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.
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Sep 20, 2010

Sunday 20 September 2010

A quick check of the weather radar confirmed that all would be well for the up coming days work. The rain fall in the past month has help ease Canberra's water shortage but it hasn't helped to progress of work on 6029.

The initial job of the day was to have another go at extracting the first of the four connecting rods. The pin at the little end was knocked out with little resistance but the hydraulic pulling tool was required to complete the extraction of the big end. The roller bearing is in good condition but it will be pressed out to facilitate the crack testing and polishing etc.

Andy Hays started to drilling out the broken bolts that secure the cylinder cladding to the cylinders. We anticipate many hours of fun here. Andy will also strip down the old cylinder covers to recover some of the more complicated tin work.

The leading outer bogie was once again lifted out following on from the first trial fit. One of the horn keep plates was removed as it was twisted, we suspect as the result of a derailment in government service. A replacement keep was fitted and all is now well. This bogie is almost ready for its final fit.

Mike Ridley continued with the strip down and assessment of the brake/electrical systems. As predicted some of the pipe work is full of grease and grime and as a consequence of this Mike has rigged up a flexible cleaning snake.

As the temperature is steadily increasing our attention will again re focus on painting, be it all over black.

Alan Gardner

Sep 13, 2010

Saturday 4th

Unfortunately today was more or less a washout. Quite amazing really when you consider that in the three years we have been working on the Garratt, this is one of only a few days when the weather has stopped us doing almost anything.

Some work was done however. Alan worked on the blast pipe, and more importantly, got to test our new toy, an 80 Ton low profile hydraulic kit from Enerpac. This will finally allow us to remove the motion, that has resisted all attempts so far. Word has it that there was 50 Tons on the gauge before the first bearing sleeve gave into Al's persistence.

Next Sunday should see all the motion off the loco and maybe even the first unit up on stands to finally allow the proper inspection of the driving wheels, axle boxes and springing. Watch this space for the next report