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
Signal Bridge looking smart with Peter P's signal heads mounted.
Rod C's fantastic water crane just needs its canvas sleeve and its ready for operation.
Close up of the water valve control and the swivel joint. Rod even made the base plate and boxing - all we did was pour the concrete
Photo of the prototype Fowler Inspection Car
The large wooden box is the drivers cabin. Paul even gave us some beautiful rimu planking for the cab.
No doubting this locos narrow gauge heritage!
Another view. Thats real Oak for the roof uprights