Hotham Valley Railway - Comments, Q & A

 
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

Sorry but it never occurred to us that we had anything to "release".
There are no "problems" as such with G123 however it is a little 'aged' and is a bit 'loose' here & there, particularly in its axle boxs, but nothing that will stop it returning to some light service around Isandra and down to Alumina Jcn in due course as a bit of a 'play thing' for training and those interested in having some driver experience action.

A few small jobs have been carried out and there was a failed rolling ring on the engine vac cylinder which was renewed maybe 2 or more years ago sometime following the loco's return to Pinjarra. The ashpan has received a fair bit or repair attention. The boiler is in good condition really and has been maintained in 'survey' with annual inspections etc, even though it has not been steamed for some time now. There is one outstanding job to be done which is renewing its fire bars and we have been looking at some alternate, more user friendly designs.

G123 has not been any kind of priority simply due to not being required at Dwellingup since the Steam Ranger commenced departing from there. The human & financial resourses required for G123 need to come from what is spare.

I feel certain it will be operating next year.

Regards,
Ian Willis
HVR



Hi Ian
thanks for that update on G123, perhaps you might like to share the info on your fire bars with RHWA as they have a similar problem with G233. Now at least rail fans east and west no what the situation is with 123 &233
Cheers
Hotham Valley

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  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Another question. Do any of the Hotham Valley services connect with Transwa services or is there any other public transport to the railway from Perth if you don't have a car?
  BHPDash8 Station Master

Sorry there isn't any public transport from Dwellingup to Pinjarra.
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
I read with much sadness of a major set back for the Lithgow ZIG ZAG Rly,massive  fire destruction of its rollingstock of heritage value;and after working so hard to obtain accreditation .ZZR had in its founding days much interest in Hothams founding development and both had similar problems with State railways lack of interest in the rebirth of steam.
This brings to a Q&A ,as HVTR has already had much trauma from previous  WA bushfires,are there contingencies the Board have to protect the Assets, perhaps to return selected Rolling stock  back to Pinjarra Depot for safety during the summer?What of the fire protection measures for the Dwellingup depot?
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
http://www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au/news.htm

For those who don't frequent our site often.....HVTR News has been updated... Smile
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

http://www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au/news.htm

For those who don't frequent our site often.....HVTR News has been updated... Smile
burt007

W947 is an interesting scenario. It being a modern day steam locomotive at that time to see four owners. WAGR .Chris Andrews, ARHS (W.A) and now HVTR. Long may it live and plod the rails
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
Now that the 40th Anniversary of HVTR approaches, thoughts are being sought by Management on its celebration.
Any updates here ?
There have been many busy hands that belong to the volunteers,and many generational changes of persons active in its operations, tours and constructions. Makes a great story to tell.
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
Now that the 40th Anniversary of HVTR approaches, thoughts are being sought by Management on its celebration.
Any updates here ?
There have been many busy hands that belong to the volunteers,and many generational changes of persons active in its operations, tours and constructions. Makes a great story to tell.
jayrail

How  has it evolved on the Birthday. brett mohen liked it.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
How has it evolved on the Birthday. brett mohen liked it.
jayrail

I did but was only there for an hour due to work commitments.

I believe around 35 turned up? Full report on what happened/said etc will be posted on the Facebook page and web site and in the PSX news letter soon.

Cheers
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Hi all,

Just to keep everyone in the loop, steam returns this Sunday the 11th May, with HVR's first Steam Ranger tour for 2014.

The HVR web site has many new updates...... http://www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au/news.htm

Whilst our Facebook page gets frequently updated...... http://www.facebook.com/hothamvalleyrailway

Please feel free to "like" our Facebook page to stay in touch and follow us!

Cheers everyone... Smile

Brett
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
How's G123 at the moment?  Its been a while since I saw it and would like to video it working the Etmilyn train again someday.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
How's G123 at the moment? Its been a while since I saw it and would like to video it working the Etmilyn train again someday.
Kafoopsy

Hi Kafoopsy,

I believe most of our human and financial resources have been focused on operational stock and restoring W945 back to operation.

So probably no change to Ian's comment above in regards to G123 - she just isn't a main priority right now.

I do agree it would be great to see her back running again.... Smile

Cheers

Brett
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
Isn't there already several Ws in running order?  Wouldn't it be better to get the G going again - then the Etmilyn could be steam powered.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Isn't there already several Ws in running order? Wouldn't it be better to get the G going again - then the Etmilyn could be steam powered.
Kafoopsy

Several W class in running order?

No mate... W920 (the work horse of the fleet) is operational with serious money being spent on getting W945 going again in the next few months to join/replace W920.... that's it Smile
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
With the ex South Spur / Southern & Silverton / Greentrains / Engenco English Electrics reportedly due for disposal, is there any possibility the HVTR may step in to save locos such as F40, R1902 and RA212 (ex KA212 / RA1917) going to scrap? Seeing as  F40 and R1902 were originally in preservation, it would be cruel turn of fate for these locos to go to scrap now!

Is there any likelihood, meanwhile, that any of the WAGR 'K's and / or Goldsworthy 'A's may end up as part of the ARHS (WA)'s standard gauge collection?

I expect there would not probably be any interest in W.A. in the ex Tasrail 'ZB'/ ex QR 'ZB' '2350's, but would there be any support for any of them being repatriated to Qld?
  Jarroo Chief Commissioner

F40 was purchased a couple of years ago  from Engenco by Hotham Valley's owner and is resident on the line.
  Jarroo Chief Commissioner

Why is there no desire to run steam on the Etmilyn Tramway anymore ?
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
F40 was purchased a couple of years ago from Engenco by Hotham Valley's owner and is resident on the line.
Jarroo

Excellent. I wonder if the R & RA are next on the shopping list??
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
What is the drift on Pemberton V1213 may be relocated back to Pinjarra(Isandra)? Hasnt steamed for quite a time.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Excellent. I wonder if the R & RA are next on the shopping list??
12CSVT

shopping list? Can we use your credit card?!

lol

Smile
  Dd592 Beginner

Hi all,
Just a couple of questions regarding HVTR's "forgotten" loco of sorts.

While you've obviously got no line to run it on, is Pm706 still suitable for operation? I know it's been years since it's run but was that due to it having no duties or was it withdrawn from active service due to some other issues?

And branching off that question, I seem to recall Pm706 being on lease from the town of Narrogin in exchange for an XA on display. If Pm706 is still in a decent condition for operation, is there any room in that contract which could possibly see the loan extended to Wheatbelt Heritage Rail for it to run alongside S549? It's just a little disappointing to think that one of my favourite locos is just sitting there doing nothing simply because it's got no line to run on.
  Hotham Valley Junior Train Controller

Hi all,
Just a couple of questions regarding HVTR's "forgotten" loco of sorts.

While you've obviously got no line to run it on, is Pm706 still suitable for operation? I know it's been years since it's run but was that due to it having no duties or was it withdrawn from active service due to some other issues?

And branching off that question, I seem to recall Pm706 being on lease from the town of Narrogin in exchange for an XA on display. If Pm706 is still in a decent condition for operation, is there any room in that contract which could possibly see the loan extended to Wheatbelt Heritage Rail for it to run alongside S549? It's just a little disappointing to think that one of my favourite locos is just sitting there doing nothing simply because it's got no line to run on.
Dd592

Dear Dd592,

Pm706 effectively had no suitable duties and has been stowed under cover at Pinjarra. The loco is in reasonable order with the exception of its small boiler tubes which are in quite poor condition with several plugged. The engine would however probably have a few runs left in it in its current condition if there was a practical use and it could be run where a failure would not cause traffic issues, such as between Alumina Jcn and Isandra which is where it may see some further use in due course.

HVR invested quite heavily in repairs to this loco over the 2002-2004 years and is hopeful of being able to utilise that investment sometime into the future. As for the suggestion of use with Wheatbelt Heritage Rail, I expect that could be possible if requested by them and suitable commercial and operational arrangements could be negotiated.

Regards,
Ian Willis
  Dd592 Beginner

Hi Ian,

Thanks for the reply. It's great to hear Pm706 is still at least able to be used if the right opportunity came up. I guess we'll just see what the future brings.
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
Does HVTR have any input in the Anzac Train?I understand a diesel loco and SAFr Coaches have recently moved out of Pinjarra depot onto the Main South>Whats the program ?
Successful Anzac train  one is moving from Invercargill to Dunedin.Has a military flavour.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Does HVTR have any input in the Anzac Train?I understand a diesel loco and SAFr Coaches have recently moved out of Pinjarra depot onto the Main South>Whats the program ?
Successful Anzac train one is moving from Invercargill to Dunedin.Has a military flavour.
jayrail

Hi John,

Yes HVR has been asked to assist with the celebration and acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of the departure of WA ANZAC troops in 1914. HVR staff won't be operating the train - we are simply providing the equipment whilst PTA staff will operate the train.

Today a successful trail run was conducted on the mainline with C1703 and three refurbished SA coaches.

The exact program/timetable for the actual run on Friday the 31st October will be published soon.

For everyone interested in the progress of Hotham Valley, the best way to stay in touch with current happenings is via our Facebook page...

Cheers all

Brett

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