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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Oct152014

Working Bee 12 Oct 2014

Published by Admin at 9:36 AM under Operating Days | Signalling System | Track Construction

A good turnout Sunday just gone meant a lot of work was accomplished. Railway looks dreadful after a pretty rough winter brought trees down etc. One of the highlights of the day was having No. 24 in steam. Peter V did a lot of surveying, Chris and Noel retaining and trenching, while Peter P and Rod were cutting/grinding/welding and kept all supplied with regular 'boil-ups' (tea breaks). Steve introduced Bill Clouw to the group who promptly joined the Albany Model Engineers  and paid his subs while eating lunch! (While the Winter Creek is a private track - the regulars all belong to AMES), Our neigbours - the Glassons came over for a ride and all made for a very pleasant and relaxed 'day on the railway'.

 



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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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