Friday, 19 January 2018

Tumbarumba Good Shed

1st Attempt
Mid Last year I decided to get started on the construction of the good shed that was based at Tumbarumba. I did start constructing the Bergs Hobbies G1a Kit, but I did botch up the model when I was mid way in its construction. Therefore, I decided to abandon the Bergs Hobbies Kit option. I perhaps will use it for a different project later on.

2nd Attempt - Scratch Build With An Added Objective
I then decided to do a scratch built of this good shed constructing it out of styrene.
I was also challenged by one of my model rail club friends to get it completed before the 2017 AMRA Sydney Model Railway Exhibition and enter it into the Open Modelling Competition for the Scratch Build Line Side Structure Category. This ended up being a challenge for me in many ways to the fact that I had a tight deadline to get this model of the Goods Shed completed before the Exhibition. Also to the fact that it was my first time to enter a Railway Modelling competition.

Not just the model that needed to be completed, but I needed to also gather up some historical back ground on the Good Shed that was at Tumbarumba. Historical documentation is one area that the Judges will score on. Thankfully, there was plenty of photographs that was taken of this Goods Shed onwards from the Mid 1960's which is the period that my Tumbarumba Layout will be based on.

Tumbarumba Good Shed Profile
Tumbarumba Goods Shed fits to the NSWGR G1a Good Shed design, but compared to other G1a Type Goods sheds, it seem to have its own variances.

The following is what makes Tumbarumba Goods Shed unique.
- Base of the Shed is on Brick stilts, not wooden stilts as the typical G1a and or G1b goods were placed on compared to other locations.
- Only one Stair case to the platform on the right side front facing the Goods Shed.
- Wooden stripping’s on front of the shed are not present either side of the Goods Shed doors (as it was in 1965).
- No vents were built into the shed.
- Awning Struts supports are lower than the Typical G1a Goods Sheds that were in existence.
- Side and rear Fascia’s extend out further compared to the Typical G1a Goods Shed that were in existence.
- There is no guttering profile cuts on the side fascia’s where the guttering meets.
- Water tank and its base was removed only leaving a portion of the rain water piping.

Construction of Tumbarumba Goods Shed
I acquired the Greg Edwards plans for NSWR Goods Sheds Standard Designs G1a and G1b plan G2.
Most of the construction of this model was referred to the G1a Plan with the alterations to make it unique to the one at Tumbarumba.

I constructed this Goods Shed mostly constructed from Styrene and Heljan Corrugated Plates Steel (in HO Scale).

The Brick Piers have been 3D Printouts that I have drawn up.

Both the Front and Rear Doors have been designed to be opened and closed.

I have also modelled some of the internal frame work so it can be seen when the doors are opened.

I think that pictures do at times describe things in 1000 words, so I have uploaded these pictures that I took during its construction.

After many nights burning the mid night oil in finishing this model for the AMRA Sydney Exhibition, I just managed to get this model completed. It was entered with the paint still drying on it.

Being in it to Win it
However, as the old saying goes you have to be in it to win it. For my scenario, my model was the only entrant for the Scratch Build Line Side Structure Category. I guess one of the main reasons that I won that category. The Judges score this model 73 out 100. I found that scoring was higher than I expected it to be. The Judges provided very constructive Positive and Negative comments that were fair.

Hopefully later on in 2018, I will remove this Goods Shed from its temporary stand, do a little more cosmetic work on it and place it permanently on the Layout.

What Did become of the Actual Tumbarumba Goods Shed
I found out recently that the actual Tumbarumba Goods Shed now resides in a middle of a paddock not too far away from its original location. At least another structure that has survived but used for a different purpose.