THE MONDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN
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.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Dry Creek North yard April 1985.
Kanunda & Emu Flat General Rules
- 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 stations except 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.)
- 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.