Friday, 11 September 2020
Saturday, 8 August 2020
The station building at Wyandra was always going to be replaced.
The building in the photo below was a resin kit I had and was a quick fix until I constructed the type of station I wanted.
The platform in this photo was to short and was extended some time back to accommodate more than a rail car. The platform was extended back to the level crossing, the cream shed became part of the platform. The short dead end was also extended at the same time without moving the station building.
The new station would reflex the Coopers Plains station I worked in from 1974 to 1982. The building had been modified before my arrival to have a men’s toilet on one end. The Ladies toilet was reduced by half with a wall making two separate rooms. The door to the gents was added to the end of the building. My era goes back before sewage and a gent’s toilet/lamp room I wanted to keep in its current position.
The city end of the station had a cabin which I didn’t require. My guess this would have been added with double track in the early 1950’s. In this photo the waiting room had been boarded up to stop the locals using it as a toilet at night.
Many stations across southern divisions were built, not two the same. Sunnybank two station towards Beenleigh had the same style, but very different.
The station was removed then the third track was added, a whole new station was build closer to the city on straight track.
Sunnybank also had a cabin on the far end which was boarded up to make a store room after electrification in the mid 1980’s.
Murarrie on the Lota line was similar.Number of country station also had this style of building.
An odd one or two could be located on Branch Lines. How about this one for a modelling project.
The station walls was built from Evergreen clapboard styrene. It’s not size I would of liked, I had a bulk sheet that was labelled incorrectly, the boards are a little wider that I would of liked. .080thou spacing would have been nicer and closer to the prototype. The door frames and windows were made from evergreen strip.
Various paints were used:-
Outside Walls- Floquil Antique White.
Inside Walls – Creation Blue (Australian Export from Super Cheap, rattle can)
Office floor lino- Model Color Uniform Green 70.922
Office Bench & Tables – Model Color Burnt Umber 70.941
Cupboards & Parcels rack - Model Air Dirt. 71.133
Waiting Room and Toilet Floors - Model Color Stone Grey 70.884
Window Frames and Door trim- Gloss white
Windows Tinting– Model Colour Sky Grey 70.989
Roof- Floquil Tuscan
Trim- Model Colour, Burnt Umber 70.941
Bill Boards were added using signs resized from the internet. Backing boards made from styrene were made and painted before adding the sign.
I always intended to have interior lights, furnisher and office fittings was a after though. All were made from styrene strip cut and filed to shape and painted. The roof has been made to lift off to view the interior when required. The office layout is much the same as Coopers Plains except the parcel rack is across the side wall. Figures are sitting figures purchased on EBay and painted. The figures were placed so they could be viewed when the building was added to the layout.
I’m sure some work mates will want to know where all the staff in the office came from. It’s the shunt crew having a meal. The staff boxes indicate there is two trains in the yard, yes a busy place.
Two enamel wires, one (-) and one (+) run the full length of the building, one on each side of the building.
The wire is supported by small blocks at each end and the walls.
These two wires form the main power supply for the building. The wires are .25mm enamel wire. With the enamel in place the wires are insulated. The two wires come together in the top L/H corner block to exit the bottom of the build and are hooked to the layout “Lighting Power Grid” (12V DC on my layout). Hot solder on the end of the soldering iron will remove the enamel.
A 1 K resister is attached to the (+) (longer wire) of the LED and attached to the (+) power feed wire. The other LED wire is attached to the (-) feed wire. The LED wires are shorten and twisted before attaching the resistor, this puts a small stem on the light and allows you to adjust the light into position.
The LED’s are 0603 pre-soldered SMD LED’s purchased on eBay, these had multi strand insulated connecting wires. The outside light on the R/H end of the building is a DCC Concepts Nano – NLPW LED, these have a very fine enamel wire about the thickens of an hair.
Two lights have been added to the platform awning as well to light up the platform.
With a bit of practice and a bit more care, I guess a much neater wiring could be achieved.
When reduced lighting is used on the layout, the interior lights can be seen through the walls, it is planned to dull the lights a little. The waiting room has double walls, an interior wall was add inside. (It’s is not visible when the building is on the layout.)
Stumps were added to the back of the building when fitted to the platform on the layout.
A water tank and weeds etc. was added to complete the station on the layout.
The station is also a part of the latest YouTube video with the Second division of the Westlander passing through, Train 2nd 13 Down.
Trust you found the information is helpful and assist you with your layout.