THE MAIL TRAIN
On Friday September 15 the Kanunda and Emu Flat Railway hosted two operating sessions for attendees of the Australasian region NMRA convention being held here in Adelaide.
Thanks to the visitors who came to the operating sessions and also thank you to Rod and John P who helped out. Before the session I e-mailed the general rules of the K&EFR and the link to a instructional You – Tube video (attached below). All of the visiting operators read the rules and looked at the video. One even printed out the track schematic and track plan for use during the session. This turned out to be useful in that the pre session briefing could be kept a short as possible. Mainly I had to describe how to use the Lenz system and two digit coding, that is, first and last numbers of locomotives.
Trains were run extremely smoothly and the sessions were very much trouble free. The morning session, exceptionally, so fitting in exactly the ninety minutes that I had allotted. However I found that two hours between sessions was not quite enough time to have lunch and re-stage the layout even with Rod’s help. So the afternoon session started a little late and had to be cut off some what short. Also our dogs decided to bark and carry on a bit when my wife went to the shops for half an hour during the afternoon. While this could not be helped it put me off a bit. I hope that others were not put off too much and I apologise to them for the dogs.
In the end all enjoyed them selves and seemed glad that they came. I think that all did well on the day, and certainly, we had two successful operating sessions. It was very enjoyable to meet and talk to modellers from interstate.
THE MORNING SESSION
The crew Ainsley, Terry, John, John, Rod, and Ken (obscured)
The stone train is shunted at Emu Flat. The rake of empty hoppers is being propelled toward Penstone Quarry.
Ainslie and Terry are shunting the Stonie at Emu Flat.
830 class Alco 840 has been uncoupled from the down Maranalgo goods at Maranalgo and is about to pick up a van at the goods shed and an open wagon loaded with mallee roots at Sol’s Firewood.
John is concentrating hard as he drives 840
Kanunda is the main station on the K&EFR and a Yard Master is employed here who shunts the yard using English Electric 503 a 500 class shunter. The branchline trains to Myrtle Springs and Maranalgo are made up at Kanunda. Here the Yard Master, Rod, watched on by Ainslie, Is uncoupling the cars from the down roadside goods that need to be set out at Kanunda. Ainslie, looking on, is the driver of the roadside goods.
930 class Alco 949 is departing Kanunda and is about to cross Bindieye Creek after completing it’s work at Kanunda.
THE AFTERNOON SESSION
Pat the Grain extra crew has set out the brake van in the loop at Maranalgo. He will run 858 around the brake van then pick up the three loaded AHGX hoppers sitting in front of the silos.
Above right: 858 waits at the red automatic block signal while Alcos 705 and 938 pass by on the mainline its the down empty stonie.
Peter, the crew of the stonie is setting out the empty hoppers at Penstone quarry.
930 class 938 and 700 class 705 have set out the string of empty hoppers and are setting the brake van out in the store track before picking up the hoppers loaded with limestone.
I found the experience of hosting a crew of visiting interstate operators on the K&EFR an enjoyable and rewarding one and would do it again if the opportunity arose again.
The link to my instructional video
- All trains must have either a time table or train order to proceed.
- Trains may arrive late or early but must not depart early.
- The main line is adjacent to the station building at all stations.
- Shunting should take place from the passing siding at all stationsexcept for Maranalgo.
- On the track diagrams: red = mainline, yellow = passing siding,white = all other tracks.
- After a train has passed through or finished shunting all turnoutswitches with orange dots shall be retuned to the orange dot position (This returns turnouts to normal.)
7. All trains must obey the automatic block signals.
8. All trains faced with a red train order signal must stop in theloop at that station and collect a train order from train control. 9. The car cards are colour coded.Goods trains only handle cars with buff coloured cars. The grain extra only handles cars with yellow cards. The livestock train only handles cars with brown cards.
10. Tank cars and Explosives vans shall not be coupled next to engines or brake vans
11. Loaded livestock trains shall have an idler car in front of the brake van.