Eltham South Electric Tramway

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Oh, and what's your secret with couplings?
Oh sorry I forgot to reply to this post last time! All the heavy rail stock here has automatic couplings, at the standard height of 28mm above the rail head. The tramway stock has tramway link and pin couplings, with adapters to couple to autos if required.
 
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Some nice photo work here, to say nothing of the modelling. The first two photos both, play with light in interesting ways.
I originally meant to repaint the LGB passenger car, but to be honest I kind of like it as is.
It blends well with that loco, although the yellow isn't exactly the same.
So why did you plan to repaint it in the first place? Something about the livery itself? Or are you like me, i.e. unable to leave things the way they came?
 
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Some nice photo work here, to say nothing of the modelling. The first two photos both, play with light in interesting ways.

It blends well with that loco, although the yellow isn't exactly the same.
So why did you plan to repaint it in the first place? Something about the livery itself? Or are you like me, i.e. unable to leave things the way they came?
Bit of both really, there are very few items or rollingstock in the fleet that haven't been modified in some way. For this particular car I always intended to paint it in the fleet colour schem of green and cream. It has already been modified by fitting automatic couplings.
 
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I have seen your little lawn mower. Are there any photos from underneath? What blades do you use?
 
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It's the middle of winter at the moment, so not a lot has been happening operations wise. There has however been some major progress on the environmental front, part of the ongoing process of reclaiming degraded weed infested land.

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This scene looks completely different compared to only a few months ago. This area was so degraded the only solution was a scorched earth policy, with a large amount of contaminated top soil removed along with all existing vegetation. Replanting with native grasses and moss is now largely complete, it looks better already!

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Also complete now is a deviation of the main line between Falls Loop and tunnel 2. This section was previously on decking attached to the fence, which generally looked pretty ugly. The line now follows a new fully landscaped alignment, which required building two new bridges, a number of small culverts and a new tunnel. The Ballarat tram is seen here crossing one of the new bridges in the up hill direction.

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The Ballarat tram has also had some long overdue workshop attention, including a good clean, paint touch up and some new signs. Operating outside can be tough on the equipment, just like in full size things get scratched and dirty! Here at Gang Gang siding there is also now direct sun even in winter, after the removal of some black wattles. Even though the black wattles are a native, they're not really a suitable tree for this area so some more appropriate planting has taken place instead.

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The new sunny patch has become a good place for photos in winter. Since the tramway follows south facing hillsides for much of the route the low winter sun means many parts are in shadow for much of the day. 51M on a down service.

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At the same spot, heading back in the up hill direction with most of the goods wagon fleet. The goods wagons were on a test run after lubricating all the axleboxes.


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The toast rack tram heading in the uphill direction.

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34M catches the last bit of winter sun between Currawong Loop and tunnel 3.


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Also finally got around to taking a group photo of the little green locomotive fleet.


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The tramway has also relatively recently acquired a diesel electric loco. It has proved to be a useful workhorse, especially for the more mundane and dirty jobs we don't want to use the passenger motor cars for. It has been interesting seeing the transition from what was originally a very small scale operation with tiny rollingstock, to one where the distances and gradients involved mean that speed and power actually mean something.

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Approaching a very green Grasslands Loop on a winter afternoon.

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And departing for West Grasslands.


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The driver contemplates a long night ahead, on a nocturnal operation to collect and store rollingstock safely before a winter storm. This is the kind of job that the diesel electric is well suited for.


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Approaching the new un numbered tunnel (between 1 and 2) on the deviation. The old alignment was just out of view to the left.

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It was a brave and intrepid photographer that captured this long exposure on a winter night.


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With no moon Gang Gang siding is a very dark and very quiet place.
 
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Excellent pictures.
 
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Always look forwards to an update on the ESET. Quick question is the Diesel a Battery powered job? I imagine it must be as your points if I remember correct have been set for overhead running as a norm.
 
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Brilliant and inspiring
 
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Since the tramway follows south facing hillsides for much of the route the low winter sun means many parts are in shadow for much of the day.
I really had to mull this one over for a long moment, until I realized that your midday sun is in the North.

Anyway, thanks for the update, much appreciated.
 
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I have seen your little lawn mower. Are there any photos from underneath? What blades do you use?
Sorry for the really late reply!

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There's not much to it, the blade is just a flat bit of steel, sharpened on the cutting edge and twisted slightly so it sucks the grass up into it. This isn't really the best design, it would benefit from replacement with a heavy disk with some short blades on the edge. Then the disk acts like a flywheel and stores a bit of energy, so it can cut through thick stems better.



Always look forwards to an update on the ESET. Quick question is the Diesel a Battery powered job? I imagine it must be as your points if I remember correct have been set for overhead running as a norm.
Yeah that's correct, all the non electric locos (including the diesel) are battery powered. It is a modified LGB diesel, rebuilt with an Australian style cab and a bunch of other details.

I really had to mull this one over for a long moment, until I realized that your midday sun is in the North.

Anyway, thanks for the update, much appreciated.
This one didn't immediately occur to me either, it was a bit disorientating the first time I visited the northern hemisphere. During summer the mid day sun is near enough to straight overhead, but we're far enough south here that in winter there is plenty of shadows even in the middle of the day.
 
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It has become a sport for me to try and recognize locations on your line, both in pics and videos.

Looking forward to the next YouTube.... :happy:
 
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It's like the heavy rail era of the line never ended in this impromptu photo stop at tunnel 4. In a way it hasn't, the diesel electric was the preferred motive power for the line inspection today.

Previous readers of this thread might notice this scene looks a bit different now. Tunnel 4 finally got some proper portals, and some much needed environmental attention to make it less of a weed infested wasteland.


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The increasingly warm spring days are also excellent for a trip on the steam tram to look at wild flowers!

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The fireman watches from the front platform to see if the rails are still there somewhere. Looks like it is time to slash vegetation again, the plant juice on the rails can be problematic if left to build up.

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Back at the depot the motor has uncoupled from the trailer to run around, before pushing it back into the passenger platform.


It has become a sport for me to try and recognize locations on your line, both in pics and videos.

Looking forward to the next YouTube.... :happy:
Soon hopefully! There's been a bit of a lack of video lately because my old graphics card won't encode 4K video, but the old low resolution video doesn't really cut it these days. Upgrade is planned.
 
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Yet another super installment from the ESET.