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 Posted: Fri Jan 8th, 2010 10:57 pm
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Yeah he came back to the UK a few week back Peter, cant think of the members name thou :hmm

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 Posted: Fri Jan 8th, 2010 11:00 pm
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 Posted: Fri Jan 8th, 2010 11:01 pm
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Always a smart ar** on here aint there :mutley:mutley

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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 05:44 am
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Righty ho folks, here's some of the first pictures of Matilda's travels.  I put two pictures in as some us look bad in one and better in another.  Unfortunately I don't have a timer on my camera.  So from left to right we have me, Jeff, Max and Matilda.  She should be down at Ricks now as I type.

Bon voyage.

 

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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 08:35 am
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Max, Matilda and a fair number of other friends and wellwishers gathered in the heat of the afternoon at Penhayle Bay. Max and Rick are seen prior to the send-off with Matilda coupled second in the consist.



I provided a train in which Matilda would feel more or less at home for her trip. A National Rail liveried NR class freight loco with a crew car coupled behind (you need crew accommodation for a long journey such as Matilda has ahead of her), and some V/line freight open wagons behind.

As promised there was a kangaroo on the platform to oversee the send-off and I had a commemorative headboard made for the loco.

Despite having non-mating couplers the full train managed several successful circuits of Penhayle Bay with the only problem being the NR's rear step ladder striking a point motor at one spot.

The hot weather caused the usual differential expansion of scenery; the platform surface (card) has parted at an alarming rate over the wood beneath. This returns to normal when things cool down.



Some of the regular passengers seem to be unimpressed with all the strange goings-on as the special waits for the "Right away" and behind in the fiddle yard some of the day's other trains can be glimpsed waiting their turn to run in almost 40C

I shall catch up with Matilda in Camborne if not before and look forward to seeing the blanks on the certificate being all filled when I do so.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 08:42 am
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Great to see Matilda on her way and all the guys making a effort to start its journey to Cambourne. Well done guys and a mention for Max who took the time to take it to the various layouts to get it under way, thanks Max. Rick one thing mate, i was hoping it would of been a fridge wagon, then you could of put the Kangaroo in it and we could of had steaks on the barby in Cornwall in September?.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 08:58 am
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Great shots there Neil and Rick. :thumbs:thumbs  It's good to see that Matilda is moving around the country and good to catch a glimpse of your layouts.  
My thanks and congrats to you all for making the launch and Australian route so smooth.  I hope the other continents are as helpful !!  Thanks Guys. :cheers:cheers:cheers:cheers

I see Max has something in his shirt pocket that we often wear up here - I'm referring to the snow glasses !!  Is there much lying down there at present !!! ?  We had a dose of winter overnight - power lines down in the wind somewhere - no electricity over-night.  All systems go again now. :thumbs:thumbs

Now I've got to get the calculator and map out for the running mileage ........................:???::???:



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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 09:49 am
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It has been brought to my attention that the headboard on the NR loco is not legible on all screens.

It reads "YMR World Wide Wagon Official Launch Saturday 9th January 2010 Penhayle Bay Railway"

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Here are a few of my photos taken on Saturday 9th January. Firstly on my own layout:






Then on Neil's layout:












That last one is most of the rogues' gallery, Max on the left, Neil on the right.

Many thanks to Neil and Sarah for providing the barbecue lunch as well as the entertainment.  :cheers :cheers



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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 01:00 pm
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SRman wrote: Interesting! No takers from Asia or Antarctica???

:hmm :mutley

We can double up as Antarctica if required as it was two degrees colder  than the South Pole here last night :mutley:mutley



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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 01:26 pm
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It's not only the shots of "Matilda's" progress that are interesting, it's the new shots of the layouts.

It's high time we had some updates on thse Australian layouts.  Jeff, Max and Neil in particular - we haven't seen much of your layouts lately and they look very interesting.  Is that easy to rectify ? :roll::roll:

Thanks for posting the progress shots.  I'm still getting round to working out the mileage !!



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A big thumbs up to all concerned. Those layouts look terrific. Love the roo, too :lol:

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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 02:11 pm
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For the record Jeff I take it that the last shot of Max and Neil was taken when the first posts were made. You know us old 'uns get confused.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 02:39 pm
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Robert wrote: For the record Jeff I take it that the last shot of Max and Neil was taken when the first posts were made. You know us old 'uns get confused.

I am deffinetly staying zipped :roll:

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 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 07:14 pm
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Petermac wrote: It's not only the shots of "Matilda's" progress that are interesting, it's the new shots of the layouts.

It's high time we had some updates on thse Australian layouts.  Jeff, Max and Neil in particular - we haven't seen much of your layouts lately and they look very interesting.  Is that easy to rectify ? :roll::roll:

Thanks for posting the progress shots.  I'm still getting round to working out the mileage !!

I was telling the guys yesterday that a new layout is in the planning.  I believe that Jeff is also planning a new one so there should be two new layouts to look forward to.  I also have the old one to finish off.:oops:



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Great start to the trip boys :thumbs

And by the look of the tans, you are having better weather than us :twisted:

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Neil Wood wrote:..........................................................I was telling the guys yesterday that a new layout is in the planning.  I believe that Jeff is also planning a new one so there should be two new layouts to look forward to.  I also have the old one to finish off.:oops:
That sounds like something to really look forward to but we can still accept updates on the existing layouts.......................:roll::roll: - they look good in the "Matilda" shots and I don't remember seeing those particular areas.



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New layout? Bring 'em on! They'll be good for sure.

I'll put in a vote for QR ! :lol:

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I made it back to home base.  Just walked in.  I'm trawling through 3 days of emails.  I'll post my pics in a while. :pedal



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Good to hear you arrived safely Max. Hope you enjoyed your visit to the wild and wooly Eastern Lands!

I'm just packing up every piece of rolling stock as the forecast for tomorrow is now 44C and nothing moveable stays outside in that. Trains will run however as they do every day now. Probably just a couple of circuits well into the evening.

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