2018_10_07 Wodonga Station continues

2018_10_07  Wodonga Station 

Have a look at this wonderful construction of Wodonga Station .

Designed and constructed by Roger Lloyd (who built Maryborough)

WOW !!

Rod Young


2018_10_02 Gopher C30 Test Run

2018_10_02  Video of my new engine

This little train will represent the school train into Albury on Friday on race weekend



Need to change whistle and dull the exhaust beet a little


2018_09_10 (forgotten pics from 2018_08_18)

 2018_09_10 (2018_08_18)
Trainbuilder Brass Bogies

Insulating brass bogies and fitting pick ups (Harris car lighting)

Replace brass plate with styrene plate. Bogie held apart by cast bolster.

This is how it left factory

Connect bogie with 2mm nylon screws
Noticed that it is difficult to align side frames, but discovered after pic was taken, that I can glue top plate on with frames squared.
I have some Blacksmith brand phosphor wipers that will be held in place by nylon screws. I put them in a safe place........
I guess I will continue when I remember where that is :(



2018_09_08-Dragged out of sick bed to do some scenery.....

2018_09_08  adding to Allansvale.

Graeme arrived this morning, and got me out of bed to work on scenery. Thank God for that as I was drowning in a lethargic mood, and needed to get back into it.
Had a cateract removed and a replacement lenses with a second one to be done next week. Already my long distance vision is clear. But as I do a fair bit of night driving, I elected to forgo the multi focal lenses and use glasses for close up work. Enough of that.

Graeme is a bit of a genius, and look what we changed here, and see how well we changed this scene.

 The Apex corner.

We blocked out the facia about 70mm which allowed the embankment on edge. looks good, I think

Thank you Graeme, my wounds are healing, and after I returned to shed, I covered the repaired eye and found I could actually use the screw driver once again Ha Ha.


2018_08_11 A warm shed!!

2018_08_11  So I turned the heat on...

Today I ran the heat for two hours to see if it was going to be ok.
At 8.00am  the temp was 5C higher than usual (3C), possibly because it has rained for last three days.

At midday I was able to get into shed, and I turned the Air-Con on and set it to 24C

An hour later the interior had climbed from 8C to 18C  and was comfortable. It was hotter near the ceiling (of course) but strangely 15 m from the air-con was the warmest part of the building. I set the ceiling fan to winter and turned it on low and was able to work comfortably for another hour.

The outside temp had climbed to 10C and the inside was 19.5C

So I turned the Air-Con fan to Auto and lowered the temperature setting to 18C on the unit.
An hour later I felt the temp was still climbing ??
With Air-Con set to 18C the back of room was at 21C, but it felt more comfortable than before.

And so I stopped the Air-Con for a minute and then restarted  it, and noted that  it now ran quietly with fan definitely running slower, The temp maintained 20C for an hour and finally settled on 18C

Air-Con controller set to 18C Fan Max
 Electronic temperature showing 21C at back of room

Had difficulty focusing camera on screens.  But think the Air-Con settings were not running on Auto mode, or forcing the fan to run on max, was the problem?  I should not have a maintained 21C with the Panasonic 9kw unit set to 18C

Pretty happy with that.  So Al,  Peter and Graeme we have warmth at last :D

My Health

Going to be in the hands of my Doctor for a month, and hopefully back into things after that.
First problem is diabetes which is not really under control. Not enough exercise is my analysis.

But mainly its my eyes. I have Macular degeneration in my left eye and mild cataracts as well. Although my right eye is ok, the left eye was always dominant for me, and it had been causing problems since 2013. Probably a good reason why I have slowed down. Well add that to the Hot summers and cold winters up here?
Since 2013 my Macular has been treated (I found it virtually the day it happened)
Fortunately they were able to fix 90% of the problem with an injection that
dissolved a burst blood vessel in the iris causing the vision defect. I could not
see straight lines with that eye.

 The problem was discovered when my friend Roger was helping me lay track on the Wodonga Station yard. We went inside for the night, and next morning I went to the shed to find the straight track we had just laid looked like an earth quake chart! Or a picture of New Zealand main lines after such an event.

Gosh what happened?

 Roger had no idea what I was going on about, eventually I closed  one eye, then the other and worked out it was a medical problem.

Took me two weeks to get an appointment, and it was fixed as best as they can that day with an injection. I get another injection every 10 weeks, for life, or until they find a real fix for the problem.

So hopefully with two new lenses fitted in September, I should be back to work in
October, all being well.
Cheers all
Rod Young


2018_08_09 A breath of fresh warm air :D

2018_08_09 Two things Got my car back after losing it for a month and finally got a heater!!

Some pictures?

 The side of the Rover was damaged when brand new. The repair was warranted lifetime (or as long as you owned the car.  13 years later the paint faded and they honored the warranty. Just took time!

 The aircon could only go in one place. No body wanted to fit it there, but I insisted. Its 8kw cooling and 9kw heating. Hope it works!  I need to cover the top where it is cut into roof, otherwise it will be using air from roof cavity, and you know that wont work.

No wonder the price of these things, jumps about 30% Look at the size of the outdoor unit.



2018_08_03 Do you remember when your train had a key?

2018_08_03 First I Thought I should wind you all up?

 My first train set? (Click here for video)

Then show you the next development in the Wodonga Station build.

Ray Pilgrim helped us produce some more 3D parts to help Roger with this project.

And at the same time, some longer sheets of roofing iron, arrived from England.

Here are some pics of the shapeways models.

So this will save a lot of time for not a huge investment

Ray Pilgrms site can be found here
Rays Shapways shop