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« Reply #80 on: Nov 25th, 2011, 2:04am »
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Struck gold at a backstreet woodyard.   30 lengths of "coathangers". OK quality, real cheap, and the bends don't matter.
I've foolishly called an open day on Sat 10th Dec so now there's a scramble to complete the balloon in time. I must be mad
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« Reply #81 on: Dec 10th, 2011, 9:14pm »
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Just a quickie from the Saturday open day. I'll post some track pics soon. This is some of the guests checking out the railmotor. That track was laid on Thursday and ballasted on Friday night
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« Reply #82 on: Dec 10th, 2011, 11:09pm »
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cool!  glad to see the railmotor out on the line!  keep up the good work.
 
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« Reply #83 on: Dec 11th, 2011, 4:03am »
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Hi Moose,  Actually it was the steamer that christened the line. It did two laps, then started loosing water out of the firebox. Turned out to be the syphon tube, but still requres boiler out. Didn't get a pic cause I was kinda ticked off
However, here's the opened balloon loop. The group had a great day, lots of smiles and plenty of food and cheer.


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« Reply #84 on: Dec 11th, 2011, 4:06am »
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« Reply #86 on: Dec 11th, 2011, 4:09am »
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« Reply #87 on: Dec 11th, 2011, 4:12am »
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End of stage one and start of trestle

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« Reply #88 on: Dec 11th, 2011, 4:21am »
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The ladies dsappeared to check the neighbours prize garden, which left the men with nothing to do but sit around!

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« Reply #89 on: Dec 11th, 2011, 4:34am »
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G,day Pete....glad the day went well for you. The track is looking great.  
When I get over present issues I am hoping to get over and see your operation


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Enjoy the day....John.

Checked my pulse this morning,
There was one,
Can't get a much better start to the day than that....

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« Reply #90 on: Dec 18th, 2011, 7:23pm »
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Looking great Pete,
 
Keep the pictures coming!
 
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Seems the open day was a good idea. There is a work party next week and the track has some real nice, scale point levers being made. (bit too nice to leave out, but great for photo shoots)
Also fixed the excavator after I rolled it, and have landed a job for the new year. Things are looking up.
Celebrated by building the chassis for the "country coach", pics later
Pete


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Had a huge storm which washed out the car park into the station. Didn't want that again so raised the carpark to direct the rain away. Used some of the rocks for a little retaining wall. Good outcome!   (compare with reply no. 67)
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One of the open day crowd, Scotty, turned up on Wednesday with lunch, mother and chainsaw.  Since he is not scared of snakes and dragons and things that go bump in the night, it was decided to attack the forest.
End of day and several tons of fire timber later and theres nearly 300 yards of track prep done.  Amazing what can be achieved when friends turn up.
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on Dec 30th, 2011, 5:29am, fred_55 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Had a huge storm which washed out the car park into the station. Didn't want that again so raised the carpark to direct the rain away. Used some of the rocks for a little retaining wall. Good outcome!   (compare with reply no. 57)
Pete

 
Pete that is a beautiful stone retaining wall and landscaping. It is the little details that make the difference.


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Not much progress lately, I'm too busy fixing all the stuff that broke  The boiler got its new pipe and was pressure tested today.  Firebox has been relined in fireclay, so the rebuild can get under way.  All these new skills to learn!
The paint job suffered so I'm trying this time with professional auto paint in aerosol cans, so far it looks a superior finish but its not cheap. This is the shop looking more like a junk yard, and a glimpse of the country coach chassis.


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There are several large dangerous trees in the bush. This widow-maker wont be a problem any more, but it didn't half come down with a bang!

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Near to the waterfall the bush gets quite thick. Swinging a 60ft curve gets interesting. I'd hate to be doing this without the orange shovel.
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Not much progress lately, I'm too busy fixing all the stuff that broke  The boiler got its new pipe and was pressure tested today.  Firebox has been relined in fireclay, so the rebuild can get under way.  All these new skills to learn!
The paint job suffered so I'm trying this time with professional auto paint in aerosol cans, so far it looks a superior finish but its not cheap. This is the shop looking more like a junk yard, and a glimpse of the country coach chassis.

 
 
hey pete, whatta ya mean the shop is a mess?  ya can still see the floor!!!  can't do that in my shop.  
 
please, please let's see some more of the country coach.  believe it or not, i get a opportunity to learn from what you are doing...and i enjoy it.  the BVT is on my 'bucket list' for things to do or places to visit as soon as i retire.  who knows, maybe we could organize a 'railfan.net' group tour!?   well, something to think about.  what a motley cruise it would turn into!  
 
keep the pics coming and have fun growing the railroad.  a finished railroad (well, they're never finished...really)is wonderful, but i've learned that i enjoy being in on the challenges of how, where and why of right of way planning.  there's something about putting down rails where they've never been before.
 
keep up the good work!
 
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