Just a quick update.
Firstly, thank you to all those who have helped and expressed offers of help.
We thank you for your generosity.
It is consoling and re-assuring to have such support behind us, especially from kindred societies both within NSW and those from Interstate.
The Australian bush that we love so much, can be a very volatile partner at times, but we still cannot shy away from or resist its beauty or its challenges.
I spent the day up at Zig Zag yesterday helping to secure the site. [One of our members has already sent some looters scampering (they came very soon after the fires were extinguished) so we must remain on our guard for all situations at all times]
Driving up through Springwood, through Mt Victoria and Browns Gap and the Vale of Clwydd I could see the challenging conditions the Rural Bushfire brigade teams were facing and one thing you tend to to at these sites, when they slow you down as you pass the roadside fires, is to read the home depot names on the vehicles to see where they have come from, and you have to admire the fact that they have come from far and wide to help the Blue Mountains community in this difficult period. There presence is not just re-assuring, but also a contributing factor in that no lives have been lost directly to the fires (so far that we know).
Property is replacable!
Lives are not!!!
Some quick answers to a couple of questions I have recieved.
Yes we are insured, and premiums up to date (we never let those lapse despite the cost impact to our bottom line).
Yes, there will be a fair bit of scrap metal, but the Insuracne company will decide how that will be dealt with.
Rosie (featured in the recent 'railway cats' thread - now locked) was evacuated earlier and is at the family home of one of our members.
Photos; the photos that I publish are sourced from either myself and other members and stored on Flickr and are watermarked 'copyright' to the ZZR purely for the purposes of source identification. They are publicly available for personal use or general publication purposes and all we ask is acknowledgement of the source. If you require a higher resolution, un-watermarked copy, please PM and I will oblige. Acknowledgement of the source is our only request.
Ohh! and a note to our kindred societies (and any other railway operator) as to something that we have observed in the last 24 hours;
The best place to store wooden railway sleepers is "in-situ", i.e. under the track and surrounded by ballast (they like it there!!!).
Close communal living on top of, or right beside one another is not their thing! (short life expectancy if living in a bush commune).
I do have one request for specialised help though.
Is there anyone out there still skilled in the design, wiring, installation, testing and certification (must be accredited) of upper quadrant signal motors and their driving/triggering relays (shelf or Q relays - preferably Q relays - not SSI), NSWGR style lever frame rotary switches and electro mechanical signalling power supplies. We need a quote to rebuild our (burnt out) relay hut and restore the operation of our upper quadrant signal on Top Road and have it restored, tested end to end and re-certified for operation. If you can do this, or know of anyone who can, please PM me. We need a quote to replace the relay hut and the wiring between the upper quadrant signal and the hut and the hut and the signal box (insurance purposes).
I will post some more photos later this evening.
Once again, thank you for your interest and following this thread.