Monday 26 September 2011

More Kameruka Progress
It is that time of the year again where I take a two week break from the grindstone. The weather is usually not too hot or cold and today no rain like we had yesterday on Sunday.
I have a yearly booking for the Sydney Model Railway exhibition where ever it may be held. I have attended most of them since the lower Sydney Town Hall days. Sunday is my chosen day to attend mainly due to less crowds (bargain hunters). I hope a least one of the groups promising oil tankers has them there on the weekend.
And what a great day this Sunday will be, exhibition in the morning and getting home to see my team win the grand final in the afternoon.
This morning I washed down the house ends ready for painting, then after a cuppa dissapeared into the shed for some modelling.
Made it up to the house for lunch and then returned for more in the afternoon. Today I arranged to put the base down around where the goods shed will be. A lot more detailing to go on there and a yard crane to be assembled.

As mentioned before Kameruka is overshadowed by an in window air-conditioner. It would have fitted into the scenery better if I had made it into a tunnel but too late now to alter. It certainly provides some relief down there on the stinking hot days.

As may be noticed (the driver in the last picture certainly did) the headlight hasn't yet been fitted, so restricted to daytime running for the time being. It is in the workshop waiting for a fitting.

Thursday 8 September 2011

Smile - say Cheese
Well just a day after posting about the new dairy at Kameruka, I was reading todays local paper the Daily Telegraph.
Not a lot happens down Bega way and on turning a page I saw the name "Bega". What was it all about?
Well it happens that Coles supermarkets reckon they are going to source all their cheese from Australia instead of New Zealand. Very patriotic of them.
News of this soon got to the spokesman for the NZ Cheese Industry Mr Rick Cotta. He was decidely upset and blue a vien and then calmed down. At this moment they were undecided if they should challenge this in court or just whey the odds and see if its coon forgotten. He labelled the Aussies "Krafty" and wanted to know if their cheese wasn't gouda nuff.
So what does this mean for South Coast Rail? Obviously a rise in milk traffic mainly coming off the branch from the dairies at Candelo and Kameruka.
This gets railed down to Bega and after reading the news cutting I have decided to end up building a cheese factory down near the flour mill. This siding is currently an oil siding but I can move this to another site at Bega.
Then it occurred to me that I can now create another movement of traffic i.e. milk in and cheese out in refrigerator wagons up to Sydney.
So I had better hurry up and get the Kameruka dairy siding finished so the milk can start flowing.

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Vents are here!The last post dealt with the ordering of some roof vents for the dairy roof. They turned up yesterday in a bigger cardboard box than I had expected. I thought they might have started dealing with shoes, it certainly could have fitted a pair in there. (Well maybe thongs)
When I searched the Walthers cattle dog using the key word 'vent' It came up with two items that looked promising.
One was from JL Innovative Design containing about 16 various vents and a few chimneys. These are described as 'unfinished cast details' I am a bit hesitant to open the package with the word "unfinished" stated thereon. I wonder which bit they left out.
The other bag of parts was from Rix and are termed 'multi scale' The bag is specific in saying "Ages 14 and up". It would be sad to be 12 only to be told you would have to wait another 2 years before opening the bag. And the other words at the other end of that statement " ...and up" goes up until you can't see or feel anymore to put the darn things together. And then make sure your grandson is over fourteen before he can help you.
The order was made on line on the 18th August and turned up here on the 6th of September.
The JL vents were $9.98, Rix vents $7.95, Mail order handling $6.25 and Air freight $3.58 for a total of $27.77.
As usual I will probably wait till the weekend to have a go at getting the vents on. Saturday looks like its a dead horse for the shed as I will be going to the model exhibition at Broadmeadow, along with hopefully viewing the double headed steam heading for Newcastle on the same day. Then Saturday night the footy finals are on. So maybe Sunday.