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VR Na's - 5A & 15A

David Price
 

Hi again,

seems that there is a lack of stuff out there on the Whitfield line (as I got no responses to my query about rolling stock allocations)?

I wondered if anyone might have a decent shot of 15A's number plate or of the engine side-on as I want to create some 1:48 scale plates for 13A and 15A?

Puffing Billy have added a number of their plates to the Victorian Collections site - including 13A so I have an excellent reference to create the vector file from - but not for 15A.

5A's old style plate would also suffice as I have images of  plates for 12A, 13A and 14A (along with dimensions of the plates I took today) - I say old style as it appears 5A had a "modern" style plate on the fireman's side when it was at Colac towards the end (that plate is also in the Victorian Collections list) and an old style plate on the driver's side.

NB: if you have one of the real plates off 15A and could take a photo of it even better!

Regards,

David Price

bellarinerailway.com.au

Hi Tech farming, using rail

Stuart Thyer
 

The technology growing our tomatoes is quite impressive, including its use of ‘tramways’. Pipe tracks run between each row of tomato vines, with either a simple push trolley or cherry picker machine running on the rails. The Landline video reveals more of the actual operation. It’s a relatively simple setup, the trolleys are also capable of running on alternate wheels on concrete, so are pushed off the track at the end of the row, saving money on points and additional track.
 

Cane trains on ABC Landline

Stuart Thyer
 

While the item is supposedly all about the shift to one man crewing, it covers the whole gamut of cane train operations in QLD. Some nice footage.

Re: : RE: South Australian Light Railway Centre, Milang - Official Opening - Invitation

Phil Rickard
 

Thanks Peter, for your kind comments. I actually started the article many years before the Light Railway Centre was in existence so when it was mooted I hoped it would fill a gap in the story of light railways around SA - that wish seems to have been answered.

So if anyone is within coo-ee of Milang I think the opening of the Light Railway Centre will be worth while.
It's very close to the jetty and was under development last time I was there. I'm sure there will be a report in LR in due course.

And, of course, Milang is a nice place to visit (unless there's a gale on the water!)

cheers   Phil

Re: South Australian Light Railway Centre, Milang - Official Opening - Invitation

Petan
 

Phil Rickard’s interesting article on Milang is in LR August 2016 and a good read it was!! Thanks Phil!

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

South Australian Light Railway Centre, Milang - Official Opening - Invitiation

Phil Rickard
 

To all LRRSA members and friends,

I am secretary of the Milang Railway Museum and am writing to you about our new Light Railway Centre.

Light Railways were found in mines, quarries, salt pans, munitions factories, amusement rides, construction sites, agriculture, industries, forests, wineries, jetties, etc. In the past there were about seven hundred Light Railways around South Australia but now only seven remain.

Two years ago, the Milang Railway Museum decided to celebrate the history of the State’s Light Railways by constructing a permanent display. It received the support of the Light Railway Research Society of Australia and of History SA with the result that the new Centre is now complete. We hope that it will draw visitors from both Adelaide and interstate.

We would like to invite the LRRSA committee and all members to attend the official opening of the South Australian Light Railway Centre at 10:30am on Wednesday, 14 December at the Museum on Daranda Terrace, Milang.



The Centre will be officially opened by Bob Sampson OAM, the Executive Officer at the National Railway Museum, who will drive a locomotive through a ribbon. The jetty tractor will be started, the model railway will be running and a pedal powered railcar will be demonstrated on the main line. After the ceremony, the remainder of the Museum will be open, the SAR 351 driving simulator will be in action.

Regards
Peter Lucas
Secretary
Port Milang Historic Railway Museum Inc.
O414 232 060

Re: Jetty railway at Broome

John Browning
 

There’s supposed to be two Simplex diesel locos at Broome.

Described in 2004 as at the Broome Historical Society Museum c/- Naval Cadet Base.

John

Re: Jetty railway at Broome

John Dennis
 

There’s very little of the tramway to see now. Some old concrete goods platforms remain extant in the old goods yard, behind the Broome Museum, and an embankment can be discerned leading to the old jetty, but that’s about all. A visit to the museum is highly recommended if you have the time - there are many interesting photographs of the tram and the town in among the other historical artefacts related to pearling and the town’s history. The museum is in the old Customs House, at Town Beach, some distance from the town but quite close to the old jetty location. The local town bus service runs every half an hour from Chinatown (where there are lots of shops selling pearls - I am sure your cruise director will expect you to go there) and describes the nearby bus stop as the "Town Beach/Museum". 

Jjohn

On 11 November 2016 at 13:07, 'Hunslet' hunslet@... [LRRSA] <LRRSA@...> wrote:
 

I will be visiting Broome for one day in early January 2017 as part of a sea cruise.

Does anyone have any current information as to any remains of the former jetty railway at this location, please?

Hunslet


Jetty railway at Broome

Hunslet
 

I will be visiting Broome for one day in early January 2017 as part of a sea cruise.

Does anyone have any current information as to any remains of the former jetty railway at this location, please?

Hunslet

Re: : Rolling Stock Allocations - Whitfield Line

David in Avenel
 

I suggest you get in touch with Geoff Tasker on tasmont@bigpond.net.au.  He is heavily involved in the PBPS Archives and might well have some information about rolling stock on the line.

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Re: : Rolling Stock Allocations - Whitfield Line

Graham
 

HI David
Could you contact me with an e-mail address please
So that I can forward an e-mail I received re your request
 Many thanks
Graham

Re: : Rolling Stock Allocations - Whitfield Line

David Gawthorn
 


It is possible that the info you seek might be in the book:
http://www.sierraaustralia.com/the-narrow-gauge.html

Good luck


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Tweed sand mining

Petan
 

Something perhaps not well known, but in 1973 mineral sands was transported by standard gauge freight trains on the Murwillumbah line to the Condong Mill 1435 mm gauge branch line from Coopernook near Taree. This was processed at the nearby Kingscliff / Cudgen sand processing works of Cudgen RZ as named in the linked newspaper clipping. Picture of unloading on the Condong branch with the name and date of the newspaper. Sorry but that is all I know as I found this page in the museum as credited on the page. This could well have been only a one off trial train?  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGeDyvwXzZGMmd6WkZUbVk/view   

 

More on the Cudgen Tweed mineral sands tramway and mineral sands history in The titanium Tramway at Cudgen by Jim Longworth in Light Railways 207 June 2009 published by LRRSA. The Condong mill branch closed at the end of the 1974 season as did the mill’s own 610mm gauge tramway.

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

Re: : Rolling Stock Allocations - Whitfield Line

Graham
 

Hi David and Scott
Unfortunately the Annual Reports didn't include the information you are seeking.
 The only reporting may have been in  internal correspondence. I have made a search of the
"reports to Government" and can find nothing relevant to rolling stock on Narrow gauge lines.
particularly the Wang- Whitfield.
Regards
Graham

On 6/11/2016 10:31 AM, sncs@... [LRRSA] wrote:
 

Hi David, 


The weekly notices don't show rolling stock movements, they are more for infrastructure changes, including (or mainly these days) temporary speed restrictions due to deficiencies.
There are occasionally mentions of vehicles being certified for operation, but unfortunately, not the sort of information you are after.

I'm not sure where you would find that sort of info - annual reports maybe?

Regards,

Scott

Re: : Rolling Stock Allocations - Whitfield Line

sncs@...
 

Hi David, 

The weekly notices don't show rolling stock movements, they are more for infrastructure changes, including (or mainly these days) temporary speed restrictions due to deficiencies.
There are occasionally mentions of vehicles being certified for operation, but unfortunately, not the sort of information you are after.

I'm not sure where you would find that sort of info - annual reports maybe?

Regards,

Scott

Re: Follow-up to GPS article -re UAV's

David Halfpenny
 


On 5 Nov 2016, at 00:30, John Cleverdon johnc@... [LRRSA] <LRRSA@...> wrote:

Some further comments about drones.

My lady friend and I provided catering at a railway event last year. The hall was full of Blokes, apart from a tiny old lady sitting alone, oblivious of the trains.  Lady Friend, being the kindly sort who befriends lost souls, made girl-to-girl contact with a question, “Hello, what’s your hobby?”  “Oh, I’m not really bothered about trains,” said Little Old Lady, “I fly Drones.” 
(Though next time I saw her, she was driving a standard gauge diesel locomotive.)

D1/2d

Rolling Stock Allocations - Whitfield Line

David Price
 

Hi all,

I posted this query on the ausnarrowgauge modellers site a few days ago but apart from one response offering info on Walhalla I've had no responses.

There seems to be quite a bit of information available on the movement of locomotives on the VR narrow gauge (of which I have quite a bit) but I'm wondering if I can be pointed to a source that would indicate the rolling stock allocations on the Whitfield line around the 1950s?

Something like weekly notices or running sheets that might indicate what the numbers were of the NQs, NMs, NUs etc. still on the line prior to closure?

Obviously can get some numbers from photographs in various publications such as Focus on Whitfield, etc.but would like something a bit more definitive if possible.

Regards,

David Price
bellarinerailway.com.au


Re: Follow-up to GPS article -re UAV's

John Cleverdon
 

Hello Iain/all,
Some further comments about drones.
Last year at work, we hired an external company to fly a drone over a couple of development projects we are involved with (Martha Cove at Safety Beach and Marriott Waters at Lyndhurst), recording some impressive MPEG4 video. This was 1280*720 resolution and 30fps. These clips aren't online but looking at them on my home or work PC's indicates pretty good quality (a 6-minute clip is nearly 600MB in size).

Developers at a couple of other projects we are involved with have also got some drone video footage of their own for the official websites; these are at:
http://myjubilee.com.au/latest-construction-video-update/ - Jubilee at Wyndham Vale
http://satterley.com.au/tarneit/ - Habitat at Tarneit

I was also at a professional conference a couple of weeks back (coincidentally with a 'heritage' theme) and one of the speakers (Anton van Wyk from Spatial Technologies - http://spatialtechnologies.com.au/) was talking about using drones and data capture at heritage sites; this included (as an example) using a drone to help create a 3D 'point cloud' model of the conference venue.
If/when this talk is put online, I'll try and remember to post the URL here.
The trade displays included some drones as well, one being a 'flying wing' design while another was a larger circular 'eight-rotor' drone.

Regards,
John
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Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
John's web page: http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/
LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/pub/john-cleverdon/a/a81/2b



Re: Future of YahooGroups and alternate options

David Halfpenny
 


On 4 Nov 2016, at 23:47, Kevin Sewell kevinrsewell@... [LRRSA] <LRRSA@...> wrote:



One of the interest groups I belong to switched from Yahoo Groups to io Groups about 1 year ago in frustration at the continual problems with Yahoo Groups. The transition was seamless and very pain-free. It is a free group system just like Yahoo, and we have all been very pleased with it so far.

Groups io was created to replace Yahoo Groups by the same guy who wrote the original Groups product that Yahoo bought.

I’m an unofficial Yahoo Community activist, and Groups io is ‘our’ lifeboat-of-choice should the stricken ship finally sink.

David 1/2d

Re: Future of YahooGroups and alternate options

Kevin Sewell
 

One of the interest groups I belong to switched from Yahoo Groups to io Groups about 1 year ago in frustration at the continual problems with Yahoo Groups. The transition was seamless and very pain-free. It is a free group system just like Yahoo, and we have all been very pleased with it so far.
There is however one restriction. In the free version you are limited to (something like) 1Gb of storage. That doesn't bother us much as we don't post a large amount of photos or files - mostly just chatter - and have never come anywhere near our limit. We have a clear understanding that anything attached must be compressed and minimised, and then we all know that stuff will not be left to sit in storage for long periods of time.
It works very well, and on average there are probably 20 messages (new topics or response chatter) daily. Would recommend io Groups if the storage issue doesn't cramp your style.




On Saturday, November 5, 2016, John Cleverdon johnc@... [LRRSA] <LRRSA@...> wrote:
 

Hello all,
On the topic of 'what will happen if/when Yahoo finishes up', my main hobby is astronomy and in the local astronomy club we've had a highly successful Yahoo group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/e-scorpius/info) for many years.
However, with the future of Yahoo not being certain, some members have recently set up a web-based forum using PHP (http://www.mpas.asn.au/Forum/index.php) for members. It will have a similar design to the much larger 'IceInSpace' amateur astronomy forums (http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/index.php).

The only downside with this is that so far, it seems that you actually have to login in the web browser to view the messages; you can't get them in your email inbox (at least with Thunderbird) but can only get messages when new postings are made.
There is still a learning curve with this, so we are yet to work out all of what can or can't be done with PHP.

Regards,
John

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Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
John's web page: http://users.cdi.com.au/~johnc/
LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/pub/john-cleverdon/a/a81/2b




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