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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Dec092014

Saturday Working Bee

On Saturday 6th December I, Sean, spent the day at thw WCR doing more of our track maintanence program. firstly I fixed the Track Bender, then spent 2 to 3 hrs using the RTG(rolling Track Gauge) and eased the track from the tunnel to the mower crossing (approx 80 meters) making it 1-2mm wide. After this i proceded to "Fix" the slip-road points and the points to nowhere. All that needed to be done here was light grinding and making a step for the common blade. Then myself and mostly Chris , decided to put  a 5" line in the #1 road in the shed. 

 



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Nov232014

Virtual Tour of the WCR

Published by Admin at 2:01 PM under Operating Days | Track Construction

Decided it was time to record the railway in its entirety so we have something to compare back to with the improvements planned.

Here is a series of 41 shots that give a virtual trip around the railway starting from the depature tracks on the shed branch and ending at Winter Creek Junction at the bottom of the line where you return back up the hill to start another lap.

This was taken 22 Nov 2014 just before our guests for the day arrived for an afternoon of fun.

 



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Oct282014

Labour Weekend Activity

Published by Admin at 1:58 PM under Britannia | Operating Days | Signalling System | Track Construction

Two days and a good turnout made all the difference this Labour weekend just past. Saturday saw a good turnout and plenty of activity from track maintenance to new retaining, wiring, cable and drainage ducts and a fair amount of surveying. Rod arrived with family and friends to help - much appreciated guys - thanks! Sadly I was too slow with the camera to capture all the action. Here are the few pics I did take.

 



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Oct192014

Working Bee 19 October

Published by Admin at 12:52 PM under Track Construction

Rod, Peter P, Chris and Noel put in a good effort today. The big curved turnout where the branchline joins the main has been playing up of late, and a careful investigation found many issues - its a wonder anything stayed on the track at all! The second part of the operation was to ease the vertical curve leading from the turnout onto Bridge no1. The Turnout is on the level, whereas the bridge deck is on a one in 40 (2.5%) grade. This required partial dismantling of the bridge deck and some sleepers needed to be thinned by up to an inch. We took the opportunity to introduce some super-elevation also so trains should flow smoothly through this trackage now.

Another working bee next Saturday, then a running day on the Sunday.

 



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