Apr172016

Update till June 2016

Published by Chris Draper at 2:46 PM under Diesel Locomotives | Track Construction

Apologies for not posting for awhile. Busy moving accomodations and there has not been much hapening on the railway as a result.

 

Here's a couple of photos from this weekend and before. Will add a few more asap



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Jun282015

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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May172015

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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Jan122015

Steam Up Jan 10 2015

Published by Admin at 12:24 PM under Diesel Locomotives | Operating Days | Steam Locomotives

Here are a few of the photos taken during our steam up last weekend. We had several visiting locomotives and it was a great day for all.

 



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Apr162014

Chris's Diesel Locomotive Project

Published by Chris Draper at 1:28 PM under Diesel Locomotives

My Locomotive has languished for years as the track took priority on time and cash. I've come home from Adelaide determined to finish the project asap - and taking some time off working helps - together with the motivation a new Milling machine and Lathe can bring!

 

UPDATE:- Added photo of completed air cylinders - pistons next...

 

Here are some earlier progress shots:

 



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Aug062012

Loco Lift

Published by Chris Draper at 5:05 PM under Diesel Locomotives

My Diesel project is getting too heavy to lift about by hand, so time-out from loco building was required to build the permanent lifting tackle. I acquired an Air-over-oil forklift with a 1 metric tonne capacity a few years ago, and while it has been useful for moving stuff about the workshop - it was time to adapt it for loco lifting.

The photos will show the almost-complete dual guage lift. The idea is it can be positioned on any of the three tracks coming into the workshop and lift equipment up for work, allow equipment to be transferred to permanently raised tracks or act as an unloading ramp for visiting equipment.

Most of the photos are self explanitory except the last: - I need a way of lifting the 120+ kg (250lb) frame on and off its trucks during this phase of the build.  Basically the idea is to position the loco on the hoist, lift it a couple of feet then place automotive axle stands on the floor directly under the loco's jacking points, lower the hoist and viola - the chasis is held clear of the trucks on the axle stands and the bogies can be rolled out underneath.



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