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If you can lend a hand, Workdays are held on the first Saturday and the third Sunday of the month from 9-5, so come on down, get a little dirty, learn a new skill and enjoy helping to put this machine back on the rails.
Dec 4, 2013
Nov 28, 2013
The inventory of leaks so far is:
- Injectors – slow drip from driver’s side
- Rear tank – driver’s side rear drain, slow drip
- Rear tank – fireman’s side filling flange fitting for adding water from auxiliary tank cars, very slow leak
- Front tank – rear or tank facing smoke box door, constant steady drip
- Front tank – driver’s side constant drip, now sealed Isolation valve – major leak when the valve changed from closed to open.
- Front tank balance pipe join with rear tank balance pipe (just above the isolation valve) minor drip.
Painting and cleaning the underside of the rear tank with the standard black livery proceeds using several karma sutra positions and a few new ones with brushes mounted on poles to facilitate some of the more awkward locations. The rear bunker has received some much needed black paint and there remains only the last half of it to be scraped, undercoated and painted.
Random spots of undercoat have started appearing over the boiler, front tank and other less noticed places as the team move around the locomotive locating missed items. Seemingly annoying and disfiguring these spots are none-the-less necessary to ensure completeness of the painting job.
Other major works completed in the last few weeks have been the installation of the blower valve assembly and the air compressor starting valve. Both of these are essential items but more so is the front end regulator, the valves of which which are now almost all fully lapped in.
The stoker cab controls have been remounted and the steam feed pipes replaced with “new” recycled pipes and these have now been fitted and adjusted. The last pipe connecting the stoker motor and the control valve is still to be located. All in all a very exciting and rewarding few weeks for the team of volunteers where that sense of completion and smell of steam and coal are tangibly close!
Next work day is Saturday the 7 December – see you there!
Nov 16, 2013
Oct 3, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Now where were we... There were some areas mentioned previously about sunshine and darkness requiring painting. First order of the day was cleaning the area to be painted – the area is of course under the hind tank and bunker in the spots meant to be painted when there is no tank in place. As all painters will tell you preparation is the key to a great job, so it was back to scrapping and wire brushing. Angle grinders with wire wheels can be quite frightening at the best of times, but when they take off or veer off course while held at the extreme limits of your arms’ length they can be quite different. All this whilst performing the act in a confined space that would make the average contortionist proud and it probably should be listed in the top ten positions in the Karma Sutra! We achieved about fifty percent of the area scrapped and primed ready for the top coat. Next work detail will see the other side scrapped and primed.
Aug 12, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
After what felt like the coldest start in the project's (selective) memory we got off to a steady flow of work. The first task was....Get that grate finished, so OK, down to it - locate all the holes for the grate mounting brackets, confirm they were the correct ones and carefully tap them out. The tap costs $75.00, so caution was a large part of the initial approach, however after getting used to the equipment, the speed of tapping could increase. Sixteen holes were tapped and two were adjusted and given over sized threads to handle the affects of wayward drilling. Try drilling upside down for a few hours and you understand why some holes were slightly off centre.
The brackets were all arranged and bolted home except for one stubborn one that ultimately needed drilling out to a larger diameter. There are four brackets running along the foundation ring on each side of the firebox. These hold in place two long iron castings that can only be described as long, with four semi-circle cut-outs along the top and look like instruments of torture if they were not so heavy. Essentially these elements hold cross bars that are half the width of the firebox and are supported at the semi circle cut outs on the foundation ring side and in the middle by the main longitudinal central brace. There are eight down each side. The rocking mechanism allows the grate to be divided into four sections and each section to be operated independently or together. An easy way to picture it is in plan view looking down. It is a grate made up of 8 cross pieces of two bars each supported by a central beam and on the outside by 4 beams end to end, two on each side. Better still come down and stick your head under the firebox and you will get the picture. Anyway, at quitting time the foundation of the grate was ready for the next days team to assemble and complete the rocking grate.
While there was patient murmurings going on under the firebox the dulcet tones of the rattle gun and some human words of encouragement (or were they threats?) were coming from on top. Yes the blower valve assembly, gland packing and assorted bolts were being put in place. Access was limited and angles were not easy, but none the less, success was ours and the blower valve mechanism was hooked up to the reach rods running from the cab on the driver?s side. All works as it should... off and on. All we need now is some steam!
Oh, and lets not forget the all important valve assembly and those pins... we'll get back to you on that. Seems our fabricator has lost the order for the last 6 pins. So we are awaiting these. Who would believe these could be on the critical path? We will update as soon as they arrive and are in place.
So as daylight faded on Saturday afternoon, we left 6029 with half the supports for the grate in place, and a blower valve operational and ready for testing. Excitement is building, anticipation and again the sense that it is very close now........
The Waugh rocking grate is American by design and was standard equipment in most US coal burning locomotives after the First World War. The design has no fixing other than the mounting plates and the middle main girder that attach under the fire box foundation ring. The rest simply falls into place starting with the support girders with the U shape pivots running either side of the fire box. 16 pivoting rocking bars drop into the U shape pivots and last but not least, 304 finger fire bars slot in to place. Easy...
The NSWGR specified this type off fire grate for the 60 class, and in fact it was standard to all new coal burning locomotive during the 1940's and 50's .
Wet drizzle and cold conditions greeted the Sunday crew at first light. Lucky for 6029 she now resides undercover in the main display shed at the museum.
The first job of the day was to fit the last two brackets that hold up the main support beams of the Waugh rocking grate. The rattle gun was put to good use as the crew tightened up the last of the nuts. After that the team set up a chain gang and yes, all the bits just dropped into place. The majority of the work could be completed from underneath but the last element had to be dropped into place from inside the fire box.
The reversing wheel assembly was one of the many smaller components that were out sourced to smaller workshops. It was delivered and fitted by Bruce and Keith from Sydney. It was pleasing to see the last of the cab components now fitted into place. Bruce also fitted the cylinder drain cock assemblies to each of the four cylinders. This is a small air driven cylinder that is fitted with a spring to keep the drain cock open. Compressed air is used to close off the drain valves when in operation.
The fitting of the fire grate is a significant milestone and in fact puts the project on track for that all important first fire. All tasks will now centre around the fitting of smaller components and operational testing.
Our next work day will see 6029 shunted out of the shed to fit the stoker motor and associated pipe work. We are calling for all hands on deck for the next few workdays as we are very close to that all important first match.
Oh, and last but not least, our friends at Goodwin Alco delivered some new builders plates, to replace the long lost ones. The new ones were cast from a replica plate made by the late Arthur Reynell in the '70's from printers lead.... A lick of paint and they will look brilliant...
Jul 13, 2013
Jul 3, 2013
Alan has asked that anyone available comes this Saturday the 6th, as more hands make lighter work, and there is little heavy lifting to do.... Its time to refit the fire grate, and we need some bodies to lift the iron support casting back into position. The more people who turn up, the greater chance we have of getting it back in position and in turn, the rest of the grate mechanism can then be re-fitted.
So if you can make it on Saturday, come along and help, The younger and fitter the better, but hey, more hands make lighter work, and sometimes, even moral support will help, so brave the cold and lend a hand...
Jun 11, 2013
A good turn out meant once again key tasks that needed technical skills could be commenced. The first was installing the support brackets for the coal bunker at the cab end. These brackets mount to the frame on the front of the hind engine and then to the front of the bunker. They required welding and grinding to be accurately put in place. Thanks Mark for your skills in this area. Next work day will mean this can be completed and that task can be put in the “done” list.
Andy and Toby continued to work on the coal trough and associated running gear – they have worked tirelessly on the auger trough and bunker now for many weeks. There are many bolts and mounts to align for the coal trough and auger to ensure it mounts properly to the frame. The talents of a contortionist and the hydraulic ram to make things align have come in handy. The space is quite difficult to access and is quite literally in the bowels of the bunker. Their work progressed well during the day – see the associated pictures for details and how tight some of the places they are working in really are!
Polishing of the connecting rods and valve linkages continues as these require constant work to maintain. Our newest recruit, Ewoult,
How can you help 6029 get back on the rails?
This project is self funded, the workers are all volunteers, and we need your help.
Maybe you can come to Canberra on a work day and get your hands dirty, or you have a nice workshop at home and need a reason to spend more time in it.
Maybe you can't make it to Canberra, but could do a little work in Sydney, if you think you have something to offer, contact us...even if you don't think you have anything to offer, but want to be involved in preserving a litlte piece of history, contact us and we will do our best to find something interesting and productive to suit you.
Even the simplest things can help...can you spare $5 or $10 a week? it's small change on its own, but if 20 people could donate $10 a week, that would be $800 a month that we don't have now, and every dollar will help us put this monster back on the rails for everyone to enjoy.