Wagga Wagga Station painting, and a derailment at Bomen.
Firstly, I would like to apologise for my last post. It was far too long, and apart from a nice 3801 picture, not much new. It did however, give me a chance to complete the tedious task of painting the Wagga station, without having an overly long gap in my blog posting schedule.
|After turning on the Cootamundar triangle, 3801 returns light engine to couple on the rear of the train returning to Junee. I was fortunate to ride on this train (April 9, 2021)|
|A chance to get into the loco cab was not to be missed. This view from the long line of people at the Junee Roundhouse awaiting their turn (April 8, 2021)|
Wagga station painting
|2 coats of "streetwise" red sprayed with my airbrush. I probably should have used an undercoat, as the red did not cover that well.|
Glazing the station
I have made a start. These pictures illustrate my technique
|I used a post-it note behind the window openings|
|With a pencil, I drew an outline of the windows. This outline is a bit rough, but it is only needed as a guide for the 0.010 clear styrene to be placed over the post-it note.|
|A different type of paint brush - a "bow pen" is essential for drawing window frames. I bought this handy tool in Hong Kong in 1985 for $HK20. The width of the line is adjustable over a wide range, and can take all paint types|
|When happy with the frames, glue the clear styrene to the inside of the station walls. The result was all but invisible - which is why I have used another post-it note to show the framing|
Last Thurday morning (April 15th) at 2:50am, an SCT freight train derailed after passing the former Dampier street level crossing. Media reports said that 5 locos were involved. Soon after daybreak, I saw my first picture
|This picture (also appeared on the Junee Facebook site) shows a mess. One loco on its side, another 90 degrees to the track, with its end, and wagon just on the mainline near the loop point just visible (lower LHS of picture)|
The line south of Junee to Melbourne was immediately closed. The night down XPT which was to cross this train on the Bomen loop, was issued an emergency stop order, and it reversed back to Junee. The down steel train arrived later, and was marshalled in Junee until the line was cleared.
I couldn't let this photo opportunity pass, so I headed to Bomen for some of my own pictures.
From what I could make out, the train derailed on the catchpoint/derail, that you can see in a picture I had taken of the site a few years ago. Most of the train though had not derailed, as it was sitting on the Bomen platform track, and not the mainline
Of course, the cause of the derailment is subject to an inquiry. But the 5 scenerios that could have caused it are
1) Driver passed a red signal
2) Signal failure
3) Loco was already derailed prior to the catchpoint, and the derailed wheels hit the derail.
4) Brake failure
5) Track problem
Why the train was on the Bomen station line, and not on the mainline may also be asked.
I noted that the steel train was leaving Junee on Saturday morning (April 17th 2021), so the mainline was back operational just 2 days after. Well done. However, the bomen platform track took some extra time. I passed the site on Monday April 19th, and the cranes were still there
This derailment made the national news, and disrupted trains on the busy Sydney Melbourne route for over 2 days.
Until next time