May has been a Month to get back on working on Muttama and cover some of the other minor remaining tasks for Narellan to get both layouts ready for the potential upcoming Model Rail Events in 2021 and 2022. Here is what I have been up to during the month of May.
Before the day of automatic Boom Gates where roads would cross over the Rail. A Gatekeeper was Employed to either shut the gate to prevent road and pedestrian traffic crossing the rail line whilst a Train was passing through and shut the gate across the rail line when no rail traffic was passing through. As the name applies the Gatekeepers Cottage was generally a designated residents for whom was employed as the Gatekeeper for that crossing. There are many Gatekeepers Cottages still around in existence today where most are used as private residents.
Modelling Muttama Gatekeepers Cottage
Fortunately, the plans for the Gatekeepers Cottage for Muttama where found in the NSW ARHS Resource Center in their Digital Archives and have found a couple of photographs which has helped remove a lot of guess work on how to model this building. In fact, I have found that most Gatekeepers cottages were of similar designed but with a few variations. Unfortunately, the Gatekeepers Cottage at Muttama no longer exists today.