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Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by Saint, Jul 4, 2017.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

    SVF wishes to thank all the donors that helped us in restoring the L914 "Sogliola" engine.
    As you can see she is copletly restored.

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    As you can see from the picture, she received extra buffers. These are necessary because the original buffer you can see in the previous posts were meant to be used with wagons with space to allow the wheels of our engine go below the carriage itself, but when our sogliola pushes the 880 there is not such clearance and all pushing should be borne by the coupling hook (that is meant to bear pulling forces). The buffer are mounted on the buffer beam by means of two adaptor blocks that provide further spacing and solve the problem of the mismatching bolt holes in the buffers and in the beam.

    Our Sogliola has already begun to prove herself "a very useful engine" supporting out ongoing restoration and cleanup works.
     
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    What is new in Primolano?

    There were not many post during the winter, Primolano is a cold place in winter, nevertheless some brave volunteers completed our sogliola. But let's start this report with this picture from Luca, 14 years old, one of our younger (and eager) members. panorama.jpeg



    About our activities.
    In the winter, we used the "model railway" tool to introduce ourselves to a even broader attendance. In two occasions we staged a layout where we let children from the attendance to drive one of our model trains. And no, nothing compares a child "Wow!".

    In the first days of March SVF had its stand in the Verona Model fair, that was a chance to tell about our work to even more visitors and to collect some founds, then we had our annual Association Meeting where the past activities were reviewed and the "new strategic plan" was explained to the members. And our next goal is the restoration of the turntable that has already begun.

    But before we started working on the turntable, we received another item of our rolling stock collection, the 1906 built GKm van. This wagon requires restoration, but is now the older item in our rolling stock collection.

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    And now about the turntable. Andrea, the metal wizard that rebuilt some parts of the Sogliola, prepared a set of metal spacers and supports to be used to support the the turntable itself once being lifted by means of hydraulic jacks.

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    and yesterday the platform was lift and the 4 wheels with their bearings were removed. First the tools and parts were moved to the work site, courtesy of our Sogliola :).
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    And here are the spacers and jacks in action:

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    And this is one of the wheels to be removed for servicing;

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    Pulling out the wheels was not easy, years of missing maintenance took their tool and rust was everywhere. But by science (cooling spray that makes the parts shrink, chain hoist) and brute force (maul blows) did the work.

    (end of part 1)
     
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    (part 2)

    After removing the wheels, the next task was checking the best way to strip the old paint and clean away the rust and removing the plates that keep the wooden planks of the platform 'bridge' in place.
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    (stripping)
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    (removing the plates)

    The next tasks will be restoring the whell bushings, stripping paint and rust (will use again the cup brushes), repaint the platform, restore the wooden planks of the walkways, restore the wheel and finally lowering the platform, ready again for service.

    And now some more pictures of the volunteers at work and our rolling stock collection:

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    Planning how to remove the wheel axles, with the bearings stuck in the rust.

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    Our original SV wagons, the GKm, the snowplug, an E wagon and the P wagon (the last one, far away), already stripped of the old planks. Please note the double point on the left, built in the late 19th century.

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    Work area panorama. The closest freight wagon is the ferry train. Compare how it is narrower than its continental counterpart. IMG_0246.JPG
    Again the platform during the plates removal and the ferry train and the parcels service wagon.
     
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    On April 6th, 2019, SVF officially unveiled its last restoration work, the Sogliola shunting engine (National Preservation had the news first :)).

    In this clip, by Sergio Bonantini, the Sogliola does its first entry:



    Our president, Federico Rigobello -first on the right0, explained to the former majors in the valley (most municipalities merged together) explained the works done and showed the results. Then our esteemed guests had a chance to ride the engine. (Unless specified otherwise, all these pictures come from http://blog.tuttotreno.it/31493-sogliola-in-movimento-a-primolano/, © DuegiEditrice)
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    Then the "Team Badoni", the most dedicated volunteers received the special T-Shirt printed solely for this group of heroes the whole team with our president is portrayed here:

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    In the afteroon, fun time. Having a sunting engine available allowed us to stretch the wheels of out steam engine and the 2 axles coach. It was the first chance to have a ride on that wonderful coach.

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    Finally, a short youtube clip with our steam engine bein shunt, passing nearby the coach.



    And next sunday (April 19th, 2019) starts the new Open Day season!
     
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    It was an April full of events, About two week after being officially presented to the public, Sogliola starred in our firs open day. The rain keep many visitors away, but the brave ones that visited the Primolano locomotive depot were greeted by a new arrangement of our rolling stock, with all the coaches aligned behind the engine and visitors could pass from one coach to the other through the gangway.
    The bike-draisine had is usual success, but all the visitors were really pleased to see our sogliola pulling our restored freight wagons.

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    By the way, this is a picture from our Sogliola history, by Alessandro Muratori and hosted on Photorail (http://www.photorail.it/phr3-gli updates/articoli2008/gennaio 2008.htm)

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    That was our Sogliola back in 1976, in a short line duty.

    After the Open Day, the donations and income from gadgets allowed us to bring another wagon in Primolano, it run up to the eighties of last century, but about thirty years of neglect really hit hard this Eklo wagon:
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    Our hunger for good planks continues to increaase!

    And today we finally received a gift from Derwent Valley Light Railway, the vacuum brake hoses for our Fb wagon:



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    Now our wagon will receive most of its markings (except maybe the registration number, since the new one does not exists yet). Further work pictures will follow.

    Turntable: the work goes on, today both the bridge metal plates and the pit concrete and stone parts where cleaned with a pressure washer.

    Tomorrow more volunteer will entertain the public of the Spring Fest in the St. Anthony in Arcella parish(1) with live steam train models, and in the meanwhile we will explain our activities.


    (1) In Padua we have two St. Anthony churches, The St. Anthony basilica, that is known simply as "Il Santo" - the Saint, since St. Anthony is the saint par excellence in Padua, the other one, in the parth of the city north of the railway station, was built over St. Anthony death place. Despite containing several districts, that parth of the city is globally know as Arcella, even if Arcella is only one of the districts.
    And yes, my logname or alias is bound to St. Anthony through a pinball like series of "bounces"
     
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    May 2019 passed like it was depicted in Blade Runner. No day without rain.

    Our May open day was a Dunkerque, no matter less than 50 visitors challenged the bad weather to visit us (and some of them did quite a long trip, we held the line, offering the best we could to our visitors and they all were pleased.
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    Take a look. The arrow points to the freezing level, that white thing is snow.

    Works on the turntable continued and continues, exploting any no-rain moment and even bright sun. There were little contributions from a random "cuciniere"
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    and larger ones

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    A call for workers has been raised for next week end.

    We had a second event in St. Anthony in Arcella parish, this time we took HO models and we were surprised to see how many girls (even a mother) showed up for a turn-of-duty driving a model train, many more than one!
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    That's all for now. June will be busy!
     
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    Me idiot! :cool:

    I forgot something that happened on May 31st: The "Circolare Territoriale" (territorial circular) CT 8/2019, valid starting from May 31st 2019 at 11:00 CEST, announces some changes for Primolano Railway Station: Circolare.png
    Point 4, Primolano Station
    • Activation of the new link "Ferrovie Turistica della Valbrenta"
    • Rail track changes
    • Block & Interlock device changes
    The document continues 2ith the detailed descriptiomn of the link, the gate, the points, the keys blocking the points and one of our double slip points becomes officially Point 202 of Primolano Railway Station. Our Primolano premises are officially part of the Italian Railway Network.

    It seems a small thing.

    But its importance is far larger than what initially seems, starting from it being the first official railway document that quotes the name of our touristic railway project.
     
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    Well done. Dealing with Italian bureaucracy is not easy and to now be officially connected is great news. Complimenti!
     
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    It was a busy week end for SVF.

    During the week, Pierluigi Scoizzato, our former president and still a member of the council, launched a call to rally as many worker as possible in Primolano to restore the central spherical pivot and the 4 wheels that have been removed to work on their bearings. Our turntable is one of those that Mr. Robin Whitlock calls 'balance' type turntable in his article "Surviving ateam age turntables published on July 2017 issue #173 of "Railways illustrated": a central, spherical pivot holds most of the weight of the bridge (that in our turntable hangs to the pivot) and the locomotive while 4 wheels, running on a circular rail, do the rest of the work.

    As you can see from the pictures, the sun shone in the sky, maybe more than the workers could have liked:
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    Ten men worked on the turntable while the usual "cuciniere" cooked the meal.

    Here are some pictures of the works:

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    Preparing to lift the wheel and its axle

    turntable4.jpeg Mounting the new bearings

    turntable5.jpeg Another picture of the working on the bearings

    turntable6.jpeg The first wheel has been mounted.

    All four wheels should have been mounted last saturday, three were in place when I left.

    BTW, neither the "cuciniere" work. The team almost annihilated two kilograms of pasta, cooked in two rounds (first Matriciana, then Arrabbiata). With the equipment in the picture...

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    Sunday, no time to rest. A day was planned in the "Museo Veneto del Giocattolo", Padua, to bring our model trains and let the children play. But... The usual layout was unavailable (another one is being built, but we have just the wooden modules), the guy with the Vintage Lego had a relative severely sick, so we were forced to press in service whatever we could have mustered. I brought my "emergency" C-pattern Trix tracks, fast to deploy and remove, reliable, but had almost no straight track.
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    The resulting layout was named "Maldauto, Maldimare & Santa Nausea (Car-sickness, Sea Sickness and St. Nausea) due the crazed sequence of curves and counter-curves.

    Luckily the schools are over and last Sunday was the first sunny Sunday in months, so Padua was a desert and we had no problems letting children play as they wished. Next week, Open Day in "Cabina A" Signal Box.
     

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    I apologize for the errors in the previous post. The attached pictures not in the text are picture of the wotk on the central spherical pivot.
     
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    We have some more news from Primolano: the turntable wheels are all set, and we added another "gadget" to the 880.001. I think that the pictures will be worth more than thousand words:
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    Today we did a special opening of "Cabina A" Signal box. Maybe it was too hot, we had not again a large crowd, but all visitors were pleased. We would like to share a clip with the local panorama...

     
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