Thursday, 21 October 2010

Let there be fire!!!

On Saturday lumps of old metal came from the former members workshop. We are also preparing for the arrival of the machinery from the workshop. But a momentous event happened on saturday as you will find out.

You may not be able to see it but smoke is actually coming out of the carridge shed's newly fitted chiminey!

One big problem about the railway that it is mostly underneath trees which rain down leaf's in the Autumn. Because of this the railway rescently brought this very useful (and very fun!) leaf blower as for example...

Here is the shed area under a sea of leafs. The leaf blower turned this job, which is a long and tiring to a quick and fun job. After ten minutes the area was transformed to this...

...clean shed area. We have learnt to put a mat over the turntable to stop leaf's from jamming it.

Here we see some steel bar being cut to length. This will make a frame so we can repaint the viaduct.

In the the last post I said there was nothing going on up at the station but I was wrong!! Turns out that a small section of path needed concreated at the gate. Sadly a cat called "FAT-CAT" made a paw mark in the concreate!

And finally we have had a squirrel on this blog before but i can better that now as we have a beautiful (and rare) red kite circling over the railway.

until next time bye!

Friday, 15 October 2010

busy, busy and busy!

By the name of the title there is a lot of things happening around the railway. Things like clearing out a former member's workshop, construction of the carriage shed, repairing the 5 inch krokidile batteries, building a new, light carriage which I believe is to be made from aluminum plus collecting conkers!

The construction of the carriage shed has picked up a gear
and the area built for the stationary engine is nearly complete.
Also the plan is to have raised track inside and partly outside

The chimney for the stationary engine out side the workshop
just after being cut size. 8 feet long!!

A quiet scene at Dipwood Halt.
No more work is needed to be done at the station now as most attention is now on clearing the former member's workshop, building the carriage shed and building the new carriage.

The 5 inch krokidile batteries got attention as the acid levels in the batteries were very low.

The frame for the new carriage. I believe that it is going to be made from aluminum for lightness and indented to be a spare.

And finally we have three fine BCR produced conkers!!!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

How to clear out a workshop.

For the past few weeks the members of the railway have been clearing out a former members workshop. Unfortunately there is tones of stuff that is needed to be cleared. As it was cleared this loco was brought to the railway.

This is the 5 inch loco built over eight years ago. Of Swedish design this krokidile is powered by two electric motors. There is a small problem with the batteries but should get sorted out soon.

This is krokidiles new driving truck in form of a BR brake tender. It recently went under gauging trials to see if it could clear all lineside objects and passed. Work should start soon on it.

Most of the stuff from the workshop...

with a tower of video tapes.

And last but not least, a boiler went under a hydraulic test and passed!!
So we could be seeing a new loco at the BCR in the near future!