Ahhh! - nostalgia; it just ain't what it used to be!
Hopefully without the red buffer beam but congratulations and thanks to all concerned.Do we know if the loco is to remain in the grey or will he livery change to complete the restoration?According to several people at Steamrail it's going in all black.
Our next major milestone has been reached!
Nearly 5 months ago A2 986 operated for the first time under its own power, yesterday it reached the mainline!
A2 986 began mainline testing on Sunday 25th October with a series of trips between Newport and Sunshine. This allowed for testing at low speed in a controlled environment. Some adjustments have been found to fix at a later date though the overall testing was a success.
A T class diesel (no. 395) was used to provide a modest load for A2 986, to provide a train to base radio for communication and to help with driver training of V/Line crews on the goods only railway line to Sunshine.
We thank V/Line and the RTBU Victoria for their assistance in utilising this testing for driver training.
Not long to go now folks!
Our crew from A2 986's first mainline test run. L to R - Warren and Tim from Steamrail. Andrew, Mick, Dave and Rod from V/Line and the RTBU Victoria Locomotive Division Heritage Crew Pool. Photo: Henry Owen.Source: https://www.facebook.com/steamrail/posts/10156112786820627
The question of smoke deflectors is a contentious one, but I have it on authority that it will run without deflectors. To ensure all the relevant parties are appeased, it will also be painted in apple green, and re-numbered 4472.You're asking for a sockfull of spaghetti up the conk, mate.
*** A2 986 Test Runs *** - Sunday 8th November A2 986 is scheduled to head out on the main line again with some return test runs between Newport and Sunshine. The first test run is scheduled to depart at 12.15pm finishing up after 6 return runs by 6.47pm.Source - https://www.facebook.com/steamrail/posts/10156146049715627
Taking the tongue out of cheek though would it be a matter of taking the spacers out AKA R and J class ??At the risk of being tarred, feathered, locked in the stocks and rotten vegetables thrown at me, it could be standardised!And after we've finished that lot we'll really start to get serious with you!