TVT - Start of Steam Operation

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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by Mitch stack » Sat May 18, 2019 2:42 am

Thanks for that graeme, that makes a lot of sense now, lovely photos of the Garratt too.
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by GTB » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:18 pm

It's now well into winter here and it's been raining on and off for the last couple of weeks. I was starting to consider building an ark, then on Friday the clouds blew away and we were treated to a cool sunny day with gentle winds.

The Warburton Steam Tramway Fowler has been taking up space in the workshop after some modifications and repairs after it's last run and the opportunity was taken late in the afternoon to give it a light engine test run. It passed the test, so is now cleared for traffic again.

The photo shows it trundling along cab first, travelling north on the long straight as the shadows lengthened.

Eleventh Steam Run 1.jpg

Saturday dawned nice and sunny, so I took a break from the workshop after lunch and ran another train as I sat in the sun watching it, just because I could.

The photos show the works motor and the weedex train orbiting the track in the sunshine. The wye junction part of the line is in permanent shadow this time of the year and that part of the track was still wet with dew mid-afternoon.

Seventh Run 1.jpg

Seventh Run 2.jpg

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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by idlemarvel » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:51 am

Very nice collection Graeme and well photographed, and your commentaries are very informative. You obviously get a lot of pleasure from running your trains, which I suppose is the whole point, but it shows! :-)
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by GTB » Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:02 pm

Time for an update, now that the station yard extension of the TVT is operational.

Yesterday was stinking hot with not a cloud in the sky, but this is Melbourne. Today dawned cloudy, with rain forecast.

However I managed to get in the first steam run on the new track and the Big Black Baldwin was rostered for a through goods, before the sky turned black and threatening.

The first photo shows the train assembled in No.1 road in the weak morning 'sun', while the loco crew have put the Baldwin over the pit to clean the fire and take a smoko before departure time.

Thirteenth Steam Run 1.jpg

The next photo shows the train sitting in No. 1 road while the loco crew wait for the guard to show a green flag for departure.

Thirteenth Steam Run 2.jpg

A little later and the train is on it's way through the wye and heading south (clockwise around the loop).

The white disc on the back of the van is the tail disc, used by the VR in daylight to indicate to signalmen and other employees that the train is complete. At night a red tail light is also shown for the same purpose. The van also has the tail light in place, but it isn't lit during daylight.

Thirteenth Steam Run 3.jpg

Approaching the bridge on the first trip around the loop.

Thirteenth Steam Run 4.jpg

Starting another trip around the track heading south.

Thirteenth Steam Run 5.jpg

Another trip around and approaching the bridge again.

Thirteenth Steam Run 6.jpg

Running south under the Pittosporums.

Thirteenth Steam Run 7a.jpg

Ten trips around the loop later and the train takes the other arm of the wye to return to the station yard.

Thirteenth Steam Run 8.jpg

Back in No. 1 road facing west, while the fireman uncouples the loco. so it can go back over the pit.

Thirteenth Steam Run 9.jpg

The camera then decided the memory card was fun, so no further pictures. The sky also started turning black around the same time........

With a train this heavy, the Baldwin can do twelve trips around the mainline loop which gives a 22 min. run, before the gas runs out. This is also the longest train that will fit in either No. 1, or No. 2 roads without fouling the turnouts.

Today, I decide ten times around the loop would be a good time to return to the yard so there would be enough steam left to run around the train, turn the loco on the wye and leave it to cool down.

The run generally went well. I've worked out that I can't run manual steam locos anti-clockwise on this track, until I get around to designing and fitting a remote point lever to the turnout at the eastern corner of the wye.

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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by Puddlejumper » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:30 pm

I've just read this thread through from the start and would like to say thank you for sharing your railway with us. You have a fantastic collection of locos and I'm not even slightly envious :lol:
Looking forward to the next instalment.
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by LNR » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:31 am

GTB wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:02 pm
until I get around to designing and fitting a remote point lever
That will be an interesting project. Glad the run went well. You should be able to get some miles on your locos in comfort now.
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by GTB » Mon May 11, 2020 3:12 pm

With winter rapidly approaching and a very wet autumn, the weather here hasn't been conducive to running trains, except for short test runs between rain showers.

A week or so ago was typical. The sun came out after lunch, so I decided to give the Sharp Stewart a run on an excursion train.

By the time the boiler was up to pressure, the sun had disappeared, the wind was straight of the ice cap and it was threatening to rain, again.....

Anyway, the weather was typical for running an excursion train for the local football club to a grudge match with the club from the next town. Borun was rostered, as the trip was short and it didn't need turning for the return trip.

The first photo shows the train heading south on the mainline with all the second class seats the TVT owns in tow. The day was so cold the steam plume is still visible over the third car.

Fifteenth Steam Run 1.jpg

The next photo shows the train on the return trip, complete with a load of happy, tired and drunk football players and onlookers.

Fifteenth Steam Run 2.jpg

The last photo is the train entering the station from the junction.

Fifteenth Steam Run 3.jpg

Predictably the sun came out again while the loco was cooling down after the run. :roll:

As they say, hope springs eternal........

Today started fairly sunny and stayed that way, so a chance for another run. Today seemed a good time to give the small Baldwin a run with the weekly passenger train.

The first photo shows the train heading north in bright sunlight on the mainline through the Pittosporum forest.

Sixteenth Steam Run 1.jpg

Next photo is the train running over the bridge. The day was cool and sunny and the backlighting emphasises the steam plume.

Sixteenth Steam Run 2.jpg

The last photo for the day shows the train sitting in the yard at the end of the run.

Sixteenth Steam Run 3.jpg

Well almost. As the train stopped the safety valve opened, so the loco was sent out light engine for another couple of laps to use up the remaining gas. The gas ran out just as it got back to the yard. It's called luck, not good management.....

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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by Soar Valley Light » Mon May 11, 2020 5:08 pm

Those are really lovely pictures Graeme. Both trains look fantastic. The steam effects from the loco's is very nice.

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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by LNR » Tue May 12, 2020 1:11 am

Love that second last shot.
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by FWLR » Tue May 12, 2020 7:52 am

Great photos,

Last two shots are fantastic, two photos of steam that is and has been working hard....
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by Old Man Aaron » Wed May 13, 2020 9:38 am

Beautiful modelling and photos as always, Graeme.
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by Andrew » Wed May 13, 2020 11:40 am

I agree with the others - lovely photos of lovely trains.

I really enjoy how the trains you run reference the real thing - although I don't think I'd want to fill those beautiful carriages with football fans...

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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by Old Man Aaron » Fri May 15, 2020 8:43 am

Andrew wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 11:40 am
I don't think I'd want to fill those beautiful carriages with football fans...
I thought the same thing. One can only imagine the sheer amount of ongoing repairs to coaching stock during those days..
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Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Post by GTB » Fri May 15, 2020 9:21 am

Andrew wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 11:40 am
- although I don't think I'd want to fill those beautiful carriages with football fans...
The TVT is set in in the late 1920s, in a fairly remote part of Victoria. Football on Sat. afternoon and church on Sunday morning was basically all there was to do in winter, so a football excursion would be a family social event. It still is in rural areas.

Also every chance the local cop was in the club and kept the drunks under control, or kicked them off to walk home.

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