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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Oct 24, 2011

Foreign Orders...

Yep, that's right.... Our next workday will involve a foreign order and even better a trip across the border.

Lindsay has asked for some help with some track work in Queenbeyan, so we are going to take CPH 37, our rail motor and some willing volunteers for a short train trip like we did in the old days.

edit 26/10/2011.. I have just been advised that 3016 will be providing the motive power for the trip, so there is even more reason to come along for the trip....

Volunteers are welcome and we will be leaving from the Canberra Museum platform at 8.30AM, do a little track work on the turntable road in Queenbeyan and then should be back for lunch at 1pm. Come for the ride and get in a little exercise as well! It should be fun.

Oct 21, 2011

With the Garratt undercover, the team continued to work around the cab. First priority was the erection of a decent work platform and steps to help with getting in and out of the cab. Once this was up and in place, the refitting of the cab gauges and pipework continued. As you can see, a most of the gauges and valves are now in place, with some pipework to be completed in some areas. The cab was also bolted down to the frames, so this is where it will stay now for several years.

While the cab was being worked on, the motion was also getting some attention, with Mal starting to polish the rods in readiness for crack testing and refitting. There are a lot of them, so this work will continue for some weeks.

Oct 5, 2011

Saturday 1 October 2011

After five years of open air work, 6029 now resides undercover for what we are now calling the fit out stage. The cab has been lowered into position and as a result, we can now start the fit out the countless small bore pipes that make up the loco's control systems. This includes the power reverser, the brake system and the support systems for electrical power and even steam to brew the tea. The timber floor for the cab has been made and fitted by Paul Nowland, Jack Barker and Alan Gardener and the crew took great delight in actually standing at the correct footplate height for once. The fit out of the seats and the injector control valves that protrude through the floor will be next.

At the opposite end of the boiler, the smoke box is stating to fill up with the pipes that connect to the air compressor and the blower. Both of these components are fed with steam from the superheater header which itself is also receiving some final attention with throttle cam and valves soon to be refitted. Once that is done, the control linkage that runs from the header back to the drivers cab will be fitted.

6029 is fitted with what is called a front end throttle. Put simply the control of steam from the boiler takes place at the front in the smoke box and is controlled by the driver back at the cab end via a system of levers and rods. It was a much more efficient system when compared to the more traditional system inside the boilers dome.

For a few years now we have been completing the rebuild of many smaller components only to put them into storage awaiting final fitment. Now that the locomotive is under cover, theses components can be fitted. Ian delivered the first of the four mechanical lubricators (right hand leading) and with the help of a few strong arms it was lifted into place. The lubrication feed pipes are now being cleaned out one by one and with some head scratching, the stamped identification acronyms are actually starting to make sense.

The move into the shed however, does not come without some pain, as the team headed by John and Kyle started moving over the many tools, benches and storage cupboards. Having said that, Saturdays weather was very wet and generally unpleasant but being indoors at long last meant a happy and dry team could continue to work in comfort.

Alan Gardner