May282014

WCR from above

Published by Chris Draper at 10:36 AM under Track Construction

Here is how Apple's map application sees the WCR from above. By tilting the map it attempts to render in 3D. Trees and house look a little weird, but it's done a reasonable job on Bridge 1. Signal box is visible in bottom left where the track continues into the greenery.

 



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Apr142013

April Progress

Published by Chris Draper at 6:14 PM under Track Construction

The guys have done a lot of work down at Winter Creek Junction.

Loading these photos tonight with a glass of wine in my Adelaide City Apartment and feeling rather homesick for a cuppa in the workshop and the smell of oil, coal and the sound of steam through green bush!

 

 



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Jan282013

Jan 2013 Activity

Published by Chris Draper at 10:22 AM under Track Construction

Here is an update on the last three weeks of effort from the team while I watch from Adelaide.

13 Jan 2013

Bill Parker has got the water pump working reliably on the Hunslet
Bill (Williams) and Jim did the weed spraying on the track
Rod lubricated all the turnouts and linkages
Jim finsihed off his concret junction box mold

20 Jan 2013

George painted the inside of the signal box
Rod measured up for the new loco shed (This will be located down near the signal box for members locos)
Jim worked on the concrete junction boxes for the signalling system
Peter dug a trench through the steaming bays for a compressed air line

26 & 27 Jan 2013 

Rod, Jim, Bill and Peter put a lot of effort into finishing the steaming bays. Only one left to do

 

Whew! - at this rate the railway will be in top-notch condition when I return from Adelaide!

 



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Jul232012

Trackwork & General from July 2012

Published by Chris Draper at 5:50 PM under Steam Locomotives | Track Construction

July has been a bit wet and cold to do much outside, but when the pot belly stove is fired up and food smells are wafting through the shed - we dont mind!



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Apr182012

Train Detection Trials Part 1

Published by Admin at 5:28 PM under Signalling System | Track Construction

Been experimenting for some time with various designs for train detection. Given all our track is welded and we have dual guage, normal track circuits are not possible.

After talking through my latest design a couple of weeks ago, and lamenting the complexity of manufacture & installation - Bill had a brainwave and together with Peter and I - we soon came up with a vertical drill hole design that is both simple and quick to install shown here. we have installed one on a raised rail section for monitoring over the next couple of months to see how it copes with the weather and have a couple of potential modifications if rust in the hole becomes a problem.

 



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Apr182012

Signal system Progress

Published by Admin at 5:23 PM under Signalling System | Track Construction

Sunday 14th April - we had a full compliment of crew with Georges return from the Sth Island. Got stuck into getting Air and Water services down to the signalbox, and while the trench was open we took the opportunity to lay signal cables around the turntable leads area. Rod started work in the shed on the new Double Slip for the Signalbox area.

 



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