Tuesday 25th July 2017

Here is some important info from Derek...
Sunday the 30th July 2017 is our Australian National Tree Planting Day
Wollongong City Councils contribution to this for Wollongong Central is ~~ 300 mature tree shrubs for our ILS Eastern boundry bordering on Squires Way
Council are the organising body and responsible for the planting event as nominated
During the week prior to the 30th, Council are to machine dig ~~ 300 planting holes along the bank
From this, we are calling for volunteers from our membership to assist with the plantout together with Landcare and Community members
A search by Postcode [2500] in the WEB link below confirms further detail and also includes acess to allow people intending to attend to pre register electronically
The WEB also confirms that all members of the Public attending and registering will be covered by an Australia wide Planetark insurance when on site
The ILS gates will be open at 8:30 for parking and enrty to the registration booth just in by of our ILS gates, the actual plant out is planned for 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Thought of the day.
Society has got to the point where everyone has a right, but no one has a responsibility

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Mother Nature wasn't too kind this morning keeping temperatures below 10 and the wind well above 10. As a result, a lot of our regular patrons decided to roll over and go back to sleep. It was a fairly quiet day which is just as well as we were short of loco's for a while.

I tried the new char and found it burnt too fast which meant I needed a mechanical stoker. It is still small, and consequently I needed to keep the fire shallow and run the blower to get the draft through the fire. Good news is that I had no clinker! Needs some comments from the experienced drivers, maybe on O7D.

Thought of the day.
If at first you don't succeed, you're a failure and a disgrace to humanity

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Another quiet day at the track, but most were getting ready for the PRD tomorrow.

It will be an interesting day for the steamers as they are trialing some new char. Bacchus Marsh is the supplier, but theoretically with higher quality control. Just have to wait and see.

Spent some time discussing the General Elections in a fortnight time. A surprise nomination for President, but he should be a good choice. Just have to wait and see if we have any other nominations.

Thought of the day.
Why is it called beauty sleep when you wake up looking like a troll?

Saturday 15th July 2017

Work day was very quiet today. A few members came early and left even earlier. I was busy watching Nelson and Col reassemble Ugly with a hammer and grinder. Quite enlightening.

Thought of the day.
I'm so thankful that I had a childhood before technology took over.

Sunday 9th July 2017

I went to the track this morning for our Members Play Day. We had 10 steamers running around the track, at least for a little while. Woody played up as did John Wilson's loco and a couple of others had steam problems.

Thought of the day.
I'm not old. I just need some WD40.