Thanks to the Trillian Trust who have given us funding to purchase a new set of batteries for our diesel electric locomotive De505. Expect to see this loco on one of our popular Diesel Days in the new year.
Another successful few months have passed since the last update and as per normal they have been busy ones. Since the last update we have added another steam locomotive to our operational stable, bringing the total to 4. It has been an enormous effort to get back to that number after the days when it was touch and go whether one would be available for service at any one time.
L509. Our current regular engine, was taken out of service for a few weeks while the grate was replaced. The long 4' firebars had reached the end of their life a long time ago and it was decided to convert to 2' bars as used in our other locos. This required new carriers and a new dead bar pattern which along with the 40 regular bars were cast at Milson Foundry in Palmerston North. This has slowed the rate of ash dropping into the ash pan quite considerably.
C847. The focus of a lot of attention over the past few months, 847 is almost ready to return to hopefully reliable service. Work focus inside the firebox has seen the grate completely renewed with new firebars and carrier bars. The Westinghouse air compressor was overhauled by Triple R engineering in Palmerston
L509. Continues to give good service during Sunday running with no problems being experienced.
C512. Work on turning up new pins and reaming and bushing holes on the valve gear parts has been the main focus of work over the last few months. The way bar had its bearing surfaces built up and machined and has now been fitted on the frame.