September 2019

THE TUESDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN

FOR THE OPERATING SESSION HELD SEPTEMBER 3 2019 ON THE KANUNDA & EMU FLAT RAILWAY

 

WORKING ON THE KANUNDA & EMU FLAT RAILWAY              

The yard master at Kanunda has been saying for sometime that he could use more space in his yard. Because of the confines of the layout it is near on impossible to extend the yard tracks even by 150mm so to be able to get at another two cars in the yard I extended dead end track five by 370mm.This is the third enlargement of Kanunda yard. The first time I extended the whole yard about 300mm toward the garage door. This enabled trains of almost 2700mm to pass in the passing siding and also adding another track for the goods shed provided storage for two extra cars in the previous goods shed track. Still we were short of space so dead end track five was added to the front of the yard. 

Kanunda is built on two modules which have 70x19mm frames and are topped with 19mm particle board. To get track five in I attached at strip of 19mm particle board to the front of the modules. All of the roadbed on the K&EFR is 19mm particle board.

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Above: The extended track five is the centre track in this photo. The track on the lower level is the main line going between Wooldowie and Emu Flat via Jimba Jimba Junction. This section of mainline road bed 19mm particle board road bed and is hung off the Kanunda modules as well.

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Above: The demolition work that was done prior to lengthening track five. Here we can see the edge of the original module and the end of the strip I added for track five’s road bed. There was a small mound at the end of track five. The scenery contours were made of folded newspaper covered with calico and painted with three or four thin coats of casting plaster tinted brown with oxide colouring before the ground cover was added. 

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Above: For track five’s road bed I glued and screwed a strip of 3mm MDF in place giving a smooth transition from the 3mm cork under the existing track and a solid base for the track which would have hung half off of the module.

The end result of this work has given the Kanunda YM space for two more cars but more importantly track five will hold the completed down Myrtle Springs Goods, simplifying his work in making up that train.

The plastic seen in the back ground is the dust covering that I place over the layout when it is not in use.

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Above: While I was ballasting and painting track five I painted and ballasted the 6mm of track I extended when I built the new shed for Con’s Choice at Wooldowie.

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Above: I needed to use up excess blasting glue so I ballasted the main line into Foster (staging). Also I added ground cover, dyed sawdust, around this corner of the peninsula. As well I started gluing builders sand between the tracks in the staging yard. I do this to save precious ballast. When the ballast covers the sand you would never know. Eventually the whole staging yard will be ballasted.

THE OPERATING SESSION

Four operators arrived at about 1920 hours. John arrived at 1930 to check that we were OK for number of operators. Four is probably ideal. So after some chat John departed because we were OK and once he was out of earshot it was declared that if any thing was to go wrong it would be his fault.

So the session got underway a little late with David and Peter as the road crews, Rod Kanunda yard master, Sol hostler, and myself controller.

David’s first train was the up Overland which went into the passing siding at Emu Flat and came to a halt at the other end because the superintendent, me, when test running prior to the session had not set a turnout in Emu Flat  back to normal. So was that John’s fault or the superintendent’s? Fortunately the stoppage was minimal and the Overland arrived at Cooper (staging) just on time.

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Above: David was also in charge of the up Myrtle Springs goods seen here arriving at Wooldowie behind small Alco 842 to do some shunting.

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Above: The Kanunda YM has made up the two wagon and brake van down Maranalgo goods and stored it in track five until a crew is available to take it out.

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Above: 858 arrives in Kanunda with the grain extra and comes up against cars from the down Mt Gambier goods that have been left in the passing siding. The passing siding is long enough to hold both.

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Above: Very shortly after the down Stonie comes barrelling through Kanunda on it’s way to Emu Flat. 503 the English Electric Kanunda shunt engine, in the passing siding, has to stay out of the way of the two large Alcos, 705 and 938, pulling the Stonie. 858 and the grain extra can be seen behind 503 and the consist that it is shunting. At times Kanunda becomes a very busy place. 

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Above: Small Alco 858 arrives at Maranalgo after dropping two wheat hoppers at Kanunda. This is the maximum length train that the loop at Maranalgo can handle.

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Above: After setting out the wheat hoppers at Maranalgo David takes 858, engine and van, through Sandiman Switch on it’s way back to Cooper travelling B end forward.

The next train that David drove was the Melbourne Jet, a fast through freight. However he detoured down the branch line to Maranalgo. The Jet will never fit in Maranalgo’s short loop! It turns out David had forgotten to return Sandiman Switch to normal after taking 858 and it’s van through earlier. Definitely John’s fault.

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Above: EMDs S301 and G511 barrelling through Emu Flat with the Melbourne Jet. Despite it’s detour the Jet arrived in Foster (staging) only a couple of minutes late. So we called that on time.

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Above: Alcos 950 and 937 pull the down Overland through a cutting and over the second Five Mile creek bridge.

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Above: Shortly later large Alcos 950 and 937 travelling over the newly ballasted track pass Gilleston halt, where no trains ever stop, that guy could be waiting a very long time. Almost at Foster.

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Above: David, this time driving 961, sets out two empty cattle wagons at Wooldowie cattle pens. David is following Peter who is in charge of the down roadside goods.

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Above: David, in the rear, arrives at Emu Flat while Peter,foreground, is shunting the down Roadside goods.

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Above: 961 has three cattle wagons to set out at the Emu Flat cattle pens, just visible next to the silos. Also, just visible, is green Alco 949 shunting the down roadside goods.

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Above: While David and Peter were to-ing and fro-ing at Emu Flat with their trains time was getting on and the Hostler, Sol and Kanunda yard master, Rod were sitting about with nothing doing. So train control suggested that Sol take the Mile End – Kanunda transfer goods round from Cooper to Kanunda. 

In the foreground above Sol is bringing the transfer goods into Kanunda while Rod readies his uncoupling skewer to uncouple wagons from the transfer goods.

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Above: Last train. EMD X54 and Alco 940 bring the up Mt Gambier goods into Cooper (staging) Up until this time all time-tabled trains ran on time but 314 the up Mt Gambier goods departed Foster (staging) at 1344 ten minutes late.

I can report that all wagons were delivered to their correct spots and all car cards and way-bills also ended up in their correct boxes.

Once the up Mt Gambier goods was put away we all adjourned for cake and tea or coffee after an enjoyable session. 

Cheers Ken

Superintendent Kanunda & Emu Flat railway.