R766- the final hurdle

 
  Mufreight Train Controller

Location: North Ipswich
We are going through the tedious task of paper work for the regulator at the moment Workin Taylor I am gathering as much info as I can and will post an up date on this page shortly regards-3 days ago
Dangersdan707
Seems that R766 is still a blue hill saga that is competing with 3801 for a lack of progress, what is the latest on either of these locos being seen in operation.

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
What in the name of Mazeppa is "paper work for the regulator"? There is a standing set of drawings for all parts, including the regulator which is of proven design; there are three of them steaming around Victoria from time to time.

Edit for Mufreight:- when you discover that you have made the same post two or three times, why not go back and delete extras so that there's only one? It's pretty easy.

Mod edit for Valvegear: sometimes the mod will find then delete duplicate entries when browsing Wink - dthead
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Trapped in a meeting with Rhonda and Karsten
What in the name of Mazeppa is "paper work for the regulator"? There is a standing set of drawings for all parts, including the regulator which is of proven design; there are three of them steaming around Victoria from time to time.
Valvegear
I can assure you, dealing with the paperwork required for these sorts of things is a real pain when you aren't doing it for a living and don't possess a fluency in BS. I'll cut them some slack on this aspect of returning R766 to service.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
And the GoFundMe has a grand total of $7,175 after 12 months !!

At least 3801 has Government funding behind it, however slow it might be taking.
  HomeTownOf711 Beginner

And the GoFundMe has a grand total of $7,175 after 12 months !!

At least 3801 has Government funding behind it, however slow it might be taking.
mikesyd


Surprised there has been no initiative to push fundraising advertising by the HVRT team.. It wouldn't be hard to push to alternate avenues - Social media, Papers, Local news etc,

Without publicity they aren't going to hit that large number anytime soon.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Well they have a FB page, which says little - last post in December 2018.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
That has to be a group screaming aloud for some decent leadership.
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

That has to be a group screaming aloud for some decent leadership.
Valvegear
They did scream aloud, right at the beginning of this thread,,,,,
SHOW ME THE MONEY
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
They did scream aloud, right at the beginning of this thread,,,,,

SHOW ME THE MONEY
"michaelgm"
I'll show it to 'em, but they ain't gettin' any.
  P492 Beginner

What in the name of Mazeppa is "paper work for the regulator"? There is a standing set of drawings for all parts, including the regulator which is of proven design; there are three of them steaming around Victoria from time to time.

Edit for Mufreight:- when you discover that you have made the same post two or three times, why not go back and delete extras so that there's only one? It's pretty easy.

Mod edit for Valvegear: sometimes the mod will find then delete duplicate entries when browsing Wink - dthead
Valvegear
They are referring to paperwork, pertaining to operating on the railway network, not the one that controls the admission of steam to the cylinders!
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
found this on Steam rails Farceblock

Some Steamrail Board Members and Volunteers travelled on The Picnic Train's North West Zephyr from Maitland to Werris Creek and return. Whilst visiting Maitland we were pleased to see the progress on R766 which is undergoing the final stages of paperwork to gain accreditation within New South Wales. Thanks to the volunteers from The Picnic Train for their hospitality.
SR
  HomeTownOf711 Beginner

That has to be a group screaming aloud for some decent leadership.
Valvegear
I sent them an email last week volunteering to help in the social media / fundraiser advertising - Haven't heard anything back as of yet.
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

That has to be a group screaming aloud for some decent leadership.
I sent them an email last week volunteering to help in the social media / fundraiser advertising - Haven't heard anything back as of yet.
HomeTownOf711
Good on ya, mate for having a go.
Best wishes.
Mick.
  HomeTownOf711 Beginner

That has to be a group screaming aloud for some decent leadership.
I sent them an email last week volunteering to help in the social media / fundraiser advertising - Haven't heard anything back as of yet.
Good on ya, mate for having a go.
Best wishes.
Mick.
michaelgm
Politics aside - We all want 766 on the rails, And anything that can be assisted with should be offered Very Happy.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Politics aside - We all want 766 on the rails, And anything that can be assisted with should be offered
"HomeTownOf711"
I hope you succeed. That group desperately needs somebody who can combine PR and fund raising. Good luck.
  Fred Scuttle Junior Train Controller

Location: Point Clare, NSW
And the GoFundMe has a grand total of $7,175 after 12 months !!

At least 3801 has Government funding behind it, however slow it might be taking.


Surprised there has been no initiative to push fundraising advertising by the HVRT team.. It wouldn't be hard to push to alternate avenues - Social media, Papers, Local news etc,

Without publicity they aren't going to hit that large number anytime soon.
HomeTownOf711
There is a way of generating publicity, and raising a bit of cash - have an open day while the Maitland Steamfest is on in April. Charge - say - $5 at the gate, for people to come and see what work has been done on R766. The point of this exercise is not so much to raise money (although some will be raised), but to raise interest in the R766 project. When 3801 was being rebuilt at the State Dockyard in the 80's, special trains would be run from Sydney, so that people could view the progress of 3801's return to traffic.

The HVRT team would have an excellent opportunity to set out what their plans for R766 are, and to generate enthusiasm for getting the locomotive back onto the main line.

Even if only a relatively small number of gunzels turn up, the exercise would be worthwhile. Those who visit, will look at the engine, photograph it, and post those pictures on Railpage, Facebook, Twitter and other sites. All of this will generate publicity, which will in turn generate interest in the project (and not just in the railfan community) - and make people more inclined to contribute to the project.

For those in our hobby who'd say "What a stupid idea - that'll never work", I would say "Can you think of a better idea?" What HVRT needs right now is not just money, but enthusiasm for getting R766 back in service. It can't just be left to setting up a GoFundMe page, and hoping that the money will roll in.
  Jack Le Lievre Chief Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Fred,

It will never work because HVRT would never think of it. As they just want people to hand over their hard earned so that it can be spent by HVRT and they think a few Facebook posts convince people to do so.

As most of us on this thread know, if HVRT had bothered to spend a little bit of time since taking custody of R766 on PR instead of bagging people for asking about the progress, they would have raised the desired funds a lot quicker.
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

Wait and see how HTO711, goes with his/hers offer of assistance.
  Fred Scuttle Junior Train Controller

Location: Point Clare, NSW
Fred,

It will never work because HVRT would never think of it. As they just want people to hand over their hard earned so that it can be spent by HVRT and they think a few Facebook posts convince people to do so.

As most of us on this thread know, if HVRT had bothered to spend a little bit of time since taking custody of R766 on PR instead of bagging people for asking about the progress, they would have raised the desired funds a lot quicker.
Jack Le Lievre
Jack,

I had a feeling that this would be the case - despite a number of people on this thread agreeing with what I suggested. The situation could be summed up as "Yes, it's a good idea - but it's not THEIR idea . . . "

I can only agree with Valvegear, that HVRT desperately needs effective leadership - AND somebody who has a few PR/social media smarts. Particularly as their PR to date has consisted as little more than a brusque "p*** off" to any inquiry.

I don't think I'll be seeing R766 from the platform at Branxton anytime soon, unless there's a change in thinking at HVRT.
  HomeTownOf711 Beginner

Fred,

It will never work because HVRT would never think of it. As they just want people to hand over their hard earned so that it can be spent by HVRT and they think a few Facebook posts convince people to do so.

As most of us on this thread know, if HVRT had bothered to spend a little bit of time since taking custody of R766 on PR instead of bagging people for asking about the progress, they would have raised the desired funds a lot quicker.
Jack,

I had a feeling that this would be the case - despite a number of people on this thread agreeing with what I suggested. The situation could be summed up as "Yes, it's a good idea - but it's not THEIR idea . . . "

I can only agree with Valvegear, that HVRT desperately needs effective leadership - AND somebody who has a few PR/social media smarts. Particularly as their PR to date has consisted as little more than a brusque "p*** off" to any inquiry.

I don't think I'll be seeing R766 from the platform at Branxton anytime soon, unless there's a change in thinking at HVRT.
Fred Scuttle

- Regardless of politics here - Even with 100 people attending @ $10 entry that would still only accommodate a small amount of monetary gain (Granted anything in this instance is good - In no way am I implying that your idea isn't beneficial).

I can't speak on behalf of anyone but aiming at local media, fundraising groups (eg, Rotary), Social media (aka being highly active) and re-lighting the fire around the public's attention which all of the previous options can be utilized to something that is in-fact quite special and holds significant heritage.

Consistent engagement is more-so needed on a broader scale whilst including event suggestions like this.

The hard part is getting in contact and showing good intent to the owners to help suggest these ideas.
  a6et Minister for Railways

I don't think I'll be seeing R766 from the platform at Branxton anytime soon, unless there's a change in thinking at HVRT.
Fred Scuttle
I visited the museum in October last year, the overhaul had been completed only work needed on the R was final Painting and then the accreditation.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I visited the museum in October last year, the overhaul had been completed only work needed on the R was final Painting and then the accreditation.
"a6et"
Does "finished" include the ICE Radio?
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

I don't think I'll be seeing R766 from the platform at Branxton anytime soon, unless there's a change in thinking at HVRT.
I visited the museum in October last year, the overhaul had been completed only work needed on the R was final Painting and then the accreditation.
a6et
Did anyone measure distances between the rail heads or, wheel flanges? If so was it less than 1600mm?
  Dave C Chief Train Controller

Location: Maitland
I would love to see R766 running and will be there if it ever occurs. Been a Mexican (Victorian) there would be nothing better than showing those Northerners what a real loco can do.

The issue we have is that whoever is responsible for this project are failing completely at exciting and thus getting the support of those who will make this a success. The local community - most people up here wouldn't even know it was there, rail fans, possible sources of funding and in kind support, and Government at all levels.

Without all the above they have almost no hope in
a, getting the loco running
b, if they succeed in a, then maintaining it in the long term.

Other big issue id that the land that R766 and lots of other railway history has mostly if not completely been sold to a developer and at some point it all will need to find a new home.

Can this be changed yes however until those in charge are either replaced or finally get it that they can do so much more by engaging those who can make their dream a reality it most likely never happen.

I have in the past looked into the possibility of volunteering my time and skills to help see R766 on the Gauge but the zero information means I have given my time to other things.

Until then I can only Dream of ridding an R class on the Gauge.
  a6et Minister for Railways

I visited the museum in October last year, the overhaul had been completed only work needed on the R was final Painting and then the accreditation.
Does "finished" include the ICE Radio?
Valvegear
What was said was that the work they were doing was finished. Did that include the ICE radio, have no idea but the accreditation was all that was said to me regarding the work and the painting to be finished.

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