May212012

Milestone for the DFT Diesel Project

Published by Chris Draper at 8:21 AM under Diesel Locomotives

Now I'm off the crutches, making some progress on the big Diesel. 

Got the wheels and bearings pressed onto the axles, and took the trucks for a test run through the sharpest curves. They performed perfectly. A great day indeed.

 



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May212012

General Activity May 2012

Published by Admin at 8:17 AM under

Lots happening - just dont always remember to pick up the camera!. Rod, Bill and I have built another set of points for near the signal box, Peter and George have spent a lot of time in the signal box, and james makes the tea and learns heaps from his questions!

 



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May212012

Boilermaking 2012

Published by Chris Draper at 8:15 AM under Steam Locomotives

This year we have two boilers to make - Yesterday found the usual suspects in the shed for a full days Silver Soldering Session.

UPDATE: Second session of boiler making was held yesterday 27 May. No photos to hand of Peter's tube nest, but added photos of Rod's Boiler being worked on.



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Apr202012

Peters Progress - Continued

Published by Admin at 4:57 PM under Steam Locomotives

Peter has just sent through some more photos of his boiler.

 

Manukau Live Steamers meeting next week - so hopefully we can have a boiler bashing session soon after these parts are approved by the boiler committee!



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Apr182012

Train Detection Trials Part 1

Published by Admin at 5:28 PM under Signalling System | Track Construction

Been experimenting for some time with various designs for train detection. Given all our track is welded and we have dual guage, normal track circuits are not possible.

After talking through my latest design a couple of weeks ago, and lamenting the complexity of manufacture & installation - Bill had a brainwave and together with Peter and I - we soon came up with a vertical drill hole design that is both simple and quick to install shown here. we have installed one on a raised rail section for monitoring over the next couple of months to see how it copes with the weather and have a couple of potential modifications if rust in the hole becomes a problem.

 



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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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