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Finally, 48s arrive at Werris Ck on the Main North. Instead of looking with a “blind eye” whenever a photo or references about diesels popped up in books, while researching the Main North, I should heed the information I was sprooking in my previous Blog entry, “The Prototype did Everything”, and include diesels to my 1965 layout that’ll enhance train operations, especially around Werris Ck. The NSWGR introduced 48s in September 1959 and within 6 months, 14 of the first 20 were allocated to Werris Ck with the other 6 going to Casino on the North Coast. The mainline locos that hauled some Down trains to Werris Ck, were replaced by the more efficient 48s to haul the trains further north and north west on the branch lines to Narrabri, Moree etc. With the return of these Up trains to Werris Ck, the 48s were replaced with the main line locos, to continue south to Port Waratah/Broadmeadow/Sydney. 48s started to replace the Standard Goods “Bankers” based at Murrurundi, the importance of the Depot declined rapidly, the Depot closed in September 1965. The demise of steam on the Main North, was well and truly on the way. In my early days back into the hobby, I bought a Traxx & two Powerline 48s. Endeavoring to get them to run better, their mechanisms were replaced with AR Kits and K&M mechanism and they still ran poorly. Being a predominantly Steam operator, they never got much running. Preparing for the arrival of 48s to my Main North, I revisited these bad runners. I’d already added pickups, so cleaned the mechanisms etc. I even added Stay Alive to one but…. The arrival of my four Trainorama 48s and two later Powerline 48s and a Hollywood Foundry equipped 48, relegated these bad runners to Rotten Row. All surviving 48s have sound decoders and my home brew Stay Alives. To include the 48s into my train operations around Werris Ck, I repositioned a few tracks near the Roundhouse, moved a Goods Shed and added 4 Sidings to the L/H end of the Yard. Included in this re-modelling, I replaced the problematic Turntable with a Fleischmann 90 footer and now have “working” Werris Ck Loco, complete with Diesels.
My very compressed basic Werris Ck Diesel Terminal including a Sand Tower and “on ground” Diesel Tanks, being filled by the Tanker behind 4303.
Adding the 48s to my Werris Ck, I need to run the 16 BWH Wheat train (1,000 tons) from the Silo Complex to Port Waratah using double 48s but they need rear end assistance at Willow Tree to get to Ardglen. I need to re-make Willow Tree for this "rear end banking" procedure, even if it's just around the corner for this train and other UP trains. I remodelled the area from the doorway, along the wall, details in a future Blog entry.To separate Werris Ck from Willow Tree, I added a “scene block” with a hill, road bridge and some trees, adjacent to the Diesel Terminal, shown below.
Train Operations around Werris Ck including the changeovers to/from 48s. Goods Trains: BWH Wheat 1,000 ton train from Werris Ck - 16 BWHs & Van to Port Waratah. Once empty, the BWHs weigh 370 tons so a single 48 returns the train to Werris Ck. In my case it has to be my new Powerline 48, as my Trainorama 48s will not haul this empty train up my Ardglen Bank. North West Goods Trains, will get 48s at Werris Ck, similar to the North West Mail, see below. Northern Goods trains to/from Tamworth/Armidale, some will be hauled by 48s etc. Passenger Trains: All my passenger trains except the Northern Tablelands Express (DEB Set), will be hauled by steam engines to/from Werris Ck where the:.The Glen Innes Mail: Keeps the 35/36 to Armidale.The Relief NTE and the Werris Ck Day Train: North of Werris Ck with a 48. The Brisbane Express via Wallangarra: North of Werris Ck with 48s. The North West Mail: North of Werris Ck with 48s, see below for more details. I’m not ready for “mainline” diesel locos yet but it shouldn't be what I feel like, it should be how the Prototype was. For now it'll be mostly Steam locos. I'll find some trains for my 40s & 4303. These “changeovers” will provide more prototypical fun for the Operator. I should have done this, years ago but better late than never. I have 3 North Coast trains, the Brisbane Ltd, North Coast Mail & North Coast Perishable Goods, hauled by 44s & 45s, staged under Murrurundi and operate through to Sydney, bypassing the 46 “changeovers” at Gosford as the prototype did in 1965. Uncoupling for the "Engine Changes" at Werris Ck.Installing Signals on the 40 metre single line climb Broadmeadow to Werris Ck, with track occupancy, provides bi directional running with the Starting Semaphores mimicking the position of the Points where many of these Points are hard to see their route due to their 1200 - 1500 mm height off the ground, Control Panels finally made it to the layout after 27 years of digital control of my Points, using the Index finger. See previous Signalling Blog entries. The lower deck of Broadmeadow, Gosford and Sydney Staging are still without Control Panels. The difficulty of operating the Points and uncoupling locos/rolling stock, under the Overhead when installed, I'm testing various options to operate Point and uncoupling in Gosford.Using my 1965 Operating Cards to run specific trains on the Main North, many trains have "engine changes" especially at Gosford where all steam hauled trains "change over" to Electrics to/from Sydney, done with Piksters, In Track Magnets and a few Bob Olde Electromagnets. Lots of "engine changes at Broadmeadow & now at Werris Ck. My "new" uncoupling challenge at Werris Ck's Rear Platform doing the changeovers to/from 48s on the North West Mail and some Goods trains, where the track is 600-700 mm from the fascia, at a height of 1420mm (Upper Deck), makes using Piksters to uncouple the locos, very difficult/impossible without a stool, for this short arse Operator, I installed another Bob Olde Electromagnet, firstly to the "difficult" L/H end by replacing the Peco Point motor with an Electromagnet to test the "set up" as this is on a double curve set of Points. If it didn't work here I'd have drill another 45 mm hole on the "straight" and 700mm from the fascia and 1450 mm up. Not easy now scenery, fascia and pelmets are installed.I installed a Platform Light as an Indicator where the Electromagnet was and illuminated the LED when the Uncoupler was energized. I made a 20 Second Timer from Rob Paisley’s site using a Relay, 555 Timer, resistor and a capacitor, with the components soldered onto the relay and mounted in amongst the spaghetti jungle behind the Werris Ck Control Panel, see photo, with a Momentary Push Button Switch on the Panel.With uncoupling of locos working most of the time, I installed another Electromagnet Un-coupler, Light Post and Timer at the R/H end of the Platform. Now operating my North West Mail in both directions more prototypically correct for my 1965 era. At my last Operating Session, I gave a Mate my "new" Operating Card for the North West Mail with the 48 changeovers to test out both the Electromagnets and my Card Instructions. He had trouble disconnecting the 48 at the L/H end. Seeds were sown that I needed to use another Uncoupler. About 2 years ago I saw the new Rapido Uncouplers a mate was installing on his layout. Looking at Rapido's site, I was impressed but being slack I did not chase up with getting some of the Uncouplers. Two days before publishing this Blog entry, I was talking to a Mate about uncoupling methods they use on the Club layout and they recently experimented with Rapido Uncouplers with a test setup on "S" curve with great results. I was lucky my Mate Laurie that lives close by, had a Rapido Uncoupler that I could borrow to see if I get improved uncoupling at the "curved" L/H end of the Platform. Installing the Rapido Uncoupler was easy, fitted to the same 44 mm hole, I drill for my Peco Point Motors. That was lucky. I did not even have to hold it in and it 'just" rotates for the final adjustment. I will fit the supplied plates or add a couple of dabs of PVA to secure it, one day.
The Rapido Uncoupler mounted below the Double Curve Peco Points with the "Alignment" black line showing correct orientation and the Internal Blue LED Indicator illuminated with Uncoupler energized. I'll mount a side mount Peco Point Motor for this point some time but the Sidings are not in operation at the moment.
Wired it up as per instructions and included my LED Lamp Post. Re-aligned the track and it's all done (not ballasted yet). My LED Light Pole illuminated with the Uncoupler energized.
It works a treat, thanks Laurie.Inside the Rapido Uncoupler a "Coil" is used combined with two Magnets on a Plate, to rotate the Magnets through 90 degrees. Wiring up with the supplied Momentary Contact DPDT Switch, there no possibility of burning out a the "Internals" and the Operator has all the time he needs to get a successful Uncouple - not like my 20 seconds for the Electromagnet. So I have a spare maybe two, 20 second Timers. For more details on these Rapido Uncouplers, click here. Time will tell how my test set performs compared to the Electromagnet and what I use in other locations where I disconnect locos. Enquiring about Rapido Uncouplers, they're in short supply like a lot of stuff during Covid-19 but thanks to Dave North at North Model Railway Supplies here in Sydney on 02 9975 6436, I have 2 coming. I'll update my results with the Rapido Uncoupler here. Click below for a 5 min video of running the Mail, that includes the 4 engines changes at Werris Ck and Gosford, prior to fitting the Rapido Uncoupler that takes about an hour do on the layout.
This article first appeared on mainnorth.blogspot.com
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