Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Update

This month has seen a significant proportion of my time taken up with family matters but some hobby time was found and I did some work on: Card Cards, Car Card Implementation, Track and Car Maintenance, Farewell Derek, WiFi Fast Clock, Ops Session at Ross's and Wayne's.

Car Cards

The work continued on implementation however only a few things got done this month and the sorting racks are still to be finished.

Card Card Box Labels

The labelling has been completed.

Additional Car Cards

Two missing Loco cards and two missing reefer cards plus six new hopper cards were made.

Troublesome Track

Some time ago the section of track between Helix Junction and Hornertown Yard was replaced due to differential movement (the back track in the photo) between benchwork sections and "all the problems went away".  The track from Helix Junction to Hornertown Passenger had similar but far less problems however even those problems became annoying as derailments had been occurring too often.

So track replacement was the only option so a similar fix to the other track is being applied.

Replacement track will be installed in June.  This will be followed by restoring the scenery removed during the process.

Santa Fe Coach Tune Up

My older Santa Fe coaches were the ones causing most problems together with the troublesome track so Don put his magical fingers to work and inspected each coach with some "fine tuning" undertaken.  The final test will be after the section of track has been replaced and trials recommence.

Farewell to Derek

It is with a heavy heart that we fare welled Derek over a dinner at a local Chinese restaurant as he is retiring to Berwick in Victoria.  He will be missed by our Monday round robin group.

I look forward to spending some time in 2019 at his new residence helping to build part of his new layout.

We wish you all the very best in your retirement and hope you get great enjoyment building your new layout.

WiFi Fast Clocks

Following on from the prototype build last month I continued to make more of the four slave units.

Ops Session at Ross's

Barry, Chris, Derek, Rosslyn and I enjoyed an evening at Ross's followed by supper.

Ross, Barry & Derek watching a cross at Hallett Cove.

Rosslyn & Chris at Yarrara.

Ross watches on as Derek's train arrives in Adelaide.

Rosslyn operates Birkenhead while Chris is operates Yarrara and Ross watches a movement coming out of Willunga.

Crib break for me!

Ops Sessions at Wayne's

This month we had the pleasure of "the boys from Port Augusta" joining us for our usual 4th Thursday run.

Barry, Chris, Jock, Peter S, Rosslyn, Spacky and I joined Wayne for an enjoyable session.

Don & Spacky at Lowood Crossing, Me & Jock at Dunkley Towers and Barry & Chris at Mulga Ridge.

Don explaining how Lowood Crossing "works" to Spacky.

Jock enjoying the long run between Dunkley Towers and Waverly.
We enjoyed afternoon tea whilst having our "hot debrief" of the session.

Till the end of June.....


Sunday, April 29, 2018

April Update

This month my has seen me doing: Car Card Boxes, Car Card Implementation, Car Sorting Racks, CD Units, WiFi Fast Clock Prototype, Adhoc Trainmasters TV Night and  Ops Sessions at Wayne's.

Card Card Boxes

This month I sanded, painted and installed my 22 card card boxes.  I have commenced the labelling at Hornertown but still have many more to apply.

Loco LeMaistre Steam and Diesel In/Out of service boxes

Staging (11 tracks) boxes

The first two of six boxes for Hornertown

The labelling has commenced.

Car Card Implementaion

Wayne came and gave me a hand to allocate the car cards to trains and yards and it took us most of a day to complete.

We found three shunt Locos and two reefers without cards and had one double up!

Card Sorting Racks

I have commenced building the sorting racks.  The experience at Wayne's has taught me it is better to have racks a bit larger than needed.

I hope to have the cut to length, painted and installed next month.  Provision will be made for train sets to be stored where permanent boxes are not installed as they don't fit in the sorting rack.

CD Units for Chris

With a few running sessions held it is apparent the existing strategy of only one CD Unit for each major yard did not meet requirements.  I developed a strategy to over come this where each yard was divided into three areas each with its own CD unit.

I have installed them and rearranged the control panel wiring to suit, so we will see how it goes at the next op session.

CD Units for Rosslyn

Well about 18 months ago Rosslyn asked me to procure the bits for building 8 CD Units.  The plan was that I would build 1 and he do the rest.  However, I had been working through some family issues and needed to get my mind off of it, so I just got stuck in and built them.

WiFi Fast Clock Prototype

I did a trial build of a WiFi Slave Fast Clock, one of four slaves I have "bread boarded".  I still need to build another three of these and the master unit.

Adhoc Trainmasters TV Night

With Chris & Don away trainspotting it left Barry, Derek and I for our Monday round robin so I decided to have an additional TMTV night.   Instead of me picking the content I asked them to look at the website and "pick" a few each..

We ended up watching five (memory a bit scarce here) videos and had a pleasant evening.

Ops Sessions at Wayne's

This month we had the pleasure of two sessions at Wayne's one an evening session and the other during the daytime.  I was slack and forgot to take photos.....

Monday Evening

This is one of the two sessions during the year that swaps the "sets" of sessions between the two daytime groups.  I did not take specific note of who was there - so from my scratchy memory - Barry, Chris, Don, Derek, Des, Ros,

4th Thursday

Barry, Peter S, Ros and I joined Wayne and we had a really nice ops sessions and completed all but the final shunt job at Dunkley Towers.  Once again I got to run a number of trains that I had not previously been exposed to. 

Till the end of May.....