The Leawarra Nayook Railway

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:38 pm

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do you know what the gradient actually is?
Actually no Andrew, a rough check with the spirit level off the mainline which was level originally showed a drop of 12" over 29ft. I collected more track (Brass this time) yesterday and once laid I may have a better idea. Load tests showed the lumberjack starting a load of 5 bogie wagons, including two log trucks with three real logs a piece which are quite heavy, on the grade which is more than will ever be pulled out of there I suspect, so convinced me to go ahead with the idea.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:23 pm

Sound, practical engineering at its best Grant. I love it!

keep up the good work

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:59 am

A small gathering of interested parties were there to witness the first load of sawn timber to come from the new Gray's mill site. It was a wild and windy day but the press were there taking photo's as the loco sat in the Warringine siding. The tramway construction lagged behind the building of the mill and there is a small backlog of sawn timber to go to Leawarra hence the Sunday opening.
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The camera caught the loco bringing up the first load on the new trackwork, there are no run-round facilities at Warringine so the loco pushes the load up the grade into Warringine.
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Having entered Warringine yard the loco is about to proceed out onto LNR metals (watched by LNR staff)
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The first load on its way to Leawarra.
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Later in the afternoon the loco returned with empties, by which time most had gone home.
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The day seemed a success, the engine crew said they did have trouble maintaining a fire in the gale force winds.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by philipy » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:26 am

Absolutely fabulous, Grant.

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:38 am

Superb Grant, I can't wait to see a copy of the write-up as printed in the local newspaper, the photographs tell a wonderful story.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Andrew » Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:51 am

Fantastic photos, thank you!

I really enjoy how the trains on your line seem to do a real job of work...

All the best,

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:04 am

Got this knocked up today. To be continued!!
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Post by philipy » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:23 am

Now who is being tantalising?? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by ge_rik » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:56 am

Another great set of pictures, Grant, telling an interesting story. I like the way the photographer's cloak appears to be blowing about in the wind. That flatbed Model T looks great too. Is that off the shelf or a bash?

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:28 am

philip :lol: :lol:
Rik, thank you, it was really blowing that Sunday,
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That flatbed Model T looks great too. Is that off the shelf or a bash?

A bash Rik, bought as this
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turned into this
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and the left over body into this
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All detailed in "Scenery"
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by ge_rik » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:18 pm

Excellent all round, Grant. I especially like the horse drawn cart. Having just made something similar (though not quite as good), I recognise the amount of work which must have gone into it.

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PS I now see the subtle differences between the Australian style harness and the UK style..
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:51 pm

As always Grant, I'm thoroughly impressed with every aspect. It's a lovely operational addition to the LNR.

I look forward to seeing more.

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:40 am

Can't believe the saw took all day to make. Although I was half way through the teeth and made a blue and had to start again. One down one to go if I'm to make it a Twin Rig, which would be typical for my time frame.
The axe man was given to me as a Schleich prospector/miner with donkey. After removing his gun and holster, bedroll on his back, and water bottle, I turned his sombrero into something a little more Australian, and gave him an axe instead of a shovel.
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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by ge_rik » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:00 am

That saw blade is incredible. I can't spot any inconsistencies in any of the teeth. Reminds me of early clockmakers who used to cut the teeth of every gear wheel by hand.

The lumberjack looks spot on too! Even down to the grain on the axe handle!

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Re: The Leawarra Nayook Railway

Post by LNR » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:17 am

Thanks Rik, the blade cuts plywood, but I reckon their saw doctor was drunk. Shall go through the teeth again tomorrow, I can see some that need a touch of the file. Wondering if my saw setting pliers will work on something this small !!
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