale tiled roof with roof capping and Finnels.
-        Replace the Awning.
-        Add a Brick Chimney at the rear of building (where the living room area is).
-        Place 4 x rows of code 55 HO scale rail track where they need to rest on the concrete stilts.
-        Plus a few more items of minor detailing.


Before cutting up any of the Pc2 Kits, I felt that a test build on the front an rear of the station was needed so to help identify any potential issues. I did this by photocopying the panels of the model and do the paper test build.


First Photocopy, white background distorted the image a bit

Second Photocopy with black A4 sheet of cardboard provided a better detailed picture

The first test build was done and found a few slight errors that I was able to easily address.
The second test build attempt worked out well and this determined that the time was right to start cutting up the Pc2 Kits.

Second Test Build

Start of the Kit Bashing
First Part of the Kit Bashing was to cut up one of the Pc2 Kits so build up the extension that Tumbarumba Station had.
I made use of an Excel razor saw and a mitre box to make the first cut. I was very happy with the clean cut that this saw has made. This provided me with the confidence to keep cutting away.

I needed the back window panel with the neighboring panel along with a door frame panel also with the neighboring panel.

The first cut on the Second Pc2 Kit

Inspecting halfway point of the first cut. Looking good so far.



Going back to the First Pc2 Kit, there no cutting up of this kit needed other than to carve out the Fan Lights above the Shelter Room entry door.

I was able to achieve this by making use of a Pinvise Drill, a narrow chisel type Hobby Knife. I found a hobby file that was narrow enough to clean up the cut.

Drilled several holes with the Pinvise. Then used the hobby knife to carve out the Fan Lights.

Very happy with the results so far. We will see later if this was just beginners luck.

Finally, I would just like to summarize my learning's from this in the hope that it will help someone out who wants to do a kit bash project like this.
-        Photocopy the kits that you intent to kit bash by use of black sheet of paper/card board (or white background for a model that it black), as this will provide a higher detail image. My first attempt was with a white background caused it to blur up some of the image, which caused some of my errors in the first Test Build attempt.
-        Take your time, don’t rush.
-        Talk to other modelers, seek their advice and follow their suggestions.
-        For any Pc Kit bash project, make use of Greg Edwards Station Buildings Standard Design Plans B27 and B28 as they are great point of reference.
-        Australian Journal of Railway Modelling Number 7 has a good article on NSWGR Pc Buildings. I have seen Number 7 and 11 still on sale at Model Rail Exhibitions.


Next blog will continue with the construction of Tumbarumba Pc2+ Station Building.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Tumbarumba Layout Plan

At First I was going to do a Freelance Prototypical Layout which consisted of an oval track and a branch line which would have diverted off it.

When I moved into my new house, what looked good on paper failed to meet up with the practicality on where it was going to be placed. One main reason was the Manhole access to the roof cavity was going to be over the main part of the layout and I felt that I was not making effective and practical use of the space of the area that it was going to occupy.
This was a bit of a disappointment, but I went on researching for another option.

I listed down my favorite layouts (more so the NSWGR themed layouts) and looked at what I liked about them and what I could use to formulate a new layout plan.
Interestingly enough, I found that most of the layouts that I did like where of point to point configuration.

So I decided do a point to point layout featuring a Terminus station at an end of a NSW branch line.
I set a criteria of a branch line that was built in the early 1920’s era and that it contained a Pre Cast Concrete Station Building such as to the likes of the Rail Central (or better known as a Casula Hobbies) range of Pre Cast Concrete station kits.

I found that Tumbarumba fitted all of the criteria that I was looking for.

I then decided not to use the garage as a place for this layout, but a spare bedroom as it has air conditioning available so I will not cook in the summer or freeze in the winter.

I have did a design based from basic line diagram that I found on the nswrail.net site (the actual link http://www.nswrail.net/locations/show.php?name=NSW:Tumbarumba&line=NSW:tumbarumba:0) for the outlay of Tumbarumba rail yard.

After doing more research on what could be found about Tumbarumba rail yard in the way of internet searches, Google Earth, visits to the NSW ARHS Resources Centre and the NSW State Archives & Records Center. I was able to gather a collection of photographs, Track and signal diagrams and some well detailed line side audits of the rail line from Wagga Wagga to Tumbarumba. I also requested assistance from the Tumba Rail Group who were very helpful in providing some very useful information on Tumbarumba.

A few months was spent on working out what would be the ideal the Track plan for Tumbarumba taking in account of some of the line side structures that I wish to include on my layout.

Here are a few different versions of track plans that I produced over the last year. The latest version has been designed to include Glenroy Station. This layout will be designed to fit into a 4 x 3 Meter Room.


Version 1 of Tumbarumba Track Plan



Version 6 of Tumbarumba Track Plan
I was going to use code 75 Peco HO Scale Track but decided later on to use Micro Engineering Code 70 HO Scale Track



Version 12 of Tumbarumba Track Plan
Current version which now includes Glenroy and a Wooden Bridge. A few more line side items to be added to the plan.


Alteration to the current track plan are still possible, but for now I happy with what I have planned already. Baseboards and lift out sections will be presented in a future blog.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Welcome To Branching Out NSWGR Blog

First of all I would like to welcome you all to my blogging page which will be all about the activities that I have been taking on in regards to my hobby in Model Rail.

I’m currently in the process of doing a Point to Point HO Layout of Tumbarumba (which is based in a town on the Western Outskirts of the Snowy Mountains within the Riverina area of NSW) where I have challenged myself to put in a best effort approach to make it as prototypical as possible.

I have been working on this project for just over a year now and have been managing to make slow but steady progress in getting this layout to the point of operational completeness. I guess model layouts, regardless of size are always an ongoing project.

The next few upcoming Blogs will be mainly be reflecting on the activity that I have been taking on in regards to building Tumbarumba.

Why not call this Blog Tumbarumba? Why Call it Branching Out?
The simple answer for this is I am still young and hopefully have many years ahead of me to do more than a few model rail projects. In fact, Tumbarumba was not going to be my prime Layout but more of a second option for a Layout project. However, I provide details more on that story in a future blog why Tumbarumba become my prime layout of focus.

Also I am into N scale Model Rail modelling and once Tumbarumba is completed to the point that it is at operational satisfaction, I will be looking into constructing a NSWGR Themed N Scale Layout. Furthermore, I am also partaking in a construction of a few other construction projects for Line Side items for a HO Scale Exhibition Layout at the Model Rail club that I am a part of. When the time is right, I will also be sharing my work that I have done on the exhibition layout projects.


On a closing note, I have post some photos of what to look forward to in my upcoming blogs.