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« Reply #540 on: Aug 20th, 2015, 9:24am »
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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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« Reply #541 on: Aug 20th, 2015, 9:25am »
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This is what I got

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« Reply #542 on: Aug 20th, 2015, 9:32am »
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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.
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on Aug 20th, 2015, 9:32am, fred_55 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.
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Congrats Pete!  Absolutely COOL!


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« Reply #544 on: Sep 8th, 2015, 1:54am »
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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.
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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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« Reply #546 on: Sep 8th, 2015, 2:15am »
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Action at the steaming/ loading bay.
 
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« Reply #547 on: Sep 8th, 2015, 2:22am »
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Rush hour at Lamington (must be lunchtime!)
Faimont and 3 truck Shay up front, 1871 Ballarat to the left, My B15 train followed by my railmotor.


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« Reply #548 on: Sep 8th, 2015, 2:27am »
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Crossing at Chillagoe
 
 
 
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3 trucker.   Spark arrester looks like it was designed by KKK
 
 
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Ballarat on the trestle.
 
 
 
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70 class diesel with the Club Cars, waiting to turn at Canungra

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« Reply #552 on: Sep 8th, 2015, 2:44am »
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"Rosie" unloading, while yours truly takes special tourists (my ex-employer)

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Cattle train leaves the terminus, ably driven by Will P.   He drove all day, as I was way too busy.

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Turning the railmotor on the (unfinished) turntable at the end of the line
Barry the dispatcher, with his notes, doing a familiarisation run prior to taking his seat at the desk.   He handled it like an expert.
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« Reply #555 on: Sep 8th, 2015, 9:11am »
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Nice!  Thanks for the pics.
 
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« Reply #556 on: Sep 8th, 2015, 10:29am »
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That looks like it was a lot of fun! May you have many more unmeets!
 
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I'm curious about the "Ballarat". Why so much space between the front and rear driver axles? I guess the Whyte designation of this would be an 0-2------2-0?
Also, what is a "dummie spit"? Maybe what we in the U.S. would call a "Mexican standoff", where two people (on locomotives occupying the same track) face off, expecting the other to back up?


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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;
 
www.lrrsa.org.au/LR224_3-11.pdf
 
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« Reply #559 on: Sep 16th, 2015, 5:36pm »
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Peter, It looks like your unmeet was a rousing success! Congrats my friend!
 
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