October 2017



Thank you to those who came to Tuesday night’s operating session.


An awning has been added to Con’s Choice’s fruit packing shed at Wooldowie.

Three operators turned up for the session. Peter S and Paul were the road crews, Sol Kanunda yard master while I took on the job of hostler (at Cooper – Foster).
The session ran very well. All time tabled trains ran to time. The only one slightly off was the Adelaide super freighter which left Foster three minutes late, less than five minutes is near enough for me. All cars and car cards ended in their correct spots. The four of us enjoyed a relaxed and fun operating session.


0606 and 313 down Mt Gambier goods departs from Cooper behind BL29 and G511. On shed at the MPC are S301 for the Melbourne Jet, 704 for the Adelaide Jet, X54 for the up Mt Gambier goods and 937 and 950 for the down Overland. Behind 313 the brake van on the steam tour can be seen.

858 has arrived at Maranalgo with AHGX hoppers which it will shortly run around and push under the loading chute at the silos. 858 will then depart Maranalgo with it’s brake van for the journey back to Cooper.


Kanunda yard at the start of the session. There is a VLEX van and a tank car to be picked up at Kings Petroleum a container flat under the crane also to be picked up. Of the vans and open wagons at the goods shed some stay and some get picked up. There are two OB open wagons in the RIP (repair in place) track one of which has been repaired and ready to go. Two 8300 class brake vans next to the engine shed. On shed are 840 which will go out later on the Maranalgo goods and 603 which will power the Kanunda to Mile End transfer goods. 503 the Kanunda shunt engine is taking on fuel at the overhead tank ready for a busy shift.

Alco 961 has arrived at Wooldowie with a train of empty cattle cars two of which will be set out here. Reg Brown a local farmer has some herefords to unload to be sent off to the abattoir at Gepps Cross.

All comments and criticisms welcome.

Cheers Ken.


September 2017



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 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.

P1050546John is concentrating hard as he drives 840

P1050547 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.


P1050551 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.

P1050553 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

General Rules

Have fun.

  1. All trains must have either a time table or train order to proceed.
  2. Trains may arrive late or early but must not depart early.
  3. The main line is adjacent to the station building at all stations.
  4. Shunting should take place from the passing siding at all stationsexcept for Maranalgo.
  5. On the track diagrams: red = mainline, yellow = passing siding,white = all other tracks.
  6. 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.

August 2017


For Tuesday August 15 on the Kanunda & Emu Flat Railway.

Thanks to those who attended Tuesday’s operating session.

Work has continued on building the packing shed for Con’s Choice with the floor and inside walls being painted and the roof being glued in place.
I decided to clean the track inside High Mountain Tunnel this month. When I did this I noticed three figures on the old english station that was once at Emu Flat. So I prized them off the station and now we have a lady and her daughter waiting for a train at Wooldowie and a lady in a red dress waiting at Emu Flat.
With the upcoming operating session for NMRA members on the K&EFR during the NMRA – AR convention next month I have finally got round to formulating a set of rules for running trains on the K&EFR. I am attaching them to the end of this report.

Con’s Choice packing shed with two RX reefers being loaded with apples.



A woman in an anorak with her daughter about to board 119 the down Emu Flat passenger train at Wooldowie. Alco 846 is pulling 119.

Four operators arrived for the session. Rod volunteered to be Kanunda Yard master, Sol was co-opted into being hostler leaving Peter S and John P to be the road crews. I was the controller.
The layout ran well even though there seemed to be a number of shorts due to trains running points. Often when one thing happens others happen e.g.. runaways. Rod reported that some locos stalled on a few points in Kanunda yard. 503 the Kanunda shunt engine ran well not stalling at all. In future I will run a 930 through Kanunda yard before the session and try to tune the points to suit the longer wheel based locos as well. But all in all things were generally OK.
All cars and cards finished in their correct spots.
The sequence of trains was pretty tight on the night not allowing the road crews much time between jobs. Train eight in the sequence, 201 the Melbourne Jet,left Cooper 19 minutes late. Next train was 206 the Adelaide Superfreifgter and it left Foster two minutes late which it made up by the time it reached Cooper. At 1013, 101 the down Overland was due to pass through Cooper but it was seen at Cooper at 1028 running fifteen minutes late. Next train 202 the Adelaide Jet left Foster a mere eight minutes late at 1052. More time was lost by the time the Up Mt Gambier goods ran.
Even though most time tabled trains ran a little late it was a good session and was more the enjoyable because operators did not have a lot of time to spare between trains.


858 heads down grade from Kanunda with the loaded up livestock train. Note the open wagon in front of the brake van so the Guard is not too much in the wake of the aroma coming off the cattle. The track in the foreground is the line to Emu Flat at Jimba Jimba Junction where the branch goes off to Myrtle Springs.

In the background is Myrtle Springs with the Myrtle Springs goods sitting there headed by Alco 847. Note that the red Mobilgas tank car is marshalled correctly away from the engine and brake van.
Also seen here is 604 on the tank train behind the grey open wagon, 950 and 937 on the Down Overland and BL29 and G511 on the Melbourne Jet.

603, b end forward,takes the Kanunda Mile End transfer into Cooper. According to the rules he green tank wagon should not be marshalled in front of the brake van. That brings the question, who should be responsible, the Kanunda yard master who made up the train or the train crew who took the train out?

C501 and 940 pass through Emu Flat with the Up Mt Gambier goods.


So the session ended with a late running Up Mt Gambier goods.
Any comments and criticisms welcome.

Cheers Ken.


Dry Ck Nth

Dry Creek North yard April 1985.

Kanunda & Emu Flat General Rules

Have fun.

  1. All trains must have either a time table or train order to proceed.
  2. Trains may arrive late or early but must not depart early.
  3. The main line is adjacent to the station building at all stations.
  4. Shunting should take place from the passing siding at all stations except for Maranalgo.
  5. On the track diagrams: red = mainline, yellow = passing siding,white = all other tracks.
  6. 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.

July 2017


For Tuesday July 18 on the Kanunda and Emu Flat Railway

Thank you to all of those who attended. Sorry I have had to change operating session nights to Tuesdays because our baby sitting day has changed to Mondays and because my daughter is quite late in picking the grandson up after she has finished work. Mondays are no longer suitable.


I bought a Holden Monaro from OZ models to place by the shearing shed. When I was a woolclasser working in similar sheds I drove a Monaro. It was cream not green in colour but this is near enough to me being there.


I have started to give Con’s Choice at Wooldowie a new fruit packing shed. I have always felt that the temporary shed I had there was too small.

After two months off and despite the change of night and the dreadful weather we had an excellent turn out with six operators and my self. Rod volunteered to be hostler, Sol Kanunda YM, Peter S and John H road crew 1, David and John P road crew 2, and myself train control.
The layout ran well. I think that about the only hiccup was when AR kits 603 stalled on the curved crossover coming into Kanunda. Some operators are still sometimes unsure which direction is up and which direction is down. Up is toward Cooper (and Adelaide think Coopers Ale) and down is toward Foster (and Melbourne think Fosters larger) Also the track diagram on the facia at each town is marked, for instance at Kanunda on the red line going toward the roller door it says “To Cooper Up” and on the red line at the other end of Kanunda it says “To Wooldowie Down”. All stations have similar notations.
All the time tabled trains ran on time and in fact we had to let the last train the Up Mt Gambier goods run early so that crews were not standing round twiddling their thumbs.
There was two incidents worth mentioning. The first one was when the Melbourne Jet started hurtling down the Maranalgo branch via John’s Switch. This time it was John H driving and John P who did not realign the turnout at Sandman Switch when going to Maranalgo with the Live stock train. So tables were turned. The Adelaide Jet came to a sudden halt at the up end of Emu Flat because the same crew forgot to realign the turnout there when departing Emu Flat with the roadside goods. The moral of the story is to realign mainline turnouts to the orange dots after passing through on the passing siding or after shunting.
Set outs: All fine except that the Kanunda YM put A,N.’s tanker of loco fuel in at King Petroleum instead of at the overhead tank at the MPD.
In the end we all had an enjoyable session.

Alcos 705 & 938 departing Kanunda with the empty Stonie. Small Alco 858 can be seen in the passing siding after having seen out two CS cattle wagons. We can see the cattle pens, wheat silos, Athol Freezers and Lauke Mills in this photo.


P1050300858 arriving at Maranalgo with the livestock train.

The Melbourne Jet seen here passing through Wooldowie with Alco 704 and V-Line EMD G511 has just extracted itself from the Maranalgo branch line

949 is going about it’s work shunting the up roadside goods at Emu Flat

P1050305The 8300 class brake van is standing in the passing siding at Emu Flat with a couple of wagons while shunting continues.

P1050306B end forward 949 departs from the passing siding with the up roadside goods at Emu Flat.


830sAn OW wagon 870 and 869 at Dry Creek North yard in April 1985


Some of us also help operate the Ippinitchie Creek & Unicorn timber & mining company: see link

All comments and criticisms welcome.
Cheers Ken.

P.S. For those interested in the Adelaide NMRA convention Sept 16 & 17
there are more details of layout tours and ladies program on the website


June 2017

Because my wife and I were away in our RV during May no operating session was held. June’s session was not held as well because it clashed with the Adelaide model railway exhibition held at Greyhound Park Angle Park Adelaide on June 10 – 12.
I helped out with the Adelaide Model Railroaders over the exhibition weekend. I did manage to take a few photos though.



The Adelaide Model Railroaders operating their HO scale American switching layout called Central Industry Park. The layout uses NCE DCC.


An operators view of the Central Industry Park.


Traffic on the road bridge through the Central Industry Park. The bridge is a “Scale Scenes” card kit downloaded from the internet and built by one of the members of the AMR.


This gravel crushing plant, on the Central Industry Park, scratch built during the 1970s by the late Len Opie received a lot of interest by the viewing public.


One of my favourite layouts was  HO scale Kapunda. Here we see a 930 hauling a grain train past the silos.


Kapunda: 847 passing the goods shed.


830 class loco a small Alco again on Kapunda.


The HO scale “RJ Corman railroad co West Virginia cluster” used NCE DCC. The owner told me that it was based on a plan called the Virginian that was published in Model Railroader. It was an 8X4 with an add on.


Lakeside was the HO scale layout entered by the Noarlunga MRC. It was a very busy layout with lots to look at on it.


For the first time at the AMRE lego exhibited. The group was called “Southern Bricks”. I was impressed by this station done in Lego.


The South Australian Railway Modeller’s Association always impress. This year was no different with their large HO scale layout “Strathburn” Here we see the stonie headed by a 930 while another 930 class Alco is at the platform with a train of Centenary cars.


N scale: One of the ships on Triple T.


Another layout that I particularly liked was the OO scale “Eyarth” exhibited by the British Railway Modellers Australia.








A beautiful little layout was Gavin Thrum’s OO scale “Lampwick Lane” This layout was an L shaped layout going about six feet on each leg of the L.

Also I did take some video.


Please do not forget the NMRA convention

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Above convention website.

Cheers Ken.

April 2017

For Monday April 10 2017 on the Kanunda and Emu Flat Railway

Thanks to all those who came along to Monday’s operating session.

Once again other things got in the way of doing any actual modelling during the last month.

For the second month running we had a full crew. Ray brought the projector that Division six of the NMRA has recently purchased to try it out. So before the session started we watched a couple of my videos. A short video of another NMRA members layout as well as a fifteen minute video of the March session on the K&EFR.
See You-Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeCAnITlivw
So the session started half an hour late with road crew one being Sol and Ray, road crew two David and John P, Kanunda Yard master Rod, Hostler Peter S, and myself controller. The layout ran well and I was impressed with the smooth steady way that operators ran their trains.
All of the timetabled trains ran on time until the up Mt Gambier goods the last train of the night which was ten minutes late departing Foster. This often happens when the livestock train or the grain extra pick up their loaded vehicles. What happens is that when the livestock train reaches Wooldowie train control has to hold it there because the down roadside goods has just arrived at Emu Flat. If the Roadside goods has a lot of work at Emu Flat this delay can have a knock on effect that delays all trains still to come on to the layout.
David pointed out the dangerous way that the cars were blocked at Foster for the up Roadside goods. The shunter at Foster had coupled the explosive van next to a petrol tanker. Later the down Myrtle Springs goods left Wooldowie with two petrol tankers one coupled next to the loco and the other next to the brake van. If we had not started the half an hour late and time was getting on, as train control, I would have instructed the crews to re marshal those two trains.
At the end of the session all cars and cards were in their correct spots except for the empty stone hoppers at Penstone quarry.


Train 310 the Up roadside goods, with 949 B end forward, is crossing bridge number one over Five mile creek and is almost at Emu Flat. In the background Penstone quarry can be seen with a rake of empty hoppers set out in the wrong road. Not under the loading hoppers. The brown car on the roadside goods is the explosives van coupled next to the Golden fleece tank car.

847 also B end forward is at Jimba Jimba Junction about to enter the branch line to Myrtle Springs goods with train number 403 the down Myrtle Springs goods. As can be seen there is a tank car coupled against the engine and brake van.

A fisherman looks up and snaps a photo of BL29 and 940 as they rumble over the truss bridge over Bindieye Creek with 314 the up Mt Gambier goods.314, running ten minutes late, is about to arrive at Kanunda where it will pick up a cut of cars to take on to Mile End freight yard via Cooper.

Feb 1985

February 1985 and a Bluebird railcar is near Mt Lofty railway station. The OBF wagon, minus wheels, on the ground next to the tracks is the result of a derailment a few days earlier.

Once again we enjoyed a very good operating session.

Happy Easter

Cheers Ken.

March 2017


For Monday March 13 on the Kanunda and Emu Flat Railway

Thank you to those who came to Monday night’s operating session.

This month I have done no work on the layout or any models. Some may have noticed a cattle truck at Wooldowie that belongs to Liam my four year old grandson who visited last Thursday and came in showing his new farm truck which he decided to leave it here and take two ambulances home from our toy box in exchange. I have always allowed the grandsons to play on the layout.
C501 kept on stalling last season. I cleaned it’s wheels and that seems to have remedied that problem.

Liam’s “farm truck” unloading Hereford cattle at Wooldowie. The down roadside goods is heading down grade toward High Mountain tunnel before arriving at Wooldowie.
This session we had six operators plus myself in attendance. John H volunteered to be the Kanunda yard master, Rod volunteered to be the hostler. Road crew one was Sol and visitor Paul while road crew two was David and John P. I took on the job of controller.
With seven people operating the K&EFR we had a busy evening especially myself, the controller.
The first few trains ran without drama. Then the SA Cooperative bulk handling staff at Maranalgo silos complained that they only received two AHGX grain hoppers instead of the three that had been ordered. The crew of the grain extra had left three hoppers at Kanunda instead of two. To get the third hopper to Maranalgo the Kanunda YM added the extra hopper left there to the Maranalgo goods due to arrive at Maranalgo about an hour later. This meant that the Maranalgo goods consisted of four cars and the brake van. The loop at Maranalgo will only hold three goods wagons and a brake van. Resulting in quite a bit of head scratching by the Maranalgo goods’ crew and some interesting moves. Video of this next month.
As an aside to this little drama is that I had put the way bills from cattle cars in the AHGX grain hopper car cards. This told the crew to set out the hoppers at the stock pens. The crew were aware of my mistake and knew to set out the hoppers at the Silos at Kanunda and Maranalgo.
I had pulled another clanger during restaging. Some how I managed to place the same time table in the packets of cards for the Melbourne Jet and the Adelaide super freighter. The same crew ran both trains. They departed Cooper on time at 0903 with the Melbourne Jet arriving at Foster 0917. Then they picked up the next packet of cards only to find the time table said that they were to depart Cooper 0903 with the Melbourne Jet. Luckily because they were on time so I had time to get the correct time table to them so that they were able to depart Foster with the Adelaide super freighter at 0931. So we managed to run all time tabled trains on time for the session just by the skin of our teeth.
Rod and John H handled their respective yards with out problems resulting in a smooth running session.
All cars and cards finished in their correct spots.
The turn out at Jimba Jimba Jn was renamed David’s switch after he forgot to reset it while serving as guard on the down Myrtle Springs goods. This resulted in a short when the next train the Steam Tour ran David’s switch.
The only other problem encountered was that the second turnout at Penstone quarry would not throw electrically.
By the the time it came to sit down for tea coffee and muffins we had enjoyed a good session.

858 arriving at Maranalgo on the Grain extra with only two AHGX grain hoppers instead of the three that were ordered.


At 0914 the Melbourne Jet being hauled by S301 and G511 passes through Emu Flat.

949 with the down roadside goods passing over Bindieye Creek bridge after shunting at Kanunda and on it’s way to Wooldowie.

704 and 940 on the Adelaide Jet pass the down roadside goods at Wooldowie.

Action during the session. The up roadside goods in the foreground is shunting at Emu Flat. While the crew of the down Myrtle Springs goods confer with the Kanunda YM prior to departing from Kanunda.


Oct 1984

At Mt Lofty October 1984.

All comments and criticisms welcome.
Cheers Ken.

Don’t forget the NMRA convention in Adelaide September.

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