Taita Gorge Railway

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Today, the team at Taita Gorge hosted the 2019 New Zealand Garden Railway Convention.

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Early birds get the shady seats Outback. Red boxes are all mine, there was no visiting stock, somewhat of a change to our 'normal' running days.

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Editor of the Garden Whistle lining up a shot for the magazine.

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....meanwhile, there were some side attractions over the back fence. Lead loco is soon for retirement, not many of the original 85 left now.

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..... and they all went in peace, and were well pleased.

I actually enjoyed this visit, having a preplanned programme of trains all set up. No stock was manhandled during this exercise.
Intelligent conversation too, not a single 'you should' comment.
 
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In the guise of 'just answering a few questions' I actually did some impromptu clinics.

Reverse Loop Operation in answer to the inevitable question on what do you use (DPDT switch, and change direction on the contoller).
How do you keep your telegraph poles from moving/falling..... drive a 2x2 (or 2x2 for our American friends) peg into the ground to below ground level,
drill post hole in peg, plant pole, then backfill with ballast. Same method for signal posts, by the way.
Increase the hauling capacity of a small LGB loco..... remove the skates, especially if they have worn a groove in them.

Wellington Anniversary Day (Bank 'oliday, for you non colonials) tomorrow. 27°C forecast. Trains? Nothing else planned.
 
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Greenery, sunshine, and a well managed outside space.. Oh, and a Garden Railway.
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Nice! - Brightened-up a dull morning, thank you! :)
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Don't it just get you, .... day after a big hosting session, some long awaited stuff turns up for the railway. #2 is doing a building job at his place, and 'some of that metal chip you've got there will go good on my railway when you have some left over'. Turns up early this morning with 'how many bucket loads (of ballast) do you want?'

We spread out in places needing a topdressing. I've just finished lining and tamping the track, and of course, testing. Ultimate test, run flat out, backwards... if it stays on, that's good track.
Test train was a complete 8 car Beer Train, no mamby pamby cheating by testing with a railcar, or light engine.

When you skimp on ballast, you are forever having to maintain the stuff, like I had been doing.

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Electric postman has delivered a note declaring the Convention a success, and thanking those that opened up their railways.
 
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Don't it just get you, .... day after a big hosting session, some long awaited stuff turns up for the railway. #2 is doing a building job at his place, and 'some of that metal chip you've got there will go good on my railway when you have some left over'. Turns up early this morning with 'how many bucket loads (of ballast) do you want?'

We spread out in places needing a topdressing. I've just finished lining and tamping the track, and of course, testing. Ultimate test, run flat out, backwards... if it stays on, that's good track.
Test train was a complete 8 car Beer Train, no mamby pamby cheating by testing with a railcar, or light engine.

When you skimp on ballast, you are forever having to maintain the stuff, like I had been doing.

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Brave, brave mano_O
 
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Wellington Anniversary Day (Bank 'oliday, for you non colonials) tomorrow. 27°C forecast. Trains? Nothing else planned.
Not an 'oliday tomorrow, and 33°C forecast at the Taita Gorge...... I feel a thirst coming on.
 
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Not an 'oliday tomorrow, and 33°C forecast at the Taita Gorge...... I feel a thirst coming on.
33°C, tick.
Thirst coming on, tick.
Early train to the pub, tick.
Train.... heat..... here endeth the ticks.

Exactly 9 km out, red light. Signals failure. Finally crawl another 1.5 km to the station, when we get advised that the heat has sagged the traction wires.
Buses are coming..... now that's the biggest lie in this town, 5 at night there ain't any spares, let alone drivers. Lead item on the 6 pm Network News.

Oh, t'morrow's s'posed to be even hotter. Normally, when trains stuff up, I'd take the day off to play trains, but already pulled that stunt this month after a derailment out the back of Taita Gorge last Thursday when a Hi Rail digger hit a train stop, derailed and ripped up some track.
 
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33°C, tick.
Thirst coming on, tick.
Early train to the pub, tick.
Train.... heat..... here endeth the ticks.

Exactly 9 km out, red light. Signals failure. Finally crawl another 1.5 km to the station, when we get advised that the heat has sagged the traction wires.
Buses are coming..... now that's the biggest lie in this town, 5 at night there ain't any spares, let alone drivers. Lead item on the 6 pm Network News.

Oh, t'morrow's s'posed to be even hotter. Normally, when trains stuff up, I'd take the day off to play trains, but already pulled that stunt this month after a derailment out the back of Taita Gorge last Thursday when a Hi Rail digger hit a train stop, derailed and ripped up some track.
You could almost be describing issues in the UK last Summer, ‘wrong kind of heat’!
 
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You could almost be describing issues in the UK last Summer, ‘wrong kind of heat’!
We have a strong BR 'influence' currently in our staff establishment.
 
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We have a strong BR 'influence' currently in our staff establishment.
I am ex BR, one of my well respected Superiors was the guy that got quoted for ‘the wrong kind of snow’ he Never did live it down!
 
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Summer is not quite over here on the Taita Gorge Railway. As usual, maintenance must be followed by testing. Uncropped photo, and, especially for Bob, no tilt correction.

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The 'Stubbie' Beer train berthed in the dock road at Taita Gorge this afternoon..... doors open because the battery is out getting a recharge.
The Cable Car, out of shot, was cruising the line, enjoying the repaired track that it no longer almost stalls on (it had to climb out of a dip until I attended to the ballast depth).
This photo shows to good effect, the infamous Taita Gorge 5 o'clock shadow..... at 5 o'clock the shadow is behind the train, not in front of it like it is for the previous hours of daylight.
 
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