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

Aug 9, 2010

7 August 2010

As is typical for this time of year, the temperature gauge dropped to -3 degrees C overnight. At 8am the ground was covered in ice and the puddles of water were frozen solid. The only thing for the crew to do was to get stuck into work. Fortunately, we now have hot water, tea and coffee in our work van so we were at least warm on the inside.

Leading engine unit...
Paul Nowland completed the installation of the of the leading coupling and the draft gear. The newly purchased impact sockets and rattle gun made light work of a difficult job. Paul was happy to finish the painting of the auto coupling and headstock area. Tony continued with the application of all over black on leading engine unit and Alan completed the hook up of the brake cylinder linkages.

Boiler Cradle...
Mike Ridley continued with the clean down and assessment of the brake system piping on the boiler cradle and as usual lots of crud has been found. Mike has a patient meticulous approach to his work and he is plodding through each pipe individually. His patience will help ensure a reliable brake system.

David Clark removed the blow down valve silencer as the mounting straps were almost corroded through. A clean down of the drum revealed that it is made of 6mm thick copper sheet. In today’s prices a very expensive sub assembly. David made up two new straps ready for re installation, however the copper drum has been stored under lock and key as it is now all nice and shiny.

The leading bogie lateral control springs were fitted to the bogie centre section. The centre pivot and pins were cleaned up in preparation for the final fit. The equalising beams received their final costs of back paint. As a result of the above mentioned work this bogie is now ready for final assembly.

Front Tank...
Following the repairs and the first coats of paint by Mobile Fabrications, Peter Reynell has again commenced painting on the Garratt. He was one of those involved in the painting of the loco in 1975, and it looks like he will be the one painting it again in 2010. Peter has painted the front tank black, and reports that it is now ready for pinstriping. He also reports that if there is some help to sand and prep the bunker, it too can be painted black before the end of the month... Are there any potential volunteers reading the blog that would like to join us and help to prepare the bunker for paint?

As previously reported there is always significant activity occuring behind the scenes between work days. Ian Senini is rebuilding the four Nathan mechanical lubricators and has almost completed the first one. Rust and crud are typically found on a locomotive that has not been is service for long periods and 6029’s lubricators are no exception. Ian reports that although they are mechanically sound the crud could have resulted in a major failure.

The Westinghouse air compressor is another one of those jobs that has been ticking along and it is pleasing to report that East Australian Engineering in Melbourne have completed all of the machining. The only outstanding machining work will be the manufacture of a full set of piston rings and the rebuild of the small mechanical lubricator. The machined cylinders and heads were kindly delivered by Graeme and Kay Clark who are members at Puffing Billy Railway in Melbourne. Many thanks to the Clark’s.... it pays to have friends who are interstate.

Marc Miller continued with the fit out of the project tool van. Our donated lathe and mill drill (thanks to Peter Reynell) were installed and are ready for use.

Our resident professional photographer, Howard Moffat is away covering the federal election so apologies that we don’t have any photos for this report. Fortunately the federal election is only two weeks away so we are hopeful that Howard will be available for our workdays in September.

Alan Gardner