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« Reply #520 on: Jun 21st, 2015, 2:14am »
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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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« Reply #521 on: Jun 21st, 2015, 2:19am »
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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.
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« Reply #522 on: Jun 21st, 2015, 2:46am »
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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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« Reply #523 on: Jun 23rd, 2015, 6:40pm »
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Good day Pete, as you know I have been following your efforts from back in the Gn15 days.  
I'm afraid I get exhausted just reading your post with the accounts of your days work. You have gone way beyond what I would even dare to dream of doing, then again I chop and change my interest more often than my underwear  
As for people helping, our club is on the verge of collapse because at most there is only 2 or 3 who are really interested in pitching in and cripples like me only get in the way.
 
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« Reply #524 on: Jul 2nd, 2015, 2:51am »
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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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« Reply #525 on: Jul 2nd, 2015, 2:54am »
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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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« Reply #526 on: Jul 2nd, 2015, 2:59am »
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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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« Reply #527 on: Jul 14th, 2015, 4:32am »
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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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This is a screen grab of the pattern left by the dump doors. Later I'll sweep it out, then do a second run on the outers only. I'll try and get a good movie of it in action
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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.
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« Reply #530 on: Jul 14th, 2015, 10:40am »
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It looks like that ballast dumper works great! I look forward to video of it in action.
 
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on Jul 14th, 2015, 10:40am, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
It looks like that ballast dumper works great! I look forward to video of it in action.
 
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Amen, Henry!  
 
Pete:   Wow!  I've got to go there when I retire!!!!  Great work!
 
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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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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.
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« Reply #534 on: Jul 21st, 2015, 9:51am »
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Hi Pete,  With the stone higher than the hopper, u will use less energy shoveling it in.  You need a front end loader on your tractor to make it even easier.  Lookin good!
 
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No tractor, Tom. The entire track building collection of vehicles is sold to another train crazy and is now south of the border building a new train track.  All I have left is one rider mower and a couple of wheels for a garden trailer, plus a collection of rail wagons and tools.
I've also returned all the borrowed stuff that people kindly lent me, like log disconnects, trucks, gon frame and 2 mowers and trailers. Gee the shed looks empty!
 The plan is to use rail wagons (like you do) and hope  that there are no issues that might require machines. If I'm wrong then I'll just have to hire or borrow (or take a pill and lie down till the urge to fix the problem passes )
Loading from the ute is not hard, and the ballast stays clean that way. Pete


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« Reply #536 on: Jul 27th, 2015, 8:49pm »
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Well Pete, The benefit of not adding more track..... you now have time to play with the trains on the track. I hope your "Unmeet" is a success. I ask that you hoist one in honor of those of us that can't join you this year.
 
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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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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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And finally opened the new section for traffic by changing the priority at the triangle, to the new main line.  Only one page of jobs left to do before the visitors get here
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