Push Gathers Steam to Restore a Historic Loco
J515 Updates from the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
Rare Arnott's biscuit van restored
Well it is one day past the end of the month so perhaps we should title this contribution differently. Anyway it is really a report on the last week or so of April so the title stands!
We start with J515. The steam pipes from J512 have been prepared with the oil lines and are now ready for use when the rest of the smokebox is completed._______________________________________________________________
On the loco the smokebox barrel has been positioned and tack welded to the saddle. All 34 holes have been pilot drilled by using a bush inserted into the saddle holes and drilling upward with a 6mm bit. Inside the smokebox the reinforcing plate has been tack welded in position and we are ready to bore the holes to full size of 1 inch using a rotor broach fitted to a magnetic base drill from within the smokebox.______________________________________________________________
A couple of views of the join line between smokebox and boiler barrel. Firstly from the fireman's side.___________________________________________________________________
Now from the other side. The welding will only be done after the smokebox is securely bolted to the saddle casting.______________________________________________________________
Moving on to carriages. New carry irons for the BS cars at Newport are being manufactured. The carriages have all had the coupler removed from one end. Replacements are available but the supporting brackets for the coupler and draft gear are not, necessitating new manufacture. In the big radial arm drill clearance holes for 7/8 inch bolts are being drilled._____________________________________________________________
In the late afternoon on Anzac day a few locos await the next call to duty.______________________________________________________________
Now up to Saturday afternoon, the pile of rubble that was the "brick building" has been removed by a local contractor leaving a moderate pile of steel scrap and an empty space.____________________________________________________________________
A closer look shows the concrete floor as also been removed and taken away. Once the scrap in the middle distance is removed, the next task will be to remove the B van bodies. Yes there are two of them side by side. There is still some gear to be removed from each van before the bodies can be disposed of.__________________________________________________________
Over on the standard gauge track some time has been put into assembling 21 track. Sleepers have been clipped up on the bottom half._________________________________________________________
The top portion has not yet been clipped in this view. Some of the sleepers need to be adjusted to be square to the rails as any sleeper off square will force the rails into a tight gauge situation. These pictures were taken late on Saturday afternoon in the gathering gloom_________________________________________________________________
By ascending one of the dirt heaps a slightly different view is offered. Another day and this time sunlight.__________________________________________________________
Whilst on the heap the view the other direction shows T357 temporally stabled out of the way on the bottom of 20 track in the company of the remains of Y104._________________________________________________________
A different directions view of the site of the former brick building. This is not a bad spot for side on portrait pictures. It is only marred by the bulk of the signal box appearing above._____________________________________________________________
Out the front of the signal box power van DT319 sits after spending a couple of days in the shed. The batteries have been charged and the diesel alternator started with a view to determining how serviceable the DA actually is. It has been coupled to some steel cars and has been found to be capable of powering three cars albeit not with all heating and lighting load connected. However the results are encouraging and it may well be a more useful vehicle than previously believed.________________________________________________________________
Back to the shed and X31 is in the first days of its scheduled maintenance exam. A few of the "examiners" can be seen lurking (is that the right term for those supposedly working hard).
To finish up on the first day of May, Colin, the Engineering Manager has finally been caught doing something. He is squaring up concrete sleepers in 21 track prior to clipping up. It has been suggested he is a little odd as he seems to enjoy working on track by himself.______________________________________________________________
Whether the Engineering manager is odd or not does not matter that much. By the end of the day he has finished assembling 21 track. A couple of minor adjustments and spiking of two wooden timbers right down by the turnout will see this stage complete. Next, more ballast, packing, lining and then ready for use.________________________________________________________________
There a few more interesting things going to happen if all goes to plan over the next few days.
The next blog may therefore not be too far off. Stay tuned!!
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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