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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Apr182012

Peter's Baldwin Progress

Published by Admin at 4:54 PM under Steam Locomotives

Peter has been busy building the boiler for his new Balwin Locomotive. Almost ready for boiler inspection before the first Silver Soldering Session.



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Apr112012

New Arrival to WCR

Published by Admin at 5:25 PM under Steam Locomotives

Some of you may know Tony Howker. Ex Westinghouse Rail in the UK, he was THE Signalling guru at The Great Cockrow Railway near London. Tony has since retired to Melbourne and his grandson James lives here in New Zealand and has become a regular at the Winter Creek in the last year.

Tony is moving one of his locomotives - Britannia -  to the Winter Creek for James to learn how to care for and drive. We also hope to see Tony regularly here with his Grandson enjoying Steamups together.

Here is a photo of Britannia with Tony's other loco a Black Five which I  had the pleasure of driving last year. Photo was taken at the main station, Cambelltown Miniature Railway, Melbourne where Tony is a regular driver.



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Apr112012

Signal System Design

Published by Admin at 5:17 PM under Signalling System

The intial design of the system was done by Noel a while ago and utilises current signalling practice. I have recently updated it to reflect the track changes going on at the Junction and kept with the modern signalling practice.

However - I havent felt totally comfortable with this and it has recently become clear why. My memories of New Zealand rail are mostly rural and date back as far as the 1960s at the end of the steam era, so I have begun researching what it would take to backdate the system to an NZR 1960s - steam changeover period. Ken Ashford of Kiwi Rail - a long time employee and expert has offered to help get it right. (Ken also has a signalling museam in Hamilton).

 

So here is the diagram as it stands for now, but watch it change as I get more info from Ken.

 

 

WCR_HandSketch.pdf (90.03 kb)



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Apr112012

Signal System Overview

Published by Admin at 5:11 PM under Signalling System

Here is a high level overview of how the signal system will work. I have been working with friends in Australia and the US to design a series of Input/Output boards on the popular Arduino Microprocessor platform. I have drafted the designs in Eagle and will make them available under an opensource licence (once they are proven!)



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Apr112012

WCR to get Signalling System

Published by Admin at 5:01 PM under Signalling System

 

Winter Creek is to get a proper signalling system. Ive been planning and scheming for the past three months while bones healed and I couldn't do much else.

 

Here is a sneak preview of the control panel - running under JRMI/CATS. Its as easy as point and click to set a route, with the signals and points moving to match, provided it is safe to do so.

 

JRMI is an opensource Train Control package for Model Railway use, and I am adapting it to a slightly higher standard of safety given we carry real passengers. You can learn more about it here

CATS is also a Java application that builds on JRMI to provide a good toolset for a more modern panel configuration - closer to what I work with in my day job. You can learn more here

 



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