December 28, 2008

Proverbs 3:5-6

" Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. "

Christmas break has allowed time to embed All Saints, Glenburn

December 23, 2008


Jordan Products 1926 Essex Coach kit was another joy to assemble but is perhaps just a little too clean.

December 7, 2008

.........and MORE shops

Only one more set to go after this one. Less interior detail this time as it is toward the back of the layout.

December 2, 2008

All Saints

In the older suburbs across Melbourne bluestone churches with sandstone highlights are signature emblems, the spires gracing many ridge and sight lines. Glenferrie's fine example is seen from the station below:

So, for All Saints,Glenburn I chose Kibri's "Westerwald" kit as the basis, and modified it from this:

(Photo: Kibri)

To this:

Congratulations to Kibri on one of the most enjoyable kits I have ever made, a very well engineered example of the kit builder's craft.

November 16, 2008

Retail Therapy

2 (actually 1.3) more stores for Glenburn Rd - The full building is identical to the Tea Rooms on the Dn side as it is also a railway building built into the platform end, and the 0.3 bounds the baseboard edge.

November 9, 2008

All dressed up and nowhere to go.

With all effort concentrated on Glenburn Rd, trains won't be running for a while....

November 1, 2008

Glenburn Rd Abridged

My good (and well versed in VR matters) friend Mark Tregoning tells me Micro-Engineering's girder bridge is a very close match for the prototype. So here's one of the 100ft double track versions suitably modified to fit the gap over Glenburn Rd, and it certainly looks the part. The deck will be ballasted in the next round.

October 27, 2008

Home Turf

An ex-Hawthorn Tramways Trust Maximum Traction Bogie tram (A JEM kit), modified from HTT form as a later M&MTB N Class is appropriate for Glenburn Rd's requirements in the mid 1930's.

I rarely get to make production kits, as Glenburn's requirements mean it has to be largely a scratchbuild, so found Jordan Product's 1928 A Model Ford quite a relief!

September 21, 2008

Tea Anyone?

Both Glenferrie and Auburn stations incorporate VR built shops using the space under the end of the platform & tracks. I modified a Rix Products store for the purpose and extended the station's retaining wall to reach the platform end.

X marks the spot

At the rail crossing over Glenburn Rd, I have recently installed the road and tram tracks from N gauge Code 55 rail. Hmmm...Girder bridge required here.

August 5, 2008

They're not my socks...honest!

A weekend of rather unglamorous baseboard (9mm Marine Ply on cedar ladder base) and shelving work has established the remaining foundation for the layout around the room, with "Cudgewa - Shelley Railways" on the level below. As the rail near the door is sharp and at eye level my wife has contributed to safety with a fine donation of a pair of her socks.

July 27, 2008


Recent works at Glenburn have embedded the station via ramping and subway, and added a few "poplars" (well, they're sort of close) behind the advertising hoarding.

July 6, 2008

Just a Facade

Glenburn now painted and installed though looking a bit adrift without the approach ramps, and some more integration work to "sink" it into the baseboard....more modelling time please.....! Have included two pictures of Auburn and Glenferrie station facades below for those not familiar with the style - Glenburn is a smaller version with blended elements from the two stations.

June 29, 2008

In the Buff!

Too big for my usual photo backdrop! - Glenburn station fascia - an assemblage of brick sheet, cardboard, styrene and wood, with some white metal and formed window detailing - was a bigger job than anticipated, and is shown sans paint....!

May 29, 2008

Space Now Taken

Space at Glenburn seems popular, some genuine Australian late 1920's-mid 1930's adverts have quickly filled the gap. The signal cable troughing has also been installed. Am making the most of this view now as this will be facing the rear of the layout!

May 25, 2008

Space for Rent

Replicating one of the billboards that used to be in situ at Auburn station, just need some adds, watch this space...

Hmmm - May have over-reduced the size of this picture!

May 18, 2008


Foundations for Glenferrie and Auburn stations include brick arching through the elevated road. In most cases these brick works are hidden from view, buried in the ground, however at the Dn end of Glenferrie's Dn platform the arching stands proud of the embankment supporting the platform as shown here. This section has now been modelled though the ground cover may need lightening, and I will need to find some poplars!