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    Default And Another.

    Another from New Zealand.

    aRB 884a.jpg Front view of the machine.

    RB 884, test 42634, of 1952.

    aRB 884t.jpg

    It has the third "RD" type of fence...

    aRB 884g.jpg aRB 884f.jpg 1st RB version of the RD fence, sans handwheel.

    ... and the 4th type of handwheel...

    aRB 884h.jpg aRB 884i.jpg Cast aluminium, 3 spokes

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Default October 2017 Update.

    The following is an updated list of known RB buzzers;

    RB 109, test 4359, 1926-30 - New Zealand (RIP in 1987);
    RB 113, test 4367, 1926-30 - New Zealand - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RB 116, test 4374, 1926-30 - New Zealand - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RB 117, test 4375, 1926-30 - New Zealand - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBA 158, test 8623, of 1937 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBA 183, test 9335, of 1937 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RB 190, test 9407, of 1938 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBV 255, test 2359/2559 of maybe 1934 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBA 418, test 10699, of 1938 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RBA 464, test 14604, of 1940 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RBA 497, test 25435, of 1945 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 512, (test no. unknown) - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 563, test 29408, of 1947 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 567, test 29231, of 1947 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 734, test 35301, of 1949 - New Zealand;
    RB 745, test 35560, of 1950 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 830, test 39773, of 1951 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 876, test 42337, of 1952 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 884, test 42634, of 1952 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 886, test 42636, of 1952 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 921, test 45225, of 1953 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 1010, test 50380, of 1954 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag.

    With RB 884 and RB 886 (just 2 numbers apart) having test numbers 42634 and 42636 (also 2 numbers apart), it's a reasonable assumption that test number 42635 was allocated to RB 885 (wherever that machine is now...)

    Cheers, Vann.
    Last edited by Vann; 23rd Oct 2017 at 07:37 AM. Reason: Tag info added.
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    Default And More.

    Another RB - this one is in a dealer's premises in New Zealand.

    aRB 567c.jpg Front view.

    aRB 567d.jpg Rear view.

    According to the seller, it's RB 567, test 29231, which would make it a 1947 machine.

    It has the third type of handwheel...

    aRB 567h.jpg Cast iron, 5 spokes.

    ... and the 2nd type of fence.

    aRB 567f.jpg aRB 567g.jpg Note the break in the fence .

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Default Another Lead Bites the Dust.

    I got a phone call from a friend in Christchurch last night. He's a rail buff. He's been cataloging files, photos, etc. for the local Canterbury Railway Society.

    I had asked him if he could keep a look out for the NZR Machinery Record cards from the Addington Railway Workshops (Christchurch), which closed at the end of the 1980s.

    If I can find a Machinery Record card for one of the twelve RB's bought in the late 1920s, it will tell me exactly when those early RBs were installed. As the Canterbury Railway Society's Ferrymead Railway has one of the machines (RB 113) I thought the chances were high.

    Richard reports that there are no Machinery Record cards in the files he's cataloging. He tracked down two former Addington employees who sorted through the records immediately after the workshops closed. One specifically remembers the cards, and concluded at the time that one-one would be interested in them - and they went into the skip.

    So that's one line of enquiry that's now closed.

    Of the other three workshops that had these RB buzzers:

    Otahuhu (Auckland) closed in 1993. There are no railway groups in Auckland with a strong interest in written railway history, so I don't believe anything other than blueprints survived that closure.

    Hutt (Wellington) is still open, though a shadow of it's former self. There are no buzzers still there, and no Machinery Record cards for the buzzers still there. Generally the machine records were offered to the new owners when machinery was sold off (such as when I bought my Wadkin PK). The listing for the Pattern Shop buzzer (RB 109) indicates it was scrapped in 1987 - but the cards are missing. This has me thinking that it might have been sold as scrap - to someone who intended to keep it working - someone within the railway who could get access to the records. The most likely "someone" is the guy who bought the Robinson recessor from the Pattern Shop (as a going concern), a guy I worked with until he retired in the 1990s (I had no idea he had a woodworking shop at home, at the time). He died a few years ago, and his widow disposed of his machinery. Another line of enquiry fades...

    Hillside (Dunedin): The administration office was handed over to the new owners when the Foundry and Pattern Shop was sold to an Australian operator, and the remainder of the workshops were closed, in 2013. I've asked the Pattern Shop supervisor if he has the Machinery Record cards for his machines, but he hasn't replied to any e-mails since I paid for my RB. There is a very good local historical library in Dunedin (the Hocken Library) - it's on my list to visit next time I'm down that way.

    I'll keep looking through Archives NZ records, and there's a railway society with an archive here in Wellington - but I'm not confident I'll find what I'm looking for.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Default H.Morris & Co.

    Here's a Wadkin RB in war production - making gunstocks during WW2.

    RB Morris2.jpg RB Morris.jpg Full record for 'WOOD GOES TO WAR' (1509) - Moving Image Archive catalogue

    It's the early type main casting with the high arch, and first type of fence. Long (5') tables. Same as AndyRV's RB. Is that wood across the front to reduce shavings pouring through the arch?

    There's more Wadkins in that video (thanks to Jack for posting the link back in 2015 on CWW).

    Cheers, Vann.
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