Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

Where are all the trains? Oh their in Elsewhere. With only 3 staging tracks in Wellington it soon empties out as people are still getting used to the fact that most of the staged trains are in Elsewhere and this is where the first trains should leave from. I guess we could also stage trains on the Wellington run around and the yard run around, but they would have to be the first to leave from Wellington. There is also the engines that can only handle short trains.

Trying out a newly acquired engine, by the smiles I would say all went well. I'm sure we'll see more of this locomotive in the future .

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

We had a meeting before our session.
After discussing the rent increase it was decided that our dues would stay the same and Don will start collecting them next week.

Congratulations to Mike on his upcoming article in December's issue of Garden Railroads about turning your on wheels.

David displayed a trial run of his laser printed steamshovel he is working on. He will be adding more detail to it as well as separating it into more components.

Tom informed us that a friend wants hard covered  books on Canadian Railroads to sell in his shop. Money will go into our kitty.

Congratulated and thanked Glen on his talk on model railroading to a seniors group and his donation.

Jim told us he has a laptop the club can use if we get a JMRI system to program decoders in the future.

David's steam shovel trial run.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

We had a donation of magazines from Gary, thank you, so the lounge was a buzz with people checking out the new reading material.
Trains were also moving. Glen seemed to be as busy replacing faulty rolling stock for repair as he was running his train. A big thanks for his ongoing efforts to get our rolling stock all up to snuff.
All of the time, planning, thought, and work that went into the Elsewhere changes seem to have paid off. With at least 9 staged trains at the ready when we start a session, trains move out quickly. The simple concept of rerunning trains with the same consists out of Elsewhere and sometimes out of Wellington keeps things moving. Our operators who have been running, all seem to have grasped the effect on our operations that the yard changes in Elsewhere have made, mainly no switching in Elsewhere. I'm sure as we all get familiar with this concept new and better ideas will arise.
Below we see Tom switching in Lincoln and Donald's train running past the harbour cargo yard.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday repairs.

Jim pointed out a turnout in Lincoln was not closing in 1 direction, the over center spring was adjusted. Another turnout in Elsewhere had an over center spring added. The card boxes were also changed. All the Branch line cards are in the left hand, unpainted boxes and the Mainline cards are in the green boxes on the right. Wellington cards were also sorted out and put together in 1 slot. The cards for Zorra Cement Silos were increased to 3 cars as we have an abundance of covered hoppers.

All the yards are staged and ready for Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

With only a few members out, we had lots of room to run. Installed some new card boxes to hold cards for trains staged in Elsewhere and Wellington. Elsewhere has been running without a hitch as far as I know. We may need to reduce the number of staged trains to achieve a correct balance in the yards.

This was before the card boxes were installed, but you can see how Elsewhere is staged.

Mike has run his battery powered engine a couple of times now, he seems to be pleased.

For more information check out his blog, a link to it is on the side bar. Pictured above is Mike's controller and the battery powered engine.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Elsewhere is up and running

Short found and corrected.. The turnout from the new yards to the run around needs a over center spring.
Tom and I ran some trains down to Elsewhere for Tuesday night. There are 3 branchline trains and 3 mainline trains as well as 3 mainline trains set up in Wellington.
After a trial period we will set up a night to ballast the Elsewhere yards, a lighter ballast will be used to highlight the through track.
Thanks for all the patience during the Elsewhere project.

See you Tuesday night .

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Preserving 6069

Jim's article continues with the efforts to preserve 6069.

This engine was left to deteriorate until a group was organized to raise funds to keep it in as good a shape as they could with the dream that someday it might even be refired and brought to operating condition. For the present time their goal is to preserve it as much as possible as a fine example of Canadian Steam and of the craftsmanship of Canadian manufacturing.

Some previous work done to protect the engine has led to problems that need urgent attention. By the photo you may be able to see a heavy rubberized coating on the firebox and smoke box.  This is a thick rubber roofing material that was applied to keep moisture away from these areas but, unfortunately, weather cracking is allowing the exact opposite to happen and the moisture is seeping through and being trapped against the steel.

Vandals have done their worst and caused some irreparable damage.  The bell is cracked, the headlight was smashed, the seats were torn out as well as the usual spray paint work. As well as human damage, mother natures critters have found it to be a wonderful fortress in which to make their homes. The bell can never be repaired to make it sound right.  The glass and the bulb were able to be replaced but the reflector was an infusion of gold and glass that makes the cost prohibitive.  Happily the seats are ready to go back in, all the gauges have been rebuilt, the floor in the cab has been replaced and the removal of rust and paint on the tender is about half done.  The smoke box cover on the front had to be removed and the lower half replaced.  Nests and similar bedding had retained the moisture in there and caused rust perforation of the steel.

A few years back some of the linkage to the smaller cylinders was removed for repair and refurbishing. They were very happy to find that the cylinders moved very freely.  At the same time they discovered a very heavy weld repair on the chassis just by the front of the cylinders.  When they searched the records of this engine they discovered that it had been involved in a collision.  The photos showed heavy damage to the front end of 6069 and it appears that they just cut off the front end and welded on another one.  The weld on the chassis is about 1 1/2 inches wide and 3/8 inches thick.

The work being done is definitely a labour of love by persons who have a love and appreciation of the era of steam locomotives.  If you are in the area it is worth stopping to see a fine example of canadian steam power.