Apr262016

ANZAC Weekend Work and Steam Up

Published by Chris Draper at 3:32 PM under Operating Days | Track Construction

ANZAC weekend saw the regular crew working on the track Saturday in preparation for a steam up on ANZAC Monday.

 



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Apr172016

Update till June 2016

Published by Chris Draper at 2:46 PM under Diesel Locomotives | Track Construction

Apologies for not posting for awhile. Busy moving accomodations and there has not been much hapening on the railway as a result.

 

Here's a couple of photos from this weekend and before. Will add a few more asap



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Aug182015

August Update

Published by Admin at 4:28 PM under Operating Days | Track Construction

Here's a few snaps taken over the past few weeks. Its wet and cold this time of year on the Winter Creek, so not a lot of activity. However Winter can surprise with lovely days every now and again!

 



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Jun282015

Update June 28 2015

Published by Admin at 1:47 PM under Diesel Locomotives | Track Construction | Tools

Activity is a little slower in the winter, but we are chipping away at various jobs as the weather allows. 

 



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Mar222015

New Signals - New Water Crane - New Loco!

Sorry I have been a bit lax posting on the website, but much is happening here at the WCR.

 

Peter P has been busy making more signals, and the Junction South Gantry is now fully adorned and really looking the part. The truss (built by Noel - his first welding project) is due to go away for galvanizing shortly. Peter V has offered to source the number boards.

Rod McKechnie has joined our merry band - a railway electrician by trade and Peter P is very grateful of a kindred soul in things electrical. This means we have two Peters, two Rod's and two James so expect more use of surname initials

Rod C offered to take over from me in construction of the water crane down at the junction. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth - Rod was loaded up with suitable quantites of galvanised pipe and disappeared home. Was expecting to see a great job on his return - but as you can see from the photos its a masterpiece! When challenged about all the expensive stainless steel he was heard to quip "I've got plenty lying about that I wont use and its better than that galvanised stuff". Thanks Rod.

A week or so ago I received am email from what turned out to be a secret admirer. Paul Milner wrote:

"Having read of your intention to encourage at your railway I wondered if this might be something that you could use with the youngsters. It is basically a Fowler inspection car used on Indian Railways in the 1800s, with a footprint of 720mm x 1400mm. It’s a full rolling chassis, there are a pair of electrical motors supplied by Dave Giles and much of the body work is done but not assembled."

YES PLEASE! Another small electric loco would be most useful for our newer members who generally arrive loco-less but are keen to join in on running days.

So I spend a pleasant time at Paul's home yesterday looking at his garden railway and workshop before loading up the Fowler and heading home. Peter P, Scott and I looked over it today to work out what needs to be done. Scott will adopt it and complete the job - with help from the others as required as he is new to this end of the hobby. He went off tonight thinking about where he can scrounge some batteries from.

Looking to hold a running day weekend after Easter. Working bee on signalling and track next weekend - day to be determined

 



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Dec302014

Work down at the junction.

Published by Admin at 12:34 PM under Track Construction

Busy Finalising the drainage and leveling dirt down at the junction in preparation for the brick retaining wall with Jim and Noel. Here is a before/After shot taken from roughly the same place to show the extent of the work. Note the relative position of the signal box - how much the embankment has been extended to the right. First photo was taken 12 October, the Second was taken this afternoon.

 



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