Taita Gorge Railway

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Gavin Sowry

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Last days of Summer, the last Summer in the old New Zealand that was.
 
Gavin Sowry

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First day of Spring (according to the calender).

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Sunshine.

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... and a bit of shade, getting some practice for the summer ahead.
 
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Gavin Sowry

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Evening arrives on the Taita Gorge. Very harsh shade in the original, so that called for the shadowbuster button on the computer.
Newly weathered stock shown to advantage.
 
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Nice
 
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When the shadows too dark to see in the park, who you gonna call.... Shadowbusters.

David
 
Gavin Sowry

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When the shadows too dark to see in the park, who you gonna call.... Shadowbusters.

David
Of course, down under we just turn on the lights, and continue to play.
 
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End of the year, end of the decade, and tomorrow is the 20th birthday of the Taita Gorge Railway.

Today's activity has been the addition of a handbrake wheel on the 7/8ths loco. It came from a Bachmann flat wagon, as I don't use the American type brakes when I NZise these wagons. I knew I had one somewhere, and I found it within a few minutes.
 
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Gavin Sowry

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My adventure into the realm of 7/8ths has reached a milestone..... a completed train, ready for the road. Throttle lever, with ivory knob, added, and the driver tidied up.

Other news, is that while repairing a DPDT switch that I use for one of my return loops, I had to clear away some growth (weeds), and lo and behold, one missing Big Hauler smokebox stay bar (missing for two years) was found.
 
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Other news, is that while repairing a DPDT switch that I use for one of my return loops, I had to clear away some growth (weeds), and lo and behold, one missing Big Hauler smokebox stay bar (missing for two years) was found.
:clap::clap:
 
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IT's Mine!!! :rofl::rofl::rofl:
 
Gavin Sowry

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Did I say 'finished'? Well, that statement lasted all of 24 hours. There were bits of paintwork that need spot touch ups. While waiting for that to dry, I rumaged around in my 'bits' collection, and found a suitable, if smallish, seat for the driver, and another bit that could pass for a control of some sort (as luck would have it, this was already a natural matt black.

Back to the day job tomorrow..... looking forward to the evening running sessions that our summer brings. Next step in the 7/8ths adventure, is for a few structures, just to put the stock into context.

Taita Gorge Railway is now a true 'Scale Convertable' railway. By that, I mean it can be any of 1:29, G (1:24-1:22.5), or 7/8ths, depending on which structure are put out. All my buildings are only placed temporarily for operating sessions, and come inside (if I remember) at night. The big no no, is mixing scales. Note the empty concrete pad, that has my 1:24 scale station shelter when running G, or my Aristo American station when 1:29 is flavour of the day. Either of which, frankly, are going to look damned silly with this 7/8ths in front of them, so, no building (until I make one).
 
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Some great photos, Gavin. Great to see your railway still thriving.

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