November 2016

THE MONDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN
FOR MONDAY NOVEMBER 14
ON THE KANUNDA & EMU FLAT RAILWAY

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

PROGRESS
This month I erected the rest of the yards around the shearing shed and put some steps, which unfortunately can not be seen, up to the landing on the shearing shed. All I plan to do on the shed now is to weather the fences by dry brushing with grey paint plus a little detailing, finishing a road to it and to green up the grass around it. Photo below.

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Below twelve year old grandson Tom has lent me this building off his layout which he has repurposed as a wrestling arena. He has placed patrons waiting to go in at the front of the building which is sited on a vacant block in Wooldowie. Tom is a fan of WWE wrestling.

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Below a panoramic photo of the K&EFR

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THE SESSION
Because of numerous interruptions, preparation for this operating session was hastily done. I did not clean a single wheel and cleaned the track only the once, yesterday morning. I only test ran a few trains and Tom ran his Austrains NR. Despite this trains ran very smoothly throughout this session. I put this good result down to the fact that I have resumed dabbing wahl oil on several spots around the track.
As well as myself five operators turned up. John P and Sol were road crew one, David road crew two, Rod Kanunda Yard master, John H hostler and myself Controller. With smooth running trains the session ran smoothly. All cars and cards finished in their correct spots. Every timetabled train ran pretty well to time.
The Adelaide Jet left Foster three minutes late due to a short but made up time arriving at Cooper right on time. The Melbourne Jet left Cooper on time but arrived at Foster one minute before it was due to depart Emu Flat. This is not right. Trains should not depart earlier that the advertised time. It is OK to depart late but not Ok to depart early. Times on the timetables are there to keep trains apart.
At Kanunda a problem arose when it was discovered that 503 had the spring was missing from it’s front coupler. I was able to replace the spring quickly.
Eagle eye Sol discovered that I had forgotten to turn the cards for the stonie.
So we all had an enjoyable operating session.

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Tom acted as official photographer. In this photo he has captured C501 in staging at the head of the Adelaide Jet. It is surprising to see the amount of dust C501 has collected.

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705 and 938 arrive at Emu Flat with a string of empty hoppers. They will run around the hoppers to push them under the loader at Penstone quarry.

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Here Tom captures 949 shunting the down roadside goods at Wooldowie.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Two 930s and a BL approach the platform at Mt Lofty.

Any comment or criticism welcome.

Regards Ken.