Update June 28 2015

Published by Admin at 1:47 PM under Diesel Locomotives | Track Construction | Tools

Activity is a little slower in the winter, but we are chipping away at various jobs as the weather allows. 


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Update May 2015

Published by Admin at 2:19 PM under Diesel Locomotives | Signalling System

Sorry about the lack of posts, but to be honest I havent been taking too many photos!

Still activity most weekends. -Heres a couple of recent photos, plus an update to my DFT loco project album.

Lots of work going on behind the scenes - signalling, track sensor development, point motor R&D. Compressed air reticulation to Signal box and two new steaming bays amongst other projects. Drop me a line and come along for a bit of fun!

Planning a steam up for mid June and then Mid July when Tony is over from Oz so watch out for more pics then.


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April 2015 Steam Up

Published by Admin at 2:17 PM under Britannia | Operating Days | Signalling System

After a heavy nights rain Sat 11th dawned bright and sunny - perfect conditions for a steam up with little chance of starting fires (we have been under a total fire ban until very recently)

Had a total of six trains running simultaniously at times, and the experimental signal detectors and last minute logic changes worked far better than expected. Thanks Noel!

Also had a number of visitors throughout the day and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Thats what it's all about!

Below are some interesting photos, and Noel took a video of a complete lap:

Facebook-Noels Lap on Brit

Something tells me there will be more video of the Winter Creek apearing in the next couple of months - stay tuned for news!

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New Signals - New Water Crane - New Loco!

Sorry I have been a bit lax posting on the website, but much is happening here at the WCR.


Peter P has been busy making more signals, and the Junction South Gantry is now fully adorned and really looking the part. The truss (built by Noel - his first welding project) is due to go away for galvanizing shortly. Peter V has offered to source the number boards.

Rod McKechnie has joined our merry band - a railway electrician by trade and Peter P is very grateful of a kindred soul in things electrical. This means we have two Peters, two Rod's and two James so expect more use of surname initials

Rod C offered to take over from me in construction of the water crane down at the junction. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth - Rod was loaded up with suitable quantites of galvanised pipe and disappeared home. Was expecting to see a great job on his return - but as you can see from the photos its a masterpiece! When challenged about all the expensive stainless steel he was heard to quip "I've got plenty lying about that I wont use and its better than that galvanised stuff". Thanks Rod.

A week or so ago I received am email from what turned out to be a secret admirer. Paul Milner wrote:

"Having read of your intention to encourage at your railway I wondered if this might be something that you could use with the youngsters. It is basically a Fowler inspection car used on Indian Railways in the 1800s, with a footprint of 720mm x 1400mm. It’s a full rolling chassis, there are a pair of electrical motors supplied by Dave Giles and much of the body work is done but not assembled."

YES PLEASE! Another small electric loco would be most useful for our newer members who generally arrive loco-less but are keen to join in on running days.

So I spend a pleasant time at Paul's home yesterday looking at his garden railway and workshop before loading up the Fowler and heading home. Peter P, Scott and I looked over it today to work out what needs to be done. Scott will adopt it and complete the job - with help from the others as required as he is new to this end of the hobby. He went off tonight thinking about where he can scrounge some batteries from.

Looking to hold a running day weekend after Easter. Working bee on signalling and track next weekend - day to be determined


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Milestone: Working Signals!

Published by Admin at 2:28 PM under Signalling System

Bit of a milestone at the working bee yesterday - we got our first signals lit. The objective was to set up two signals at either end of the single line section complete with two axle counters under test conditions.

Pete Phelan has been busy making signals for the railway over the past few months and it was great to finally see them come to life.

Peter V, Peter P and recent recruit Scott Neill set up temporary circuits & axle counters on the back of the cable trunking we have been busy installing for the past few months. 

Noel has been developing the software to detect trains and control the signals, and all were very pleased to see the first train count in, then out of the section perfectly!

Much remains to be done, but all had a feeling of accomplishment.

Rod was busy on the shed on the new water crane that will be sent away with the signal gantry for galvansing real soon now.


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Working Bee Feb 15, 2015

Published by Admin at 1:10 PM under

Had a good day today. Peter P, Peter Van, Rod and myself got a lot done on the signalling system.


Noel has taken over from me on the software writing/debugging and doing a sterling job. He produced a temporary wiring diagram for his tests (using a couple of signals, axle counters etc on our single line section).

We have terminated the cables in the signal box and also at a location cabinet at one end of the Winter Creek Junction.

Weed spraying and other jobs were also done today.

Next working bee - next Sunday.

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