At last, some pleasing news about the 3801 Boiler Overhaul , this is from the RTM, and it has been posted on Facebook
"Local contractor appointed to repair locomotive 3801 boiler
Transport Heritage NSW today announced the successful contractor to complete a critical stage in the locomotive 3801 overhaul project.
Goulburn based firm K and H Ainsworth Engineering has been appointed to repair 3801’s original boiler following an extensive competitive tendering process.
Transport Heritage NSW CEO Andrew Moritz said the appointment reaffirms the organisation’s commitment to returning this iconic steam locomotive to heritage service.
“Today’s announcement means 3801’s boiler will be transported from Chullora to Goulburn with work to commence shortly thereafter,” said Mr. Moritz.
“The repair work is significant and will involve manufacturing processes never attempted in Australian standard gauge railway preservation.”
Hydraulic riveting machinery along with hand riveting will be required to connect new flanged plates to the existing boiler. The correct fitting of the hundreds of components that make up the boiler requires a great deal of skill and reliance on vital technical information, left to us by our predecessors in the NSW railways.
“For over a decade we have invested heavily in developing the traditional skills necessary to repair heritage boilers,” said K and H Ainsworth Engineering Managing Director, Ken Ainsworth.
“We are humbled by the confidence placed in us by Transport Heritage NSW, it is without doubt the most interesting project that we have been involved with.”
In addition to today’s contract signing, applications close this Sunday for two new full time tradesperson positions working on the 3801 project." - this should have been done in the first place might I say