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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 03/08/17 at 00:23:14 - 'P1030857a.jpg' 201 KB
Main prob with clear is that it is clear!!   Difficult to see the fan and difficult to gauge how thick the cover is and difficult to know when the gun is clean.  But then again as a painter I make a great bricklayer  Pete
 
final pic, tidied up and only missing the radiator intake grilles.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 03/05/17 at 01:02:02 - 'P1030852a.jpg' 156 KB
and with Elvis at the controls!   Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 03/05/17 at 00:59:34 - 'P1030847a.jpg' 192 KB
Got help today. Body on but needing a bit of adjustment.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 03/03/17 at 06:26:34 - 'P1030840a.jpg' 134 KB
And a few more with the clearcoat.  I've discovered I hate clearcoate!  Tomorrow The body and chassis meet if I get some help.  Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 03/03/17 at 06:22:47 - 'P1030838a.jpg' 115 KB
3 solid days later.....

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 03/03/17 at 06:20:56 - 'P1030836a.jpg' 111 KB
Now for the graphics. Signwriter sat on it for 2 weeks then rang and said he couldn't do it. He gave me some vinyl sheet no charge.  Oh well, how hard can it be.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 03/03/17 at 06:13:42 - 'P1030821a.jpg' 164 KB
Busy in the paint shop.  Who's silly idea was it to have 3 colors.

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Re: Boston & Albany K6b Pacific build - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:30:14 - '20170128_152107.jpg' 68 KB
Look ma, I have done something.... OK so I am taking my time.  

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:14:38 - '20170128_130319.jpg' 130 KB
The road bed is starting a curve to the left. The track will go to the right side of the oak tree and then make a sweeping (100' radius) curve to start the return trip. The great part is that even though it is a simple loop, it doesn't look or feel that way because of the size.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:12:10 - '20170128_130238.jpg' 127 KB
Finally into the "back 40"

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:11:19 - '20170128_130214.jpg' 107 KB
This section is finished as well

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:10:37 - '20170128_130153.jpg' 131 KB
Since the photo, this section is ballasted, leveled and tamped.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:09:39 - '20170128_130136.jpg' 148 KB
Nice curve in the woods. The property boasts some really nice old growth oak trees.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:08:14 - '20170128_130118.jpg' 140 KB
At this point the 2 tracks split. The outbound track to the right and the inbound track will come in from the left.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:06:16 - '20170128_130041.jpg' 142 KB
Traveling along a nice straight section

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 02/07/17 at 20:04:46 - '20170128_124106.jpg' 141 KB
you can see the trackage we abandoned temporarily on the left. We will eventually tie back into this.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 02/01/17 at 02:47:12 - 'P1030804a.jpg' 142 KB
Ah, that feels better. (one more color to go)
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 02/01/17 at 02:45:06 - 'P1030800a.jpg' 177 KB
Plans and drawing are so overrated, I prefer to use photos and sketches. That way I get to do everything ten times over! Grrr
Meanwhile I have a new driver, who is getting settled in and learning the controls. He's saying "take me to the paint shop!"

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 01/06/17 at 02:44:26 - 'P1030786a.jpg' 147 KB
Body slowly getting nearer to paint stage. I didn't plan on this much detail, but it seemed to deserve a little more effort. Hope you all had a great Xmas and looking forward to a good new year
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 01/06/17 at 02:40:00 - 'P1030734a.jpg' 131 KB
Before and after, red plastic to aluminum!

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 01/06/17 at 02:37:44 - 'P1030737a.jpg' 102 KB
Still making modifications. Suppose it's the down side of not following someone elses plans. Dash controls finally bear a passing resemblance to prototype, with an adapted lawn mower accelerator (red plastic wand with tortoise and hare replaced with aluminum lever and quadrant)
Wiring and airlines have been relocated below the radiator as they were being affected by heat

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/07/16 at 01:12:35 - 'P1030675a.jpg' 131 KB
Now working on bodywork

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/07/16 at 01:05:19 - 'P1030603a.jpg' 154 KB
New layout.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/07/16 at 01:03:48 - 'P1030591a.jpg' 115 KB
A diesel  update.  After several runs I worked out better ways to do the mechanism layout. Now much tidier and easier to access. Radiator had issues with cavitating so swapped it round and made new neck and fittings. Big alternator added, had to run it backwards, but it charges fine!

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 08/02/16 at 03:36:05 - 'P1030472a.jpg' 193 KB
Sorry, I'm not good with youtube. Lots of US followers on that facebook group, might be worth diving in. Yes, radiator is Honda Civic aluminum.  Went for the first big drive today. 1 1/2 miles and nothing broke! Time to start making the body.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/31/16 at 08:46:57 - 'P1030466b.jpg' 184 KB
Hi Henry, This is a link to my facebook post. Should work.    
    LINK URL
Meanwhile here is a pic of the drivers controls  Red throttle on stalk, also 2 buttons for electro-pnuematic brakes (apply and release) and horn button.  Auto selector tower to left of dashboard will be inside body, just the lever sticking out.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/31/16 at 01:06:45 - 'P1030464a.jpg' 198 KB
With only 13" between the frames, everything that stuck out got chopped (oil filter, manifold, starter, etc) and replaced with custom made parts.  Honda Civic radiator, electric water pump, remote oil filter, custom exhaust (1 1/4" wide!), gearbox mounted starter, plastic fuel tank and radiator overflow, blue air tank under Ford battery. Leaving room for the cab, on the right, to be detailed inside. The dummy fuel tank , under, hides 2 oil coolers and covers the diff, which sticks out on the other side.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/31/16 at 00:55:50 - 'P1030465a.jpg' 226 KB
I'm still here, just!   Work on the steamer is painfully slow, so to keep me busy I've been working on the diesel/diesel.  When I have visitors, they all want rides and steamer can only pull 3 up the steep hill and it can't be turned off at lunchtime to eat and talk. A diesel was the answer but lawnmower engines and manic electronics are not in the ball game. So this is what I come up with, so far.
Take one Kubota 3 cylinder diesel engine, marry it up to a Suzuki front wheel drive 2 speed auto box. Add some drive shafts to the front and rear, a couple of right angle gearboxes, 2 six wheel bogies and away you go. 12 wheel drive and looks, sounds, goes and smells like a diesel.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 04/20/16 at 02:04:48 - 'P1030277a.jpg' 103 KB
And this is the three roll corner.
 
Meanwhile the diesel / diesel is starting to come together!
 
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 04/20/16 at 02:01:28 - 'P1030411a.jpg' 129 KB
A couple of baffles, a million spot welds with the little mig, and it looks the part.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 04/20/16 at 01:56:34 - 'P1030244.jpg' 127 KB
Then on to the real thing, using the press roll

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 04/20/16 at 01:53:48 - 'P1030202a.jpg' 126 KB
A check with an offcut of aluminium.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 04/20/16 at 01:50:41 - 'P1030195a.jpg' 118 KB
Hi Moose. I was asked the other day for a unit for 1" scale, hopefully that file can be transcribed for other scales which would be great.
If you like mutilated metal, I tried an idea for the sheet metal for a welded tender on the steamer. Instead of a frame and countersunk rivets, i got the local agricultural engineer to fold some 2mm (5/64) sheet.  First he put a strip in the brake and folded it. Then put another strip on top and folded again. This made inside radius bigger. Then he put the sheet in, making 3 thicknesses, and pressed again. Result, smooth roll with outside radius of 10mm (3/8')
That made the bottom roll. I then made a brake roll for my press, to form the corner, and drew up a template on cardboard.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 04/18/16 at 04:34:26 - 'P1030327a.jpg' 133 KB
A hit with the sand blaster and some time on the mill, and I'm happy with the results.
A friend who runs an engineering shop offered to do some of the critical repairs and mods to the chassis (it had several errors} so I assigned a dollar figure and said "stop when that runs out" Next month might have me an air chassis. Bargain!!

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 04/18/16 at 04:28:07 - 'P1030305a.jpg' 200 KB
Hi Bobby.   While you lot have been disappearing under floods and snow, this end of the world has turned into a desert. Nudged 130 several times.  Needless to say, there hasn't been much going on outside. My accident slowed me down more than expected, but some medication and significant diet changes has worked and now its all under control.
Several project litter the shop. The steam loco required a different motion layout to the original, so I had a go at making the casting required. This is the wooden pattern and the gunmetal product.  I wasn't real impressed with the casting, but it didn't cost much.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:23:09 - '20160416_163409.jpg' 264 KB
Standing at the bridge looking at all the new track.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:21:44 - '20160416_144000.jpg' 239 KB
This past Saturday 4/16, Mario and Ciara came out and just blasted through some track installation. They put down over 100 feet of new track, as I managed to level and tamp approx 90 feet up to the bridge.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:19:07 - '20160409_151031.jpg' 223 KB
Last look at last weeks progress

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:17:33 - '20160409_150949.jpg' 255 KB
More ballasted track from last weekend

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:16:35 - '20160409_150919.jpg' 274 KB
As of last weekend, the rail has been installed up to the bridge and the track ballasted but not leveled and tamped. Up until this weekend it was just Bob and I with a little help from his son and daughter in law.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:08:09 - '20160409_110214.jpg' 225 KB
A view from the other side looking back

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:06:19 - '20160402_124031.jpg' 266 KB
As you can see the track is slowly approaching the bridge.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 04/17/16 at 16:04:18 - '20160402_124015.jpg' 271 KB
Hi gang,
 
Not sure if anyone still checks this forum or not, but if you do I apologize for not up dating sooner.
 
Our progress did stall a little over the holidays, but we are back at it.
 
Bob and I finished installing a new bridge over the dry creek

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/18/15 at 18:49:43 - 'P1030189b.jpg' 158 KB
And platform side view.
 
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/18/15 at 18:48:15 - 'P1030187a.jpg' 228 KB
And a carriage for sale to a local club who wish to run "reduced mobility" passengers.  Allows for easy access for frail aged (that's most of us these days) and kids with walking difficulty and some autism variants.
Most wagons that I have seen for "special people" are butt ugly boxes that regard special people as a liability.  I have chosen to make mine attractive enough that all passengers would like to travel in them. This wagon will be available to all, but with a priority to special people and their carers. Special person sits in center seat, with passive restraint sides, while carers can sit in front and/or behind.
Based on a well known icon, the "Sunlander" tourist train, this wagon boasts very low center of gravity (floor is only 1 1/2" above rail) comfortable boat seats, small buffet tables, grab rails. and trick paint job.
Still to complete final trials, but looking positive.  Might lead to another wagon for wheelchairs later.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/14/15 at 23:24:15 - 'P1030144.jpg' 139 KB
The radio controlled brakes have been removed from the the country coach (too far for radio reception) and reinstalled in here.  This wagon rides immediately behind the loco and stays on even when on turntable. It also has batteries, 5 gallons spare water and of course, a sound system. From Jim's Trains, this one plays the sound of upset horse whinnying and trying to kick down the doors!
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/14/15 at 23:18:10 - 'P1030153a.jpg' 114 KB
But the dog is definately not in a good mood.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 11/14/15 at 23:17:14 - 'P1030150a.jpg' 92 KB
The drover obviously likes it!

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Re: Moose Meadows #5, from the Clam Lake Shops - By Steen_Rudberg on 11/10/15 at 05:25:27 - 'railcar.jpg' 87 KB
One more

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Re: Moose Meadows #5, from the Clam Lake Shops - By Steen_Rudberg on 11/09/15 at 04:40:38 - '008-2-2.jpg' 61 KB
Get the "Klędeskab" in H0

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:34:09 - '20150926_163915.jpg' 189 KB
2nd culvert

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:29:54 - '20150926_163849.jpg' 178 KB
first culvert

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:28:10 - '20150926_163823.jpg' 214 KB
This past weekend we had a short crew (Mario, Ciara and myself) but we still managed to get tied into the existing switch, install 2 culverts and put down 70' of track. Would have done more but the batteries finally gave out.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:25:19 - '20150926_164107.jpg' 235 KB
Looking in the opposite direction.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:17:22 - '20150926_164100.jpg' 220 KB
Track is down this far, just needing ballast. But the plan is to drop back to where the new addition will reconnect to the existing main and progress towards the trestle area. This makes about 465' down so far. The piles of ties are for the parallel trackage.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:15:20 - '20150926_164020.jpg' 204 KB
OK, so we did have a work day in there that I didn't post the progress, So here you go.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:11:17 - '20150822_151420.jpg' 143 KB
SWMBO ran her critter around too!

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:10:08 - '20150822_151508.jpg' 136 KB
Ben got some throttle time on Bruce's Atlantic.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:08:14 - '20150822_163103.jpg' 119 KB
A special joy for me, here my granddaughter Samara is running my engine by her self for the first time.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 20:06:15 - '20150822_142255.jpg' 120 KB
Hmmm, not sure what happened here. I let Mario run my 0-6-0 and he lost control of it to his cute girl friend Ciara!  

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 09/30/15 at 19:49:29 - '20150822_094552_896x538.jpg' 132 KB
We had so much playing we decided to play some more. This time we invited a couple friends.

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Re: The Buckingham Central Railroad - By Pennsy4483 on 09/23/15 at 09:03:58 - 'DSC_0774_crop.jpg' 49 KB
One of my favorite moments at the BCRR, shortly after Pete and his gang were presented with the BCRR Anniversary car.  Little Gianni just couldn't handle all of the excitement!

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 09/10/15 at 01:13:45 - 'index.jpg' 9 KB
Hi Dan, Ballaarat was a strange beast built in Melbourne for  West Australian goldmine work (several thousand miles away). Reputed to be the first loco built in Australia.  Valve gear is sort of Stevenson, but taken from the front axle, toward the rear, then turned round, cranked over the axle and aimed between the cylinders!  Pistons, however, drive the rear axle. Very odd, but makes sense when you see the very deep firebox and find out it had a well-tank but no tender.
 
Even more creepy is that the foreman who built the original, John Walker, left Ballaarat Works to head north into the unknown, and started Walkers Engineering, and then produced my loco, the B15, their second production job. Walkers is now a major concern.
 
Try this link;
 
LINK URL
 
Dummy = pacifier  

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 09/08/15 at 02:40:27 - 'P1030030a.jpg' 293 KB
70 class diesel with the Club Cars, waiting to turn at Canungra

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 09/08/15 at 02:31:00 - 'IMG_9207.jpg' 148 KB
3 trucker.   Spark arrester looks like it was designed by KKK
 
 
image D.G.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 09/08/15 at 02:27:56 - 'IMG_9186.jpg' 276 KB
Crossing at Chillagoe
 
 
 
image D.G.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 09/08/15 at 02:06:25 - 'P1030035a.jpg' 217 KB
Meanwhile, the unmeet went off really well. Nearly 40 people, 8 locos (4 steam). Many snags and soda and chat.  Bi-direction single line wouldn't work with tokens so I made a diagram, cadjoled Barry into the job of dispatcher, and ran Central Traffic Control for the day.  10 stations, 5 control sections, 6 places to pass and 8 trains.
Considering nobody had run the track since finished, it worked well. No cornfield meets, no "dummie spits", not much waiting, and lots of smiles.
 
Here's the dispatch desk (idea copied from Comanche and Indian Gap, Texas).

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 09/08/15 at 01:54:46 - 'P1030055.jpg' 183 KB
Just couldn't resist making a start. The tender frame sorted. Hey, i am becoming a rivet counter!  Now back to work on louvre panels
Saved a bit on the boiler fund so tossed up between buying a much better mill, or subletting the cylinder build to a real engineer.  Took the second option as I do not have the skills or a mentor to call on, despite lots of reading and searching.
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 08/20/15 at 09:32:06 - 'P1020989a.jpg' 265 KB
Then, out of the blue, I was offered a part build by an esteemed modeller who wanted to give up building ( at 84!)  Of course I jumped at the chance, as it would shorten the build by several years. It also had a tested boiler.Now I have lots of bits (though not interchangable as they come from different sources) so the duplicated stuff can be resold later.
I even have some failed bits to examine and work out how to build them better.
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 08/20/15 at 09:25:27 - 'ShowAdThm.php.jpg' 7 KB
This is what I got

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 08/20/15 at 09:24:29 - 'aals_convention_and_misc_132a.jpg' 221 KB
All ready for the unmeet next week.
Meanwhile I made a start on the new loco. Lots of castings, but no frames or tender bits. This is what it should look like

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 08/05/15 at 20:44:10 - 'P1020953a.jpg' 210 KB
The unloader/steaming bay is in. Just got to trim those pickets. The steel tube posts are offcuts from screw piers, that I found in a dumpster....very handy!

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 08/05/15 at 20:42:20 - 'P1020954.jpg' 248 KB
Took the No5 ballast wagon to a local club for show and tell, and came home without it, but a healthier bank balance. Now I only have the "coffin car" for maintenance . Here I'm reinstating the forest litter.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 07/27/15 at 20:45:18 - '20150725_145935.jpg' 240 KB
This weekend we got back to work on the track. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate much. But Bob, Ben and Mario did get the new switch installed so we can access the new track. I spent some time between rain to fix some washout areas on the "old" track.
 
 


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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 07/27/15 at 20:41:39 - 'Ben.jpg' 181 KB
For someone that had never ran a live steamer Ben has a real fine touch on the throttle. I dear say we have him hooked on the hobby.  

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 07/27/15 at 20:40:12 - '20150718_150748.jpg' 125 KB
After the sun came back out we re-fired both engines. Bob turned his over to Ben and I turned mine over to Mario. These two really polished the rails for the rest of the day.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/21/15 at 03:54:50 - 'P1020940.jpg' 211 KB
Ballast is now by the "manual" method. Finally I get to knock the paint off the four year old shovel.  
I've called an "Unmeet" for 29th August so there's a ton of detailing to do before then.
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/21/15 at 03:52:06 - 'P1020943.jpg' 230 KB
You better hurry, Moose, or all the work will be done
 
This is the last of tracklaying, pic taken from the headshunt of the terminus.
 I had a quick count, there's 1050 metres (5/8ths mile) of mainline, and a non-stop trip of 1900 metres (1 1/4 miles) is possible.  I sold the remaining 2600 feet of rail and a couple thousand ties.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/14/15 at 04:46:20 - 'P1020937a.jpg' 224 KB
The loading ramp has been dug lower is to become a single steaming bay with loader moved 12 feet down the hill (giving higher deck)
The 2 posts are power and water points, and that completes the list of jobs, so time to load up and ship out.
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/14/15 at 04:32:28 - 'P1020933a.jpg' 223 KB
On the list of jobs to do before the orange shovel leaves, moving the pile of ballast and spreading with the new ballast wagon.  10 tons moved in 2 days without lifting a shovel

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/02/15 at 02:59:11 - 'P1020931a.jpg' 209 KB
That worked, A couple of celebratory spins, then it's time to head back. The railmotor has one low gear in reverse, so being able to turn saves a 1200ft crawl.
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/02/15 at 02:54:52 - 'P1020928a.jpg' 200 KB
Turntable was to be done by orange shovel, but because it is so far to walk it I thought I'd try manual labor first. Once again the steaming bay and unloader panels get reassigned.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 07/02/15 at 02:51:10 - 'P1020927a.jpg' 237 KB
I feel your pain, John. Our club track needs major work, but it's very hard as trains run all day 7 days a week and our members are getting older and frailer.
Meanwhile, back at home.....
At last the rail has reached the terminus.
 I've used 60 x 20ft lengths, which makes 600 feet of new track, divided into crew numbers, that makes 600feet each  
Here the first train brings in the turntable on disconnects.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:27:19 - '20150627_171037.jpg' 172 KB
The parallel tracks will continue past the existing track on the left. Further back the tracks will split again into a giant loop.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:25:42 - '20150627_171018.jpg' 145 KB
The roadbed on the right will be the return track. From this point there will be parallel tracks.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:23:30 - '20150627_171006.jpg' 184 KB
Track will curve to the left here.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:22:30 - '20150627_170942.jpg' 186 KB
From the end of track we have another crossing to put in.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:20:57 - '20150627_170859.jpg' 221 KB
Mario & Ben got a little creative with the drainage pipes.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:19:29 - '20150627_170834.jpg' 221 KB
The straight section will extend to the fill piles and then curve to the left.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:18:01 - '20150627_170810.jpg' 226 KB
I leveled up to the crossing. I have only ballasted just past the crossing. I am waiting until the straight section is complete so we can string line the alignment before ballast.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:15:43 - '20150627_170757.jpg' 222 KB
This are the "end of day" photos from this past Saturday. We managed 40' new rail screwed down, 40' ballasted and leveled and Mario added a little over 100' of new road bed.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:11:45 - '20150627_095305.jpg' 246 KB
The owners are spoiling my track crew. First day they went out and bought us a canopy. The new crossing is in the fore ground. Mario is setting a couple drainage pipes in the area of the original crossing.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:10:19 - '20150627_095251.jpg' 265 KB
We had to relocate a crossing to avoid damaging a Guava tree that decided to spread out into the road.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/29/15 at 21:08:32 - '20150627_095239.jpg' 260 KB
I failed to post the "end of day" photo's last week so here they are as the "start of day" photos this week.

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 06/21/15 at 02:46:15 - 'P1020855.jpg' 155 KB
That's the last of structures built (the 5th and last switch is hiding in the background) so the order of the day is tracklaying, as the vehicle access is gone and all supplies now have to go by rail or take a very long detour via "middle earth".  Tipper just delivered ties, rail bender on board, with tools and screws (another 2000 should do!) and railmotor ready to play freight train.
I have had a long think about the future of the track as I have not succeeded in getting a "Buckingham" crew to come on board,  I've cancelled all further track for the foreseable future. Instead I will concentrate on improving the fleet, doing occasional builds for others, and catch up with some maintenance and gardening.
At the recent convention I weakened and bought castings for a Queensland C17 loco, so all spare machinery (orange shovel in particular) and rail and ties will be sold, to fund purchase of more pieces of metal to mutilate. A complete loco is seriously outside my current comfort zone.....wish me luck! Pete


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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 06/21/15 at 02:19:00 - 'P1020854a.jpg' 172 KB
And here with little trainer wheels and a coat of paint, ready for the deck timbers.  The dual bearings on the end are for locating in a channel on the land track.
Pete

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Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia - By fred_55 on 06/21/15 at 02:14:10 - 'P1020852.jpg' 143 KB
[quote author=Steen_Rudberg.    I have some......]
 
So do I, if only I could remember where I put them
 
Some unseasonal rain meant workshop time, so since I'm sick of climbing over the turntable, I had better finish it.  Orange crane to the rescue (this thing is seriously heavy).
Here it is upside down, showing the excavator slew bearing fitted.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/15/15 at 21:57:09 - '20150613_111004.jpg' 97 KB
Looking back in the opposite direction from the last shot. Here to the left will be a WYE connecting to the existing yard.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/15/15 at 21:55:29 - '20150613_110943.jpg' 139 KB
The curve straightens out. The section missing was the original crossing location.

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Re: I've been working on the railroad..... - By BobbyT on 06/15/15 at 21:54:13 - '20150613_110933.jpg' 141 KB
Continuing along the curve. In this area will be a crossing for access to the rear of the barn.


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