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ABC Country Hour -- Homebush

A C Lynn Zelmer
 

G'day all

ABC Country Hour recently interviewed an ex-driver of HOMEBUSH (Hudswell Clarke) at Ingham.

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/qld-country-hour/homebush-steam-engine/11387910

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


Re: LRRSA NSW Division tour - MORTS DOCK

Eddie Oliver
 

On 11/08/2019 17:24, Phil Rickard wrote:
Please see attached flier for what will no doubt be an interesting day tour for anyone in the Sydney area.
What is to be seen? The site was largely "converted to parkland"?


LRRSA NSW Division tour - MORTS DOCK

Phil Rickard
 

Please see attached flier for what will no doubt be an interesting day tour for anyone in the Sydney area.

Phil Rickard


Sydney Trams

Martin Best
 

Over the weekend the Guardian website ran 2 articles relating to the tram network in Sydney, the first describing the decision to close the network, the second with a series of images of the trams in use.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/28/erased-from-history-how-sydney-destroyed-its-trams-for-love-of-the-car

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2019/jul/28/dying-days-sydney-tram-network-in-pictures

 

Best regards, Martin


Light Railways 268

John Dennis
 

The peelers, plonkers and stuffers did a fabulous job last night, and Light Railways 268 (August 2019) has now been handed over to Australia Post. This is another very interesting issue, featuring part 5 of Ian Mcneil's Clarence River Story - this time focusing on the Ocean Breakwaters. There's also an article describing the Moreton Sugar Mill collection by Clive Plater, and Colin Harvey has a well researched account of the Kew Mental Hospital Construction Tramway, which started some years ago when he noticed suspicious looking earthworks at the Yarra Bend golf course. 
Expect your copy to drop into your mailbox early next week, or if you are not a member, pick it up at your newsagent or from our online shop - http://lightrailwayresearchsocietyofaustralia.cart.net.au/L… or as a downloadable PDF: http://lightrailwayresearchsocietyofaustralia.cart.net.au/L…
  



OFF-TOPIC Photographs from Wales.

Michael C.
 

Dear all,

Between the 21st and 23rd June the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog held a gala event called Past, Present and Future.

Star of the show was undoubtedly the Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell built in 1906; the locomotive pulled trains to Beddgelert for the first time in 80 years.

War Department Hunslet 303 / 1215 also visited the gala.

I have uploaded a collection of images to Flickr.

Take a look if you're interested.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157709467955721

Cheers,

Michael Chapman


Re: Choppers and Chippers

Frank Stamford
 


Regarding "Choppers and Chippers" which was published by the author, I have these two comments from people who handle LRRSA sales orders:

Choppers and Chippers is a logging history, covering all facets of the industry. There are some wonderful tramway photos and information, but it is not a "railway" book as such. It covers the logging industry in the West Otway, and is a companion volume to Sawdust and Steam, which covers the East Otways. Both books taken together expand significantly on Norm's earlier work, The Beechy. 

and:

As Norm explained it, Choppers & Chippers is the companion book to Sawdust & Steam and both books together replace The Beechy.

It is very much about the tramways, but has been expanded to include more of the social history associated with the sawmills and tramways of the Otway Ranges. Both books also include much information that was not yet discovered when The Beechy was written.

As I said previously it includes the logging industry in the post tramway era, with road transport and bulldozers.

That is all I can add at this stage.

Regards,
Frank


On 2/07/2019 1:30 am, B.Rumary wrote:

The LRRSA has a new book out - "Choppers and Chippers" by Norm Houghton.

Can anyone tell me how much information in this book covers logging tramways? There's no real information on this point in the blurb on the LRRSA book sales website.

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



Re: Choppers and Chippers

Frank Stamford
 

Thanks John. That is helping to build up a picture of where the book sits.


On 2 Jul 2019, at 11:11 am, John Dennis <jdennis412@...> wrote:

Hello Brian,

Fixing the description of this book has been on my to-do list for a little while. Unfortunately Norman Houghton (author and publisher) does not provide a blurb himself, and the book was added to our stock lists in a hurry to meet Light Railways deadlines, before we had even seen a copy ourselves. At the time I had very little information to go on. 

Choppers and Chippers is a logging history, covering all facets of the industry. There are some wonderful tramway photos and information, but it is not a "railway" book as such. It covers the logging industry in the West Otway, and is a companion volume to Sawdust and Steam, which covers the East Otways. Both boos taken together expand significantly on Norm's earlier work, The Beechy. 

Hope this helps,
John Dennis
LRRSA Sales

On Tue, 2 Jul 2019 at 01:30, B.Rumary <brian@...> wrote:

The LRRSA has a new book out - "Choppers and Chippers" by Norm Houghton.

Can anyone tell me how much information in this book covers logging tramways? There's no real information on this point in the blurb on the LRRSA book sales website.

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


Re: Choppers and Chippers

John Dennis
 

Hello Brian,

Fixing the description of this book has been on my to-do list for a little while. Unfortunately Norman Houghton (author and publisher) does not provide a blurb himself, and the book was added to our stock lists in a hurry to meet Light Railways deadlines, before we had even seen a copy ourselves. At the time I had very little information to go on. 

Choppers and Chippers is a logging history, covering all facets of the industry. There are some wonderful tramway photos and information, but it is not a "railway" book as such. It covers the logging industry in the West Otway, and is a companion volume to Sawdust and Steam, which covers the East Otways. Both boos taken together expand significantly on Norm's earlier work, The Beechy. 

Hope this helps,
John Dennis
LRRSA Sales

On Tue, 2 Jul 2019 at 01:30, B.Rumary <brian@...> wrote:

The LRRSA has a new book out - "Choppers and Chippers" by Norm Houghton.

Can anyone tell me how much information in this book covers logging tramways? There's no real information on this point in the blurb on the LRRSA book sales website.

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


Re: Choppers and Chippers

Frank Stamford
 

Hello Brian,

The LRRSA is selling "Choppers and Chippers" but did not publish it. It was published by the author.

I do not have a copy so I cannot comment on your specific question, and it is a reasonable question.

I have seen a copy and remember being very impressed with many of the photographs. They were tempting, but I am attracted by historic photographs of things other than tramways.

But it is a sawmilling history, not specifically a tramway history, many of the pictures and some of the text is about sawmilling in the post tramway era.

Hopefully someone else on this Group might have a copy and be able to give you a more helpful response. In the meantime I will make some enquiries and if I find out more I will respond again here.

Rgards,
Frank

On 2/07/2019 1:30 am, B.Rumary wrote:

The LRRSA has a new book out - "Choppers and Chippers" by Norm Houghton.

Can anyone tell me how much information in this book covers logging tramways? There's no real information on this point in the blurb on the LRRSA book sales website.

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



Choppers and Chippers

B.Rumary
 

The LRRSA has a new book out - "Choppers and Chippers" by Norm Houghton.

Can anyone tell me how much information in this book covers logging tramways? There's no real information on this point in the blurb on the LRRSA book sales website.

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


Re: Robey boiler

Petan
 

Thanks Peter!

 

I’ll pass that on to the museum!

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> On Behalf Of Peter Evans
Sent: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 5:04 PM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Robey boiler

 

Looks to be a bog-standard locomotive (portable) boiler, internally fired with hot gases passing through the fire tubes.

heers,
PeterE.


Re: Robey boiler

Peter Evans
 

Looks to be a bog-standard locomotive (portable) boiler, internally fired with hot gases passing through the fire tubes.

heers,
PeterE.


Robey boiler

Petan
 

Just checking on behalf on Tweed Shire’s Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah NSW  https://ehive.com/collections/5051/tweed-regional-museum

 

Would it be correct to say  the following portable steam engine, as described and shown in the following website details, would be a normal multi tubular boiler with the hot firebox gasses passing through horizontal tubes from firebox to smokebox and the boiler having water internally?  It is a Robey 25hp, 12 tonne, Class A DC, Portable Steam Engine, No. 29166 was built by Robey & Co. It is from a sawmill, so fuel would be sawmill offcuts. That website has the history of the engine.

https://ehive.com/collections/5051/objects/478464/robey-stationary-steam-engine

 

Thanks

Peter Cokley


OFF TOPIC Photographs from Wales

Michael C.
 

Dear all,

Apologies once again for filling your inboxes, but I've been uploading more images to Flickr.

On the 6th May 2019 I visited the two foot gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway in mid-Wales. https://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk/

Hmmm, how can I put this... it's not the same as it used to be.

Here it is on HTV - Harlech Television in the 1970s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4a6jn-18X0 
This was in the days when you had to hire a Bell Jetranger helicopter as there were no commercial drones!

Long-gone are the days of British Rail...

On the day I visited it was a bit over-cast - perhaps that has clouded my judgement, but to me it was all a bit clinical, perfect, and dare I say it, Disney-like.

For example, intermediate Great Western Railway halts have been recreated. This is all very well and good, but you can't get off, even when the train is paused to take on water.

However, they do have a superb £600K workshop at Aberystwyth where they do contract work. For example they are currently rebuilding a WW1 Baldwin tank locomotive for the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog. Their appeal can be viewed here: https://www.whr.co.uk/appeals/baldwin-rebuild/

I've created a seperate album of Baldwin photographs here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157708437520185

Anyway, I digress here is a link to the VOR album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157708437381375

Take a look if you are interested.

And if you are, here's an album from 2012 too.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157644855253584

Off to Wales again this weekend to see Russell return to Beddgelert on the Welsh Highland Railway - more to follow.

Cheers,

Michael Chapman


PROV mapwarper

Stuart Thyer
 

https://mapwarper.prov.vic.gov.au/

 

The PROV Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning ('rectifying') historical maps and plans from Public Record Office Victoria's collections to match today's precise maps. Visitors can browse already rectified maps or assist us by aligning a map.

 

It’s a technique probably very familiar to many light railway researchers already. Depending on the sources, I’ve used both Google Earth’s version and also Photoshop for previous work.


Re: OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Michael C.
 

Is it advertised as steam?

https://flic.kr/p/2gaRYm7

Coming soon... the water tower has already been restored.

Michael Chapman



Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

-------- Original message --------
From: Hunslet <hunslet@...>
Date: 11/06/2019 04:50 (GMT+00:00)
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Advertised as steam, but run with a diesel?!

Hunslet

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io [mailto:LRRSA@groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael C. via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, 9 June 2019 8:27 AM
To: lrrsa@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

 

Dear all,

 

Apologies once again for filling your inboxes with off-topic material.

 

I have been uploading images to Flickr...

 

This time from the Nilgiri Mountain Railway again and a special excursion train from Ooty to Ketti.

 

There are also some scenic views and a quick look round the town of Ooty.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Michael Chapman

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: chapmanmchapman <chapmanmchapman@...>
To: lrrsa <lrrsa@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, 5 Jun 2019 0:25
Subject: OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Dear all,

 

Back in March I was fortunate enough to ride the metre gauge Niligiri Mountain Railway in India - it was a brilliant experience; scenery, steam, and stations with all the paraphernalia from a bygone era.

 

More information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nilgiri_Mountain_Railway

 

Photographs from my trip on 2nd March can be seen here:

 

 

I also have a separate album of images from on-shed at Coonoor showing the amazing 0-8-2 rack locomotives under repair etc.

 

 

Take a look if you are interested.

 

Cheers,

 

Michael Chapman

UK


Re: OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Hunslet
 

Advertised as steam, but run with a diesel?!

Hunslet

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io [mailto:LRRSA@groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael C. via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, 9 June 2019 8:27 AM
To: lrrsa@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

 

Dear all,

 

Apologies once again for filling your inboxes with off-topic material.

 

I have been uploading images to Flickr...

 

This time from the Nilgiri Mountain Railway again and a special excursion train from Ooty to Ketti.

 

There are also some scenic views and a quick look round the town of Ooty.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Michael Chapman

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: chapmanmchapman <chapmanmchapman@...>
To: lrrsa <lrrsa@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, 5 Jun 2019 0:25
Subject: OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Dear all,

 

Back in March I was fortunate enough to ride the metre gauge Niligiri Mountain Railway in India - it was a brilliant experience; scenery, steam, and stations with all the paraphernalia from a bygone era.

 

More information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nilgiri_Mountain_Railway

 

Photographs from my trip on 2nd March can be seen here:

 

 

I also have a separate album of images from on-shed at Coonoor showing the amazing 0-8-2 rack locomotives under repair etc.

 

 

Take a look if you are interested.

 

Cheers,

 

Michael Chapman

UK


Re: OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Michael C.
 

Dear all,

Apologies once again for filling your inboxes with off-topic material.

I have been uploading images to Flickr...

This time from the Nilgiri Mountain Railway again and a special excursion train from Ooty to Ketti.

There are also some scenic views and a quick look round the town of Ooty.

Take a look if you are interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157705106628152

Cheers,

Michael Chapman




-----Original Message-----
From: chapmanmchapman <chapmanmchapman@...>
To: lrrsa <lrrsa@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, 5 Jun 2019 0:25
Subject: OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Dear all,

Back in March I was fortunate enough to ride the metre gauge Niligiri Mountain Railway in India - it was a brilliant experience; scenery, steam, and stations with all the paraphernalia from a bygone era.

More information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nilgiri_Mountain_Railway

Photographs from my trip on 2nd March can be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157680233335178

I also have a separate album of images from on-shed at Coonoor showing the amazing 0-8-2 rack locomotives under repair etc.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157708587319504

Take a look if you are interested.

Cheers,

Michael Chapman
UK


OFF TOPIC - more photographs from India

Michael C.
 

Dear all,

Back in March I was fortunate enough to ride the metre gauge Niligiri Mountain Railway in India - it was a brilliant experience; scenery, steam, and stations with all the paraphernalia from a bygone era.

More information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nilgiri_Mountain_Railway

Photographs from my trip on 2nd March can be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157680233335178

I also have a separate album of images from on-shed at Coonoor showing the amazing 0-8-2 rack locomotives under repair etc.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157708587319504

Take a look if you are interested.

Cheers,

Michael Chapman
UK