DRR Fowler Test Run

 
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
On Thursday 25th June 2015 DRR's Fowler 0-6-0 carried out test runs to give steam crews the opportunity to get used to the loco and to see how it would run with the 1869 six wheelers and 1890 built AD 1 brake van.
The Fowler took the train to Coles Beach with dragging brakes on the AD van causing it to work pretty hard. The brakes were adjusted at Coles Beach.  Apparently the loco steams and runs well if attention is paid to detail.
A problem arose with the right side outer eccentric rod making a clicking sound around the twelve o'clock position of the eccentric. This did not effect operation of the loco. This will be rectified shortly.
The post restoration repair and rectification list for this loco was five pages long. Many tedious hours were spent by a member undertaking spring rate calculations to take into account the extra weight additions that where added behind the rear wheels. For an 0-6-0 the loco is not a bad rider to what it was previously.
Now the locomotive is performing satisfactorily there are still few things to do to improve efficiency.



http://youtu.be/BqqcgbG4l6s



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqqcgbG4l6s

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  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Great video. I didn't realise that they used those compartment carriages in service. Were the carriages from the Launceston and Western Railway originally?
  grrr17 Deputy Commissioner

Great video. I didn't realise that they used those compartment carriages in service. Were the carriages from the Launceston and Western Railway originally?
GeoffreyHansen
Yeah, 1869 at the oldest i think.
  tasrail2100 Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane, Queensland.
That would actually be a half decent looking train if the locomotive wasn't light blue!
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
So the carriages were originally broad gauge?

The DRR is a great railway.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
https://flic.kr/p/xq146s

Took this the other week, 23 August in fact.

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