Operating session March 2020

THE TUESDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN

FOR THE OPERATING SESSION ON THE KANUNDA AND EMU FLAT RAILWAY ON TUESDAY MARCH 3 2020

WORKING ON THE K&EFR

I an still working on the Walthers electric furnace for the club layout’s steel mill. See below.

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Also I made a brick signal tower to be used a stopper for one of the Adelaide Model Railroaders layout’s lift-up bridges.

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Above: The signal tower at Atkins on the Southern Central RR. I made a video of how I built the signal tower.

THE SESSION.

The March session got away on time with David as road crew number one and Peter road crew number two, Rod was the Kanunda YM, Sol Hostler and myself controller.

All of the time tabled trains ran fairly well on time despite a few mishaps this session. We could not repeat two perfect sessions in a row.

The first mishap happened to the Adelaide Super-freighter when it was in Kanunda. The transfer goods had an order to proceed to Cooper, stating that the train order would not come in to effect after the departure of the Adelaide Super-freighter, but the transfer goods driver did not read his train order properly, and set off before the Super-freighter, derailing on the cross-over at the western end of Kanunda which had been set for the Super-freighter to proceed through on the main-line. The transfer goods coming out of the yard. It was not too bad a derailment and the Super-freighter was only held up for a few minutes.

Later Peter S drove the Adelaide Jet up into the Kanunda engine shed. Peter has done this before so this move has become known as doing a Peter S. Once again the Jet was only delayed for a few minutes.

For some unknown reason 961 on the down livestock train derailed coming into Wooldowie.

Sol did a great job as Hostler. He said that the secret to the hostler’s job is to to keep on top and think ahead. Gating the Up Roadside goods out on time is always a challenge. Sol set out it’s cars in track 4 well ahead making this job quicker. Sol also pointed out to me a couple of errors in the hostler’s train list.

All of us enjoyed the session which finished on time so we were able to relax and enjoy our cake and tea or coffee.

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Above: 846 arrives at Wooldowie with the Emu Flat passenger while 842 shunts wagons with the up Myrtle Springs goods.

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Above: Kanunda: 840 with brake van is sitting on the passing siding after returning with the Maranalgo goods.  949 with the down roadside goods is coming to a stop in the passing siding. The roadside goods will set out and pick up wagons at Kanunda. 

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Above: 949 and the roadside goods have pulled up and are checking their way bills. At the far right 840 can be seen escaping through the yard heading to the kanunda MPD.

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Above: 840 and brake-van escaping while 503 shunts the Kanunda goods shed.

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Above: YM shuffles way-bills while the roadside goods driver moves his train forward.

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Above: 949 moves forward to set out three wagons in the Kanunda yard.

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Above: The down Overland has arrived and overshot the platform while 949 picks up two wagons.

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Above: 949 must quickly move the two wagons back on to the roadside goods before the Overland departs. We can see the Overland’s driver intently looking at the fast clock.

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 Above: Now 949’s driver can take his time shunting at Emu Flat after the frantic action at Kanunda.

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.Above: 961 has detached a cattle wagon for Kanunda. 503 is waiting to take hold of the CS cattle wagon which it will place at the cattle pens. As usual there is plenty of wagons in Kanunda yard.

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Above: At last 961 propels it’s last three cattle wagons to the cattle pens at Emu Flat.

So we had another enjoyable and eventful session on the K&EFR. Even though similar trains are run each session no two sessions are the same.

Cheers Ken.

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