Kingsvale, NSW 1963

Kingsvale, NSW 1963
A view of Kingsvale station, looking north towards Cowra c1963. Courtesy Ken Ames, "From Grease to Gold Braid".

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Railway tourism

Hi all,
I've been having a great time exploring pioneer lines and discovering structures which have somehow survived the ravages of time in some form.  Sampling the Aussie pub cuisine and beer at the end of the day as well.  A great combination.

I made a few new discoveries today:

  • I know the Blayney - Demondrille line has been officially closed since 2009, but I noticed there is a stop sign and a sleeper across the branch near Demondrille station, which I hadn't seen before.  The scene continues to decay, as does North Box.  So glad I took all those photos 15 years ago when there was something left.
  • The North Jindalee back road, my favourite part of the Main South, which follows the old aligment of the line near Morrison's Hill.  This would be a great area for photography if there were a few more trains running in daylight.
  • The viaducts/approaches to the Murrumbidgee River bridge at Narrandera.  Very sad to see all this slowly disintegrating; what a lot of labour must have gone into all those iron-bark trestles.  I had never seen this before but it is an impressive and fascinating piece of railway archaeology.
  • Took some soil samples at Kingsvale and some more photos.  If modelling a particular location, I think at least two visits are necessary.  The second visit is for all those details you miss the first time!


Northern approach to Murrumbidgee river bridge at Narrandera.

A view of Kingsvale showing the loading bank and platform at the left.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Work is the enemy of modelling

Hi all, and happy 2012.

After 10 days off work, I have made some pleasing progress with my small layout. This is despite the 3 kids, a long list of chores etc, and the usual festive engagements. Clearly it's work that prevents me modelling more during the year!

I've got my track working, two points operating and DCC functioning. I had some more shenanigans with a short, but managed to sort that out.

This shows the construction of the module - a rivetted aluminium frame and ply cross-members and top.  Very light but stiff. 
This shows the mess of wiring, for just three roads and two turnouts.  In future, I will draw a grid on the underside and place all wiring on the grid.  I am yet to add labels to the wires for future trouble-shooting.

The platform facing and the two types of brick sheeting used here; brass etching for the face and styrene sheet strip for the top edge.  Not happy with the colour of the etched brass.  I have seen brickwork this basic colour, but in this instance, the bricks are more orange/red/yellow.

Another view of the platform face.  Also seen here is the balsa strip glued to the top of the platform to represent the contour of the platform, in particular the fall from the station building to the platform edge.

Applying PVA to the cork road-bed prior to adding sleepers.

Stained sleepers ready to lay.  These are stained with diluted Raven Oil which gives a great natural variation to the sleeper colour, but all are greyish with the silvery sheen of weathered timber.

Sleepers in position before the glue dries.  The rails are not yet attached to the timber sleepers; the gauge is maintained by the copper clad PCB sleepers at approximately 30' intervals.  These will be disguised by stained basswood strip.

The platform facing is glued on. I have glued some thin balsa to the platform surface and shaped it to a prototypical contour.

I started gluing down some stained sleepers and have started brush-painting the rail. I was all ready to airbrush the rail and the platform face, when - my compressor died! Murphy strikes again. Off to Bunnings half an hour before closing time; a new one was just $79, about $300 less than the lat time I bought a compressor.

Here's hoping I have more success tomorrow.  But at the moment, I am feeling quite optimistic that the end is in sight!  Why it has taken me this long to get this far, I don't know...although, I am at the point where I have just about everything I need to undertake any modelling job.  Except if a compressor carks it.

The station building is being painted in the stone colour scheme and looking very handsome so far.

Some time ago, I promised some pictures of Kingsvale, but never got around to posting them.  Here is all that remains (as at March 2010).

Looking south (towards Demondrille) with the platform at right and the loading bank and grain shed in the distance on the left.

A closer view of the loading bank.  The centre road has been removed.

The footings of the station building

The catch point at the northern end of the loop