With the absolute plethora of brilliant RTR models available now & in the pipeline is it any wonder that the average modeller now has to deal with the cupboards full of finished & not so finished kits. I refer to them as UFOs..."Unfinished Objects"
It was with the above thoughts in mind that i surveyed the 30 or so stock wagons that have been stored awaiting the time when they would have a place on the layout. Even though the bulk of the models have been adequately detailed & in most cases weathered etc... they certainly do not have that certain X factor that is available off the shelf today. Ebaying them in order to finance the purchase of replacements would only serve to rub salt into the wound when one looks at the amount of time & effort taken in construction & the meagre prices that would be achieved. I think at the end of the day i will in most cases just accept what i have & not be lured into doubling the fleet for the sake of it.
So now i have settled that mental dilemma...what to do with all of those kits still waiting patiently in their respective poly bags & faded header cards...
Since i moved to Goulburn over 10 years ago i have been amazed at the uses i have seen for redundant railway stock both from a commercial & private sense. I feel certain that this would be the case in any town that is close to the railway.
I know that the use of such features to create cameo scenes in the modelling world is not new... but thought it timely to post a few shots of what can be gleaned around here.
There are other more obscure examples such as the MLE with concrete deck that allows golfers easy accesss across a creek to the 8th Green & 9th Tee at Goulburn Golf Club & a now marooned louvre van used as freight storage inside the Goulburn Freight shed & when time permits i will post shots of these.
|BCW put to good use as a tac room & stable.....still shows signs of teal blue paint....|
Have a great week...