The new CEO of Transport Heritage NSW is Andrew Moritz, formally Director of The Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum (IWRM) in QLD. The more informed here know which QLD rail heritage workshops successfully built several locomotive boilers for heritage steam locomotives in very recent years. I notice the big wig at that same QLD workshop is now a very big wig in NSW rail heritage so Andrew has some detailed personal experience in the **management procedures** for new boilers that actually work. I am not suggesting he will get Ipswich to fix the 38 class boilers but I am suggesting he would be aware of what is involved in the various options to move the situation forward.
Hopefully that appointment does turn out to be a positive, time will tell.
Somewhere in one these threads there was a run down of the various 38cl boilers except I think the 13's at Dorrigo the others of course was the one from 01, 20 & 30. plus the new German one. 20 is a permanent static exhibit of black 38's & parts used off it to keep the other boilers in use. It would be nice & I can't think of a better word, to have all the boilers reassessed to see the overall cost of getting them all back in service.
Likewise dare I suggest a good look at the various 36cl boilers that may also be worthy of inspection along with possible overhauls of them. 3642 along with 3526 has shouldered the primary workload now for some time, yet it was pretty typical of pigs in NSW that the often filled in on 38cl rosters, often taking the same load, which could have been reduced had the train crews demanded of it, but usually it would have meant a reduction in carriage & passengers standing for long hours.
The other question also relates to the condition of the 3 36cl frames as that would also affect any potential use of them or bringing back into service. Especially 16, owing to the coal & water effiecies of her.
Thing that the NSW heritage should look into is what steam locomotives would best serve operations, for various uses. While having the 32classes running, & can operate almost anywhere, there is more a limitation on them regarding loads & speed, & more ideally suited for medium distance runs if used out of Sydney, same with the 59's limited speed for them as well, that basically leaves the 35, 36, & 38cl. Canberra's Garratt has the cost impediment associated with it but hope it will stay going for some time & costs do not become too prohibitive.
Having the maximum amount of the other 3 classes available for operations at least provides engines that can run at higher speeds, each of them should still be able to run at 70MPH/115Km/h with the pigs & 38cl able to alternate with runs.
While it may seem fanciful, & costs need to be looked at, there's little chance of other classes of steam being capable of a lasting operation in the heritage fleet. The Thirlmere 27cl has an ideal run along the loop line so provides a reasonable alternative to the larger types. The 30T's can operate in much the same as the 32cl & be interchangeable with them.
I wont live to see these things come to fruition though.