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J515 Updates from the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
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As we enter the second week of April work continues on a number of fronts. J515's smokebox is moving ahead, preparations for rebuilding of 21 track are complete and work has started on the bogies for gauge conversion of some steel cars.
Just for a change, and partly to use some old images from the files, at the end of this blog we present a few memories. From time to time we will include a few images from some years ago.
The refurbished front of the smokebox for J515 has been placed on the upended smokebox barrel. The headlight bracket is to the right. We must have got the barrel size spot on as the front fitted in neatly with the aid of a big hammer._____________________________________________________________
Now assembled, the assembly is lifted by the big fork to be moved back into the shed ready to have the two parts welded together.___________________________________________________________
Back in the shed welding is in progress. Steve H is doing the honours while Neil H is behind observing. _____________________________________________________________
The remains of 21 track have been dismantled by Kevin C and the last step is extracting the sleepers from the ground before carting them away. In coming days the road rail excavator will be back to dig, lay concrete sleepers and put the rails back on top._______________________________________________________________
To make a bit of space so as to be able to prepare carriages for an up coming charter, X31 and Y119 have been out in 19 track._____________________________________________________________
In the workshop Steve H does a little turning job. A series of brass plugs are being made for the ends of the new balustrade for the end platform of State Car 4. The 1950s wood railing is being replaced by brass in the same style as on Yarra.__________________________________________________________________
A couple of weeks ago we brought two commonwealth bogies up from the back paddock. They are standard gauge but have been in storage for around 25 years. They are to be refurbished to go under 11BS when it is gauge converted later this year.
The wheels need to be sent for bearing certification but the years of storage has left the axle boxes rusted into the horns. A ten ton jack is being used along with judicial hammering and lubricant to force the axle boxes free._________________________________________________________
A close up of one axle box. This box is free but above it on left on the horn face is the rust mark with the lubricant stain.___________________________________________________________
From the side, the box that has been released is to the left while the box on the right end is still jammed. Have a look at the size of the dark gap above the ends of the spring beam. The keep plates having been cut off earlier and are laying on the ground.__________________________________________________________
For a bit of history. Going back to March 2011 we see Steamrail's S313 in the middle of the repair shed. To the right is one of the bogies from X31 in the course of being rebuilt._________________________________________________________
A closer look and it is now evident that body repairs are under way. This was a contract job we did for Steamrail that involved a complete repaint._______________________________________________________________
Same location but now back to October 2007. Following body repairs to restore 1CS back to its original configuration, primer is being sprayed before the top coat. The vehicle will be on the 70th anniversary run of Spirit of Progress in late November. In the background is B74 getting blue applied while to the right S303 is partly visible already in blue._______________________________________________________________
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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