July 2018

THE TUESDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN

For the operating session on the Kanunda and Emu Flat Railway July 3 2018

This was the first session since April. Thank you to those who came along.

WORK AND NEW STUFF

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I added ground cover using static grass to the Adelaide Model Railroaders’ module. This is how it looked at the June long weekend exhibition. The silos were taken off the Southern Central RR the AMR’s main layout.

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At Kanunda engine shed the long awaited Auscision 830 class has arrived. Green 842 is seen along side Powerline mustard pot 840.

I received the Auscision engine Monday afternoon 2nd July. My first impressions of 842 were that it is a great looking engine. 842 is the first engine that I have purchased factory fitted with a DCC decoder let alone a Locsound decoder. I have previously fitted all my decoders myself. When I placed it on the track and ran it and not being used to Locsound decoders I found that it had totally too much momentum for my liking. I removed all momentum by setting CVs 3 & 4 each to 1. The other thing that I did not like initially was the lag time of a couple of seconds before 842 moved off after the knob on the hand-piece had been turned, so I set CV2 (start voltage) back to 1 from 3 but this made no noticeable difference. After talking to other people it may be that this lag time from opening the throttle to when the loco moves off may be a characteristic of Locsound decoders.

While test running 842 858 to which I have fitted a Digitrax SDXN136PS decoder bolted. I think that may have been caused by an inrush of power to the Locsound select decoder in 842 so I decided to disable DC operation in the Digitrax decoder. No where in the literature for the Digitrax decoder could I find how to do this so I took a punt and changed Bit 3 in CV29 from 1 to 0 as for Lenz decoders and it seems to have worked. 

I assigned 842 to the transfer goods which takes excess cars from Kanunda to Cooper ( Mile End according to the schedule). This gave me the opportunity to shunt with it myself. I found it enjoyable to shunt with and soon managed the lag time because I could hear the engine revving up before moving off probably quite prototypical. Assigning 842 to the Kanunda Mile End transfer goods allowed Rod and Sol to run it also. Rod picked up that the rear coupler was frozen shut. A little graphite on it managed to get it to work somewhat but still not really serviceable. The coupler appears to be a Kadee clone. I will replace it with a genuine Kadee.

Finally I lowered the sound level in 842 to about one third by changing CV63 in the Locsound Select decoder. I may increase the level of the horns sound only before next operating session.

THE SESSION

We had four operators besides myself. Road crew 1 was David and visitor Peter, road crew 2 Sol, Kanunda yard master was Rod and myself hostler. Because there was no Controller trains were run according to the timetables, aspect of the automatic block signals and the occasional verbal train order.

I was a little lax with the paperwork for this session and forgot to supply the timetables for those trains that required them. I was quickly able to rectify that matter with little delay and confusion. Also I had neglected to place a loco card in the box for the Myrtle Springs goods and did not find it until after the session had finished and everyone had left.

Despite these inadequacies the session ran quite smoothly with very few instances of trains running into opposing points. David gave good instructions to visitor Peter who had never previously attended an operating session. On Wednesday night at the Adelaide Model Railroaders work night Peter told me that he enjoyed the operating session so thanks David.

We did get a little behind at one point with the twelfth train in the sequence, the Down Overland departing Cooper 18 fast minutes late and the thirteenth train, the Adelaide Jet departing Foster 10 fast minutes late. After that smooth operating caught up the time and we were ahead by train nineteen the last train of the session the Up Mt Gambier goods which was run early according to the fast clock so that we did not have to stand around looking at the fast clock.

The only bug bear was the Hostler not paying proper attention to his job and having to be reminded and prodded to have the staging yards properly set. Even so there were no derailments in the staging yard.

All cars and cards finished up in their correct spots.

Thanks everyone for another enjoyable session.

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Alcos 930 class 938 and 700 class 705 have come off the empty Stonie that has just arrived at Emu Flat having come from the soda ash plant at Osborne (Cooper staging). They are about to run around their train of hoppers which they will push up to the stone crusher at Penstone Quarry. The brake van will be set aside at Penstone while the hoppers are shunted by the two Alcos. One of the loaded hoppers that will be picked up can be seen on the tracks leading to the stone crusher.

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The two Alcos push the empties up to the stone crushing plant. The brake van will be set out on the third track which can not be seen in the photo.

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On time at 0938 3000 HP BL class EMD, BL29 and 930 class Alco, 940 power through Wooldowie with the Adelaide Super freighter. This is one of the through running trains that are run according to the time table. These trains seldom meet on the K&EFR but if they were to  do so the passing siding at Wooldowie will not accomodate the long through freights. The passing sidings at Kanunda and Emu Flat are longer and can handle all trains.

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Having set out a van at the Wooldowie goods shed 830 class Alco is about to couple on to it’s train before it heads off B end forward to Myrtle Springs with the down Myrtle Springs goods.

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Travelling B end forward the new 830 class Alco, 842, arrives at Cooper with the Kanunda to Mile End transfer goods. This train is designed to clear excess vehicles out of Kanunda yard to prevent Kaunda yard becoming clogged.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Two GMs and a CL at Dry Creek North yard July 1985

Cheers Ken.