The cold winter days throughout June has discouraged me on a few occasions from working on my work bench in the Garage, but for the nights that I had been able make myself work in the garage has allowed me in getting a lot of work done to the lead up in completing the Gatekeepers Cottage for my Muttama HO Scale exhibition layout.
Saturday, 3 July 2021
Friday, 11 June 2021
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.
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Just as 2021 was looking like that Model Rail Exhibitions were not going to go ahead at all. All of a sudden, the Kaleen Exhibition at Canberra and Easter Model Train Expo at Diamond Creek confirmed that they were a go. I ended up getting involved in the above mention two events which were only a week apart from one another. First one at Kaleem where I supported my Club Layout of Wingello and the other at Diamond Creek where my recently completed N Scale Layout of Jindalee was exhibited. As I have already touch on these Exhibitions already in my last two blogs, I do want to show some of the preparation work before an Exhibition and the Exhibitions themselves to reflect on the good hard work that other Clubs and Railway Modellers have done.
I will also reflect on my bridge build for my Scale Layout of Jindalee and what my plans are moving forward, plus the other activities I have been doing in the Month of April.
32nd Canberra Model Rail Exhibitions at Kaleen
As mention previously, this was the first time I have been to this exhibition and I was rather impressed on this event. There was a great range of Layouts, Stores as well as a couple of Model Rail Clinics.
Easter Model Train Expo Diamond Creek Victoria
This was for me first time to have gone to a Model Rail Exhibition in Victoria as an exhibitor. Certainly half the fun was the Trip to Diamond Creek which involved chasing down 3801.