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The ‘…and we’re back…’ update – December 14, 2019

Evening all;

At least here in Melbourne it’s a very late evening. What a saga getting the internet back on has been. So much for a few days. It took in all 14 days to move a service into (as Optus said) somewhere that has already been connected to the NBN.

A screw up at the get go, with Optus’ overseas helpdesk, saw them move our service to some random location in Ballarat, instead of into our new home in Melbourne. That took three days to sort out. Then NBN noticed that they could not see the terminating unit. In fact the original installers had not completed the job. Done the absolute minimum and not completed running the lead-in cable from the cable head in the pit a couple of doors down. The poor bloke they sent out (alone) to do the job was about pulling his hair out. So I stepped in and gave him a hand to run the cable in the street and get us up and going; almost.

Then Optus screwed up again, and no internet for another 48 hours until late this week. We are still in the midst of unpacking and setting up. The layout is still in its moving state and standing on end in the garage. Hoping to do a little more work tomorrow on one of my days off to carve out a space in that area for the layout and a worktable. There’s good northerly natural light in there.

More for you soon on the layout build with updated posts and pages as I create the new section from the original posts. Wiring is next. Lots of photos and a video to boot showing how I wire, as an old telephone tech, by comparison to some who’ve not the background I do. Hopefully some more on Tuesday to read. I have to get my son working on the video part.

Then I’ve got 9 days straight through until Christmas day to work. Oh the life of a tram driver. All the best and talk with you soon.

FInally; don’t forget the survey is still on. Drop by the link from the main page and take the survey to help me understand what it is that you are looking for.

Site Update – RailBox XAF10 Modelling pages updated

The modelling article on the RailBox XAF10 class cars have been updated. There is new content and the third step of the rebuild article promised some time ago. There’s more information below.


What’s happened

My last update on this project covered the addition of a short history of the class. This time we’re getting into the meat of the project.

This new page covers the dangly bits between the frame and the rails – brake rigging. This is a task focused modelling article on how to simulate the brake rigging on the model without going over the top. Thanks go out to Tony Thompson whose original post on his blog got me started on this particularly enjoyable journey. (There’s a link from the new page to Tony’s original blog post.)

Throughout the series I’ll be aiming to complete the entire project section within an hour (between getting home and dinner for example) and at the end of it have a model that you can be proud of. Here’s what I mean using before and after photos:

Image 1: The basic Athearn BB kit sans brake rigging

Image 2: Same kit (undec) with brake rigging – a subtle difference but well worth the effort

You can head direct to the page by clicking this link, or head over to the project home page clicking this link. I hope that you enjoy this new part of the project. Like, subscribe and follow to keep up to date with all the new content here on Andrew’s Trains.

Site update – January 21 – No you don’t need an optometrist visit

In my last post the photos that I uploaded seemed to behave poorly once uploaded through WP.

An overall view of the module
An overall view of the module

I’ve reworked them all in Paint.NET and uploaded a new set.

I’ve just checked the newer versions and these appear to be better. Sorry for any inconvenience, or for any unnecessary trips to the optometrist.

Andrew

Site Update – March 16 – Ballarat Tramways Gallery

I’ve begun uploading images to the Ballarat tramway page, spurred on by working as an assistant conductor this weekend.

Zip over to the page to take a look at the growing gallery.

Like this post and comment if you find it useful or would like further information; if you’ve not already subscribed to keep up to date you can do so now using the link at the top of the post.

Operations section added to the blog

I opened a new Operations section to the blog today. This is from an old site and has been moved and updated to reflect changes made in the last 4 years.

You can get to the section from the main header – look under the Yard Office and then choose operations.

Regards

Andrew