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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Jan282013

Jan 2013 Activity

Published by Chris Draper at 10:22 AM under Track Construction

Here is an update on the last three weeks of effort from the team while I watch from Adelaide.

13 Jan 2013

Bill Parker has got the water pump working reliably on the Hunslet
Bill (Williams) and Jim did the weed spraying on the track
Rod lubricated all the turnouts and linkages
Jim finsihed off his concret junction box mold

20 Jan 2013

George painted the inside of the signal box
Rod measured up for the new loco shed (This will be located down near the signal box for members locos)
Jim worked on the concrete junction boxes for the signalling system
Peter dug a trench through the steaming bays for a compressed air line

26 & 27 Jan 2013 

Rod, Jim, Bill and Peter put a lot of effort into finishing the steaming bays. Only one left to do

 

Whew! - at this rate the railway will be in top-notch condition when I return from Adelaide!

 



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Dec282012

Adelaide Here I Come

Published by Chris Draper at 11:59 AM under Train Advice Notices

As many of you already know I have accepted the role of Engineering Manager for a resignalling project in Adelaide. Its a two year secondment, and I will miss the WCR. However all the regular crew have resolved to continue the cause and will meet regularly for running days as well as various projects around the railway.

I will return to NZ as often as work permits, and plan to work on signalling electronics for the WCR while incarcerated in my Adelaide apartment. Noel and Steve will be sharing updates on this site as they receive them from the other members - so all good.

If you want to visit and run - suggest you email and I will redirect to the most appropriate contact.



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Oct222012

Video of Britannia's first run

Published by Chris Draper at 7:49 PM under Britannia | Operating Days | Steam Locomotives

Noel captured these two clips of Britannia's first run. For those unfamiliar with the WCR the bridge featured in the first shot is on a 1in40 downgrade with pointwork not far off the bottom edge. Being the first run I was also unfamiliar with the locos braking characteristics so was taking it extra cautious.

Creeping across bridge one

The second shot is on the uphill grade and it was a joy to hear her exhaust beat. I look forward to putting a load on the drawbar and really making her bark!

Run up through tunnel

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Oct222012

Steaming The Britannia for the First Time.

Published by Chris Draper at 10:22 AM under Operating Days | Steam Locomotives | Britannia

It has been a wet Labour weekend - but that did not stop us having fun.

Grant (of Squirrel Valley Fame) came up for the weekend and we ran the wheels off the rolling stock between showers.

Steamed the Britannia for the first time on Sunday Morning - it was raining so hard we had to do so in the confines of the shed.

Noel turned up just after lunch, and the rain had eased so we decided to do a few laps. Four hours later we were still going when the weather packed in again and we called it a day with a beer.



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Aug062012

Loco Lift

Published by Chris Draper at 5:05 PM under Diesel Locomotives

My Diesel project is getting too heavy to lift about by hand, so time-out from loco building was required to build the permanent lifting tackle. I acquired an Air-over-oil forklift with a 1 metric tonne capacity a few years ago, and while it has been useful for moving stuff about the workshop - it was time to adapt it for loco lifting.

The photos will show the almost-complete dual guage lift. The idea is it can be positioned on any of the three tracks coming into the workshop and lift equipment up for work, allow equipment to be transferred to permanently raised tracks or act as an unloading ramp for visiting equipment.

Most of the photos are self explanitory except the last: - I need a way of lifting the 120+ kg (250lb) frame on and off its trucks during this phase of the build.  Basically the idea is to position the loco on the hoist, lift it a couple of feet then place automotive axle stands on the floor directly under the loco's jacking points, lower the hoist and viola - the chasis is held clear of the trucks on the axle stands and the bogies can be rolled out underneath.



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