Apr262016

ANZAC Weekend Work and Steam Up

Published by Chris Draper at 3:32 PM under Operating Days | Track Construction

ANZAC weekend saw the regular crew working on the track Saturday in preparation for a steam up on ANZAC Monday.

 



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Aug182015

August Update

Published by Admin at 4:28 PM under Operating Days | Track Construction

Here's a few snaps taken over the past few weeks. Its wet and cold this time of year on the Winter Creek, so not a lot of activity. However Winter can surprise with lovely days every now and again!

 



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Jul052015

WCR Appearance on RailScene DVD 83

Published by Admin at 3:13 PM under Operating Days

Lindsay and Janet of Majik Video fame visited the Winter Creek during a recent steam up. They both enjoyed driving various locomotives - definitely a relaxing day out. However Lindsay took some video and has included about 2mins of the Winter Creek in the latest Railscene. I'm pleased he extended the usual invitation to anyone who wants to learn how to build their own loco.

 

You can watch it here: http://youtu.be/W5Jg1kTvMeA

Please Support Lindasy and Janet and the great work they do to capture, preserve and inform on current New Zealand Rail Scene happenings. I've been a fan for many years.

Other RailScene titles can be found at http://www.majikvideo.com/nzrailscene.php

Cheers.



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Apr142015

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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Jan192015

Feb Steam up cancelled

Published by Admin at 2:36 PM under Operating Days

Apologies one and all, but the fire-ban season is upon us, and we will have to postpone Feb steam up from the 7th - until we get some rain. It is just too risky right now, and railway funds wont cover the cost of fighting a bush fire!

For those that may not be aware - living in a rural area requires me to carry rural fire insurance. Law says that any fire in the countryside can be charged across ALL landowners in the general area as a levy. Insurance will not cover us if the fire was started on our property and we could be liable to court cases from all other landowners who could be levied. This is in addition to any punitive damages the court may hand down for not having a fire permit. A bit higher chance of damage and liability than our cousins in the city.

Currently the area is in 'restricted' mode - which means no open or contained fires without a permit - and I expect we will go to a total fire ban within the next few days 

Will advise new date asap.



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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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