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Puffing Billy - 3D video map

John Cleverdon <johnc@...>
 

Hello all,
Back in 2015 and 2016 I mentioned the Memory Map software/maps (http://memory-map.com.au/digital-maps/topographic-maps-australia.html) on this email list, and it having both 2D and 3D maps.

When updating the software earlier in the year, I noted something that I had previously overlooked or ignored - it can also produce 3D 'video maps'. I created such maps (the end result being MPG files) using GPS tracks from a handheld or kit-build GPS.
After a visit to Daylesford over Easter, I had a further think about this, and wondered if I could create a GPX file using Vicmap digital map data (rather than just from a GPS device). This turned out to be possible, and so among the examples, I've created one of Puffing Billy, running from Belgrave to Gembrook.
This video map can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6fbmnqbk9c7x9sp/PuffingBilly.mpg?dl=0
Note that I've kept it to 480*640 resolution to keep the file size down.

For those interested, the procedure is below:
  • I already had the rail network (for this example) in GIS format, and opened it using open-source GIS (Geographic Information System) software  - QGIS (https://www.qgis.org/en/site/). The data was from the Vicmap digital data download at: http://services.land.vic.gov.au/SpatialDatamart/
  • There relevant rail network segments were selected and then saved as a DXF file (on WGS84 coordinates).
  • In Draft Sight (freeware CAD software - https://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/), these rail segments were 'welded' (joined) in to one segment.
  • This single segment was saved as a new DXF file, and then then opened in QGIS software.
  • In QGIS, this was converted to GPX format (keeping it on WGS84 coordinates), and then opened in Memory Map, where the 3D video map was created.
  • Memory Map produces an AVI file (very big!), it was converted to MPG format using the free software at: https://www.videoconverterfactory.com/free-hd-video-converter/
  • I've noted that the AVI file has a limit of around 4GB file-size when created, this works out to around 35km distance.

Of course, if you have commercial CAD software, you can do the work in that instead of freeware CAD software.

Regards,
John
--
John Cleverdon
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: Book request

David Halfpenny
 

On 20 Apr 2018, at 08:16, Michael Chapman chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA] <LRRSA@...> wrote:

Dear all,

A quick query.

I'm a volunteer at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in North Wales. In addition to running trains, we also run a really successful book shop specialising in narrow gauge titles.
Yes, it’s a really good bookshop!
I buy from them at exhibitions from time to time.

I last visited the actual shop some 30 years ago, asking for narrow gauge books. The Volunteer said, “I think you’d be interested in this little book about the Kama Sutra Railway in India.” I was, and I’ve still got it :-)

David 1/2d


Re: : Book request

Frank Stamford
 

Hello Michael,

Copies are readily available on the second hand market, and at reasonable prices.

Go to www.bookfinder.com and use Lou Rae and The Abt Railway as author and title, and you will find them.

Regards,
Frank


Re: Book request

rthorne475
 

Michael,

Contact me off group and I'll give you Lou's contact details.

Richard Horne

On Friday, 20 April 2018, 08:16:42 BST, Michael Chapman chapmanmchapman@... [LRRSA] wrote:


 

Dear all,

A quick query.

I'm a volunteer at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in North Wales. In addition to running trains, we also run a really successful book shop specialising in narrow gauge titles.

Recently we were asked about Lou Rae's book on the Abt Railway in Tasmania.

Does anyone know who the publisher is and where copies of the book can be obtained - if still available?

Michael Chapman

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone


Book request

Michael C.
 

Dear all,

A quick query.

I'm a volunteer at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in North Wales. In addition to running trains, we also run a really successful book shop specialising in narrow gauge titles.

Recently we were asked about Lou Rae's book on the Abt Railway in Tasmania.

Does anyone know who the publisher is and where copies of the book can be obtained - if still available?

Michael Chapman

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone


Re: : RE: NSW parish maps

Petan
 

Try this web site, NSW Spatial Services

When the home page opens click on parish maps, click accept on the copyright page and it will take you directly to parish maps.

This works for me without that repetitive annoying pop up small window that does allow the parish maps to load, so I am back in action.

Cheers
Peter Cokley

From: yahoomail@... <yahoomail@...> 
Sent: Friday, 20 April 2018 7:56 AM
To: 'LRRSA@...' <LRRSA@...>
Subject: RE: [LRRSA] NSW parish maps

Thanks Iain!!
Problem continues on our browsers including FF so the problem has thus been isolated to our system. I did reply earlier but we had email troubles so maybe the earlier reply might eventually appear.

Cheers
Peter Cokley


Re: NSW parish maps

Iain
 

Seems to be working fine for my on FF

 

Dr Iain Stuart

 

JCIS Consultants

P.O. Box 2397

Burwood North

NSW 2134

Australia

 

(02) 97010191

Iain_Stuart@...

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 3:10 PM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: [LRRSA] NSW parish maps

 

 

Wondering if anyone else is having troubles with the usual NSW Land Registry Services' (NSW LRS) Historical Land Records Viewer as it either tells me that site is no secure or it does open but the page after the accepting of the copyright etc has a small pop up window with blue ok button after I enter the name of the required parish. Clicking that OK button than starts an endless loop of repeated requests to do the same without any maps appearing. This only really started a couple of weeks ago. Same on all three of the internet browsers here.
http://hlrv.nswlrs.com.au/pixel.htm

Cheers
Peter Cokley


NSW parish maps

Petan
 

Wondering if anyone else is having troubles with the usual NSW Land Registry Services' (NSW LRS) Historical Land Records Viewer as it either tells me that site is no secure or it does open but the page after the accepting of the copyright etc has a small pop up window with blue ok button after I enter the name of the required parish. Clicking that OK button than starts an endless loop of repeated requests to do the same without any maps appearing. This only really started a couple of weeks ago. Same on all three of the internet browsers here.
http://hlrv.nswlrs.com.au/pixel.htm

Cheers
Peter Cokley


Currumbin Sanctuary

Petan
 

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, has a 2018 dated webpage noting the steamer is operational. I recall some questions in the past about the status of this loco.
https://currumbinsanctuary.com.au/our-stories/news/train-ride-down-memory-lane

Cheers
Peter Cokley


Re: Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

Brad P
 

I have one recent one.
But am in the Philippines.

On Sat, 14 Apr. 2018, 8:28 am 'Chris Stratton' gm4201@... [LRRSA], <LRRSA@...> wrote:
 

I only have a photo of it at Ipswich pre-restoration, with band-aids attached.

 

Regards,

CS

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:19 AM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4 [1 Attachment]

 

[Attachment(s) from frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] included below]


Good morning all,

 

The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.

 

This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 

 

Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:

 

(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 

 

(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.

 

Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?

 

The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.

 

Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)

 

 





Re: Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

Chris Stratton
 

Noel,

 

I recently bought an Epson V370 scanner from Officeworks for $198 and am very happy with the results. I used to use a Plustek OpticFilm 7200i which cost a lot more but it died. The V370 does 4800x9600 dpi optical, if you want to spend more and get the V550 it will do 6400x9600dpi, it will also do more film formats than the V370.

 

Regards,

Chris

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Sunday, 15 April 2018 1:25 AM
To: LRRSA@...
Cc: 'John & Ann Browning'
Subject: RE: [LRRSA] Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

 




In the early fifties I had my railwayman’s annual vacation in Queensland. I  visited many sugar mill sites from Hambledon Mill near Cairns [which had Clyde 0-6-0 diesel locos] south to Moreton Central Mill at Nambour. Most mills had steam locos and I recall and photographed  ‘MORETON’ [which travelled under the QR main line] and ‘VALDORA’ [used for shunting] at Nambour, also other steam locos were photographed at Pleystowe, Isis, Millaquin and Qunaba sugar Mills.  One of these had an 0-4-0 Krauss loco with a large spark arrestor stack like ‘JACK’ from Burrinjuck Dam, also an 0-6-0 loco.  Other mills in that area and elsewhere had ‘Bunderberg/Fowler’ steam locos.

 

A lot of these 35 mm colour transparency images are yet to be scanned when I can afford a good Epson high resolution scanner. Most of my colour film was Kodachrome which retained colours better than others. They have only been viewed occasionally with a 300 watt ‘Aldis’ projector.

Noel Reed. Hornsby NSW.             

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2018 2:15 PM
To: LRRSA@...
Cc: John & Ann Browning
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

 

 

The CaneSIG image collection may have what you are looking for Frank:
Image link: North Eton Sugar Mill, Mackay Q 4 Hunslet 4-6-0T Canefield to mill -- 20.9.63 (Built by Hunslet Engine Co. for British War Dept; saw service in France in First World War.), John Browning Collection [Qsugar]
     [http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/qld/jbc/3040A.jpg]

I can provide a publishable (higher resolution and cleaned up a bit) version of the image if John Browning is agreeable.

Best wishes, Lynn

On 14/04/2018 10:19 AM, frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] wrote:

Good morning all,

 

The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.

 

This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 

 

Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:

 

(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 

 

(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.

 

Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?

 

The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.

 

Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)

 

 

 

-- 
Lynn Zelmer
Box 1414 Main Post Office
Rockhampton, QLD 4700 AUSTRALIA

 

 

Virus-free. www.avg.com

 





Re: Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

Noel Reed
 

In the early fifties I had my railwayman’s annual vacation in Queensland. I  visited many sugar mill sites from Hambledon Mill near Cairns [which had Clyde 0-6-0 diesel locos] south to Moreton Central Mill at Nambour. Most mills had steam locos and I recall and photographed  ‘MORETON’ [which travelled under the QR main line] and ‘VALDORA’ [used for shunting] at Nambour, also other steam locos were photographed at Pleystowe, Isis, Millaquin and Qunaba sugar Mills.  One of these had an 0-4-0 Krauss loco with a large spark arrestor stack like ‘JACK’ from Burrinjuck Dam, also an 0-6-0 loco.  Other mills in that area and elsewhere had ‘Bunderberg/Fowler’ steam locos.

 

A lot of these 35 mm colour transparency images are yet to be scanned when I can afford a good Epson high resolution scanner. Most of my colour film was Kodachrome which retained colours better than others. They have only been viewed occasionally with a 300 watt ‘Aldis’ projector.

Noel Reed. Hornsby NSW.             

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2018 2:15 PM
To: LRRSA@...
Cc: John & Ann Browning
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

 

 

The CaneSIG image collection may have what you are looking for Frank:
Image link: North Eton Sugar Mill, Mackay Q 4 Hunslet 4-6-0T Canefield to mill -- 20.9.63 (Built by Hunslet Engine Co. for British War Dept; saw service in France in First World War.), John Browning Collection [Qsugar]
     [http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/qld/jbc/3040A.jpg]

I can provide a publishable (higher resolution and cleaned up a bit) version of the image if John Browning is agreeable.

Best wishes, Lynn

On 14/04/2018 10:19 AM, frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] wrote:

Good morning all,

 

The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.

 

This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 

 

Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:

 

(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 

 

(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.

 

Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?

 

The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.

 

Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)

 

 

 

-- 
Lynn Zelmer
Box 1414 Main Post Office
Rockhampton, QLD 4700 AUSTRALIA

 

Virus-free. www.avg.com

 


Re: Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4 [1 Attachment]

John Browning
 

All good with me, Lynn

 

John

 

From: A C Lynn Zelmer [mailto:lynn@...]
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2018 2:15 PM
To: LRRSA@...
Cc: John & Ann Browning Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4 [1 Attachment]

 

The CaneSIG image collection may have what you are looking for Frank:
Image link: North Eton Sugar Mill, Mackay Q 4 Hunslet 4-6-0T Canefield to mill -- 20.9.63 (Built by Hunslet Engine Co. for British War Dept; saw service in France in First World War.), John Browning Collection [Qsugar]
     [http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/qld/jbc/3040A.jpg]

I can provide a publishable (higher resolution and cleaned up a bit) version of the image if John Browning is agreeable.

Best wishes, Lynn

On 14/04/2018 10:19 AM, frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] wrote:

[Attachment(s) from frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] included below]


Good morning all,

 

The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.

 

This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 

 

Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:

 

(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 

 

(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.

 

Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?

 

The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.

 

Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)

 

 




 

-- 
Lynn Zelmer
Box 1414 Main Post Office
Rockhampton, QLD 4700 AUSTRALIA


Re: Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

Frank Stamford
 


Thank you very much Lynn.

I have contacted you directly about a high res version.

It is just what we want.

Regards,
Frank

On 14/04/2018 2:15 PM, A C Lynn Zelmer lynn@... [LRRSA] wrote:
 

The CaneSIG image collection may have what you are looking for Frank:
Image link: North Eton Sugar Mill, Mackay Q 4 Hunslet 4-6-0T Canefield to mill -- 20.9.63 (Built by Hunslet Engine Co. for British War Dept; saw service in France in First World War.), John Browning Collection [Qsugar]
     [http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/qld/jbc/3040A.jpg]

I can provide a publishable (higher resolution and cleaned up a bit) version of the image if John Browning is agreeable.

Best wishes, Lynn

On 14/04/2018 10:19 AM, frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] wrote:

Good morning all,


The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.


This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 


Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:


(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 


(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.


Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?


The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.


Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)




-- 
Lynn Zelmer
Box 1414 Main Post Office
Rockhampton, QLD 4700 AUSTRALIA



Re: Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4 [1 Attachment]

A C Lynn Zelmer
 

The CaneSIG image collection may have what you are looking for Frank:
Image link: North Eton Sugar Mill, Mackay Q 4 Hunslet 4-6-0T Canefield to mill -- 20.9.63 (Built by Hunslet Engine Co. for British War Dept; saw service in France in First World War.), John Browning Collection [Qsugar]
     [http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/qld/jbc/3040A.jpg]

I can provide a publishable (higher resolution and cleaned up a bit) version of the image if John Browning is agreeable.

Best wishes, Lynn

On 14/04/2018 10:19 AM, frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] wrote:

Good morning all,


The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.


This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 


Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:


(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 


(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.


Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?


The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.


Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)




-- 
Lynn Zelmer
Box 1414 Main Post Office
Rockhampton, QLD 4700 AUSTRALIA


Re: Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4 [1 Attachment]

Chris Stratton
 

I only have a photo of it at Ipswich pre-restoration, with band-aids attached.

 

Regards,

CS

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...]
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:19 AM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4 [1 Attachment]

 

[Attachment(s) from frank.stamford@... [LRRSA] included below]


Good morning all,

 

The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.

 

This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 

 

Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:

 

(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 

 

(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.

 

Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?

 

The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.

 

Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)

 

 





Hunslet No.1239 4-6-0T locomotive - North Eton Mill No.4

Frank Stamford
 

Good morning all,


The next issue of Light Railways will include an article about Hunslet 4-6-0T locomotive, Buuilder's No.1239, which is now restored in the Workshops Railway, Museum, Ipswich.


This locomotive was formerly No.4 of North Eton sugar mill, Queensland. 


Whilst we have a number of illustrations for the article, we are looking for:


(1)  a photograph of it is service at North Eton (which would be before 1965); and 


(2) a photograph of it in its fully restored condition at the Museum.


Would any member of this Group be able to provide one or both of these please?


The attached picture is one I took in 1964 of the loco in a park.


Regards,

Frank

(wearing LR Associate Editor hat!)




Re: Pyrmont CSR

Petan
 

Thanks John!

 

Cheers Peter Cokley

 

From: LRRSA@...
Sent: Thursday, 12 April 2018 2:32 PM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Re: Pyrmont CSR

 




Molasses sounds like a possibility.

John





Re: Pyrmont CSR

John Browning
 

Molasses sounds like a possibility.

John


Re: Pyrmont CSR

Petan
 

Folks, I am still following up on the molasses help I received the other week .

 

I am checking why, in 1897, the cargo list of a CSR Condong mill, Tweed River, bound ship would include empty casks listed as for CSR, as well as the to be expected coal from Newcastle for CSR Condong. In July 1897 the Langley Brothers ‘Heroine’, an 1894 Nambucca River built 98 feet schooner, was anchored off Coolangatta waiting to enter the Tweed River. Storms generated by an East Coast low lashed at the boat causing waves to break over her deck, staving in her hatches. She slipped her anchors and she was driven ashore close to Coolangatta Creek at North Kirra. Fortunately, the captain and crew landed safely but she was badly damaged and abandoned.   Sources include The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 1897, p5 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28252432  

 

My suggestion for the empty casks would be to send out molasses, so I wonder if any other person’s research has found molasses was transported in casks in that era?   

 

On a side note, we are members of the Geocaching GPS hobby and we have a cache at the probably wreck site of the Heroine which is also close to the probably site of the August 1846 wreck of the Coolangatta, a 63 foot 88 ton top sail schooner built in the Shoalhaven area of southern NSW in 1843. She was in the area to pick-up cedar logs harvested amongst the hills of the Tweed Valley. Coolangatta QLD is named after this 1846 wreck. Our geocaching user name is Petan, same as my Railpage name. Our geocaching page Has more  https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC5M69F_coolangatta-or-heroine?guid=f948ee9c-a59e-438e-96ca-d1c105c9d06b

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

 

From: LRRSA@...
Sent: Sunday, 4 March 2018 5:31 PM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Pyrmont CSR

 

      Indeed Kevin, My Dad reports workmen who spent time in the empty fermenting vats becoming somewhat merry. They also used beryllium copper tools, to prevent any chance of a spark igniting the vapour. The sugar dust was also highly explosive, a spark from a conveyor, at one time blew out all the windows of the warehouse, into the harbour.

  I rather wonder if the molasses loaded on rail at Condong, went to Pyrmont at all. There were many other users of it. Stock food makers use. Bob