M-D-T-M consist, a standard 4 car set for lighter patronaged lines and off peak services
December 21, 2009
December 20, 2009
November 25, 2009
"Branch line travel in the days of steam was a wonderful way of life for the travelling rail fan.
One was never in a hurry and could relax at his window seat in the inevitable ancient carriage that, having outlived it's declining years on a slow and easy once-a-week branch line.
The fan would not just have the compartment to himself, he would often have the whole carriage...
...The train rumbled through the rural scene......The carriage would gently sway along, creaking at times....There would be the smell of smoke drifting back from the engine mingled with the never-to-be-forgotten odor of hot sun on the leather seats......"
(Excerpts from p. 39,40 - "Change Here For")
October 13, 2009
October 6, 2009
Have commenced work on the Up (South) side of Glenburn station. Knowing that the Box Hill line would one day be tripled, VR kept this side of both Glenferrie and Auburn stations in this state from their building until the triplication. I have'nt found too many pictures that clearly show this side, however it is clear from plans such as that below what the layout was. This overall look will be replicated on Glenburn.
Non-existence of photographic record is a fact of life for modelling this era, however some sources do exist. In 1934 a gifted Melbourne artist placed her easel down, probably in the original (now) Swinburne University building and painted the following brilliant composition which is an excellent source of both detail and colour (Note that the scenery to be emplaced will cover up much of the base of the Dn end of the foundation wall).
(Courtesy & Copyright State Library of Victoria)
Sincere thanks to the late Ada May Plante.
September 28, 2009
September 6, 2009
Catenary masts sufficiently in place, I can now continue building the inside (rail side) of Glenburn station. These pictures show the work in progress along the platform with surfacing, ramp fencing and parcels and waiting rooms added recently.
July 27, 2009
Electrification has commenced - I have been able to assemble a semblance of the characteristic VR catenary masts from a variety of sources including Sommerfeldt masts, ex-rail girders and various other pieces. Also included is the High Tension (HT) extensions added from 1925 to provide back up main power carriage, themselves characteristic of the eastern line through Auburn and Glenferrie. Thanks are due to Ian Weickhardt for helpful advice generously given.
June 14, 2009
March 15, 2009
February 15, 2009
February 10, 2009
February 3, 2009
PECO's 4mm 1926 Thornycroft is slightly overscale for Glenburn, however will be placed at the front of the layout thereby forcing perspective.
A typical VR advertising hoarding of the era, the Yates add dates from 1930.