December 2018

THE TUESDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN

FOR TUESDAY DECEMBER 4 ON THE KANUNDA AND EMU FLAT RAILWAY

Thank you to those who came to the operating session on the fourth.

PROGRESS

This month I painted Con’s Choice, the fruit packing shed at Wooldowie.

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Above: Cons Choice is made from beer carton card. The roof and walls are covered with BGB card. The foundation bricks are brick paper that I printed off from the internet. Verandah posts and gutters are styrene and the down pipes are piano wire. After giving the model a coat of model aeroplane dope to seal the cardboard I brushed the roof with Humbrol silver and the walls Humbrol matt white.

Also this month I replaced a spring in a KayDee coupler on one of the stone hoppers and replaced one of the DIN sockets in the staging area that was sloppy.

THE SESSION

Three operators turned up for this month’s session so we had Paul and David as road crews, Rod Kanunda Yard Master and myself Hostler.

We got away at a good time. Every thing ran well with few problems. At one stage David commented that he had just shunted Maranalgo the quickest he had ever done. I suspect that he got his shunting moves down to as few as possible to get the work done. Nice to hear. During this session all of the timetabled trains ran to their scheduled times. In fact there was quite a gap in time at the end of the session so 314 the up Mt Gambier goods was run sixteen fast minutes early so that operators did not have to wait for their tea coffee and ginger cake. I did pass the favourable comments on the Ginger cake to Margaret after the session.

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Kanunda yard: 840 is ready to depart with the two car Maranalgo goods while 503 shuffles cars around.

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Emu Flat: 938 and 705 are shoving the empty stone hoppers under the tipple at Penstone Quarry.

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David at work shunting the impressively long train of stone hoppers.

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The up Stonie crossing Bindieye Creek about to arrive in Kanunda on it’s way to Cooper with a final destination of Osborne.

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858 travelling B end forward with it’s brake van, after setting out grain hoppers at Maranalgo, crosses the Wooldowie level crossing.

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Cooper: The Melbourne Jet is about to depart behind mustard pot 704 and V-Line G511. In the background are the silos at Emu Flat and 604 at the head of the tank train.

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The Melbourne Jet crosses Five Mile Creek shortly before arriving at Foster.

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Green Alco 949 shunting cars at Emu Flat while assigned to the up Roadside goods.

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At the same time English Electric 503 is moving through the yard throat at Kanunda near Athol Freezers, Laucke Mills, the cattle pens and the silos.

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Small Alco 842 arrives at Wooldowie with the down Myrtle Springs goods. Some coupler height issues were being had with the Sunshine Biscuits UB van.

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Train 310 the up roadside goods had to wait at Emu Flat before moving on to Wooldowie because train 403 the down Myrtle Springs goods was still shunting Wooldowie. 310 had a open wagon of pallets to set out at con’s Choice at Wooldowie.

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Paul had the honour of driving 314, the “On time” up Mt Gambier goods. It has been many months since this train ran on time. The vacant Controller’s desk can be seen in the background.

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C507 and 940 pull the up Mt Gambier goods out of Foster at 1320 hours.

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C507 and 940 cross the lower bridge over Bindieye Creek.

Finally Merry Christmas to all.

As usual comments and criticisms welcome.

Cheers Ken.