7 October 2017
It is only seven more sleeps until we recommence our public running days … 11am Sunday 15th October.
Today we continued testing our new track by steaming-up and running two of our model steam locomotives … all good! Some photos from then …
10 September 2017
It’s getting real exciting! We had a number “test laps” around the new track today to better understand the final ‘tweaking’ that is required prior to recommencing public running.
Yes … we are still expecting to recommence public running on Sunday 15 October, and Private Hiring will be available from November.
6 September 2017
Great news! We are planning on recommencing our public running of the miniature train rides from the 3rd Sunday in October, and Private Hire will be available from November.
19 July 2017
A further milestone was achieved this morning with the last of the sleepers being screwed to the track! Woohoo!
This may not seem significant, but with the main track and the new siding at the station there is over one kilometre of track. This required about 2,500 sleepers each requiring two screws … that’s 5,000 holes and screws … a lot of bending over with drills and screw drivers!!
(Many of our new sleepers are made from recycled plastic … Toowoomba Live Steamers is doing its bit for the ‘War On Waste’.)
Tasks still to be done before we can reopen to public passengers include:
– The stone ballast beneath the track is still to be shaped so that the track is smooth and safe for trains to run on with passengers. This will take much time and persistence.
– The rails for a ‘traverser’ (a device that transports the heavy locos and wagons between our shed, visitors’ vehicles and the turntable) needs to be installed.
.- And all track work needs to be checked and tried to ensure that it is safe for passenger hauling.
Toowoomba Regional Council has as good as finished the landscaping. The environs are looking a treat! Thank you to Toowoomba Regional Council and their staff for their continuing support.
“When will we be running and giving public rides at our new location??”
There are still many tasks to do … and we plan on doing some ‘limited private’ running to make sure everything is safe before public running … perhaps public rides might start in late Spring this year.
All of this is dependent on the continued ability of our members and volunteers to dedicate their time and efforts … and the weather! We will keep you posted about our progress.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
1 May 2017
A significant milestone was achieved on the afternoon of Sunday 30 April! The main steel rails which make up the main track loop were welded to complete one single 900+ metre continuous loop. Woohoo!
It was a very productive day, our Members began at 7:30am and finished at 6pm. As wel as working on our new main track loop, our (qualified!) electrician/ Member completed installing the lighting and power outlets to four of the five bays in our new storage shed.
Tasks we still need to achieve before we can reopen to public passengers include:-
– The new rails on the main track loop need to have their sleepers attached and screwed, and then the stone ballast beneath is shaped so that the track is smooth and safe for trains to run on with passengers. This takes much time and persistence. Thanks to the assistance from our local PCYC team;
– The spur line from the main loop to the turntable needs to be built;
– The steaming bays need to be installed; and,
– We still have one structure to relocate from the old site at Kearney Springs Historical Park to Lemway Park.
– And all track work needs to be checked to ensure that it is safe for passenger hauling.
Toowoomba Regional Council still has some fencing and signage to install, and some finishing touches to add to the landscaping. Thank you to Toowoomba Regional Council and their staff for their continuing support.
- Cutting the steel rails to insert the last curve …
- Welding the last curve into the new main 900+ metre loop …
- Welding a six metre length of rail …
- Installing the conduit and wiring for lighting and power outlets …
We are often asked, “When will we be running and giving rides at our new location??” … We are still hoping that it will be Spring this year, or sooner, if we can.
There are still a lot of tasks to do which are dependent on the ability of our members and volunteers to continue dedicating their time and efforts … and the weather! We will keep you posted about our progress … it is becoming even more exciting!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
19 March 2017
It is timely for a quick update on how the relocation from Spring St to Lemway Ave is progressing.
Toowoomba Live Steamers (TLS) members (with assistance from PCYC) have installed about two thirds of the gravel ballast and steel rails for the new track, with about half the length of the track also being levelled so that it is smooth and safe for trains to eventually run on.
Having completed the earthworks and drainage, Toowoomba Regional Council has now completed the new station building and will be adding the finishing touches to some fencing at the station and landscaping, so that TLS can then finish off the last portion of the new track up to the station.
Thank you to Toowoomba Regional Council and their staff for their continuing support.
Our Compound area is slowly becoming more familiar … we have installed the turntable (for turning our loco’s), and more of our gear is progressively being relocated into our new shed.
Have included a few photos of …
When will we be running and giving rides at our new location?? … It will depend on the progress of TRC completing their work, and the ability of our members and volunteers to continue dedicating their time and effort towards tasks for the relocation … and the weather! We are hoping that it might be Spring this year … or sooner, if we can. We will keep you posted about this … it will be exciting!
And, for those who may have been trying to access our website … we apologise, we are having technical difficulties with its hosting and are endeavouring to have it back up and running as soon as we can.
Please feel free to Like and Share, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact TLS.
We also have a new email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next update.
Just a quick update.
After the November Monthly Meeting yesterday Sunday 20th Nov some of our members did a walk around the new site and inspected our new Loco/Carriage/Meeting Room Shed.
We have paid for an extra bay on this new shed to allow for possible asset expansion in the future.
The projected completion of the complex is now post March 2017, unfortunately. As we approach the Christmas period work by Council will soon cease with recommencement of work in probably late-ish January 2017 and the station construction may begin around this time.
This is about all that we can report on at present.
Until next time, as always, may your lights be green and your rails straight.
Looking North to the Grove of Trees.
Looking North Towards the Northern Loop
Looking South from the Station Area
Excavation of the Station and Platform.
Northern Loop Track Bed
Eastern End of the Loco Shed Slab
Western End of the Loco Shed Slab
Southern Loop Area
Southern Loop Area
Work has begun on our relocation to our new location in Lemway Park.
Graham and various members have been cutting the track into 6 metre lengths and with the wonderful help of men from the PCYC those sections have been lifted and stacked ready for removal to Lemway Park.
I have included some photos of the progress. It is a tad sad but knowing that we will have a better railway for your enjoyment makes it all worthwhile…….
AND IT WILL BE BAT FREE.
Here are some pics of what is happening in Lemway Park.
Our apologies to the public who use the park as it has been fenced off today. The council has fenced the area to make it safe while works are implemented.
We will keep you posted about further happenings.
Until next time…….
The aerial view below is the latest PROPOSAL for the new track layout. The new track will have approximately 900+metres of mainline as against 656 metres at the present site. This should make for an interesting and enjoyable ride.