Rail Heritage WA previously paid Downer at Dry Creek to re-wheel GM1 and carry out some other work. This enabled the loco to be certified for towing and accepted by ARTC, owners of the trans-Australian line, who already had GM1 recorded in their system.
Unfortunately, Brookfield Rail, who control the track west of Parkeston do not recognise GM1 in their current system and as part of the paperwork necessary to gain registration from scratch, we have to submit additional test results, including a twist test.
CF Rail Services provided a good price to carry out this work. On Thursday GM1 was moved to their facility at Islington and subsequently they advised that the test was completed and our veteran passed with flying colours.
Genesee & Wyoming who now operate the Dry Creek facility previously used by Downer, generously agreed to tow GM1 to Islington without charge – many thanks.
RHWA has asked CF Rail to do some further tests as it is aimed to have GM1 approved for movement as widely as possible.
After more than 5 years at Dry Creek, the move went very easily and quickly.