Repairs are progressing on 6029.I can't read anything in the ARHS announcement on their web site that suggests there are any current issues with 6029 that are preventing the locomotive from operating. It is my understanding that both 3016 and 6029 will still be attending the Hunter Valley Steamfest, but instead of combining with THfNSW for the movement from Picton to Maitland and return the ARHS consist will now operate as a separate train. In fact, reports elsewhere indicate that after Steamfest 6029 will remain in Sydney for a week or so to operate some trips around the metropolitan area.Canberra ARHS has posted this morning on Facebook they aren't running the triple header to or from Maitland.Not quite correct......
THNSW was to run the triple header (3016, 3642 and 6029) to and from Maitland. ARHS(ACT) supply 3016 and 6029.
There have been joint/coordinated facebook posts from ARHS(ACT) and THNSW. ARHS(ACT) are now planning to run 3016 and 6029 to/from(??) Maitland under their own accreditation. THNSW will run the passenger train, now probably with 3642 only (unless they combine this with the diesel hauled support train).
This may be because of the running gear repairs required on 6029.
I was looking forward to the Friday trip with three steamers up front.
Happy disappointing ,
ARHS will also operate its own trains at Steamfest in conjunction with Maitland City Council and independant of THNSW.
A program of trips has also been developed for 6029 in Sydney during May, although the website is slightly out of date regarding the destinations.