Monday, 21 December 2015

It's that time of the year again!

It's hard to believe that Christmas has rolled around again, and, consequently having been caught unprepared (again), this is just a short post to close off 2015.

For one reason or another, this has been a fairly unproductive year as far as progress on Philip's Creek is concerned. However, the one thing that has changed significantly is the size of the locomotive roster with four locomotives being added in 2015. Up to the beginning of 2015, its 10 locomotives (plus the CPH rail motor and narrow gauge Shay) were acquired gradually over the 19  years that the model railway has been in existence. Now in 2015, that number has been increased by 40 percent. While these have been the subject of separate posts, I thought that it would be appropriate to close the year with a few images of the new additions.

The first to arrive was the long awaited Trainorama 48 class. It only took six years to arrive. It was closely followed by the Auscision 45 class. (I still think 21pins for a decoder is an overkill).  Unpowered 4485, a transferee from the South Coast Railway, completed the Alco additions to the diesel fleet towards the end of the year.

Lastly, there was a single addition to the steam roster as 5069 entered service also towards the end of the year.

As a footnote to my earlier post concerning additional weight in the 50 class tender, the photo below shows 5069 with its very full tender. So far, the additional weight appears to be doing the trick.

As always at this time of the year, I would like to acknowledge all those individuals who have assisted me with comments, advice, information or materials that have contributed to my modelling activities in the previous 12 months. 

And finally, to all readers, best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a great 2016.

cheers Phil

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