Stephen Buck sbuck
Earlier in the year DCC Concepts ran a challenging Working Point Rodding Competition.  I was very pleased to win both the main competition and the Members' Choice Competition, with my entry Gordon Box.  While I promptly received payment for the main competition, in spite of many emails and a phone call to DCC Concepts, payment of the Members' Choice Competition has unfortunately not been forthcoming.  Really disappointing.
Stephen



https://www.dccconceptsforum.com/post/and-the-winners-are-10086435?highlight=modelling+competition+entries&pid=1308153272

https://www.dccconceptsforum.com/post/the-poll-working-point-rodding-competition-10092673?pid=1308423697

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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

Lets hope the money wasn't.t actually paid into the system but never arrived. I say this because TWICE a bank was paid money from a government source, and twice they paid it to the wrong person with same first and last name, even though my middle names were clearly on the payment paperwork.

I had to go to the rotten bank both times and advise them they had made the mistake not just once but twice. I moved bank because they said it was up to me to check I had received it! Cheeky bloody devils! The first time I did not notice for weeks, the second time I was looking out thinking nah they won't be silly enough to do it again. Its fully automated.

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Bunkerbarge
Staggering to think that such things can happen in this day and age of technology.

Hopefully Ahjay can help Stephen to get this sorted as soon as possible.
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AHJAY
Our statements show it was paid, but clearly not.

I instituted a search from Barclays before Christmas.

They are slow but will get there... and Stephen will receive his winnings with a little added amount as an apology

regards, Ahjay
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Stephen Buck sbuck
Hi Ahjay.  It was a real surprise to see the prize money turn up last night, with a small bonus.  Thanks for your efforts.

Now to spend it!  I'm modelling the North Shore suburban line in Sydney in the steam era, in the 1920s. In addition to the steam hauled passenger services and a couple of goods trains each way daily, extra services ran on the line, including those for electrification works (electric trains commenced running in 1926) and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened in 1932.  And, electric trams were transferred by rail to and from the isolated North Sydney system, hauled by Baldwin steam tram motors. Most construction materials for the Bridge came in by ship, half the steel from Middlesborough and half from Newcastle in Australia. I saw the attached pic recently of a ballast train at North Sydney station, around 1930, a new section of line built to connect to the Bridge.  The station is almost complete, bits of roofing are missing.  The loco is a 19 class from Beyer Peacock, 77 were built from 1877, some were converted to 2-6-4 tank engines, and 7 more were built new as tank engines.  They lasted to around 1972, shunting in yards and operating on three steeply graded branchlines.  Just short of a century of service. The steel open wagons were in service from around 1900 to 1950, a fairly short life, they rusted out, and the bogie ballast plough was built from 1903 and lasted in service at least into the 1970s.  A rtr 19 class loco is due for delivery soon, a rtr model of the steel hopper wagons was produced some years ago, and a kit is available for the ballast plough.  We are well supplied with models in NSW. The picture is from the John  Buckland collection at the National Library of Australia

Stephen north sydney 19 cl nla.obj-155205222-1.jpg   
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Stephen Buck sbuck
From AHJAY
Magic.

Enjoy - hopefully it will let you extend the budget for your current project - it looks interesting. Surprised to see catenary in that photo you posted.... or am I imagining it?

regards, Ahjay


Ahjay

Charles Merz, who'd designed the NER electricification trial, came to Melbourne from 1907 to 1913 to advise on electrification, and recommended 1500 volt overhead, although they did look at 15kV low frequency.  Electrification was delayed by the First World War.  Services commenced in Melbourne in 1919, Sydney in 1926, and in NZ, Otira tunnel 1923, Christchurch to Lytellton 1927 and Wellington in 1938.  Major works were undertaken all over Sydney, including the City Railway, Harbour Bridge, additional lines, widening the loading gauge and extensive automatic signalling installations.  The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932, originally four tracks were provided for trains, two were actually used for trams and the tramlines were converted to road lanes around 1960 

Stephen

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AHJAY
Interesting. I had no idea. Thank you

regards, Ahjay
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
Interesting project, and some nice price money to help it along 🙂
We are h9rribly cautious if I move money to family I send pennies make sure they tell me the pennies which they only know if they receive it then once confirmed move the bulk, and sad case is if and when it ends up in the wrong account the receiver is not obliged to refund although if it receives interest they can legitimately keep that element

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Stephen Buck sbuck
Thank Jaz.  The sting in the tail was the loss on international transfer fees!  Back to work.  Too many projects.  Thick smoke here again in Sydney, although, we've missed the worst of it in places like Canberra and Melb.  Stephen
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