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Pleasure Island amusement park

Petan
 

Some recall my short article on Pleasure Island amusement park in Light Railways 234 December 2013. This was a small scale version of Disneyland, operated at Carrara on Queensland’s Gold Coast from 1959 till closure in 1962.  It included an 80 passenger capacity tram on a half mile long 2ft (610mm) gauge tramway on tracks purchased from Queensland Railways [QR].

 

Its founder, Alex McRobbie, passed away on Saturday at the age of 89 http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/tributes-flood-in-for-late-gold-coast-writer-journalist-and-historian-alexander-mcrobbie/story-fnj94j0t-1227573558336

 

Alan Jones has a Youtube on the park https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DSmPTZyF1E&feature=c4-overview&list=UUGDo7vjCgs4Afc2_7LXbyvg

 

 

 Cheers

 Peter Cokley



Re: More photos on Flickr.

halfpilotstaff
 

Hello Michael
 
If you have a look in my Photobucket gallery, you will find some comparative pix of Bombala, Cooma (and other station sites on the Bombala line) and Gundagai (and other station sites on the Tumut line), dating from 5-7 yrs ago.
 
Regrettably the standard  of the photos isn’t quite up to yours, but in spite of this, I hope you find the content interesting compared to what you saw recently.
 
Hopefully you will find much else of interest in this gallery – just hit the “Library” link once you’re on the Home page.
 
Let me know what you think.
 
 
Cheerz
 
Alec Piggott
aka
halfpilotstaff
 
 
 
 
 

Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:10 PM
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] More photos on Flickr.
 
 

Greetings all,
 
I have uploaded another collection of images to Flickr.
 
These show my recent travels to Bombala, Cooma, Gundagai, Albury, Wangaratta and Seymour... so may be outside the remit of the LRRSA.
 
 
I also have a collection from the Walhalla Goldfields Railway and the Canberra Railway Museum if folk are interested?
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman.
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA]
To: lrrsa
Sent: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 0:38
Subject: [LRRSA] Puffing Billy photos

 
G'day all,
 
I have uploaded another collection of images to Flickr.
 
Take a look if you're interested.
 
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman


Re: More photos on Flickr.

Michael C.
 

Greetings all,
 
I have uploaded another collection of images to Flickr.
 
These show my recent travels to Bombala, Cooma, Gundagai, Albury, Wangaratta and Seymour... so may be outside the remit of the LRRSA.
 
 
I also have a collection from the Walhalla Goldfields Railway and the Canberra Railway Museum if folk are interested?
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman.
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA]
To: lrrsa
Sent: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 0:38
Subject: [LRRSA] Puffing Billy photos

 
G'day all,
 
I have uploaded another collection of images to Flickr.
 
Take a look if you're interested.
 
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman


Puffing Billy photos

Michael C.
 

G'day all,
 
I have uploaded another collection of images to Flickr.
 
Take a look if you're interested.
 
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman


Wooden rails New Zealand

Geoff Potter <potgeoff@...>
 

here is a short piece of film showing a wooden railed tramway (trackwork cost $80!!)
in the 1980s in NZ


cheers
Geoff Potter


Re: Photos of the Climax locomotive

Frank Stamford
 

Hello Hunslet,

On 12/10/2015 8:08 AM, 'Hunslet' hunslet@... [LRRSA] wrote:
 

A puzzle … at the start of your photos, the cab and bunker of the Climax are full, really full, of firewood timber.   However, at the end of your photos, this fuel supply does not appear to have diminished.   Was it all for show?!

Hunslet.


No, it wasn't. The last of the photographs were taken at Lakeside, before the sun had completely set. The train still had to do its return journey. By the time the train got back to Menzies Creek all that very visible wood had gone, there was enough left to get the loco and two open NQR passenger trucks back to Emerald, where the Climax lives.

There was quite a lot of discussion during the planning of this event as to whether the loco would be able to carry enough wood for the whole trip, and thought was given to picking up an NQR truck of wood at Emerald.

It was quite interesting comparing this year's event with last years. The load was considerably heavier, with about 90 passengers, 3 canopied NQR passenger trucks, 2 open NQR passenger trucks, and two NC vans. The reason there were two NC vans was to provide shelter for passengers from the open NQR trucks in the event of rain. The railway is so busy these days that no more canopied NQR trucks were available. 

Anyway, on the return from Lakeside to Emerald, on a steadily rising 1 in 40 grade, last year the loco made great pace all the way, (probably around 8 mph). This year it started out that way but before it had got to Nobelius station the pace had slowed considerably, and by the time it got to the Emerald-Beaconsfield road crossing it was obviously struggling. Shortly after this crossing the train came to a complete stop, and took ten or more minutes to raise steam again. There was then some wheel slip in getting the train started again, as it was raining. There is quite an art to firing the locomotive, it is not easy, and they had two firemen. As the locomotive does not come out to often there is not a lot of opportunity to learn the art of firing in all conditions.

The arrival back at Menzies Creek was about 12 minutes late I think. The weather was not cold, but there was rain at various times. Those of us who prefer the open NQR trucks scurried off to the NC vans at various times in both directions, when rain occurred.

Everybody seemed to be very happy with the event when we arrived back at Menzies Creek.

All being well, the next outing with the Climax locomotive on a public trip is likely to be 16 April next year.

Regards,

Frank 


Ps:   Excellent “comprehensive coverage as we have all come to “expect” from your camera!

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Sunday, 11 October 2015 11:06 PM
To: lrrsa@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Photos of the Climax locomotive

 

 

Greetings,

 

On Saturday 10th October I was privileged to travel on the Puffing Billy Railway and be hauled by the Climax locomotive numbered 1694.

 

I also got to meet lots of names from the LRRSA and PBPS.

 

It was a great evening and Puffing Billy and the Climax committee should be congratulated for arranging such a great evening of entertainment.

 

The food at Lakeside was really good too!

 

I have uploaded some images from the evening to Flickr.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Michael Chapman

_,___



Re: Photos of the Climax locomotive

Hunslet
 

A puzzle … at the start of your photos, the cab and bunker of the Climax are full, really full, of firewood timber.   However, at the end of your photos, this fuel supply does not appear to have diminished.   Was it all for show?!

Hunslet.

Ps:   Excellent “comprehensive coverage as we have all come to “expect” from your camera!

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Sunday, 11 October 2015 11:06 PM
To: lrrsa@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Photos of the Climax locomotive

 

 

Greetings,

 

On Saturday 10th October I was privileged to travel on the Puffing Billy Railway and be hauled by the Climax locomotive numbered 1694.

 

I also got to meet lots of names from the LRRSA and PBPS.

 

It was a great evening and Puffing Billy and the Climax committee should be congratulated for arranging such a great evening of entertainment.

 

The food at Lakeside was really good too!

 

I have uploaded some images from the evening to Flickr.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Michael Chapman

_,___


Re: Photos of 861

Michael C.
 

Hello again,
 
After the PBPS AGM on Sunday, Decauville 861 took a single carriage from Emerald to Belgrave on the Puffing Billy Railway.
 
The weather was not kind to photographers with fading light and rain.
 
However, an album of photos can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157657379663584
 
Take a look if you're interested.
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman.
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: chapmanmchapman
To: lrrsa
Sent: Sun, 11 Oct 2015 23:05
Subject: Photos of the Climax locomotive

Greetings,
 
On Saturday 10th October I was privileged to travel on the Puffing Billy Railway and be hauled by the Climax locomotive numbered 1694.
 
I also got to meet lots of names from the LRRSA and PBPS.
 
It was a great evening and Puffing Billy and the Climax committee should be congratulated for arranging such a great evening of entertainment.
 
The food at Lakeside was really good too!
 
I have uploaded some images from the evening to Flickr.
 
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman


Re: More photos on Flickr

Michael C.
 

Hi Brian,
 
If built, the Portmadoc, Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway would have been electrified with overhead wires and the associated catenary.
 
 
The discussion on the WHR e-group concerned a hypothetical question as to what would have happened if an electrified PBSSR had crossed over the (presumably electrified) Cambrian / Great Western Railway standard gauge branch in what is now Porthmadog.
 
I pointed out this was a regular occurrence and pointed people to the Flickr album showing the trams crossing the Metro / PTV tracks Melbourne.
 
Hope this helps.
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman.
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Rumary brian@... [LRRSA]
To: LRRSA
Sent: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:09
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] More photos on Flickr

 
On 09/10/2015 12:01, chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA] wrote:
Going completely off-topic here, but on the Welsh Highland Railway Yahoo! Group they were talking about what would have happened if an electrified Portmadoc Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway had been built over the standard gauge Cambrian Railway / GWR in Porthmadog. This led to me publishing the following album on Flickr.
 

Sorry but I don't see what these photos have to do with the PB&SS line! Or did you give us the wrong web address?

--
Brian Rumary
England
brian(at)rumary.co.uk


Re: Photos of the Climax locomotive

Geoff Potter <potgeoff@...>
 

Michael,
wonderful images. We are so lucky this loco has been preserved and beautifully restored,
thanks again
Geoff Potter



On Sunday, 11 October 2015, 23:06, "chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA]" wrote:


 
Greetings,
 
On Saturday 10th October I was privileged to travel on the Puffing Billy Railway and be hauled by the Climax locomotive numbered 1694.
 
I also got to meet lots of names from the LRRSA and PBPS.
 
It was a great evening and Puffing Billy and the Climax committee should be congratulated for arranging such a great evening of entertainment.
 
The food at Lakeside was really good too!
 
I have uploaded some images from the evening to Flickr.
 
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman



Photos of the Climax locomotive

Michael C.
 

Greetings,
 
On Saturday 10th October I was privileged to travel on the Puffing Billy Railway and be hauled by the Climax locomotive numbered 1694.
 
I also got to meet lots of names from the LRRSA and PBPS.
 
It was a great evening and Puffing Billy and the Climax committee should be congratulated for arranging such a great evening of entertainment.
 
The food at Lakeside was really good too!
 
I have uploaded some images from the evening to Flickr.
 
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman


Re: More photos on Flickr

B.Rumary
 

On 09/10/2015 12:01, chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA] wrote:
Going completely off-topic here, but on the Welsh Highland Railway Yahoo! Group they were talking about what would have happened if an electrified Portmadoc Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway had been built over the standard gauge Cambrian Railway / GWR in Porthmadog. This led to me publishing the following album on Flickr.
 

Sorry but I don't see what these photos have to do with the PB&SS line! Or did you give us the wrong web address?

-- 
Brian Rumary
England
brian(at)rumary.co.uk


Re: Cairns

John Browning
 

It is J.Hill’s Glen Boughton Estate. Agricultural tramway, 2ft gauge, horse worked.

 

Plenty of references in Trove Newspapers.

 

John


Re: More photos on Flickr

Frank Stamford
 


Hello Michael,

Very good photographs, as always.

I will be on the Climax trip this afternoon/evening, so may see you there.

Regards,

Frank



On 9/10/2015 10:01 PM, chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA] wrote:
 

Greetings from...
 
Now at this point I would usually say the United Kingdom and plug some UK photos on Flickr...
 
However, at the moment I am in Melbourne.
 
Today and yesterday I've been taking photos at Puffing Billy.
 
 
Going completely off-topic here, but on the Welsh Highland Railway Yahoo! Group they were talking about what would have happened if an electrified Portmadoc Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway had been built over the standard gauge Cambrian Railway / GWR in Porthmadog. This led to me publishing the following album on Flickr.
 
 
All being well I'll be on the Climax trip on Puffing Billy tomorrow so if you're around say hello.
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman


Cairns

Petan
 

Interesting marking near mouth of Trinity Inlet and opposite side of inlet to the Cairns Wharves is marked formation only. I know there are erroneous formations marked on topographical maps so I wonder if anyone on this group have heard of this Cairns one? The one I know to be not true is an alleged tramway marked on a map east of Worongary QR station on the Gold Coast. Map courtesy QLD State Archives


QSA Item ID 537041 scale 1.63360 topographical Cairns1946 10.4MB https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGeDyvwa1JKd1oyUFNLY0E/view


Cheers

Peter Cokley



Re: More photos on Flickr

Geoff Potter <potgeoff@...>
 

Welcome to Australia Michael!

Some very nice photos of Puffing Billy, thanks for sharing
cheers
Geoff Potter



On Friday, 9 October 2015, 22:01, "chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA]" wrote:


 
Greetings from...
 
Now at this point I would usually say the United Kingdom and plug some UK photos on Flickr...
 
However, at the moment I am in Melbourne.
 
Today and yesterday I've been taking photos at Puffing Billy.
 
 
Going completely off-topic here, but on the Welsh Highland Railway Yahoo! Group they were talking about what would have happened if an electrified Portmadoc Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway had been built over the standard gauge Cambrian Railway / GWR in Porthmadog. This led to me publishing the following album on Flickr.
 
 
All being well I'll be on the Climax trip on Puffing Billy tomorrow so if you're around say hello.
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman



More photos on Flickr

Michael C.
 

Greetings from...
 
Now at this point I would usually say the United Kingdom and plug some UK photos on Flickr...
 
However, at the moment I am in Melbourne.
 
Today and yesterday I've been taking photos at Puffing Billy.
 
 
Going completely off-topic here, but on the Welsh Highland Railway Yahoo! Group they were talking about what would have happened if an electrified Portmadoc Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway had been built over the standard gauge Cambrian Railway / GWR in Porthmadog. This led to me publishing the following album on Flickr.
 
 
All being well I'll be on the Climax trip on Puffing Billy tomorrow so if you're around say hello.
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Chapman


Re: Wyndham (WA) port tramway

Sam Laybutt
 

Thanks David - very helpful


To: LRRSA@...
From: LRRSA@...
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:06:50 +0000
Subject: RE: [LRRSA] Wyndham (WA) port tramway

 

Hello Sam (and others) – there are loco  / rolling stock displays at the port, rails still on the wharf. My last visit was in 1994 with Denis Cumming when I assisted him in his work to compile a record of WA ports and lighthouses. Here’s a link to Denis’ photos that have been donated to State Library WA and are digitised. It’ll give you an idea of what was there in 1994

Denis Cumming Wyndham photos 1994

 

You can also explore the original Anthon Landing site, and ‘behind’ the town there are old quarries that had skip lines.

 

Cheers

David

David Whiteford | Senior Archivist

State Records Office of Western Australia

Alexander Library Building , Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

t: 08 9427 3645 | f: 08 9427 3638 |w: www.sro.wa.gov.au

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Thursday, 8 October 2015 1:25 PM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Wyndham (WA) port tramway

 

 

I will be visiting Wyndham next week - is there anything to see of the old tramway at the Port? And are 'tourists' allowed into the port area / on the jetty? If there are some rails to be seen, and I can get access, I'll grab a few photos for the group. 

 

Would also love to the pointed in the right direction for any history - haven't found much in a Google search.

 

Cheers

Sam



Re: : Wyndham (WA) port tramway

Sam Laybutt
 

Hi Phil - thanks, a friendly member kindly sent me a copy of this article :)

I will be keen to purchase many more of the old issues once PDF copies are available for purchase (I think the committee are working on that from previous posts here). 

Cheers
Sam


To: LRRSA@...
From: LRRSA@...
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:51:44 -0700
Subject: [LRRSA] Re:: Wyndham (WA) port tramway

 
Sam,

"Light Railways" No.59 (if you haven't already got it) has a very useful introduction to the port tramways around Wyndham. On sale at the LRRSA Online Shop for $2 (plus postage!).   LRRSA Online shop - Light Railway Research Society of Australia
 
  cheers   Phil Rickard


Re: : Wyndham (WA) port tramway

Phil Rickard
 

Sam,

"Light Railways" No.59 (if you haven't already got it) has a very useful introduction to the port tramways around Wyndham. On sale at the LRRSA Online Shop for $2 (plus postage!).   LRRSA Online shop - Light Railway Research Society of Australia

 

  cheers   Phil Rickard

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