The Potters Orchid Railway

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:43 pm

It has been awhile since the staff have devoted some time to the POR, due to them being involved at the Gympie Rattler. They go off and drive and fire steam locos at Gympie most weekends and have neglected their duties at the POR.

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However recently some labour hours have been directed to the signal and telegraph workshops and some progress has been observed on the signals for the Orchid look section of the POR.

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by DonW » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:25 pm

I shall be interested in seeing how you do these.

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:42 pm

DonW wrote:
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I shall be interested in seeing how you do these.

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I have done a prototype, it is in this thread some where, kits and I have these to do and later a second bigger batch for the other end of the railway.
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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Andrew » Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:25 pm

The Gympie Rattler looks great - I particularly like the look of the luggage van behind the loco...

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:06 pm

The workshop staff switched from Locomotive work last night to the S&T department. Senior management is pressing junior management to get cracking on the signalling, lighting and irrigation installed so the landscaping can be started this summer. We are not sure that this can be achieved by the end of this summer :oops: !

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by DonW » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:21 am

IF you work at the rate you have in the workshop I think you may well get there.

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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:24 pm

The Potters Orchid Railway's S &T department mob are being a wee bit more productive of late. The small forest of signals are ready for trial installation however constant showers of rain has delayed this today. When the signal bases are in place then the terra forming can begin and the paths and gardens etc. Must be completed by November.

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:57 pm

They all look superbly engineered and beautifully finished.
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Post by Soar Valley Light » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:10 pm

Absolutely beautiful. They are works of art.

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Andrew » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:15 pm

Soar Valley Light wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:10 pm
They are works of art.
They are, aren't they? Can't wait to see them controlling some trains...

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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:12 pm

Thanks all for the kind words, these are much appreciated by S&T team. The signals are Pendle Valley Kits, with new bases and cranks that I made for quick installation and removal. Don't look too closely, it has been 40 years since I did any modeling of any form. The signals look OK from 3-5 meters away. The lever frame is fully interlocked so you have to learn how to work the frames correctly. At the other end , "Potters Junction" there will be a 24 lever frame with 23 levers in operation. However continuous unattended signal box operation can be achieved by unlatching two points so they can be trailed through, thus one can spend more time sampling the ales, red wine and fine smelly cheeses before the barbeque. After a few good glasses of Red, one might not be up to operating the frames anyhow. It will take two signal operators to be on their toes if there are two trains running. There could be four trains in operation on the main line but that will require total sobriety and careful driving to avoid a SPAD. :oops:

For us it is a garden railway, operation is the Jolly for me and also steam. We are not creating a fine scale layout, but nice landscaping and gardens is the goal. MAM has a collection of Bonsai trees underway that can be dropped in for special run days. There will be some whimsical details for all ages. That is the fun creativity part we are looking forward to.
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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:33 pm

The morning was working on the 3D drawings for the tender and it's Slomo installation at the Llewellyn Loco works. The arvo was installing and testing the signal installation till darkness was near, but the S & T department ran out of Shimano gear cable casing anyhow. Lots of Mossie repellent was required. The S&T department head has reported to Senior Management that all is going well. It will not be long till Slartibartfast is summed. His work on Norwegian fords is well reconised. ;)

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by DonW » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:40 pm

Wow those signals look really good and you say the frame is interlocked. I do like using proper interlocked lever frames I have promised myself I will build one for the indoor trains. I doubt I would need one for the garden as the tracks will be much simpler. One thing I found running a freinds exhibition layout with an interlocked frame was how much easier it made things if you returned all levers to normal after each move.
I was sure you would get a lot done and done well too.

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:11 pm

DonW wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:40 pm
Wow those signals look really good and you say the frame is interlocked. I do like using proper interlocked lever frames I have promised myself I will build one for the indoor trains. I doubt I would need one for the garden as the tracks will be much simpler. One thing I found running a freinds exhibition layout with an interlocked frame was how much easier it made things if you returned all levers to normal after each move.
I was sure you would get a lot done and done well too.

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Thanks, the signal installation has stalled due to work, rain and more rain and a few trips to Gympie to fire and drive.
Yes, the frame is fully interlocked. I did not make the frame that I am installing but I will make the larger 24 lever frame for Potters Junction. Go here for info on the frames

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Harold exports the full assembled frames or kits to all parts of the world.he does all the design details of the interlocking following discussion with the punter. In reality for what they are and the time he spends designing and making them, these are far too cheap.
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