With 5802 now fully operable, and the bushfire season looming, opportunity was taken to shunt the depot and relocate some stored passenger carriages from Edgecombe to Bottom Points depot for some restoration work as a prelude to re-commencement of tourist passenger operations.
Beginning with clearing an empty wagon from the ZZR Bottom Points workshops and making space in one of the depot roads, 5802 ventured out of the depot area last Saturday and ascended Middle Road and then to Top Points for this photo opportunity becasue this was the first time since June 2012 one of our locomotives has taken a ride on the tracks with passenger carriages.
5802 and crew Top Points - Sat October 5 2013
5802 then proceded up Top Road as far as Edgecombe siding where the carriages were stored. When our crews got there they then had to spend about two hours replacing stolen brake components and gauges and securing doors where locks and handles had been stolen before the carriages could be moved. Virtually every peice of wire and every fitting contianing copper or brass on all the carriages stored at Edgecombe has been stolen, with many windows having been smashed and the outside of the carriages being extensively graffitied.
The carriages are now in the depot at Bottom Points and work begins on their restoration this weekend.
This is an opportunity for any readers if they are interested in joining the Zig Zag and becoming involved in our re-start work, now would be a good time to let me know, so pm me if you are interested.