The weather forecast was for a mild, cloudy start to the day, with sun after lunchtime, and that's just what happened.
Not too many members on site today, but those who were present found plenty to keep them occupied - Eric and his team mowing and pruning, Dave completing the replacement of the track in platform 1 and Garry, assisted by Dave S and Chris, starting with gauge widening the 5" transfer track, and then completing the replacement of the slabs around the raised steaming bay supports. Dave has now advised us of his retirement!!
Photographs supplied by Eric today No words and music to go with them except the comments below them.
THE INSIDE OF THE NOW COMPLETE POOL JUNCTION SIGNAL BOX
O . M . G . WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?
4.00 O'CLOCK TUESDAY AND FIVE OF THE BEST --
A WELL EARNED REST AND CUPPA AT THE END OF THE DAY.
ALLAN D, DAVE M, MIKE B, PETER R & JOHN C.
Thank you to Garry for sending these few over.
Steaming bay area looking a lot tidier now the slabs are back in place.
Overall views of completed station area re-track.
The weather started out OK. A member came in and said that he was surprised that anyone was here as it was bucketing it down up the road. We were Ok working on the track. Then a few spots came and again that's when we got the full buckets. It did stop for all of !!! well yes it stopped and started again. That when yours truly found a down pipe blocked on the canopy with a plant growing in it. I got wet sorting it. Dave and John Allan where busy on the last bit of track in the station. Brian was planting another post. We have a new ticket shed by the gate.
All mod cons light, window with glass in, door with a lock, water tight roof.
John putting a sleeper in and checking the bolts.
Brian planting another post.
John had a steam test and now a run around the track.
Look dry floor. Dave getting his 2 loco off his trailer using the new lift.
Dave with Peter & Len with the 2 locos on the lift.
Tuesday 21st September was fairly mild, but started dull, and the members on site suffered several showers, some quite heavy and prolonged.
There was a reasonable turnout, the hort. team managing some mowing and hedge trimming before the rain curtailed their operations.
Dave and his team removed the track from platform 1, and having worked through the rain, had almost got the new track installed by the end of the day. All is scheduled to be completed next Tuesday.
Alan Leary was kept busy making the adaptor pieces from the old flat on edge rail to the new section rail, while Garry, assisted by Chris and Dave Smith,
completed the installation of the raised steaming bays and the 5" gauge transfer track.
A start was made on relaying the slabs, which it is hoped will be completed next week.
Digging out track for platform 1. If Bill is praying, he's facing the wrong way!!
John counting the number of stones on John R's shovel in case he over does it!!
John almost in action.
Hope the super elevation is correct.
5" gauge transfer track
5" gauge transfer track looking towards the turntable.
Eric has sent the next 5 photographs, many thanks more the better.
THE NAME IS NOW FIX ON THE SIGNAL BOX.
GARRY WELDING THE LINK BETWEEN THE NEW RAISE TRACK AND THE HIGH LEVEL TRANSVERSER.
GARRY WELDING THE LINK BETWEEN THE NEW RAISE TRACK AND THE HIGH LEVEL TRANSVERSER -- SEE THE SPARKS!!!!
LAST STATION ROAD.
VIC, JOHN AND DAVE.
17th Saturday Steam Up
The weather forecast was for sunny intervals and scattered showers, some heavy, which was exactly what we got.
At around 12.00, there were only 6 people on site, and only 1 engine - Graham with his continental 5" gauge 2 - 6 - 2 tank engine.
Garry arrived at around 12-15 with his 4F and a rake of 12 wagons and had the ground level track to himself, as no other engines arrived. Some members left, and others arrived, but at any one time, there were no more than 8 people on site - very disappointing.
At around 4-30, there was a tremendous hail storm which caused a white-out at BG for several minutes. Luckily, all locos etc. were packed away, and those remaining were ready to leave. Pity the camera was in the car!
Garry's 4F and train awaiting the road.
Garry running downhill towards the level crossing.
Today we have a fair few cameras out working Garry, Mick & Eric.
A mild, partly cloudy day at Balleny Green with just a few, heavy at times, showers. Several members attended, allowing a lot of work to be completed.
Some mowing and general tidying up was carried out by the Hort. team while Dave and his team removed the centre track in the station area and replaced it with new rail. All that was left to be done at the end of the day was coupling up at the tunnel end.
Alan L spent the day welding up connecting pieces from the old style track to the new, and installing a sensor on the point between tracks 2 and 3 in the station throat, ably assisted by Ossie, and with plenty of advice from others!!
Neil Harrison and Dave Smith carried out a hydraulic test on Garry's 4F, after which, Garry and Chris completed the installation of the raised 5" gauge transfer track in the steaming bay, which they had concreted in by the end of the day.
work in progress removing the original ballast. Alan advising Mike how best to hold the shovel.
Good progress being made removing the old ballast and levelling prior to ballasting
Alan welding a bracket onto the point.
Ossie playing a crutial role holding the power supply together!!
The centre track is now almost complete. Dave praying for rain at this time!!
The last two raised steaming bays concreted in place. Many Thanks Garry.
2 heads are better than one!
Just pulling the rail out the old sleepers.
What you putting in the tea pot Garry?
Track bed all out ready for the next stage.
The next stage terra mat. To stop the weeds coming up, and let the water go down.
Ballasted and new track in place up to the points.
Allan dropped a nut again I recon! Many Thanks Mick.
A pow wow meeting.
A pow wow meeting part 2.
Look a new one come to look in the hole at the pow wow meting. many Thanks Eric.
Garry has sent some more photos taken on Tuesday.
Dave, Mike and John working on the track bed
Track now in situ, being levelled prior to ballasting
New intermediate height raised steaming bay awaiting concrete
Drop section in steaming bay to allow wide fireboxes to be removed
Transfer steaming bay dual 7.1/4 "5" gauge almost complete.5" gauge will connect to the raised traverse seen bottom left corner
Eric Sent these 2 photos for the WHY page today.
Working on the track in the steaming bay.
Dave & his team Allan, Peter, Mick installing the first 2 track panels in to the station (platform 3)
A very nice morning lots of lads on site. All looking busy as normal.
Mick feeling the heat undoing the bolts in the track.
Some of the new decking has been fitted by Allan. Johns engine going up to raised steaming bay.
The inner rail has been pulled up. Now peter is digging the is sleepers up.
Peter again digging the track bed out. Peter was not the only one working on this. Dave, Chris and my self all had a go!
Just checking the track panel height. Need 2 inches of ballast under the sleepers. Digging out going well. John in steam on the left