Australia - Preservation Scene
Posted 29 July 2017 - 12:03
Some photos from today:
Posted 13 September 2017 - 23:33
Some sad news, the Richmond Vale Railway Museum was hit by an out of control bushfire yesterday. They have confirmed the loss of 3 stainless steel passenger cars, one brake van, 90% of the non-air coal hoppers, all other freight vehicles and about 500 sleepers. However there has been no damage to any of the locomotives, timber passenger cars or buildings.
Some pictures from the Maitland Mercury.
This is now the 7th preservation group in NSW to have suffered major losses by fire, but Transport Heritage NSW specifically refuses to fund fire protection through its grants program. (rant over)
Edited by DavidB-AU, 13 September 2017 - 23:35 .
Posted 05 November 2017 - 05:44
A heads up in south east Queensland, this Wednesday 8 October there will be a rollingstock transfer between QR Heritage and the Mary Valley Heritage Railway hauled by C17 974. Major timing points, subject to traffic on the day are Mayne loco 1045, Mayne Car Shed 1100-1128, Roma St platform 10 1137, Bowen Hills 1144, Northgate 1153, Petrie 1215, Caboolture 1241, Landsborough 1314-1330, Eudlo 1347-1353, Nambour 1412-1425, Cooroy 1455, Gympie North 1542-1602, Old Gympie 1642.
Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:37
This has been postponed as the C17 had a sticking regulator during the move from Ipswich to Mayne.
A heads up in south east Queensland, this Wednesday 8 October there will be a rollingstock transfer between QR Heritage and the Mary Valley Heritage Railway hauled by [color=#4b4f56][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]C17 974.
Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:04
Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:06
More pictures on Facepalm.
Posted 08 April 2018 - 06:32
From the former Canberra museum I've heard that 3102T is to go to Bombala and 1210 is to be once again stuffed and mounted. 1210 at the time that the administrators took control was near ready for a steam test after it's overhaul. Stuffing and mounting to make the loco a static exhibit would be a great shame. Pity it wasn't moved to Thirlmere too as they have no 12 class in the museum. 1243 is permanently walled up in the Powerhouse Museum and 1219 is at Broadmeadow Roundhouse. 1210 would have made an ideal engine for the loop line. Yes I know it has connections with Canberra but it could have worked until it's next overhaul and then it could have been taken back to Canberra to be stuffed and mounted when it was well and truly stuffed.
Posted 08 April 2018 - 10:11
3203 is to go to Cooma for static display.
3609 is to go to Junee for static display.
3616 (which has a Giesl ejector) is having asbestos removed in preparation for restoration to main line service.
3642 is to be retired to static display after Maitland. It has too many problems to attempt an overhaul.
Posted 08 July 2018 - 20:00
Here's a video of the "Great Train Race" at the Sydney Steam Expo. Well it isn't an actual race but just parallel running from Sydney out to Strathfield. Why the English haven't done something like this amazes me for they too have four track mainlines. This was filmed in typical English type weather, cold and wet. There are two cameramen one on each train.
Oh yes turn you speakers/headphones up for this and listen to these two glorious whistles. There's no high pitched English whistles from these two.
Edited by faulcon1, 08 July 2018 - 20:04 .
Posted 06 August 2018 - 18:06
Here's 3642 climbing the 1 in 40 of Cowan Bank in April 2018 on it's return from the Maitland Steam Festival. Unusually she has no diesel assistance so here's a good and last chance to hear 3642 working very hard.
This grade is five miles in length and it climbs all the way from Hawkesbury River Station to Cowan Station. Oddly enough for English people that's the rail length in miles of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway as it too climbs for it's entire length. Unlike the K&WVR where locos shut off for the run into Oxenhope Station, 3642 increases speed through Cowan Station for there are many more miles to go before Sydney is reached.
Edited by faulcon1, 06 August 2018 - 18:44 .
Posted 06 August 2018 - 19:04
Here's a video I took of the Garratt 6029 which was running to Mount Victoria. I had hoped that I'd get a great shot of the loco steaming hard on the 1 in 29 at the back of my place. But as she rounded the curve to the east of where I'm standing she shut off steam and came to a halt. The reason for this? I have not the faintest idea unless it was to give the loco a standing start test on one of the steeper sections of the mainline. The safety valves lifted but the noise they made was well beyond the peak for the microphone. So here they're rather quiet. In reality it nearly blew my ears off. I didn't have any ear protection as I hadn't expected her to stop. She restarted without fanfare and just ambled away. The ruling gradient for twenty miles from Valley Heights to Katoomba is 1 in 33 with easier lengths of track like through Faulconbridge Station where it's 1 in 66.
There are no other photographers near me because I'm standing on railway property. Yes trespassing for want of a better word. My rear boundary of my property borders the railway land separated by a hedge so I only have to duck through that hedge an I'm on the railway land. If I was reported, by the time any officials arrived I will have ducked back again and would be in front of my computer editing the footage I'd just taken.
Edited by faulcon1, 07 August 2018 - 18:50 .