May 2019

THE TUESDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN

FOR TUESDAY MAY 21 2019 ON THE KANUNDA & EMU FLAT RAILWAY

Thank you to all who came to this session.

WORK DONE

I have managed to get a bit of modelling done this month. 

Firstly I repaired a point that broke in Emu Flat last session. Then I worked on a structure that Jeff bought for the club on the exhibition secondhand stall a couple of years ago for five dollars.

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Above: The AMR structure is a pickle factory with was in a very sad state when Jeff bought it. I removed a number of tattered stickers on it, cleaned off all the gunk that was on it, painted some of it, made the sign, and gave it a coat of “Dullcoat”.

I have put a cyclone fence around Liam’s Logistics at Kanunda. See below.

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THE SESSION

Unfortunately I had to change to the third Tuesday this month which meant that the date clashed with Sol’s operating session. Apologies for that.

Including myself we had four operators. Road crew one was Peter, road crew two, Paul, Kanunda Yard Master, Rod and Hostler, myself.

The only train to run late was the Melbourne Jet which departed Cooper at 0917 instead of 0903. The knock on from this was that the Adelaide super freighter departed Foster at 0934 three minutes late. These two trains regularly run late. I think that it is time to adjust the time table to set a time slot for these trains that gives a bit more time for the preceding trains which include the up Myrtle Springs goods, up and down Maranalgo goods grain or stock train to Maranalgo and the Stonie.

First train back to Cooper the Up Overland and we had a broken point in Cooper. I was able to manage the point by moving the broken point blade manually so the road crews hardly noticed the broken point.  Another point to fix between sessions.

Other than that we did not have any more problems and trains ran smoothly.

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Above: Cooper at the beginning of the session. Track 1 Up Mt Gambier goods C501, Track 4 roadside goods 949, Track 5 Emu Flat passenger 846, Track 7 cattle train 858, Track 8 stonie 705.

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Above: Foster at beginning of session. Track 2 Adelaide super freighter BL29, Track 3 Up Overland X49

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Above: Kanunda MPD with 503, 840, and 847 on shed also two brake vans and a van in the repair track.

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Above: A quiet Kanunda at the beginning of the session.

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Above: Half way through and the Kanunda YM can not find the card for reefer RX 9007. At the time five of the six RX reefers on the K&EFR were at Kanunda. Because they are identical and have small numbers they are hard to spot. Eventually the YM got them sorted. 

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Above: First train down Mt Gambier goods with C501 and G511 at Kanunda

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Above: The Class ruled the Mt Gambier goods this session. C507 and 940 lead the Up Mt Gambier goods through Wooldowie. Last train of the session.

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Above: 942 and 961 returned to Cooper engine and van after taking AHGX grain hoppers to Kanunda, Wooldowie and Emu Flat. Seen here at the end of the session.

 

Comments and criticisms welcome.

Cheers Ken