This blog documents the progress of a finescale model railway layout based on the locality of Kingsvale, NSW, on the Blayney-Cowra-Demondrille line, circa 1953. Kingsvale is a fruit growing area and is the first station from Demondrille when heading north towards Cowra. It is the only crossing loop between
Demondrille and Young. Demondrille is on the main south and was the location of extensive railway infrastructure including a coal bunker to service locomotives on the main line.
Kingsvale, NSW 1963
A view of Kingsvale station, looking north towards Cowra c1963. Courtesy Ken Ames, "From Grease to Gold Braid".
Sunday, 27 March 2011
With my rails pretty much soldered into an assembly (without detailing or completing the point-work to an operational stage) I wanted to start work on the platform.
The platform is only about 100 yards long and brick faced. The brickwork is distinctive and I want to make sure that I create a realistic effect. Despite the fact that a platforms is such a basic structure in the railway landscape, there doesn't seem to be much source material for brick platforms in the model railway press. Branchline Modeller did some good work on timber and concrete-faced platforms, but nothing on brick as I recall. So I have studied the Wild Swan book on modelling buildings and looked about for decent english bond brick sheets. There are a few choices here:
printed paper sheets - seem too red and cannot be painted over
embossed styrene or plastruct sheets
etched brass sheets
I favour the brass sheets, and Keiran Ryan's product looks very nice. The only problem is that the platform is capped, which will be difficult to do using the brass alone. So I might need a combination of brass and styrene.