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After the event there is almost always a lull in proceedings. Mind you the event had a couple of challenges all of which were either overcome or suitably side stepped on the day.This time we present some of our shots of the standard gauge train over the weekend.
Since then a few site activities have been tackled in the weeks between train operations.
Platform 1 at Seymour at 07.00 on Friday morning. Our first standard gauge operation is to go.
The locos T357 and P22 are about to launch a new era in SRHC activities. It was 1992 when we first began formulating plans for gauge conversion. One of the early initiates was the purchase of GM36 albeit mainly for the bogies, but a complete loco was not that much more and came with an inbuilt delivery process. Just couple it on to a train!_________________________________________________________________
As the north bound journey is empty cars there no passengers or onlookers around._________________________________________________________________
The train is captured by one of our members near Benalla in generally wet conditions.__________________________________________________________________
At Albury the train has just arrived to a deserted platform. First thing to do is begin the run around process.______________________________________________________________
The loco crew are uncoupling T357 to move it to 2 track. This would allow P22 to follow thus keeping T357 in the lead. T357 is the only loco with a radio installation so it must lead and to allow P22 to power the carriages it must trail.__________________________________________________________________
Disappearing into the distance towards Melbourne T357 with P22 trailing is running around the train. beyond the overhead bridge the tracks converge. The locos will then set back to the train. Passengers are now appearing._________________________________________________________________
Back at Seymour mid afternoon, with the passengers wandering around our depot and the town we dealt with some of the issues. On the first day of standard gauge running old reliable T357 suffered a number of high voltage ground faults. Grounds occur when the insulation resistance of the high voltage traction wiring (main generator, contactors and traction motors falls too low. A protective device called the ground relay activates and takes away all traction power.
We undertook some remedial actions including cleaning the main generator. This involved Brandon working himself into the bilge area under the generator to clean the lowest brush boxes of the generator. Brandon has his right hand on the upper generator inspection opening while his left hand is inside the lower portion. below his head is catwalk on the side of the loco._____________________________________________________________
By standing above Brandon we can see his left arm deep inside the generator. Two of the eight brush box assemblies are prominent and another two can also be seen.
Back on the platform at Seymour for the final leg to Southern Cross the passengers are gathering for a late afternoon departure._____________________________________________________________________
Southern Cross platform 2. The train has arrived and passenger have left the cars. _________________________________________________________
At the pointy end T357 has already been detached and moved into the loop track. Passengers and onlookers milling around enjoying the movements.______________________________________________________________
22 is about to have its turn to move ahead and couple up behind T357.________________________________________________________________
Our photographer must have tripped over and while getting up grabbed this shot of P22 moving ahead to the dead end.
Now at the down end of the platform 357 and 22 are moving up to the signal that is currently at stop.___________________________________________________________________
The locos are now back on the cars. It will soon be time for the empty cars to head off for Seymour. In the window of 356 the HDMI unit of the ICE radio is the silver square with a dark screen.
Two of our train staff are waiting for departure. Kevin is in 4AS with its 'First" lettering while max is in 11BS supporting 'Second'. It appears that Kevin is smirking and Max scowling. Perhaps max does not enjoy second class accommodation!!_______________________________________________________________
On Monday the train was shunted from the Vline loop at the loco depot into our depot. During this process, P22 leads 1BS and 11BS. 4AS will be added to the rear with T357 before the lot is taken up the hill._________________________________________________________________
This is 4AS with T357 in the rear. 4AS will be put on the table and hauled off by P22 with the other two cars,\. Then 357 will have a ride on the table and attach to the rear. _______________________________________________________________________
A week later on another Monday a shunt has taken place over the weekend. Avoca is now inn the shed out of sight to the left, T378 is in 4 track and we are about to start dismantling the mid portion of the turnout in the middle of the view.___________________________________________________________________
Also on Monday we have tidied up the upper car park area. We should really find another name for this space as it is ages since it was a car park and it will probably be eons until it is again. The space got cluttered during bogie rebuilds and now all the stored materials have been sensibly stacked or rearranged to limit the overflow. There are still bogies though. There are the broad gauge two Harris bogies from 4AS along with the AS Commonwealth bogies from 11BS. They are here pending decisions on further gauge conversion priorities.___________________________________________________________________
On to Wednesday and we are into destruction. This is something we do really well particularly with mechanisation. The turnout here was at one time a modified three throw but was rearranged around 10 years ago. The stock rails were left in situ but bare now needed for the next stages of standard gauge track works.
Our friendly local contractor Tenex had some spare time so we are recovering the stock rails, the right hand set are lying to the left while the machine is carrying the left set away. In the process the timbers are being renewed.___________________________________________________________
With the second stock rail moved away the excavator is just starting to dig up the old timbers. The new timbers are laid out to the far side._______________________________________________________________
In amongst the action manager Colin is caught with a turning bar positioning rails.
The manager claims that all the above is his own work. We know better as the machine has done most of the hard work but he has manually positioned some rails._______________________________________________________________
With the timbers and rails in for the turnout in 10 track, the next task is to re tamp the standard gauge turnout and do a first tamp on 21 track. Matt and Kevin are sizing up the task._____________________________________________________________
As the day nears the practical end all rails are now in. A few cuts have been made to use up miscellaneous odd lengths to make up the gaps left by removal of the stock rails._________________________________________________________________
The standard gauge turnout has been packed and no longer leans to the left. Even 1BS no looks to be standing upright rather than leaning as it was on the un-tamped track._________________________________________________________________
While track works were going on outside, Inside the number plates for P22 were getting attention. The keen eye might have noticed that when running the other weekend P22 had the usual vinyl stickers on one side and a slightly shabby number plate on the other. This came about due to a mix up in supply of the vinyls and not having the number plates ready in time.
With other things cleaned up including the shed and workshop the next item was the plates. They were paint stripped, filled and sanded and sprayed with two pack white. We see the white plates masked up ready for spraying black._________________________________________________________________
Another end of day shot number 2. This is P22 standing at the top of 21 track. The big deal here is the loco not leaning no the track has been tamped.___________________________________________________________________
Down the back of the 'paddock' is a pile of concrete sleepers delivered a day or so ago. You might notice that these are dual gauge sleepers. Although there are not many, every one means another 800 mm of track length._______________________________________________________________________
In coming days the turnout will be finished and a new broad gauge turnout (a key part of changes for gauge conversion will be built) and a couple of locos will have bogie swaps and a couple of carriages will also have a turn on the jacks.
Stay tuned, - or better still come along and lend a hand!
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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