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NG/G16 Workshop Progress
For those that don’t subscribe to social media, you might have missed the multitude of excellent photos and videos over recent weeks, showing the Garratt undergoing testing by the railway’s Workshop team.
Above, NG/G16 129 blasts off the horseshoe bridge on its way to Menzies Creek whilst below, a pause near Selby allows for a quick ‘feel around’ to ensure none of the bearings are running hot.
On Wednesday 6th November, the Garratt moved under its own power for the first time, making a few runs up and down the workshop road at Belgrave. Following these, further running in trials around Belgrave yard were used to check for leaks and potential clearance issues (Belgrave has a nice selection of sharp curves, steep gradients, and combinations of the two!) whilst allowing the locomotive to start running in.
Several test trains have operated, achieving significant milestones in the locomotive’s testing program:
During these runs, it was noted that the engine appeared to run better backwards than it did forwards. Inspection of the valve setting revealed an opportunity to even things up, and this work was duly carried out. A final test run on Thursday 12th December revealed considerable improvement in the locos performance running chimney first.
With the locomotive essentially finished and ready to release to the Loco Operations Branch for use in traffic, the NG/G16 129 project draws to a close. A few little jobs remained, and were attended to prior to the official launch which tool place today, Puffing Billy’s 119th birthday!
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