Friday, 26 April 2013

A follow up of a blog on the The Nimmitabel Extension blog site regarding train consist forms X2010, & how we can adapt these systems to the modelling arena, the following is what is called a Teleprinter load consist of a train I worked from PTK to Moss Vale. 

The train was normally an empty Limestone train but in those days they were also used to forward both Petrol, Fertiliser & sometimes an odd wagon of steel for Southern line destinations.

The normal X2010 as made out by the guard showed the train consist from the Brake Van through to the loco's, thus vehicle #1 on the X2010 was the Van & then numbered upwards to the front.

The wagons for destinations past MV, were detached there & then picked up by the next suitable train to be forwarded to Goulburn, where the wagons would have been then put onto appropriate trains to the destination or next point for transit.

In this case the DOT was diesel fuel for Glbn Loco & would be taken there by the South yard shunting engine. The Bomballa fert for the next goods train to Cooma/Bombala . They would have been left together for that train.

The wagons for Wallendbeen would have been remarshalled together & those for Boorowa also left together, & despatched on the first pick up or slow goods service south.

The Boorowa traffic would have been marshalled in the lead of the other traffic, in accord with the drop off locations along the way, as such if there had been traffic for Yass they would have been on the lead, & then the Boorowa. Train control would also know how much loading was at Harden & Galong for the branch, which would mean the fertiliser wagons could have been shunted off at Galong for attaching to the branch service.

The exception to that would have been if the wagons would have remained in Galong yard for any extended time to prevent interference with them, so would have been taken to Harden.

When looking at pick up trains for modelling purposes, the idea I will be using is to list 3xS, 2 x K, 1x MLV, 2 x RTC for Sleigh, 1x RTC for Union Oil etc at Akuna, if empties were required for Nullo Saw Mill, a list showing, 1xMLE, 2xS, & so on. The train consist & make up would have the wagons marshalled on the train with the first detach closest to the locomotive.

Any Loaded RTC, also required at least one wagon between it & a steam locomotive, also regarding Oil Depots, there was usually an engine stop board located just inside the terminals gates which were always shut except when being shunted, thus a sufficient number of wagons needed to be positioned between the engine & RTC for spotting.

An oil depot on the down side of the western line not far from Katoomba was shunted by 46cl but the O/head only went in as far as the gates, thus the wagon had to be marshalled on the train with at least 3 S trucks between it & the 46.

Hope this is of help.

008….PT KEMBLA NTH…. 6/2/80…1405HRS



METS 106/99










GRD GREIG                     PT KEMBLA  1225HRS

DRV HUSSEY                   PT KEMBLA  1250HRS

ENG NO.42108/42213.


JHG    34036     23       PT KEMBLA       MOSS VALE USE

17      CH                      PT KEMBLA       MEDWAY M/T

1        HCH       306       SAME

DOT   928         60       PT KEMBLA       GOULBURN OIL

S        1723       24       SAME               BOORAWA FERT

S        16002     24       SAME

S        6436       24       SAME

S        15369     24       SAME

S        2467       24       PT KEMBLA       WALLENDBEEN FERT

S        14205     24       SAME               BOORAWA FERT

S        14079     24       SAME               WALLENDBEEN FERT

S        9763       24       SAME

S        15538     24       SAME

S        12739     24       SAME

S        12978     24       SAME

S        4180       24       SAME

S        12955     24       SAME

S        3318       24       SAME

S        14059     24       SAME

S        1416       24       PT KEMBLA       BOMBALA FERT

S        6790       24       SAME

S        8883       24       PT KEMBLA       BOORAWA FERT






Thursday, 18 April 2013

As I wait on a couple of items to finish off Goxes Gulley I have been progressively working towards finishing the section of track between Coxes & Nullo Mountain loop & Mill siding.

With the up side embankment receiving a fair degree of grassing & tree rearrangement the old down side with the facia board left a lot to be desired, not only was the arrangement too low but owing to the perfect elbow height it was all but impossible to maintain any tree or shrub along the low cutting form along that side.

The other aspect or reason is that when in Sydney, the old layout had a similar gradient with a sharper curve as well as a high side to facia which created a very different & realistic exhaust echo that bounced off the higher facia side from sound equipped locomotives as they ascended the grade.  Hopefully with this height increase a similar affect will also be created, although it is not as likely to be as great.

The above photo shows the original height of the down side of the section.

To enable a better embankment on that side as well as raised the facia to a better height was going to need a degree of work & uncertainty if it would work or not. As much of that part of the layout & edge had already been formed & was strong I did not want to remove it, so the solution was to place some 18mm spacers on the outside of the existing facia, then cut another piece of 3mm ply & screw & glue to the outside.  Then fill the gap with foam off cuts to take the new plaster.

The old saying of oils aint oils Sol, applies to the ply as well, the previous ply I had used on the facia had quite nice smooth sides to it, but the new ply was only smooth on one side with a fair degree of roughness about it. 

To get the strength & height I cut the ply to the same height as the existing facia & added an extra 180mm in height to the side. This allowed me to securely screw & glue the new facia to the spacers & provide the extra height without worries, as radius is quite tight, with the 2440 sheet enough to almost go completely around the outside of the climb, & only another short  section needed to cover the distance.

Nullo Mountain end, showing the single join in the new facia panel with old low embankment that showed the old height.
In approximately the same location as the first photo in the main part of the post but looking in the down direction.
Bottom of grade & looking towards an incomplete (still) Coxes Gulley
Looking back towards the descent from Nullo from the down end of Coxes.

Since these photo's have been taken I have put down the base for the new embankments on the down side, given the background another coating of the blue sky, & started the base scenery for it. Next steps will be to add grasses & then the final sky colours prior to the trees & scrub to go in, another couple of weeks steady work,