Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Latest projects...

A little track simplification, alluded to in the previous post. The siding at Hozapfel was really only decorative and with the points that gave access to it a constant source of unreliable running, they have been replaced by plain line.

A second project has been the creation of the Steyrtalbahn beer barrel car - familiar to many in its current incarnation on the Zillertalbahn. It was originally created by the OBB for the Steyrtalbahn before that line closed in 1982.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Summer trains

Trains have been running on the H&DLR, but trackworks have also been taking place. There's an annual drive to maintain or improve reliability! We've also had visitors, in the form of an RhB steamer.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Winter snow

With the ice giving way to softer snow, it was time to plough the tracks and runs some trains!

Friday, February 01, 2019

Winter ice

It's a bit chilly here on the H&DLR, although that doesn't stop trains from running. That said, the fluctuating temperatures left the railhead corrugated with ice, which meant that trains had real difficulty maintaining any adhesion. Still, it was fun trying!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Steam in the winter sun

No.3, Camusterrach Pier, has been out and about - a cold day reveals a superb steam plume.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A little bit of Steiermärkische Landesbahnen

A couple of new additions - the "Partnerschaft Markt Cadolzburg" coach and an StLB coach in LGB livery have arrived on the H&DLR. There's a further Club 760 coach, in the "Tamsweg Salzburger Land" livery, scheduled to arrive at Christmas... a nice little Steierm√§rkische Landesbahnen rake is forming up here.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Friday, July 06, 2018

Station news

The station roof at Holzapfel has - finally - received a coat of paint.

Meanwhile at Dottendorf, a new lamp has been installed to provide a better spread of lighting.

Rollwagen roll onto the H&DLR

The H&DLR has taken delivery of the new LGB Saxon Rf4 Rollwagen. At the same time, the line's first Piko wagon has arrived. The low side wagon is a model of a standard gauge prototype, and has been regauged to 64mm gauge to act as a standard gauge load being conveyed on the narrow gauge Rollwagen.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Lighting at Birkenhof refreshed

The lamps originally fitted to Birkenhof and visible in the first picture above the station name boards gave out very small pools of light. Unfortunately, about a year ago they stopped working.

The new lamps have been fitted above two of the name boards in the gable ends. On the right hand end, the new lamp has been fitted to illuminate the corner of the station as it didn't fit well above the name board.

In addition, a new wooden pole mounted lamp has been fitted to replace a plastic Pola lamp which had become brittle and failed to survive a careless side swipe.

All successfully installed and working.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ballasting the relaid curve

The newly relaid curve has now been ballasted; all good to go!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rebuilding the curve into Birkenhof

Every year, there's something that needs doing. This incarnation of the H&DLR has been obliged to build up on sticks, and parts are rotting. Slightly oddly, there's no real rhyme or reason as to which sections are rotting and which not. Anyway, part of the reverse curve into Birkenhof station has disintegrated over the last year, so today was rebuild time. You can see that the decking boards have rotted, and the track is lifting away from the base.

The new base is recycled plastic board, cut and jointed to fill the old track bed.

Being a Sunday, any trains were restricted to engineering trains!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter snows

It may be cold out there, but trains operate year round on the H&DLR!