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Last time we looked at T382 as a reactivated project having a rebeginning.
Significant progress has been made in the last couple of weeks and we are picking up on a couple of other things that have happened in the last month or two.
We begin this time by going back about a week and a half ago. Last time you might recall that we ended having discovered that the governor gear had damaged teeth that we concluded that that was the origin of the noise. The replacement gear was fitted and then the accessory drive cover was next. This is the cover with the gasket fitted about to be lifted up to the loco for installation.________________________________________________________________
The housing is around 1300 tall and about 1000 wide. The gasket is made in three pieces with dovetail joints. This then is one of those joints._____________________________________________________________
The cover is now fitted to the engine. Lots of other bits to go on to fill all the holes. The bilge at the bottom is covered with rags to soak up all the drips and make it easier to stand.______________________________________________________________
The next day the suction box in the mid left and oil pressure pump in the middle have been refitted. With each pump or drive fitted the backlash between the gears was checked giving more confidence that the problem had been identified and resolved.____________________________________________________________
And now on to today. The area is full of drive shafts and pipes. A couple of days ago when all bits and pieces were installed, with oil and water back into the engine, it was started.
Just like you we were waiting to see if the gear whining noise had gone. Well.... No noise. T382 now sounds like a normal 567 engine. A Win!___________________________________________________________
During the course of today a shunt was necessary to place T382 over the pit to enable fitting of the sand pipes to the bogies. T378 was started and used to jump start T382 whose batteries are somewhat poorly. During movements we see T378,Tt382, T320 and P23._________________________________________________________
Two chop nose Ts together. Both running and coupled in multiple unit. ____________________________________________________________
Even the threatening sky did not reduce our excitement to have the two chop nose units together. 378 and 382 are also from the same batch being the T367 to T386 build group._________________________________________________________
T378 leads the other three, all of which are current projects of some sort or other. Since T378 and T382 were in multiple unit mode, we put T378 off line and whilst driving from that loco, T382 was doing the work.______________________________________________________________
Also today, 2AE is receiving the attention of Robbie with the sander going faster than the camera. We are getting closer to paint being applied._____________________________________________________________
Robbie has an accomplice! Keeping comfortably apart, Robbie and Kevin are both sanding following filling of holes and gaps.________________________________________________________
Round the other side Jason is working on blending the replacement sections of the gutter moulding he has installed. All three guys are using air sanders to make it easy on the muscles but the down side ids the noise. It sounds like a swarm of bees when they are all sanding at the same time.____________________________________________________________
Backing up in more ways than one, we are now back to Monday 3rd August. The second of the three wagons heading off to Murtoa is being loaded by the tilt tray truck that has backed into position.
Up it goes. The driver is out of sight on the other side starting to chain down the wagon. Once secure the tray will be drawn forward and up.________________________________________________________
From the turntable area after watching the RY being loaded, a zoom in shot shows six locos in the depot.
In case you can't work out which ones they are, from the left, T320, P22, T357, C501, T382 and T378.
The last presentation for this time is a pair of bogies.
Not just any bogies. We recently exchanged some standard gauge bogies that are not suitable for our needs with some workshop bogies for B, S, X type diesel locomotives. These bogies are also suitable for A and GM classes, so are of value to us.
The origin of the bogies is interesting in its own rite. They are former X class steam locomotive tender bogies of which the VR had a number modified in this style for workshop use.
The main components of the bogies which are steel castings have a date of 8-28. Looking at records for locomotives built around this period of time we find that the first X class loco was finished mid March 1929 whilst the second S class pacific S301 was finished February 1929. There is no way to prove a theory but it is possible that the two bogies we have could well have first been used under the tender for S301 as built. That tender was replaced by one of the six wheel bogie streamlined tenders in 1937. The displaced tenders were reused with new X class locos being but at the time.
In an interesting touch of irony, not 50 metres away was the streamlined tender in our possession. We know from marks on the side tank that that particular tender has been coupled to S301 during its life.
Over coming days completion of T382 is on the agenda, hoping to be finished before the end of October.
Painting of 2AE is being looked forward to.
GM36 should end up in the turntable shed to begin its body tidy up and repaint.
And the detailed evaluation of A60, X37 and T320 should get very close.
No promises on anything but we will see how we go.
With positive changes to the Virus restrictions, we expect to publish our revised access arrangements very soon which will enable more volunteers to come back on site which will accelerate most of the things on the go.
This article first appeared on srhcblog.blogspot.com
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