Website Contact Issue

Published by Admin at 9:37 AM under Train Advice Notices

Hi all - last couple of contacts via this site have come through with invalid return email addresses.

The first one I put down to typos, but now there are two I a suspicious that the is a problem with the way the site records them.


If you have attempted to contact me or wish to correspond - please do so via the facebook page, as I no longer trust the website's email redirection.



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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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Saturday Working Bee

On Saturday 6th December I, Sean, spent the day at thw WCR doing more of our track maintanence program. firstly I fixed the Track Bender, then spent 2 to 3 hrs using the RTG(rolling Track Gauge) and eased the track from the tunnel to the mower crossing (approx 80 meters) making it 1-2mm wide. After this i proceded to "Fix" the slip-road points and the points to nowhere. All that needed to be done here was light grinding and making a step for the common blade. Then myself and mostly Chris , decided to put  a 5" line in the #1 road in the shed. 


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Events Calendar Summer 2014/15

Published by Admin at 11:28 AM under Operating Days | Train Advice Notices

Sorted out a bit of a calendar of events over the crazy days of Christmas I will add to this post if there are any amendments.

Tuesday 9th - Noel and I will be in the shed Tuesday evening looking at the Brit's oil pump.

Sunday Dec 14th - Working/Poss Steam Up - Be nice to do a biut of maintenance in the morning, George will be making a state visit in the afternoon.

Saturday 20th Dec - Working Bee. Last chance to tidy the little things before Boxing day. Be nice to complete the track guage checking programme, and fix the couple of issues recently identified with No.24 and the Brit. Maybe erect one of Peter's signals on trial? Also be good to improve temporary watering facilities.

Friday Dec 26th - Boxing Day - Members Family picnic day - BYO those Christmas left overs, deck chairs and a bottle along for a lawn picnic and a lazy day with a few trains running. Relatives and friends who are staying with you are also welcome - I'll rely on you all to host your own group - reminding all of the safety rules etc.

Saturday Jan 10th - Steam up day - Will be hosting John Heald and Bryan Kincaid. Grant said he will make a special effort to be up too as he is keen to see how John's loco performs. I will likely be hosting a couple of other Kiwi Rail staff as well. Let me know if there is anyone you would like to invite.

Saturday Jan 24th - Working Bee. Details tba. Given this is also a long weekend - could sneak in a second working day - or an impromtu steam up depending on the mood of those available?


Saturday Feb 7 - Steam Up? - I've put this in the calender because I recall Tony intending to be in New Zealand at this time. Friday is Waitangi day, so a long weekend, may be better to move, but will confirm when I understand Tony's plans.

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Adelaide Here I Come

Published by Chris Draper at 11:59 AM under Train Advice Notices

As many of you already know I have accepted the role of Engineering Manager for a resignalling project in Adelaide. Its a two year secondment, and I will miss the WCR. However all the regular crew have resolved to continue the cause and will meet regularly for running days as well as various projects around the railway.

I will return to NZ as often as work permits, and plan to work on signalling electronics for the WCR while incarcerated in my Adelaide apartment. Noel and Steve will be sharing updates on this site as they receive them from the other members - so all good.

If you want to visit and run - suggest you email and I will redirect to the most appropriate contact.

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All Quiet on the home front

Published by Admin at 8:26 PM under Train Advice Notices

Sorry there have been no updates for awhile. Been busy with work, and you know what they say about all work and no play!

Stay tuned.

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