Sunday 28 August 2011

Dairy ProgressSlowly but surely the dairy situated at the back of Kameruka platform is taking place. The bulk of the building is built, the roof is on and there are now actually three posts to support it.
To the casual visitor who doesn't know what the building is for, the cream colour of the building, three milk churns and a guy dressed in white overalls should help. (He would certainly not work at the oil siding next door in white clothing) All that is missing from the building are some roof vents which are on their way from Walthers in the USA. At least Hurricane Irene is blowing the plane in the right direction so it might get here quicker. As soon as the vents are placed on the roof I will do another report on the building rather than this skimmed down version.

Saturday 6 August 2011

Kameruka Happenings
Just a quick update on the layout. I have been concentrating on Kameruka lately. The last post showed the platform extensions in place and the green 'undercoat' has now dissapeared under a layer of platform limestone.
Having the platform finished the ballast has now been laid past the platform and on the loop line beside it. With the rain a week or so ago its also magic how quick the weeds will grow.
With the platform extension I also extended the fencing. It seemed to take ages to find that extra bit of fencing in the shed as I am not very organised. Then when it was in position I must of run out of the original paint colour, so then I had to repaint the new and existing again to match it up.
The next item I am planning to finish off is the dairy building. One part will be some of an old kit and the rest is slowly being made up as I go along. The siding comes in at an angle which
means that the roof has also been cut similarly. The roof will cover the track and be above the edge of the platform. One of the supports will be on the edge of the platform.Its almost impossible to get shots of how the milk was loaded into the wagons. I would imagine there would be a pipe coming out of the building and then into a hose which would be placed inside the wagon to fill it. I think as long as there are pipes, valves and a few other bits and pieces then it should come out OK.
I will keep working on the dairy and then move onto the oil siding. Hopefully some of the bogie oil tankers should be available by the end of the year.