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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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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Dec012013

New Loco bound for the WCR

Published by Admin at 8:49 PM under Steam Locomotives

UPDATE: Some additional photos added 1st Dec 2013

George has recently returned from his annual pilgrimage to the mainland - and returned with a 5" guage Garratt seen here.

The prototype is an AD60 from across the ditch in Australia.

George and his good friend Peter van Grinsven are joint shareholders and are searching for drawings and some advice from other builders of this fine loco. If you know of anyone please drop me a line here and I will pass the details on. There are at least three other examples we know of and probably more.

I am looking forward to seeing this beauty moving under its own steam around the WCR.

 



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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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Oct222012

Steaming The Britannia for the First Time.

Published by Chris Draper at 10:22 AM under Operating Days | Steam Locomotives | Britannia

It has been a wet Labour weekend - but that did not stop us having fun.

Grant (of Squirrel Valley Fame) came up for the weekend and we ran the wheels off the rolling stock between showers.

Steamed the Britannia for the first time on Sunday Morning - it was raining so hard we had to do so in the confines of the shed.

Noel turned up just after lunch, and the rain had eased so we decided to do a few laps. Four hours later we were still going when the weather packed in again and we called it a day with a beer.



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Jul232012

Trackwork & General from July 2012

Published by Chris Draper at 5:50 PM under Steam Locomotives | Track Construction

July has been a bit wet and cold to do much outside, but when the pot belly stove is fired up and food smells are wafting through the shed - we dont mind!



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