On Monday PK and myself rode the rails around the Brisbane Suburban network for free. I met PK on the Gold Coast Train at Altandi before travelling all the way to Varsity Lakes.
Just before my train came through this train came through heading to Kuraby, where it was getting ready to provide another inbound service.
Our train was right behind.
On the way back from Varsity Lakes, this train was got very crowded, as it made its way inbound. This must be the first train in the off-peak (when fares apply), thus meaning why it gets heavily patronised. We caught that train to Roma Street, before we changes platforms and waited about 4 minutes for our Ipswich train to arrive. We went all the way to Ipswich and then made a quick tour of a rather derelict shopping district and mall. There is some work underway and everything looked closed. We then caught the train out to Rosewood, and then caught it back again before we switched platforms at Ipswich to catch the next train back to Darra station. At Darra, we changed platforms and waited for the Springfield Central train and a quick walk to the Orion Shopping Centre and a lunch break.
When we were at Rosewood Station, we could see a coal train about a kilometre down the line waiting for us to get going, so it could follow us towards the city and branch off at Corinda and head to the Port of Brisbane. When we stopped at Ipswich, we could see the track through platform 4 had been set up for the coal train, and it again was to follow us towards the city. When we detrained at Darra, we could see that the coal train was to travel through the platform our Springfield Central train was to also travel through. I understand that the coal train usually switches track just short of Darra and runs wrong road through platform 1 for about 600m before it gets onto the unwired freight road from there to Corinda. So as we could hear the coalie heading our way, we were told by an announcement to head over to platform 2 to catch the Springfield train. It was going to run wrong road through platform 2, and also all the way to Richlands station. This movement also delayed the outbound Springfield Station which was waiting for our train to get off his track. So that was interesting. I had no idea how far it was from Darra to Springfield Central. It does take quite a while to get there, and the train is hooting along, as we were easily passing traffic on the highway next to us.
The coalie coming through Platform 1 at Darra, as we started changing tracks.
The second loco on the coalie.
On our way back to Brisbane, PK and I decided to get off at Central and we just went up stairs and then had a couple of beers in the WhistleStop Bar while watching the cricket, before heading our separate ways home. I was lucky enough to observe when I made my way to the platform that there was a Gold Coast train 2 minutes after the Beenleigh train. I thought I might take that train, as I expected that my train would overtake the Beenleigh train before Yeerongpilly. Well it did and I was at Altandi in no time. I then walked to the bus stop and in less than 1 minute my bus rocked up. We had great timings and on-time running all day.
So yesterday and today, I was full steam ahead adding ribbing and bracing to 4 HJS wagons, while I watched the women's BBL semi finals and final. After adding the bracing, this was followed by the underfloor bracing, couplers and bogies. Yesterday I found out that Aurora Trains sells Southern Models bogies. So I think I will be buying a few more there in the future, as I scratch build some more wagons. Today I finished by giving the last 4 wagons a coat of grey paint. I will be cutting out some tarps for these wagons during the week and super glueing the cotton ropes on.
I still have not done any work on the timetable testing. So with me being on holidays this week, I will definitely be doing that. This afternoon I found the plans for a number of other open wagons that Arthur Hayes gave me, so I can also start making a list of styrene required this week and maybe commence making a couple of them also this week and next weekend.