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!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winter services

Winter services, as usual, are in the hands of the battery fleet, including 296.56, seen here with a Christmas excursion train.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A visit to Styvechale...

The H&DLR management enjoyed a trip to the Styvechale Gardens Light Railway today. Trains were run (chiefly between showers), coffee was consumed, and generally the world of garden railways was a better place.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New arrivals

With the summer running season nearly upon us, the General Manager has recently taken delivery of some much needed new stock. OK, maybe we don't need a snow plough in time for the summer. An ex-Steyrtalbahn U Class, 298.25, has joined the OBB fleet. Meanwhile, an Saxon type 751 brake van has been added to the historic coaches rake. The prototype operates on the Zittau lines.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Snow patrol...

After a wet December when few trains ran, the fresh snow meant that VL51 could be deployed on snow plough and snow patrol duties.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Autumn, season of mists...

...and leaves on the line. It's the season when the General Manager's thoughts turn to the battery powered fleet. Nowadays, there are two locomotives that provide this; the first is the little class 2092 diesel which in addition to being able to run off conventional track power also has an on board battery and radio control fitted.

The other locomotive is U Class 298.56, which is switchable between track power or a battery pack in a trailing van.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Rebuilding Dottendorf station

The line between the shed and Dottendorf station runs round a whitebeam tree. The trunk has grown, seemingly exponentially, since the track was first laid. Three years ago, a minor realignment avoided the need for a major rebuild. However, that day has now arrived, so there was nothing for it but to close the line and lift the track through the station.
Relaying the line meant a wider curve round the whitebeam tree and extending out further into the flower bed, so the first phase of works saw the track and station lifted and the flower bed cleared.
The new alignment at Dottendorf. It's obviously looking pretty raw at the moment, but more decking boards will hide a multitude of sins. The village will also be moved forwards slightly to take advantage of the level(ish) base left by the former track bed.

The big gain from the rebuild has been the opportunity to create a passing loop at Dottendorf. This will enhance operational flexibility. It's electrically isolated from the main line and can serve either main line or rack line traffic.

To maintain space/track length for the rack line, the latter extends towards the tree. I see me needing to shorten this...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Running Steyrtal trains on the H&DLR

And a new video as well...

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A busy day on the H&DLR

The weather hasn't been that great this summer (yet!) on the days that the General Manager has had half a chance to run trains. But today was a reasonable day, and trains certainly ran.