Importing a steam loco

 
  Trainbloke Station Staff

Hi,

I'm looking at importing an off-the-shelf steam loco from the UK and am wondering about boiler standards.  It will be an EU certified (CE stamped) boiler, and the manufacturer has a long history of making a very good product.  Does anyone know if these standards are fully compatible with the Australian boiler code?

I'd be grateful for any input or advice.

Cheers,

Simon

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I'll be honest in sayingI do not know for a fact, but there are differences and best to check. The nearest club's boiler inspector may be able to assist. A copy of the boiler code for the state you live in is a possible starter. In other words do not commit untill you know for sure. The worse may be a boiler made in Australia.  

Hope get somewhere !
David Head
  aussie48 Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
This is from the AMBSC site in regard to the Polly Locos
"(d) Imported Boilers
i) Barry Potter has had extensive discussions with Maxitrax UK and is now satisfied that these boilers
now conform to the AMBSC Copper code and can be certified by AMBSC boiler inspectors.
ii) Barry Glover, ILS, concurred, indicating he had experience with Maxitrax."
  ssaunders Train Controller

If you are planning on running it at a club track possibly it will be difficult, some club boiler inspectors will assess it and say it's ok if they have a drawing and can confirm it's built to it. Some club boiler inspectors are like the real the railways used to be, it's our way or the wrong way.

if you're planning on running it at your home track then you don't need anything.

Ss
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
If you are planning on running it at a club track possibly it will be difficult, some club boiler inspectors will assess it and say it's ok if they have a drawing and can confirm it's built to it. Some club boiler inspectors are like the real the railways used to be, it's our way or the wrong way.

if you're planning on running it at your home track then you don't need anything.

Ss
ssaunders

If the Boiler and Drawings are fit to AALS code's, then there should not be any issues with club inspectors giving it the all clear!

I recently looked right into this and I was told that a UK boiler with a CE stamp will pass for use in Australia without a problem. Imported boilers without the stamp are at the mercy of the club boiler inspector. some will inspect the boiler in position, hydro and then issue a ticket or insist on seeing the boiler out of the frames for more intense scrutiny.
  Trainbloke Station Staff

Hi,  Thanks for all the input.  It was starting to look like a bit of a minefield, but apparently it's quite straightforward.  I just want a loco for my (as yet unbuilt) home track, but also need to think about potential re-sale I suppose.

Thanks again everyone for your advice.

Cheers, Simon
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Simon

If you get a boiler registration and ticket at your club it is good throughout Australia. This is not the UK where local tyrants can make life difficult.

You can approach Barry and Les on the AALS as I have done on another issue outside of the code and found them very helpful.

Having a CE marking means a lot. it means somebody has put their crown jewels on the line to warrant the boiler as fit for purpose.

On other UK boilers I am not so sure. But these days there are boroscopes which allow the build standard of the boiler to be inspected in detail. (mine cost about $49.00 at Jaycar)
UK boilers are still being built with girder stays on the fire box crown, these are no longer allowed by the AALS but there must be old boilers still registered in Australia with girder stays.

If all else fails agree to hydro test it to destruction, then you will know how good it is.Wink

Good luck.

Ian

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