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
Nov 22, 2008
To every one, a big "thank you" your support is a great help to us.
NEXT WORK DAYS
Canberra Railway Museum
SATURDAY 6 December
SUNDAY 21 December
given that it is now getting warmer we will start at 0800, finish early..hats, water and suncream compulsory options!
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
The day started bright and early at 7am as we had planed to complete some critical work on top of the change over boiler before the weather got to hot. Now that we have repaired/ replace most of the broken studs and fittings we have started to fit all of the brackets to the boiler. The preparation of the crinoline bands has started and at this stage we will be fitting the firebox area only. After the first steam test we will fit the cladding sheets as this will facilitate the fitting of the cab.
Strip down of the old boiler is now almost complete as Mike , Mark and Howard removed the dry pipe and associated fittings. The Baker family removed the last of the fire bar support girders and brackets. When funds permit the old boiler will be sandblasted and primed to prevent damage to the outer surfaces. A preliminary inspection supports that fact that this boiler is repairable and when time permits we will begin the removal of the tubes to enable access to the inside of the boiler to assess the predicted damage. In the afternoon Howard and Peter Gleeson mounted up the regulator pivot housing and associated bits. Mark continued to sort out all of the hand rail mountings as we will have to fit the hand rails to facilitate the fitting of the blower and controls for the steam test. Barry Peffer worked on the shelving for the container as he is still recovering from an operation he needs to avoid getting to dirty, great to see him back and on the mend. Our next workday will continue to see work on the change over boiler particularly at the smoke box end as we need to finish removing all of the blanked off plates in preparation to fit the superheater header and regulator. And yes after the header is fitted and completed bring on the steam test.
Nov 3, 2008
As mentioned our next few workdays will focus on the smoke box in the change over boiler. A new floor is ready to be installed and when completed the superheater header should be ready for installation. We can also report that the boiler cradle is ready for lifting off the engine units, as the estimated weight is about 15 tons we can use our 30 ton crane to complete this task. It will be set up level in front of the change over boiler to facilitate the installation of the change over boiler as funds permit.
Click HERE for the latest photos of the project.
Ron has also made some good progress at Eveleigh, here is his note and a pic of the cab...
I finished the exterior painting yesterday and have ground off rusted parts in the arch on the tender side. I also removed one of the bent safety rails and started to grind off one of the rusted sills above it.
Looking forward to seeing the 59er steaming up here this week.