Oct152014

Working Bee 12 Oct 2014

Published by Admin at 9:36 AM under Operating Days | Signalling System | Track Construction

A good turnout Sunday just gone meant a lot of work was accomplished. Railway looks dreadful after a pretty rough winter brought trees down etc. One of the highlights of the day was having No. 24 in steam. Peter V did a lot of surveying, Chris and Noel retaining and trenching, while Peter P and Rod were cutting/grinding/welding and kept all supplied with regular 'boil-ups' (tea breaks). Steve introduced Bill Clouw to the group who promptly joined the Albany Model Engineers  and paid his subs while eating lunch! (While the Winter Creek is a private track - the regulars all belong to AMES), Our neigbours - the Glassons came over for a ride and all made for a very pleasant and relaxed 'day on the railway'.

 



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Oct062014

Steam Up October 5, 2014

Published by Admin at 4:27 PM under Britannia | Operating Days | Signalling System

Had a the first run of Spring here yesterday. Tony was over for a conference and had a day spare to run his Brit. Rod steamed his Ab for the first time (see seperate post)

I have also included a photo of the prototype signal that Peter has built for the WCR. 

Now the weather is getting better we expect to be more active more regularly on the track so post frequency should increase!

 



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Oct062014

Rod's fantastic Ab

Published by Admin at 4:25 PM under Operating Days | Steam Locomotives

Rod has to be congratulated on the fine job he has made of this model of a New Zealand AB loco. Built in 5" gauge it steamed well on its maiden run yesterday here at the Winter Creek. 

 



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Apr082014

April Steam Up

Published by Admin at 4:36 PM under Operating Days

We are aiming to have a running day every first Sunday of the month, and April's occured the Sunday just gone. Grant Alexander came from Cambridge and steamed his phantom locomotive, while James, his friend Ely and I put a fire in the Brit. Steve Day & Peter Phelan were present for part of the day also.

Peter van Grisven hosted a number of visitors from the 9mm and 3/16 NZR modelling fraternity:- Neville Connew who brought a beautiful F guards van, Steve Smith, Andrew Stevens, Scott Neill, Graham Dredge and Trevor Cheer.

Grant took some excellent pictures and video which can be seen on his facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SquirrelValleyRailway including one of Neville's Guards van.



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Mar042014

HOME!

Published by Admin at 2:13 PM under Operating Days

Safely arrived home to the Winter Creek after a 15 month stint on the Adelaide project which saw us living there for the last 13 months.

Busy having a big clean up in the workshop and the property - but lots of activity planned for the WCR. We have agreed to hold a steam up 1st Sunday every month as a minimum!

Rumour has it new machinery and locomotives will be seen lurking at the WCR over the next while. Stay tuned



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Oct222012

Video of Britannia's first run

Published by Chris Draper at 7:49 PM under Britannia | Operating Days | Steam Locomotives

Noel captured these two clips of Britannia's first run. For those unfamiliar with the WCR the bridge featured in the first shot is on a 1in40 downgrade with pointwork not far off the bottom edge. Being the first run I was also unfamiliar with the locos braking characteristics so was taking it extra cautious.

Creeping across bridge one

The second shot is on the uphill grade and it was a joy to hear her exhaust beat. I look forward to putting a load on the drawbar and really making her bark!

Run up through tunnel

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