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« Reply #100 on: Feb 19th, 2012, 3:45am »
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 The kind gentleman who helped with the boiler repair, is 84years old and his shed is like Alladin's cave. I reckon has has one unfinished project for each year of his life (plus the 1-1 roller in the front yard) but there's barely room for one person to work
Group tour.....no problem....what would you like for breakfast?  Looks like I'm back at work for six months at least, then the pension should kick in and I can get some trainplay in again.
Thanks for your compliments. My progress would have been much, much slower without this forum and all the help and encouragement. I try to listen to all the comments.....then I go away and do it my way
This is what you get from the archives


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« Reply #101 on: Feb 19th, 2012, 4:15am »
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Early Queensland had some problems with vast distances, impassible terrain, and major budget restrictions  (bit like the BVT, eh!)  so came up with train specs different to what you are used to.
All country trains ran mixed, but the guard didn't get a caboose to himself, instead he had to share it with passengers, or at times with sheep or milk cans. Later when train brakes came in, the layout persisted.
3'6" gauge was the first mainline narrow gauge in the world, and worked so well that it still exists, albeit with tilt rains. Narrow gauge meant sharp curves and steep hills, so my country coach has small wheels and bogie truck centres very near the ends, to prevent buffer locking on 200ft curves.
End doors, double roof and cast iron work were all hallmarks of the tropics, as were the 2 class seating and (indoor!) toilets. No beds or kitchens then as trains only operated in daytime. The guard frequently also looked after passing train movements, as there were no signals, only staff and ticket.
Wagons were built to the skimpiest of plans and frequently varied to suit the intended line, so the panelled CV (combination brake van) became stick sided CLV (2 lavatory toilets added).
This van in a local museum has similar parts, so is good for dimensioning.


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« Reply #102 on: Feb 19th, 2012, 4:54am »
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Enough of history.  I plan to operate sort of of like the original, so brakes will only be on the back vehicle, using a remote control (via garage door button) for one man op. Also, all my wagons will be rideon-enabled so need to be built tough.  Frame is 40mm angle (8" timber) with ply body and ally roof. Bogies are my internally bearinged, two stage sprung beams with  non functioning axlebox bits.  Sprung buffers and 3 link couplins (love those huge "Mickey Mouse" buffers)
Internally a part removable roof with cooler box and seat for one.  
Here it is so far, with my drawings pinned to the wall (only room for half length elevation)


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« Reply #103 on: Feb 28th, 2012, 4:16am »
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I've decided to build a plywood carcase and clad it in aluminum, so here's the "box". The centre section will be for one or two seats.

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« Reply #104 on: Mar 10th, 2012, 1:11am »
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Waiting for the cladding, thought Id start yet another job....the station. (I do things a/ when  can afford to b/ when I have materials, and c/ when Im in the mood
Promoted the orange shovel to orange crane and lifted some panels in.
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« Reply #105 on: Mar 10th, 2012, 1:13am »
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And finished with some beam balancing. At least its progress.

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« Reply #106 on: Mar 18th, 2012, 2:53am »
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Continuing with the station. Nearly clad and ready for roof and canopy

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An offer from a neighbour, of this shelter means some more space in the workshop. My son and a friend helped and three of us moved and rebuilt this in four hours, in the rain It's in the bush, next to the right of way, away from prying planning officers. Its next to the creek so will make a nice bar b que spot, and if all else could house the sleeper treatment plant (or hooch still  )
When the station is usable, all the garden tools and mower will go in there , leaving enough room to swing a cat in the workshop
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An offer from a neighbour, of this shelter means some more space in the workshop. My son and a friend helped and three of us moved and rebuilt this in four hours, in the rain
When the station is usable, all the garden tools an mower will go in there and be out of the shop, leaving enough room to swing a cat
Pete

 
Ah, the ancient art of Australian Cat Swinging!!! I look forward to the pictures!
 
Seriously, you have very nice neighbors. The carport is a great and useful addition.  
 
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« Reply #109 on: Apr 9th, 2012, 2:06am »
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Ah, Easter...4 days to work on the job list. A bit of detailing on the station.

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Then back to the planned job, trestle building. An offer of help didn't happen so the one man crew made a start. Should have waited as didn't look where I was going. Dented pride , sore hip but no damage to the orange shovel.

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« Reply #111 on: Apr 9th, 2012, 2:16am »
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Tonka toy breakdown crew to the rescue.

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And a quick snatch with the Hilux. Now where was I? Ah yes, trestle bents to be dug.

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Progress was not quite what I expected but OK for the scared and wounded   All the centre posts done (to ensure even curve) but many outers still to concrete in.

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Good to see that you survived.
 
As you know "Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement."
 
I really like to follow your project - keep up the good work.


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« Reply #115 on: Apr 30th, 2012, 4:35am »
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Progress, slow but sure. Loco coming back together and country coach moving along slowly

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Loco all in one piece again (going out for a run this weekend) and carriage on its wheels

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Speaking of wheels, this is the bogie (truck) "carcase" with self aligning bearings and two stage springs. Later a dummy cosmetic layer will be added, with leaf springs and axleboxes.

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And a close up showing that there is still a little articulation. A shim washer between the halves of the bearing carrier prevents the bearing from being "nipped up"
Pete


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Lastly, especially for Bobby, the "swinging" Australian Cat in the workshop

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