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


2018_07_16 Wodonga update from Roger

2016_07_16 More pics from Roger

Today Al and I spent a couple hours wiring in bits of Albury laid so far. But finally cold chased us back inside. Still lot of work completed, but nothing to photograph.

Meanwhile Roger sent this update on Wodonga station building.
Enjoy :D

Gosh I am impressed with such great friends. Thanks Roger Wodonga is great even without the tin on the roof Ha Ha



2018_07_05 Albury Yard continues...

2018_07_05  Al and I worked the South Box end of Albury yard

 Using a three way point  to set up platform, Through and Runaround roads at South Albury

 This time we are wiring all track work as we go, and fitting point motors and droppers. It is slowing us down, but at least this side is completed as we go. So many other places remain unconnected :(

 The BG crosses the SG and enters the yard loop towards Station Box, where it will cross over the SG, again, and head towards the flour mill and sheds.

The BG continues on into Albury platform and runaround.

Also setting up the over track lighting.



2019_07_01 Dirt?

2019_07_01 Before you can grow grass and trees you need some dirt, I guess?

First thing. The carriage lighting circuits arrived from England

Actually the original order messed up, and I had to re-order. Arrived in 10 days.

Have enough to complete 20 cars.

I also purchased 20 dual action magnetic reed switches. So I can build more if needed.

Graeme works on his scenery some more.


Some track?  Al and I reorganise Albury yard. Time to link up the new  Helix.

Trying to make room for the BG to cross over the SG  and still maintain the three way points which create the throat int Platform, Through and Run-a-Round roads at Albury.
This was complicated by all the extra timber left underneath when we changed the gradient into Albury.

Till next time,


2018_06_16 Rusting Rail... Beware!

2018_06_16 Graeme shows some of his tricks (after working on Etamaogah)

Some pics show it up better than others. In real life, the change is spectacular.