Climax locomotive No.1694 relaunch

 
  CAP_gauge Junior Train Controller

Climax geared locomotive No.1694 will be officially launched back into service on Sunday, 8 September, 2013 at 9.30 am with a special return trip from Belgrave to Emerald.

This is after a 12 year restoration project, and the event will coincide with the 85th anniversary of the locomotive first entering service.

Only three other Climax locomotives are operational, all in the USA, and Climax 1694 is the only one built to 2ft 6in gauge.

More details of the locomotive, and the relaunch can be found on the Puffing Billy Railway's website:


http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/news-events/climax-locomotive-recommissioning/

where bookings can also be made online.

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  CAP_gauge Junior Train Controller

Further to my message of 5 June bookings can still be made on this trip, despite the closing date for bookings being advertised as 16 August.

The assembly of the locomotive was completed on 13 August and the first trials were made in the Belgrave yard on 16 August (today). The locomotive was running very well but seemed a bit tight in the gears, which is to be expected since they are new.

Here are some pictures taken today:










These pictures are from this page of my website:


http://members.ozemail.com.au/~telica/Puffing_Billy_Climax_1694.html

where more details of the locomotive are given.

Regards,

Frank
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Good to see it back in service.
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

A very well patronised tour today for 1694s relaunch.  Photo and video (+ gunzels everywhere):



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHNNX7YN9C0
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Nice photos.  Here are four of mine, but as a paying supporter of the trip, I wasn't able to take quite so many. Three of these images though should, theoretically, have been not possible by those who didn't stump up the cash...

[img]http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u23/duttonbay/Puffing%20Billy/20130908-100457a_zps321ac7dd.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u23/duttonbay/Puffing%20Billy/20130908-111932_zpse51e4981.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u23/duttonbay/Puffing%20Billy/20130908-135758a_zpse558c28e.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u23/duttonbay/Puffing%20Billy/20130908-155227a_zpsb1faffee.jpg[/img]

What a great day it was. Beautiful weather, lovely to see 1694 back in steam again, and fantastic to see the number of people who travelled.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Hi all,

My video of the climax:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd190KdeCXw
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Well said Andy, I noticed some rather selfish behaviour from enthusiasts both on the road and on foot alike. The train was going to slow, it was an easy thing to chase safely, and there was plenty of opportunities for photos. There was plenty of shouting and yelling from people who didn't want "people" in their photos - that's like asking to go to the beach and not get sand in your shoes! At an event like this, there will be crowds. The good photographers just deal with it. You got some great shots Andy, well done mate.

Oh, also some photos:

[img]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5479/9709135834_69d46ce121_n.jpg[/img]


[img]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5531/9705899139_48d0e40efd_n.jpg[/img]


[img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/9705900137_65a64aabb2_n.jpg[/img]


(I know, it's not 1694, but it's still cool).
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

That blur shot is brilliant Trent, nicely done. That has to be the fastest the Climax has ever appeared to be going.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
That blur shot is brilliant Trent, nicely done. That has to be the fastest the Climax has ever appeared to be going.
VBAndy
Thanks Andy, I was rather pleased with it - took an exceptionally low shutter speed though, haha!

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