Bellarine Railway Get G33 Moving appeal

 
  lrbam Chief Train Controller

Location: The Great South West
Anyone wanting to "get G33 moving" and have a great family day out at the same time might like to come along to the "Day out with Thomas" week-end coming up on 13th. and 14th. October. Booking is a good idea, especially for the earlier trains going to Lakers Siding but Thomas runs his Troublesome Trucks thoughout the day.....Blatant plug....check the website! 

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  Peter-Hem Locomotive Driver

Location: Tassie
Wetson Langford has a few pictures of G33 only a few years before the closure of the Fyansford works. The cement makes a nice grey livery.



  chriss Train Controller

Get G33 Going Update
On Thursday 30 May ASG G33 was loaded from its home for the last 45 years at the ARHS rail museum at Williamstown.

The loco was transported to Geelong on the back of 4 trucks.

On Friday the 4 trucks made their way to Queenscliff workshops where the locomotive was unloaded and placed on to the rails.
This has now bought all of the remaining steam locomotives from the Fyansford cement works back together some 47 years after the closure of the Fyansford Cement Works railway.

Work will now commence on freeing up all of the moving parts, checking the axles boxes and suspension, etc. before reuniting the 3 sections.
Once this task is completed it will be transported to the railway’s covered storage facility.

The Bellarine Railway would like to thank Downer Rail, Metro Trains, VicTrack, Associated Mobile Cranes, Stutchberry Brothers Haulage, Eastside Cranes for their assistance in moving G33.

With the first stage of getting G33 back in steam the railway will now commence the task of getting the loco back in to service.
If you would like to donate towards the Get G33 going appeal you visit http://www.bellarinerailway.com.au/get-g33-moving

Further updates will be provided as major milestones are completed
  GN4472 Deputy Commissioner

The front bunker of another ASG (off a 300 Class Garrett) remains in SA's Mid North on a paddock near a place called, "Yatina" , being used as a water tank, but the front of the bunker has been cut off and blanked over - Sorry I have no pictures.

We stumbled on this on Dec 26 - 1986 while we were Gunzelling after we chased locos NT's 67 & 76 from Gladstone to Melrose - We were heading back to Peterborough - We saw plenty of movements that day, not like now!
  marhleet Train Controller

Totally unknowing and facetious question ...
If it took four trucks, why three pieces ?
Fourth for all the bits ?
  chriss Train Controller

Totally unknowing and facetious question ...
If it took four trucks, why three pieces ?
Fourth for all the bits ?
"marhleet"

There was a spare boiler for the asg that was also transported. It was unloaded at lakers siding.
Chriss
  andrew1996 Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
What are the conditions of the two boilers?
  Eastside Locomotive Fireman

I believe the "spare" boiler was being overhauled by the cement works but work was stopped? Interestingly the "spare" boiler is actually the original one. Condition of boiler on engine I dare say will be a case of wait and see. Although the boiler has only steamed 3 times since being put in loco, according to books on the subject. However nearly 50 years sitting in the open wont have helped. If anyone can get it going it is the BPR. Look how quickly Pozieres was restored, all be it much smaller, and it had been in "storage" for a similar period. Any photo's of the move?
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
The Workshops Railway Museum in Ipswich QLD has the front tank of an ASG on display - maybe they might part with it if one is needed?

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  VBAndy Chief Commissioner
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Been a long time since an ASG has been in the close vicinity of a TGR ''X'' class! Will be looking forward to seeing the ASG eventually operating with ex TGR carriages and wagons as a memorial to its late TGR/EBR classmates!
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

I think the exigent matter is the fact all of the Fyansford locomotives remaining are now in the one place/collection. Maybe its just me that values the importance of such an historic occasion?
  lazyboy_69_ Junior Train Controller

Location: W'bee, Vic
I think the exigent matter is the fact all of the Fyansford locomotives remaining are now in the one place/collection. Maybe its just me that values the importance of such an historic occasion?
"VBAndy"


I think it's something missed by a lot of people in all the excitement of the move.
But i assure you, there will be an appropriate celebration in time.
Ps to be fair there is still 1 engine missing, but we are still proud that all the steam engines remaining have been reunited in the Greater Geelong region.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Grabbed a couple of shots of G33 yesterday...
VBAndy

OMG, someone decapitated Thomas!  Laughing

  sam6778 Locomotive Driver

Location: Rockingham, WA
OMG, someone decapitated Thomas!  Laughing

lkernan
Whose frame is that in the foreground?
Also I believe that Don River Railway still had an ASG front tank mounted on a wagon a while ago.
Cheers
  sam6778 Locomotive Driver

Location: Rockingham, WA
I think it's something missed by a lot of people in all the excitement of the move.
But i assure you, there will be an appropriate celebration in time.
Ps to be fair there is still 1 engine missing, but we are still proud that all the steam engines remaining have been reunited in the Greater Geelong region.
lazyboy_69_

Yep, it's great news that all the steam engines are reunited.  Just need T413 aka D1 and the family will be complete Smile
Is there any news on whether T413 has been repaired yet after its fire a few months ago?
Cheers
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
I think it's something missed by a lot of people in all the excitement of the move.
But i assure you, there will be an appropriate celebration in time.
Ps to be fair there is still 1 engine missing, but we are still proud that all the steam engines remaining have been reunited in the Greater Geelong region.
lazyboy_69_

This important point has been missed by most.
Whilst I was volunteering in Booking at Queenscliff on Sunday, I made mention of this particular fact to people on at least 3 occasions, and the stunned look I received when they realised this fact was pricless! Laughing
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

The frame in the foreground is apparently No11's, which appears to be the next Thomas.

Good luck to BR if they want D1!
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!

Also I believe that Don River Railway still had an ASG front tank mounted on a wagon a while ago.
Cheers
"sam6778"


Yes, that is their fire fighting wagon - the ASG tank on a KG. They also have another couple? ASG tanks up in the spares compound. Meanwhile, others can be found around the countryside on farms and other random places.
  lazyboy_69_ Junior Train Controller

Location: W'bee, Vic
The frame in the foreground is apparently No11's, which appears to be the next Thomas.

Good luck to BR if they want D1!
"VBAndy"


Definitely something we will not be actively pursuing.  
If the stars aligned and it was offered i've no doubt we'd consider it, but its not something on our agenda.
Plenty of other things to keep us occupied for the foreseeable future.

As for the frame, yes it's # 11.
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
On the ATHRA website under Technical Library there is an Operating Manual for the Australian Standard Garratt issued by the Commonwealth Land Transport Board.
http://athra.asn.au/library/ASG60.pdf
The Tasmanian Archives in Hobart have the TGR and EBR drawings for the ASG. The EBR Garratt drawings used to be housed at the Don River Railway.
I have copies of ASG engine indicator diagrams which show what wonderful steam circuits they had.
The rear ASG tank which the Don River Railway has is no longer used for fire fighting. Its new use is for storing chemically treated boiler water when required. This saves on costly boiler water treatment chemicals particularly when a boiler has to be emptied for the replacement of mud hole door gasket.
The DRR has two front tanks as well.
  chriss Train Controller

If you would like to make a donation towards the restoration of the ASG visit http://www.bellarinerailway.com.au
Chriss
  lrbam Chief Train Controller

Location: The Great South West
The restoration of the ASG would in MHO be perhaps the most exciting current loco project in Australia. It certainly has national significance in our shared rail history.

Just a timely reminder for those with a little spare cash, with the financial year about to end, donations to the Bellarine Railway are tax deductable.

There is some excellent work being done at the railway. This has been recognised with a state government $500,000 grant, with a further grant from local governement of over $200,000 plus input from the railway itself to significantly upgrade Queenscliff station. Work will include a new toilet block, extending the platorm and relocating the exTerang water tank to nearer the engine shed, installation of a turntable and some work to move heavy loco/maintanence work out to Lakers Siding. It is planned to complete this project over an 18 month time frame. Perhaps chriss or some other might further explain the scope of this work.

All the while, other projects include the on-going relaying of the Queensclif/Lakers section with heavier rail recovered from the former Fyansford branch. (all in all, Fyansford is a big part of the on-going history of the Bellarine Railway). The community of Greater Geelong are very fortunate to have such a wonderful dedicated group developing an outstanding tourist attraction.

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