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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:58 pm Reply with quote
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Not been doing a lot of watch stuff of late.
One reason was because I bought this.

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It has taken me about a year and much of the machine has been replaced.

In railways circles they would call this a heavy repair.

Had the first run with it yesterday.

Very satisfying.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:25 am Reply with quote
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Steve -

You seem to have so much more fun with this, than with the watches,

Maybe you should do the Train thing full time, sell those watches, and use the money to buy more trains??? Wink Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:58 pm Reply with quote
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I do both.
I find they provide a useful contrast as they are very different skill sets.
Likely why my watchmaker mate is restoring a fire engine for fun.

Also at some point I will kick the bucket.
My son will get lots of toys but what about the girls?
They get the watches.

Who keeps what doesn't matter but they will all get something.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:15 pm Reply with quote
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Back in the day there were 4 narrow gauge railways in Victoria.
Puffing Billy is the only survivor.
However a small band of dedicated enthusiasts have fought for years and managed to rebuild part of the one that went to Walhulla.

They have none of the original equipment because that was either scrapped or went to Puffing Billy but they have managed to gather together some reasonable gear even if it isn't steam.

2010 would have been the 100 year anniversary of the line if it had survived so a bunch of people put together a plan.

They arranged to borrow a Locomotive from Puffing Billy and truck it up to Walhulla for the anniversary.

A great weekend was had and the mountain again echoed with the sound of steam.

The picture on this video is not that exciting but if you gave good sound crank it up. You won't be dissapointed.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qViF9hwALw

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:23 pm Reply with quote
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Bit more info about the Walhulla railway here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walhalla_Goldfields_Railway

An interesting aside is that there was no flat ground in Walhulla to build a station. The only flat spot is the top of a hill and on it they built a cricket ground. Even the cemetery slopes and people are buried standing up because the ground is so hard to dig holes in.
They solved the problem by putting a big platform, like a bridge, over the creek and building the station on that.

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Some nice archival film here.

New South Wales Steam in the late 1960's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePpG4tVHSMQ

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On of the more famous Australian steam trains is the NSW locomotive known as 3801.

She has been out of action for a while but a dedicated group is working to get her back on the rails.

Some stuff about the project here

https://www.thnsw.com.au/post/3801-update-july-2019?fbclid=IwAR0ob-lBNE0FfyPo_XFMEQpU5cBDkPM-LPjRwDiFGxsw2vXtaP80ogsKLt4

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:26 pm Reply with quote
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If you ever get to Tasmania make sure you visit this place.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYEfzopALrw

bit more here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrhvKuL7h8

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:26 pm Reply with quote
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The steam boys have been out again running this years "snow train"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj2YgijCMEs

I believe there was enough interest for them to run this 3 times this year.

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Never under estimate what might be going on the your neighbor's back yard. There are some amazing people out there.

https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSAdelaide/videos/2422854907801658/UzpfSTEwMDAwMTE2NDI0MzUxMTpWSzoyNTYzNTMyMzEzNjY2MTIx/?fref=nf

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I had a very nice day on Saturday playing at this place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiTBOUKG1yQ

It was cold and there were a few showers but that did not dampen the occasion or the fantastic hospitality extended to us by the host club.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:42 pm Reply with quote
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Some nice archival footage of steam trains here.

First half is South Australia and second half is Victoria.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsclMyi4Zto

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For many years Australia has been trying to fix the stuff up caused by different States choosing a different rail gauge.
This problem goes back so far that some of Victoria's steam trains were built as "convertible" in anticipation of the required change.
We have the Irish size of 5 ft 3 inches.
Steam trains are long gone and we are still waiting for the problem to be fixed but one steam locomotive has been converted as originally anticipated.

It is almost finished. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW5yrX8dvb0

Great Whistle on these things - https://www.facebook.com/PicnicTrain/videos/807075849736168/UzpfSTEwMDAxNTkyNjAyNDI3NzpWSzoxMDAwMzY2MDE2OTczNjA1/

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Last weekend I had a very nice couple of days playing trains at a club in Hastings south of Melbourne.

My kids decided to come as well and bring their kids. A sort of a family outing.

Here is a pic of my son teaching my grandson to drive one of my engines.

A Kodak moment I thought.

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