A belated Hi all again,
I have thought long and hard about resuming this thread since getting access back into Gnatterbox after a considerable time trapped outside.
The thoughts have ranged from "should I update this thread at all" and "if so, how"? You'll see why further down in this post.First thought:
It's been a long time since anything was posted against this thread. Perhaps I should let a "sleeping tiger" slumber peacefully rather than rattle its cage with a "bone" of updates? Is there likely to be any interest here in a series of updates? If so about what? Second thought:
the previous post was by Adrian Hoad. Since this thread began back in mid-2009, Adrian has been one of the most enthusiastic "cheerleaders from the sidelines" on here helping to push the Corrimal project forward. Sadly Adrian passed away on the 29th July last year, and Australia lost perhaps one of our most "original" railway modellers and one of the earliest Gn15'ers anywhere. Have a look at his "Far Twittering and Oyster Creek" at http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=5941
In a long and enjoyable phone call I was able to answer his questions in that previous post by phore, but I never got back to answer them here. So....
His key question was: Surely the first outing was 2 years ago in Queensland ?
My answer was than no, what actual went to the Ipswich Convention in 2011 were actually 2 of the test rigs, one of which was mounted on a module frame. The Steep Grade test rig and the Top End test both mentioned on Page 3.
Sadly Adrian didn't make it to the Bowral Australian Narrow Gauge Convention held over Easter earlier this year. He did get to see the bare bones and some of the operation at the Melbourne 2013 Convention. He never got to see the scenery come down the "hill" and us successfully handle 200 plus loads in intermittent operating periods over the Convention. but he did get to see the YouTubes of the Corrimal Incline hauling coal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn_I3CrbBJk
(Novenber 2013) and tipping coal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpHUphBeQNQ
(January 2014). The scenery build started in earnest after these 2 videos were shot and some subsequent further testing proved to ourselves that we had our process "reasonably bulletproof". Third thought:
This thread on Gnatterbox was actually the start if what later became the Corrimal Colliery Incline layout. A general series of enquiries here and on a few other forums about whether anyone one had done a self-acting Incline has morphed from an original posting about a Tasmanian incline into a NSW coal-hauler in miniature. So the next question is : Given now that this thread is now largely on the Corrimal Incline and is now about a 2' gauge railway, should this thread remain as a "Modelling Matters" thread or should it be moved to "Gnot Minimum Gauge". Fourth Thought:
A technical question for the Moderators - if this thread is to be moved, then will all the photos in this thread stay attached to their postings?Fifth thought:
Too Much thinking - I'm done typing about thinking...a photo or two to close - The mine manager's kids watching coal running on the Incline -
This was the start of the scenery.
Here is where we are currently:
So - Do I pot-hole this thread by filling in the blanks or let sleeping tigers slumber??