Push Gathers Steam to Restore a Historic Loco
J515 Updates from the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
Rare Arnott's biscuit van restored
A couple of blogs ago we indicated that over a bit of time we would try to catch up on some of the last six to eight months of interesting stuff as well as keeping current. With the recent re-application of restrictions because of the Covid crisis, things has quietened down a bit. The staff are still on duty as are few of the local volunteers working on specific and important tasks while complying with the restrictions.
So we begin this time with catch-ups.
But the first catch-ups are going back a l-o-n-g way! By way of background, some of us have been enthusiasts for the best part of full life time. Colin, the Centre's Engineering Manager is one of those. He says he first stated taking photos of trains in 1970 as a 13 year old school boy. He has provided the first few images this time.
From there we move to more recent times and then up to date.
First up we go back to a December afternoon in 1971. This Geelong Loco Depot with various locos at rest around the turntable waiting for the coming weeks action beginning on Monday morning.
Of interest to us today are the locos in the middle. T357 and T388 flank B60. In 2020 T357 is on standard gauge, B60 is now A60 and T388 is owned by ERH with all three living within our depot at Seymour.
In August 1972 a trip to Wangaratta by train for a youth camp saw Colin taking pictures out the side of the train when leaving Seymour.
In the first of three shots, to the right the area that about 14 years later became the SRHC depot is still the Gas Works. One of the gas holder is right on the edge of the pic, whilst in the middle the QR wagon is on the old gravel ramp track. The handrails of the underpass are still in the same spot and the turnout to the right of the handrails is still in place as the lead to our depot tracks 4 through to 14.
A few second later and another shot shows the fuel storage and water tanks all in position. The breakdown van on the back track is the only piece of rolling stock in the area.
There is one extra item of rolling stock off the table, but otherwise the place is oddly bare. Two building no longer in existence attract attention. The near structure was originally built as room but later became the office. Partly hidden in the trees is another structure that we can't identify.
To close this nostalgia trip we are at Ararat Loco depot on 4th January 1973. Of interest here is X35 which was at one time allocated to SRHC but later exchanged for X31. And on the right is T382, now days in the final stages of refurbishment and about to join our active fleet.
Now for some more current stuff.
Although a few weeks ago we now present a series of shots taken from on top of Big George. There are a few bits of masking etc to get rid of which is why the excursion into the sky! It is always interesting to see the world from above. This view is looking generally north east towards the loco depot._________________________________________________________________
In the general direction of south east.________________________________________________________________
Meanwhile, down in the turntable shed, work is underway on painting of CLF1 for Southern Shorthaul Railroad. Along the drivers side Robbie and co have been sanding the base prep coat. The upper panels have a spotted black spray dust coat. This is a painters tactic so it is easier to see which bits have been sanded and which bits have not.
On the nose, the same trick is applied.______________________________________________________________
To see how things would appear once a top coat was applied, Robbie has applied some VR yellow. If the prep and sanding is good, the gloss paint will look good. The thing about gloss is that any imperfections in preparation will show and in effect will be emphasised. When that happens, the only thing to do is sand the whole area again._____________________________________________________________
Robbie is doing the same around the lower front as these are the hardest areas to get right._______________________________________________________________
Meanwhile on the fireman's side Jason is doing his bit of sanding. It takes about 10 days to do a loco of this size and condition._______________________________________________________________
Inside the cab of CLF1. When rebuilt these locos were provided with a desktop type control configuration with the different type of brake and throttle handles. Some in the industry call this the "backhoe" style._______________________________________________________________
On Thursday 23rd B74 brought X31 and S303 back to Seymour. While waiting for the three locos to arrive Colin 'reclines' in Covid safe mode. The blog proof reader liked this as he said it covered most of Colin's face, an improvement!______________________________________________________________
Now for more interesting things than the Engineering manager. B74 leads the S & X over the grade crossing and into the loco depot area before setting back into the head shunt.________________________________________________________________
Cousins. Nose to nose._______________________________________________________________
With X31 home for attention and needing to get over the pit, locos in the way needed to be moved out So Saturday afternoon a shunt was done. To begin T378 was in 3 track with T320 behind and behind 320 was P23. T382 occupied the front of 1 track.
After picking up 382, 378 is now hauling 382, 320 and 23.____________________________________________________________
This is 382 with 320 and 23 behind. The move will see 23 put in track 1 and 382 and 320 will end up in 13.____________________________________________________________
T320 looks pale amongst its brothers with the other locos painted in two pack and 320 in house enamel.
At least the heights have been dealt with in that T320 has had packing inserted in the bogies to bring the while loco and concurrently the couplers up to the same nominal heights as the other locos which if you look closely will note are on full size wheels whilst 320 is near minimum. This has been the first stage of reactivation of the class leader. There is quite a bit to do under the bonnet as well as that faded look to rectify.____________________________________________________________
The two chop noses together. Whilst 382 still needs a few things completed before it can be considered serviceable (although it does go) effort has been directed towards P23 of late._____________________________________________________________
With all four locos in view, P23 is being placed intro 1 track to vacate the pit. In the last few days all the bogie work has been completed, the air compressor has been refurbished, and no we are waiting for a replacement piston for the engine to come from the loco supermarket. So while waiting for the last few things, 23 will have to wait in the front of the shed while the X is on the pit._______________________________________________________________
Somehow we seemed to capture many of the T series locos in one shot. At the extreme left is T357, then P22 (itself once upon a time a T), then T320, T382 and T378. The only one out of shot being P23.______________________________________________________________
So now back to the title of this blog. More catching up.
This picture of the inside of buffet car Tanjil is dated 12th April. A few suspects are lurking following a clean out of debris and dirt from the car as the first stage of understanding the work that would be required to restore the car to service. Both ourselves and some of our customers have expressed an interest in having the car available on either gauge. ________________________________________________________
The same day as the Tanjil picture, a few locomotives are hanging about looking for something to do. At this stage we did not know that the virus issues would curtail, activities for many months yet. While we do not have a functioning crystal ball to look into and predict the future, it does seem that any resumption of heritage train services before next year is unlikely._____________________________________________________________
Since the pervious picture someone has decided to move S303 into a different position.
Whilst in April we will have a look at some details of Big George.
In the rear of the engine room of C501 the water cooled air compressor takes up the space. On the subject of space, the area to the right is empty but once contained a fan assembly the drew in filtered air from outside the body under the radiators to pressurise the engine room and keep dust and dirt out.
Don't know why it is not still there; maybe as other Victorian locos are not similarly fitted, it was decided to avoid the maintenance and remove it.___________________________________________________________
Moving forward now with the plumbing stack to the left, the engine is on the left. In the centre of the picture is one of the water pumps, below the oil suction box and to the left of the water pump is the fuel filters. The governor is in the middle of the car body seeming to be above the water pump._________________________________________________________
The other end of the engine. Driver's side with the he end of traction alternator being the curved item with the vents lower left. The air duct from the turbo charger into the right bank of the engine is prominent with the vertical rectangle being the end of the air intercooler. In the middle upper is the rectangular exhaust duct on top of the turbocharger. Exhaust gasses from the engine come in from the right via a circular manifold and then through an elbow down into the turbo.______________________________________________________________
Getting up close this is the turbocharger along with incoming gas manifold and exhaust duct above.
Now round to the fireman's side of the turbo.
And a downward view showing about half the alternator and the engine flywheel.
Inside the top deck of C501's engine. We are looking at one cylinder head with the fuel lines and injector linkage. The rockers operating the four exhaust valves are each side of the rocker operating the injector in the middle. The paint marks on the big crab bolts are the fitters code to remind himself of which bolts have been part and fully torqued up and double checked._____________________________________________________________
Enough for now.___________
See you next blog.
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.