Up to date information regarding the restoration of steam locomotive 6029 in Canberra, ACT Australia. Beyer Garratt 6029 is an EX NSWGR locomotive and was a member of the largest, and most powerful class in Australia. The restoration to full working order is being undertaken by volunteers in Canberra.
6029 is owned by the Australian Railway Historical Society, ACT Division and the restoration is proudly supported by their tourist operations and by the generous donations of members and public supporters.
The society operates rail tours out of Canberra with our heritage fleet of steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock every few weeks.
To travel in style on any of our tours, or to learn more about our collection and operations, go to Canberrarailwaymuseum.org
Sep 30, 2008
superweek day 1
Sep 29, 2008
Speaking of time..
So a pat on the back for everyone, that is one milestone of several expected this SuperWeek.
Sep 28, 2008
where does the time go?
Sep 22, 2008
sunday 21st Sept
Another photo shows some of the refurbished boiler fittings back in place preparatory to the hydrostatic test.
Sep 19, 2008
a few photos from the past
Dont forget that the work day is this Sunday, from 10-4, and that everyone is welcome to attend this, or the SUPER-WEEK, Sept 29th - 3rd Oct. Come down for one day or come for the week.
Accomodation is available for those not lucky enough to live in Canberra and there is plenty of work to do. The boiler will be getting its Hydrostatic test during the Super-week, and lots more will be happening as well. Come along and join the fun!
Howard Moffat photo
Dennis Rittson collection
Dennis Rittson collection
Sep 15, 2008
Workday Sunday 21 September 2008
A bbq will take place on the famous thirtyclass smokebox plate.
Work will concentrate on getting the replacement boiler ready for its forthcoming hydrostatic test, and painting of the now cleaned rear engine unit will commence [byo 3" paintbrush]
And please remember that our SuperWeek commences on 29 September, in this period we hope to undertake the hydro test and to remove the original boiler from the frame.
Sep 10, 2008
work direction for sept/oct
Tap out and fit all new studs to boiler.
Remove remaining studs on steam manifold
Finish making all gaskets
Fit new studs to steam manifold
Re-pack main steam stop valve
Fit manifold to boiler, use Dixons graphite jointing compound. Leave two ¾ inch lugs off for pressure gauge fittings.
Fit blanking plates to safety valve seats
Fit whistle to boiler with Dixons graphite jointing compound
Anneal copper ring for steam dome
Fit steam dome cover, use Dixons graphite jointing compound
Fit clack valves, use Dixons graphite jointing compound
Fit blanking plate in front tube plate
Fit blowdown valves, use Dixons graphite jointing compound
Anneal Copper pipes for steam end gauge glass fittings to boiler
Fit gauge glass assemblies and steam pipes, use Dixons graphite jointing compound
Fit all wash out plugs, use Dixons jointing compound
New boiler smoke box
Oxy cut out all welded blanks & plugged bolt holes
Oxy cut saw mill bottom exhaust extraction ducting
Flush grind all surfaces to remove remaining welds, including smoke stack and super heater header cover.
Make and temp fit super heater header cover plate
Temp fit smoke stack
Order new smoke box floor
Fit new smoke box floor
Make and weld cut off air compressor mounting plate
Fit mounting plate support brackets
Repair and re fit front plate under door
Repair smoke box door wheel and dart bar
Fit aux mountings for blower, air comp etc
Repair and fit/weld grid brackets
1. Remove remaining saddle bolts
2. Disconnect remaining steam and exhaust bolts under smoke box
3. Survey entire boiler ensuring nothing is still connecting the boiler to the cradle
Continue to steam clean engine units
Strip down of front tank
Clean up site, i.e. collect all serviceable nuts and bolts
Head stocks leading and hind... electric wire brush clean down and under coat
Remove brake stands
Remove rocking grate lever stand
Replace studs on DS steam pipe
Steam clean top of bunker, tool box and under coat
Remove stoker screw and slides
Sep 6, 2008
Another nice day!
Today we got the hind tank up off the ground so that work can start on repairing the stoker tube, which has suffered from years of exposure to the elements.
Marc continued the steam cleaning, and was cleaning under and around the cab for most of the day.
Work continued with freeing up the old boiler for removal from the frames. The high pressure steam pipe was released from the side of smokebox and has been liberated while the exhaust manifold is now loose and almost ready to lift out. This leaves only the high pressure steam pipe for the front unit to be released from the floor of the smokebox, and two stubborn bolts in the right hand smokebox saddle.
Barry Pffer started a collecion of the scrap metal around the site, and managed to colled a few pounds of corroded and cut nuts and bolts.
We had to new volenteers today, Art O'Brien who spent of the day cleaning up the hind tank, and David Clarke, who had travelled from Cootamundra, was helping Mike with the lifting of the tank and the boiler preparation.
I will post some new pics of the progress shortly, when Howard Moffat, our resident photographer has reviewed his work for the day, and selected a handful for the blog. Its great to have someone keeping a photgraphic record of our work.
Actually Eddie and Andy are reading the nominations for the upcoming election.