Monday September 30

Monday September 30  A nice day

Spent some time in the train room, but mainly fitting sound decoders and sorting through a few things.
I have found some stuff it is time to move on. Hope you will bear with me as I list out this stuff and try to sell it ;)

These models all run, however they have been in storage for 20 years and will need cleaning down and lubrication. If you want them and don't feel  competent to do this let me know.
They were all built by Pete (ANR) Smith and ran without problem hauling long trains at Hobson's Bay. In their day they were much admired and regarded as of the best. Without a doubt Trainorama have put them to retirement. However I know that their are some out there with young families that cannot pay $300 on Ebay for the modern stuff. I think you will be happy with these until your circumstances change ;)

Body is  finished just needs side frames and this mech fitted.
Want $150 +ph.
  The mech was specially made to correct wheelbase. And it is not K&M It was meant to overcome the problems the K&M one had, unfortunately the guy building them moved to Brisbane and died after a massive heart attack setting up a new workshop. They are nice! and I have another 930 mech as well.

 modified and weathered is nice and grotty :) Want $110 +ph
Its stock standard mech.

 $110 +ph
stock standard mech.

Thanks for letting me know, but the AN single ender was a Trainorama one and so has been  withdrawn because thought it was the Lima one. I will repost the Lima one when I find out where it is :)  Apologies

here are the three of them together.

A look a like N set?   Again 25 years old and its the paint that makes it look like an N set but I loved it way back then :)  Maybe for $120 +p&h they can help you with the illusion as well.

What about NSWGR 3830?
I have never run it because I bought it without a lead truck. Eventually I sourced one from Casula, which is included, and if you are up to it I can sell it for $160 +ph

Some Powerline 48 Classes?
What about $150 plus p&h for each of them The bicent. certificates are included with that one as well.

The 125 year green 48 has an offer on it :)

Well I guess that's all of it PM me if interested :D
Rod Young


2013 September 25

2013 September 25  Wednesday  Not a bad day!!

Today Allan Jeeves came for a visit, and we had a great day I think.

The dip down to house Creek has been done. I have cut out the fitted supports already, just noticed in this picture that I forgot to glue them in every 30 cm.

Nice gentle slope should not give the 4 wheelers any problems :)
The bridges were previously constructed and all I need do now is fit them back into the new trackbed. Because I am using Central Valley bridge decking, I had to use code 83 track to match over both bridges. That has been aquired and will not hold me up.

Just need to cross brace it, but otherwise this bit is ready for track.

The trackbed crosses the future connection which heads into NSW at 9cm about 1.5 cm lower than I wanted Not sure how it will effect double stacks?  May need to build a girder bridge over here to gain another 16 mm Ha Ha

On the other side the track clears the temporary diversion and heads towards Wanganella. All fixed in place and ready for work laying the base into the SG loop area previously started.   That will complete Stage 2 trackwork and allow limited trains to operate on the bottom levels, once the droppers are all in place.
This may not seem like a lot of work. However it entailed a lot of cutting, accurate measurements, fitting of new cross braces. Making sure all other track had proper clearances. Al spent a lot of time on the floor gluing in bracing to make everything solid. Whilst I bent over the layout with head and shoulders barely clearing the top level as we lined it all up, and fixed it solidly in place.



2013 September 23

2013 September 23 Sunday  A sunny day ,mostly :)

Its been over a month :(   And I have been ill, in fact I am still not crash hot, if the truth is told. After surviving the whole winter, my chest caved in and although I avoided Pneumonia it was not by much.
So very little to report.    Al Jeeves came over and got me moving again last week and we attacked the Wodonga yard and relaid the approaches to House Creek in 5 ply. Next job is to reinstall the bridges and start laying track.

The hidden work included running wiring under the coal siding in preparation for the droppers to be cut in and protected with our stop tail bulbs. All ready to be installed.

Then connect up the point motors and connect all the droppers. In itself a hell of a job.

Today I decided to do something less strenuous, and so installed a sound module into my new Walker 280 . As well I completed the work on the two GM's, now both fitted sound as well.
I had started work on the Endeavour set I acquired at Caulfield.  The Walker has two speakers installed one on each side of the motor unit. Whilst one speaker sends all the sounds out of the passenger compartment and really annoys me, two speakers can be turned down low and you would swear the sound is coming straight out of the motor unit.
So I have decided to fit four cell phone speakers to the Explorer one each end of the middle carriage and another mounted as far away in each driving car. I can series parallel them and keep the impedance safe, and you should hear the sound coming from every carriage as it passes.  Next thing would be to use a modified GEVO 3 Genset (cummings power) Diesel, and see if I can get individual engine sounds in each carriage.

Well as I seem to be over it (my illness) for now, and Allan is visiting on Wednesday to finish off Wodonga, I should have some pictures and something to show latter on this week.   Also going to Liverpool with Roger Lloyd and we might spend a few days track laying the following week.