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 Posted: Mon Sep 26th, 2016 08:45 am
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Bob D
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I haven't done any research on the LiFe batteries, time to give them a look!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 28th, 2016 05:14 am
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A break in the rain means train running outdoors. Here we see twin Fowlers taking the up goods while the railmotor slows for the station stop. No need to praise me on the exquisite weathering on the station, a mate's wife did that (blush) cheers  Bob

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 Posted: Wed Sep 28th, 2016 12:41 pm
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Hi Bob nice blue sky in the back ground how are you with that weather front coming from SA, saw on the news that SA whole Electric grid was knocked out wow the whole state.

We are copping it tomorrow I backed up my three modules, going to be pretty bad, don't want them getting wet, got some hinges and folded the legs inside the frame out the way, need to get some longer screws to hold the legs in place.

Hope I get enough time to screw in place in the garden shed a peg board to hand all my tools and some garden tools as well.

Tony from SE/QLD keeping on moving ahead.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 28th, 2016 11:52 pm
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Hope you get it all inside in time Tony.
The short break in the rain is over here as predicted.
Bad news with that cyclonic system hitting SA and now Vic. Obviously many of the towers were designed for much lower wind speeds.
Bob, LiFe's have a lower voltage than LiPo's so with some systems that have battery control designed for lipo's might have a problem e.g. NWSL.
Back to working inside.
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 Posted: Thu Sep 29th, 2016 01:21 am
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Had to go Google, daaaaaaang!
"Winds in that region are expected to reach storm force, with predicted gusts of up to 140 kilometres per hour.
(holy hurricanes Batman, that's 87mph!)
"Gale force [winds] about the remainder of the coasts, except for the two South East coasts where we do have strong wind warnings current," he said."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/sa-weather-south-australia-without-power-as-storm-hits/7885930

Going to have to look up whether SA railways have any electrified mainlines and/or suburban commuter service.
"The power outage caused gridlock traffic in the city and all trains and trams came to a standstill late in the evening."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-29/south-australia-storms-residents-cope-with-blackout-wild-weather/7887120

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 Posted: Thu Sep 29th, 2016 03:03 am
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Hi Bob, yes I did yesterday spent to after 6pm last night putting hinges on the module legs, need to get longer screws to hold the legs in place. When I set the station modules back up I will have replace the screws with bolts as I used 42mm square legs in stead of 3inch wide by 3/4 pine legs on the last module.

Pretty bad in SA they should have most of the power back by this afternoon, this federal government is blaming this weather event as a political scape goat attaching renewable energy, nothing to do with those large high tension towers being blown over, like match sticks.

KitbashOn30 our weather radar is called Boom just type that in and on the map of Australian click on the small squares in each state.


Keeping a close eye on Canberra's weather, was told by our sitting Federal MP to take a warm jacket snow predicted this weekend around Canberra may get to see some snow as well never seen snow, big bonus.

In SE/QLD we are copping the same weather event, raining now as I am typing , not heavy but bad storms predicted for this afternoon.

Tony from SE/QLD

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 Posted: Thu Sep 29th, 2016 03:46 am
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The call that renewables caused this problem would be laughable if so many idiots didn't believe that garbage. One big problem was those towers were designed when SA didn't experience cyclonic winds.

If it is not snowing in the city you can drive up the hills just to the west of town (past Mt Stromlo observatory)Tony if you have access to a vehicle. Shouldn't have to go far.

Adelaide is a mix of electric and railmotors for it's limited suburban rail services Forrest. They do also have a very small electrified tram service.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_Metro

What I found amazing was to discover some years ago that after the midwest of the USA the next most prolific place for tornadoes was Victoria.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 29th, 2016 10:25 pm
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Hi Bob, agree what the government is going on about SA don't have any back up but they still shouldn't using that to bring a State government down in any case having a backup power still would of being the same problem as 22 towers were knocked down, how long will it take them to build new ones

The whole rail network was shut down, would of being no signals or power to the points.

We didn't get that storm last night but the weather mob up here are saying that storm is heading our way long gone by Monday.

Putting a peg board up in the garden shed today to hang all the tools clamps level.

Thinking of bending ply for the curved sections, waste too much ply out of a full sheet have seen it done, will give it a go.

Not a cloud in the sky winy though.

Tony from SE/QLD

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 Posted: Thu Sep 29th, 2016 11:07 pm
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A process I have used when building my own and others layouts is to make a standard template for curved sections and draw multiple copies on the ply until I have wasted the least ply then attack with saw. :>)

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 Posted: Fri Sep 30th, 2016 05:31 am
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With outdoors a writeoff again I worked on the scenery in one corner.

cheers
 Bob

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