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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Oct062014

Steam Up October 5, 2014

Published by Admin at 4:27 PM under Britannia | Operating Days | Signalling System

Had a the first run of Spring here yesterday. Tony was over for a conference and had a day spare to run his Brit. Rod steamed his Ab for the first time (see seperate post)

I have also included a photo of the prototype signal that Peter has built for the WCR. 

Now the weather is getting better we expect to be more active more regularly on the track so post frequency should increase!

 



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Oct062014

Rod's fantastic Ab

Published by Admin at 4:25 PM under Operating Days | Steam Locomotives

Rod has to be congratulated on the fine job he has made of this model of a New Zealand AB loco. Built in 5" gauge it steamed well on its maiden run yesterday here at the Winter Creek. 

 



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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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Apr162014

Chris's Diesel Locomotive Project

Published by Chris Draper at 1:28 PM under Diesel Locomotives

My Locomotive has languished for years as the track took priority on time and cash. I've come home from Adelaide determined to finish the project asap - and taking some time off working helps - together with the motivation a new Milling machine and Lathe can bring!

 

UPDATE:- Added photo of completed air cylinders - pistons next...

 

Here are some earlier progress shots:

 



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