17th Apr 2018
So much for building a reverse loop above tunnel to even up wheel wear. Comprehending the Worksafe guidelines for height and how that level of safety would relate to other hazards along with staff getting too old, spending more on track maintenance than earning, grandkids struggling to find rentals, railway property zoned residential, done our 25 years and no longer needing to save up for donkey paddocks are closing down at end of season. Have been talking to Driving Creek Railway & Silverdale Adventure Park who are both interested in taking on the railway equipment. Driving Creek are looking at setting up another route, running to a Museum building. The Adventure park could put the track arround the carpark, had previously considered putting in a 5"/ 7¼" track.
5th Feb 2018
The 1st curve out of station had a major lift and tamp, main by extension siding lifted and brought back to level, ballast wagon is now stripped down for panels to be replaced and another batch of bolts / plates have been replaced or refurbished on No. 3 bridge. A couple of new pedal cars have been added to fleet, a pirate boat added to playground and a few more picnic tables refurbished. The Railway celebrated its 25th birthday of being open to the public on Boxing Day running the steam engine for the day. Have splashed out on a new digger for doing track work, drainage replacement etc. Finally arrived at start of holidays, have started moving top soil back to house/offices and reducing slope down to loading bank by the way & works siding. At last NZTA Safety Assessment the height hazard of working on the No. 3 Bridge was pointed out. After looking at all the Worksafe guff, looks like we need to build a Guard Rail trolley to do track inspections etc. If this level of safety is required for all risks maybe we should just shut down now, haven't seen much in the way of barriers beside footpaths yet.
26th Sep 2017
The crossing before tunnel has the new boards down and jakmats laid up to it, the track set having been lifted early in the year and re-ballasted. The Railmotor has the new wheels and counter shafts fitted and chain upgraded to duplex. A fixture has been made to turn the Ikon wheels as fitted to the wheelchair carriage. The first set of these have been re-profiled and are currently working on the bogies. Made a new valve for the right hand clack as found it difficult to hang on to prototype one to reface the seat. Was still having problems so removed the secondary clack and found a hole right through bypassing the seat. Being a commercial one was easily fixed by buying a new one of the shelf. Sadly Eeyore had to be euthanize due to him being in advanced stages of Cushing’s disease. Humphrey has moved on to a new home to be with new companions.
14th May 2017
A trackset is back in place for budgie paddock siding, few more crossing boards cut to length and ends shaped for budgie paddock, 2nd new wheelset together for railmotor. Little Toot had a fair bit done on her last year, water tanks re-painted internally, slide valves re ground and pony truck wheelset turned.
16th September 2015
No1 Bridge is back together and the Train is running again. Jakmats are in and filled for the slope down into bush walk and carriages have been serviced.
16th August 2015
New beams are in place for No. 1 Bridge and extra bracing has been added to No. 3 Bridge. Have started installing some Jakmats for slope into bushwalk. A few peddle cars have been getting a repaint. Railmotor in workshop to trial the new wheelset on front pivoting subframe with duplex chain, before starting on 2nd new wheelset.
5th July 2015
Little Toot has pasted its annual boiler survey. NZTA have done the site visit and inspection of documents for the safety assessment this year. Timber has arrived for bridge repairs / upgrading as identified in track inspection. Work has started on removing the 2 older beams from the No 1 Bridge. Usually see a few monarch butterflies around the place but if you look up in the trees there are actually hundreds of them.
16th May 2015
The new wheels have arrived, and have put together a spare wheelset for the Railmotor. On the last steaming day, the railway was put to the test with a group of a 100 booked turning into 300, plus others ended up over 500 passengers (Inc. babies) for the day. Our Biggest day ever and only had 2 carriages available. On ANZAC weekend Peter had his model Baldwin Loco on display for a while. The original was used in the 1st World War.
1st April 2015
The Railmotor tyres have been reprofiled satisfactorly, a set of new wheels are nearly here and a spare axle has been machined up in Denham lathe. Finding the roller chain is a bit light so have ordered a duplex sprocket for the spare axle.