B72 restoration into Teacup

 
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
For the benifit of those that are not on facebook, Steamrail has released a photo on their facebook page in preperation for this weekends open days showing the results of some of the work on B72's restoration. Works to date include a full cab fitout, and painting of one end into Teacup livery. One assumes this is how it will come out when they finish the restoration. Will be the first loco restored in Teacup livery.

https://www.facebook.com/steamrail/posts/10163063996510627


Locomotive B72's long-term restoration has seen it receive cosmetic work on one end of the locomotive as well as the whole cab being fitted out. This locomotive and it's cab will be available for viewing in our historic Newport Workshops during our Open Weekend in a couple of days time.

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  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Fantastic news. It was always my favorite color scheme, combining as it does high vis (before train-proof vests were invented) with the inspiration to partake of another cup of tea.

And no; remarks about vodka and orange are quite unnecessary, thank you.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
April Fools has come early this year!
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Fantastic news. It was always my favorite color scheme, combining as it does high vis (before train-proof vests were invented) with the inspiration to partake of another cup of tea.

And no; remarks about vodka and orange are quite unnecessary, thank you.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I suppose we have to preserve something in the teacup livery. I think the original design came from the winner of a kindergarten colouring competition, and we don't want any hurt feelings.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I suppose we have to preserve something in the teacup livery. I think the original design came from the winner of a kindergarten colouring competition, and we don't want any hurt feelings.
Valvegear
I think it will great to see something different rolling around on rails. Does anyone know if this was always to plan for B72? Seeing it yesterday got me wondering if they took inspiration from the Candy 42 class recently unleashed on an unsuspecting public in NSW.
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
Ah, the old 'spiked cross-over' design. Remember it well.
Rumours around Sth Dynon at the time were that Ansett (I think it was) had a garage sale of their old paint and VR bought it on the cheap. Didn't impress many enginemen when we first saw it

Neil
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Should Shut the Anti VR blue and Gold Mob up for the Time being about there being 'too much VR saturation'. I'm Looking forward  to the Next T restored being done in Ozride Razz. Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on vicsig from the 90's show it in Blue and gold.

I suspect the Purists will not be happy anyway!
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Should Shut the Anti VR blue and Gold Mob up for the Time being about there being 'too much VR saturation'. I'm Looking forward  to the Next T restored being done in Ozride Razz. Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on vicsig from the 90's show it in Blue and gold.

I suspect the Purists will not be happy anyway!
Dangersdan707
Well T334 is down in Mornington anyway. Razz
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Should Shut the Anti VR blue and Gold Mob up for the Time being about there being 'too much VR saturation'. I'm Looking forward  to the Next T restored being done in Ozride Razz. Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on vicsig from the 90's show it in Blue and gold.

I suspect the Purists will not be happy anyway!
Dangersdan707

What will they do with it once painted and was B72 ever in teacup previously across its life?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on Vicsig from the 90's show it in blue and gold
Dangersdan707
No, but it doesn't really matter. It's like the kerfuffle with the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre repainting P22 in anachronistic VR Blue & Gold - sure it may never have gotten the livery as a P class but it really does look good in it. It's great to see anything painted in the unfairly-maligned Tangerine Teacup livery.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on Vicsig from the 90's show it in blue and gold
No, but it doesn't really matter. It's like the kerfuffle with the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre repainting P22 in anachronistic VR Blue & Gold - sure it may never have gotten the livery as a P class but it really does look good in it. It's great to see anything painted in the unfairly-maligned Tangerine Teacup livery.
LancedDendrite
Yep. And it isn't like a paint job is a life sentence - they can always be done in V/Line Grey and Orange later on!
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on Vicsig from the 90's show it in blue and gold
No, but it doesn't really matter. It's like the kerfuffle with the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre repainting P22 in anachronistic VR Blue & Gold - sure it may never have gotten the livery as a P class but it really does look good in it. It's great to see anything painted in the unfairly-maligned Tangerine Teacup livery.
Yep. And it isn't like a paint job is a life sentence - they can always be done in V/Line Grey and Orange later on!
BrentonGolding
Must be the 80s nostalgia Bandwagon they're jumping on. It better have a cassette of Blue Monday installed in it Laughing
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on Vicsig from the 90's show it in blue and gold
No, but it doesn't really matter. It's like the kerfuffle with the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre repainting P22 in anachronistic VR Blue & Gold - sure it may never have gotten the livery as a P class but it really does look good in it. It's great to see anything painted in the unfairly-maligned Tangerine Teacup livery.
LancedDendrite
The Entire livery debacle/debate is pointless, someone will always be pissed off at something. I Personally think it good to have some variety (Blue and Gold still is the superior livery IMHO (YM won't be happy with that one)). Steam-rail Probably doing it as unlike the V/Line era stuff its got no copyright owner. Still congratulations to them.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on Vicsig from the 90's show it in blue and gold
No, but it doesn't really matter. It's like the kerfuffle with the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre repainting P22 in anachronistic VR Blue & Gold - sure it may never have gotten the livery as a P class but it really does look good in it. It's great to see anything painted in the unfairly-maligned Tangerine Teacup livery.
The Entire livery debacle/debate is pointless, someone will always be pissed off at something. I Personally think it good to have some variety (Blue and Gold still is the superior livery IMHO (YM won't be happy with that one)). Steam-rail Probably doing it as unlike the V/Line era stuff its got no copyright owner. Still congratulations to them.
Dangersdan707
VR blue and gold is brilliant.
Do you really want every preserved loco painted as such?
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Out of curiosity was B72 originally painted into teacup when it was in service, as the photos on Vicsig from the 90's show it in blue and gold
No, but it doesn't really matter. It's like the kerfuffle with the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre repainting P22 in anachronistic VR Blue & Gold - sure it may never have gotten the livery as a P class but it really does look good in it. It's great to see anything painted in the unfairly-maligned Tangerine Teacup livery.
The Entire livery debacle/debate is pointless, someone will always be pissed off at something. I Personally think it good to have some variety (Blue and Gold still is the superior livery IMHO (YM won't be happy with that one)). Steam-rail Probably doing it as unlike the V/Line era stuff its got no copyright owner. Still congratulations to them.
VR blue and gold is brilliant.
Do you really want every preserved loco painted as such?
michaelgm
Yes.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bradley took these photos recently and she is looking the part.





  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
lol, they painted the other end in Vline orange and grey overnight
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
they painted the other end in Vline orange and grey overnight
Dangersdan 707

I can confirm this. I was at the open day on Sunday and they were in the process of painting the Green sash alongside of the V/Line V on the nose of the other end.

I find it a bit odd, but as there is nothing else preserved in either livery, it's good to see them getting a bit of love somewhere. I'm not against the good old VR Blue and Gold, but it is nice to see some variety, even if it is all in the one still static locomotive. I am curious if this is their long term plan, or just something thrown on it to protect it while the rest of it is finished.

Just on that still static bit. Does anybody know of the status of the mechanicals of B72?

According to what little information I could find (Vicsig) it hasn't run under its own power since it caught fire in 1987 and was withdrawn from service. Is there any likelihood of it running again any time soon? From what I could see, it all looked pretty neat, and aside from a few missing bits (bogies, side panels, glass in the other cab end etc) it did look like work has progressed in some form.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
they painted the other end in Vline orange and grey overnight

Just on that still static bit. Does anybody know of the status of the mechanicals of B72?
Gman_86
If they have gone to the trouble of fitting out a cab and putting some paint on i would think the mechanicals would be good enough. It's been a while since I've been active with steamrail, but believe it was high on the list to be done once the A2 was finished. Seem to be doing a lot of heavy maintenance for themselves and others at present witch would slow down any restoration. It may be that it is in fact being worked on now for restoration, as is perhaps R700 as well.
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Often wondered how a “bulldog” loco would look in modern purple “shattered glass”. Maybe 72 could be the test sample?

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