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Since the last blog, things have moved along somewhat to the extent that another posting is called for.
We start with standard gauge track ballasting and tamping.Then over to the shed where some loco things are happening before looking at carriages with mirrors. Be patient, all will be explained! Then for some late happenings.
Although the photographer is almost looking at the sun and so the image is not the best, the road rail excavator is spreading gravel ballast on the sleepers in 22 track._________________________________________________________________
We actually started at the bottom of the hill by spreading the ballast over the turnout. In due course the machine will get this far with the rest of the spreading, then for tamping. _____________________________________________________________________
Getting a little closer we see that there is no ballast in the plain track. The excavator is picking the piles of gravel from between the track and the fence and spreading over the track whilst working backwards down the hill.
During a pause in proceedings we can admire the brand new machine, The operator proudly told us his boss had just purchased this and another machine with all attachments for a bit over $1.1 million. We hope he does not expect us to be the sole source of his first loan repayment!______________________________________________________________
Jumping ahead a couple of hours, the tamping is complete and the locos have been moved down the hill onto the ballasted and tamped turnout. The rails ahead of the locos have been removed ready for an assault on 21 track._______________________________________________________________
With the rail grab attachment on the excavator boom, the machine pauses before exchanging to the mud bucket ready to dig out the next section. Meanwhile 22 track has been tamped and awaits manual ballast "boxing-up" before it can be considered complete.____________________________________________________________
Rails are gone on the up end of 21 track. In a few minutes we start digging out for the concrete sleepers. Those with keen vision will see Y104 is out of the shed and is now in 19 track waiting a bigger shunt to put it back into 7 track out of the way. And wasn't there a brick building there somewhere. Well, yes there was but it has been "reduced" as it is in the way of the next new tracks. ________________________________________________________________
Mud bucket is on, machine is on site, first cut in a sec. Meanwhile Kevin C and Brandon have been admiring their handiwork.___________________________________________________________
Half an hour later it is knock-off time and the stretch has been dug out. Next step is some sleepers followed by rail.__________________________________________________________
Back over at the shed, Y104 is gone and P22 is now in 1 track having its damaged radiator removed.________________________________________________________
Meanwhile in the shed, Dining Car has been outshopped following final completion of air-conditioning attention. 5ABE has been outshopped following lots of things over more years than we care to recall. Number 4 State has been moved down the back as it will be some time before it is finished.____________________________________________________________
The smokebox front ring from 515 is back in the shed and has had the remains of the smokebox barrel removed in preparedness for it being put back on when the new barrel is on the loco. The new barrel is also in the shed and is having the necessary holes etc put in the correct places in readiness to being fitted to the loco. The boiler inspector is due the second week after Easter so we will then know what to do about the corroded boiler front tube plate. If he endorses our plan, repairs to the tube plate will begin immediately followed by fitting the smokebox barrel.
If the plan is not approved, we will be told what is acceptable and get on with it.___________________________________________________________
We see Max walking the plank! He has applied the dot masking strip and is now painting each dot. This takes a little skill as the paint needs the right consistency and be applied just so.Then before the paint dries, the tape needs to be carefully pealed away - hopefully leaving nicely formed dots._____________________________________________________________
The corridor side of 26BE has all the dots completed by Max and Ross.It does look very "sharp". The next thing to do is the other side.__________________________________________________________
No action in the shot this time but a full set of dots completed. Another step in finishing this car is now ticked off. There is still some lino work on the floor, the edges of the roof, fitting of seats and internal doors to come.___________________________________________________________________
You might need to zoom in on this image to fully read it. Since we have been looking at dots and before that the shaded lettering, this memo is quite significant as it is the instruction from head office for the discontinuation of dotting and shaded words etc on cars. The year; 1920._______________________________________________________________
Meanwhile elsewhere in the sheds, Chris has been working on toilets. Although we jibe him about the "crappy" job, the truth is in 16ABE which is one of the wooden fleet, the provision of modern retention toilets is progressing well. The biggest challenge is fitting the facilities into the very limited space within the existing vestibule area toilet compartments. Here we see the "throne" in place with connecting up in hand.____________________________________________________________
A close up of a window with the mirror panel removed. This happens to be the toilet window with its frosting and scroll work which must be there to make the view from the inside more interesting for the regal incumbent of the 'throne room"._________________________________________________________________
A few days on and the undercoat has been applied to the lower portion of the first side of 4 State.________________________________________________________________
Same thing but from the other end of the car. There is masking paper inserted where the mirror panels have been removed to protect the blinds while sanding and undercoating continues._________________________________________________________________
One of the star mirror panels in the wood shop having the paint removed. _________________________________________________________________ A small panel with the paint removed from the mirrors. There are around 60 mirrors on one side of the car. Whilst it is very difficult to get a good picture of a mirror due to reflections etc, in this view the left mirror has a silvering defect in the bottom left corner. With all mirrors cleaned on the first side, around 5 will need removing for re-silvering. A very pleasing result.
Meanwhile at the non platform end of the car (you cannot call it the back), the first coats of burgundy have been applied and rubbing down between coats is in hand.____________________________________________________________________
With the mirror panels cleaned and the timber sanded, the first coat of burgundy is on. When dry a rub down and at least one more top coat will be needed._____________________________________________________________________
The news of the day outside is two fold. X31 and T378 have been returned home. The X is back for exams and rectification of minor matters and T378 is for a wash and preparation for a charter train in a couple of weeks.__________________________________________________________________
While looking at the X and T from the other angle, you might notice that the locos that were in 21 track have moved to 22 track. With 22 effectively finished, vacating 21 so that rebuilding can continue is a priority.___________________________________________________________________
From the other end looking down the hill T333 is now up near the fouling point at the up end. The track curving to the right in front of T333 will become standard gauge in due course at which time the "miss alignment" between the tracks will resolve. _____________________________________________________________________
Two SSR T locos leave the loco depot area after delivering the X and T earlier in the day.
Back to the shed to see where loco things are up to. The long end of P22 has had the rust damaged section of the end of the hood removed and preparations are in hand for replacement with new material._________________________________________________________________
Along side P22 are all the side panels with sanding well under way. A few panels have bends that will need to be corrected and one panel has dents that will require replacement of the skin._________________________________________________________________
The final shot for this time shows the yellow stripes have been removed from P22 in readiness for sanding of the body. The adhesive is still being removed before sanding can actually start.___________________________________________________________________
That's it for now.__________________________________________+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++_________________________
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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