At last the new station is 95% finished so it can be placed on the platform. Just the down pipes, chimney pots and canopies to the rear windows to complete.

The other updated building is the goods shed has been turned around and a new platform has been made. Doing this took a lot longer than anticipated with an entire rebuild of the office end, according to photos this is how the prototype was.

Passengers have turned up early to catch  the train but will have to wait while 30T 3091 goes about its business shunting a few wagons to make up the consist. 




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Travellin’ Light

3142 has failed at the terminus so 3036, being the only available  loco, has been dispatched  to assist 3142 and its consist back to the main line.





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After a couple of weeks a bit more progress has been made with attention to the roof which was built as described when constructing the Station Masters House.This time an awning had to be taken into consideration. I think it worked out ok so far. The awning will be adjusted to fit and then glued in place with barge boards and trim attached after. In a few areas the  paintwork will need to be looked at but I will take care of that later.

While this project has been taking place I have redone the goods shed area so it ties in with a photo of this location which was discovered recently, more on that later. Sometimes information comes to light years after the model has been completed oh well that’s half the fun I keep telling myself. All  for now and it’s off to the Epping Model Railway Club Exhibition at Thornleigh this long weekend.

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The building has progressed slowly over the past few weeks but fitting the windows and doors and with work on the awning it’s nearing completion. All that is left is touching up of the window frames, interior detail in the general waiting room  as well as cutting and painting of corrugated iron for the awning and  roof and I’ll be happy.









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Progress over the past week has been made with spraying the main shell of the building with light stone as described  by James McInerney  along with the other colours used in this scheme in Branchline Modeller number 1. It is an idea to mix the paint to the right colour  and then take it to Bristol Paints or Inspirations  who will duplicate the colour in enamel for you.

The windows used are Grant Line 5215 as I find them easy to modify by sanding/filing the tops flat. The Ladies toilet windows are Grant Line 5117 that have been carefully narrowed by 50% and glued into the wall straight away, then painted after the main building has been sprayed. The doors are Grant line 5058 these do not need trimming. The awning brackets are from Ian Lindsay Models and are a very nice brass casting, check for availability. Just to add, the roof assembly has not been glued in place at this stage. That concludes the progress to date, still a long way to go, part 3 soon.





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The model of the existing A4 station building is over 20 years old and is of a generic NSWGR A4 design so I thought it was time to build a new one with a bit more research. I managed to find a couple of photos of Boorowa station and although it is an A4 design there are subtle differences to others of this type. As the building at this location is long gone I think this is as close I am going to get.

The shell of the building has been built  with the window and door apertures made and sprayed with self etch primer. As this is only a start on the project there is a long way to go. The walls are Evergreen 4083 novelty sheet and the plain plasticard  for the roof is .040″ the chimney’s are made the same way as the J3 Station Masters house.






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I didn’t want to over weather this van as I should imagine these were kept in pretty good condition in the era I am modelling.There is a video Steaming Back to the Sixties part 1 where a Nepean Milk MRC seen briefly is white  and in good condition.

To start the process the bogies are removed and the body masked off as I spray a very light coat of self etch black to the roof, chassis and bogies with the wheels in place to enable paint and pastel chalk dust to adhere. Several modellers including Aaron Denning and Ian Millard have held clinics at exhibitions and conventions on how to do this and are expert in weathering loco’s and rolling stock. Next a fine spray of Floquil grime is carefully sprayed to the chassis, roof and bogies. Then the masking tape is removed and work begins on building up the weathering to the sides and ends with soft pastel chalks from a good art supplies, colours do vary to the area of the country that is modelled. Using a flat brush apply a dark grey or black chalk in a vertical motion. If too much is applied remove it carefully with a cotton tip dipped in water and remove the excess by vertical strokes until you are happy, this could take a bit of time so patience is the key here. If there are other colours you wish to use blend them in subtly using the same method. Chalk rust is used around any iron work you wish to rust up a bit With the roof,chassis and bogies I have used a light grey to highlight the detail, after that colours were used that blend in with the scenery unless you want add a bit more . A final spray of thinned dull coat and that should be just about finished.












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