No 145 April 2007 Newsletter of Steamrail Victoria Incorporated P.O. Box 125 NEWPORT 3015 Email: Info@steamrail.com.au Web site: www.steamrail.com.au Phone: 9397 1953 “The Vintage Train” and “Spirit of Progress" are registered business names of Steamrail Victoria Incorporated Print Post Approved PP327687/00032 OPEN WEEKEND ATTRACTS THOUSANDS TO NEWPORT The open weekend has been and gone and what visitors, 771 on Saturday, 1,773 on Sunday, and 765 a great success it was. Planning for the Open on Monday. Over 1,400 sausages were sold, 815 ice Weekend started late last year with a discussion creams and oodles of drinks. The marketing group of around ten persons meeting every second committee were selling a new range of souvenirs as week. Good suggestions and ideas for the event well as Channel 5 and Steam Media DVDs. came from this group and as time went on more In addition to these numbers you could include at people became involved. least 65 volunteer workers each day to make it all A huge amount of advertising in brochure form, the happen. Volunteers worked on Planning, Leader Newspaper Group, Motive Power Advertising, Workshop set up, safety awareness, Magazine, the web site, posters in shops, radio photographic displays, catering, sales and announcements, the evening weather report on souvenirs, rolling stock placement, operations and channel 10, letterbox drops and good word of locomotive co-ordination, cleaning and then mouth attracted many first time visitors to Newport. packing it all up and getting the place back to The weekend provided excellent value for money normal. and was a great eye opener for the visitors who With all of this the weekend was a huge success. To where not aware of steam preservation in Victoria. all who contributed to making it happen, thank A total estimate over the three days was 3,309 you. [CS & WD] R711, L1162 and 137M on display in the Garden Platform area, 12th March [Pic – Rob James] Steamrail News April 2007 Page 2 OPERATIONS BRANCH REPORT BENALLA ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT Manager: Ken Dunning Since the Benalla collision in October 2002, Steamrail has been engaged in legal action to The Rail & Sail trip on 1st April had 290 passengers claim money for the damage to K183. The action traveling. T356, 14CW, 25BE, Moorabool, 14BRS, was run by us and Victrack, as the owner of the 7ABE and 17BE made up the train. A raffle was run locomotive, with assistance from the Department of on the tour, the winner of a framed picture of R761 Infrastructure (DoI) Risk Management and being Bill Starling from Essendon. Insurance unit. This action was lodged against Mordialloc charter – On 18th March a chartered Greenfreight Transport, as the owner of the truck, train ran between Caulfield and Mordialloc. and their insurer. Our actions were significantly Unfortunately conformation of this charter was too delayed due to slow criminal proceedings against late for the last Steamrail News. The train consisted the truck driver, which were concluded in June of 60, 63, 67 and 68BW and 64AW with K190 as the 2006. Once this was concluded, it removed the motive power. legal barriers and brought the defendants to the May 19th Maldon Experience - Due to operational negotiating table. considerations, this tour will operate with an R class In February, a financial settlement was reached instead of The D3. between Steamrail and Greenfreight Transport. As Mother’s Day Special Rail & Sail – A special discount a result of this settlement, Steamrail has received a is being offered on this tour for all Mothers. So if you payout for damages in exchange for ceasing the are a Mother, come along at the child’s rate, or if legal action against Greenfreight. you have one, bring her along for a day out on the It has been a very long and difficult process. bay. Fortunately for us, we have had the full support of Double Header Geelong trip - This tour has been Victrack and DoI in our actions for which we are postponed while R711 undergoes repairs. When 711 very grateful. is going this tour will be rescheduled. [RD] It has yet to be decided how to use the payout money. Both Victrack and ourselves are keen to see a process in place to ensure that the money is ROLLING STOCK BRANCH REPORT spent in a way that creates maximum benefit for Manager: Steven Ford Steamrail in terms of operational locomotives. It is realised by all involved that this is not a magic pot of money that Steamrail has been generously given, but rather is money that Steamrail has Steam Locomotives received through an awful set of circumstances. In Manager: Graeme Henneberry determining how to best use the money, we need Fitter In Charge: Warren Hall to consider both what creates benefit for Steamrail as well as leaving a lasting legacy of our colleagues who died in the collision. K153 - Final fitting out of the smokebox was finished [ST] in early March and the loco was water tested in the week prior to the open weekend. It featured for the open weekend without smoke deflectors and running boards above the cylinders. This was to ensure all the reassembly work was air tight and correct. This was also why it spent a larger amount of time on the demonstration goods train. The loco certainly steamed well on the weekend proving all the work successful. Final reassembly of the running boards and smoke deflectors is now done and all the work completed. It now awaits its first mainline job to fully prove the work. K190 ran well on the open weekend. Two broken grates have been replaced in the firebox. This loco ran the first steam trip for the year on 18th March with shuttles between Caulfield and Mordiallic. K190 departs Mordialloc for Caulfield, 18th March R761 - Final reassembly and water testing was [Pic – Nick Archer] completed about 10 days prior to the open weekend, entertaining the public with its regular Steamrail News April 2007 Page 3 spins on the turntable. Awaiting its first use for the year. Diesel Locomotives R711 was steam tested the weekend prior to the open weekend to check out all the work and start Manager: Steve Bucton settling in all the overhauled parts. At the end of the Sunday a leaking smoke tube was found. This was replaced and the loco water tested. This T342 - Currently at Newport. A blown gasket on the unfortunately found a defective flue tube. The tube air compressor high pressure outlet, was repaired had developed a fault around the swage on the Monday of the Open Weekend, in time to (reduction in size) near the rear tube plate. With the do a couple of runs on our feature goods train, solo amount of work to replace this coupled with the or double heading, past fan-trip style, with K153 open weekend, it was decided to relegate it to a tender first. The cab soundproofing is to be static display. A spare tube from one of the N class replaced as time permits. boilers has been extended and fitted. This will allow T356 – Operational at Newport. An ongoing battery for reassembly of the loco and then continuation of problem has been sorted out by fitting two the steam testing over the next few weeks. This replacement batteries, in time for it to operate the should ready the loco for a mainline test run as Rail and Sail to Geelong on 1st March. soon as the fire restrictions are lifted. T364 - Operational, at Newport. T364 ran the previous Rail and Sail to Geelong, otherwise not used a great deal, but fully roadworthy. T395 - Currently at South Dynon Loco Depot and available for hire to the Grain business group of Pacific National. It is however, more likely to be spot hired by the General Freight Group. S301 - Stored operational for Pacific National Grain Group. Its only use following the Wycheproof tour, was to make a one-day appearance on the Sunday of the Open Days, solo, or making an ‘R - S’ combination, with R761, after which it was on display with S313, then doing a couple of ‘double S’ runs, before going back on display on the Fresh from overhaul R711 is being tested in steam on turntable, it being an interesting addition to the 4th March [Pic – Nick Archer] many display items during the Open Weekend. It may make another appearance on the Bendigo D3639/658 - A defective smoke tube was found and Easter Fair trip, as steam locomotion is still a replaced prior to the open weekend. The loco ran problem due to fire bans and water shortages. well over the weekend. Some grates are to be We anticipate it could return to service with Pacific replaced and some minor ashpan repairs made National some time after Easter. prior to its first mainline use for the year. S313 – Operational at Newport. It was suspected A2986 - The superheater elements are being fitted that there was excessive wear in the drag box to the header. A repair to the cylinder borer’s housing at the cab end. Removal of the auto hydraulic feeder cylinder is being carried out and coupler and drag box on 30th March did revealed then boring will be recommenced. The cleaning significant wear that will need to be pad-welded and assessing of the rear frames and drag box is prior to its next operation. moving along. Some of the regular workers on the B72 - Restoration continues. Various ongoing works A2 have been lending a hand on finishing R711 and are in progress and continue as time and resources K153, as well as helping with loco preparation and permit. The main areas of attention are, the cleaning for the open weekend. radiator roof panel section; installation of the Lastly a big thankyou to all the loco mechanical compressor and alignment of same; the auxiliary people for the big effort put in for the open generator is to be fitted; the engine water pressure weekend, including some of our current and retired tested prior to fitment of exhaust stacks; completion main line drivers. The regular swapping of locos and of piping connections from the engine to plumbing different combinations on the demonstration goods stack. train, proved very popular and will be done at the Note - All operational locos will be made available next open weekend. Thankyou to the 707 group for for hire to Pacific National as demand and lighting up there engine also. The carriage lifting availability warrants. demonstration also proved popular. [WH] [SB] Steamrail News April 2007 Page 4 Carriage Department initial acquisition of the Hitachi cars (including the donation of a number of vehicles) and also for Manager: Brian Brand assisting with spare parts. 2 I.C.: Rodger Goodwin Whilst on the topic of Hitachi spare parts, a belated Work Coordinator: Warren Dunn thank you is extended to Bill Scott for donating Hitachi advertising signs, maps and display boxes, 61BW - this car’s repaint is progressing very well. The and also to David Small for delivering these spare whole car is in good condition mainly due to the parts to Newport. undercover storage when not in use. The final coats are now being applied. As planned it has been a very quick overhaul/repaint. 292PCP – The end doorway buffing plate installation and associated body repairs by Bill and Bob are continuing. 1BCE and 38BE – The roofing on both of these cars is being given its two yearly maintenance overhaul while operating times are quiet. Other minor interior repairs are also being carried out. [WD] ELECRAIL DIVISION REPORT Manager: Kevin Clark OPEN WEEKEND - Along with other parts of Steamrail, the Elecrail Division was involved with the Steamrail Open Weekend. Vehicles on display outside were 137M, Tait cars 230D and 470M, L1162, and Hitachi car 80M (which housed a photographic display). 107M also had its front poking out of the workshop building. Visitors were able to inspect progress on 12BT and 341T inside the workshops. Elecrail volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to show visitors around and 137M on show, 12th March [Pic - Rob James] demonstrate the high standard of restoration work. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out over the weekend. Donations were received over the CLEANING/OTHER WORK ON HITACHIS - 80M (one of weekend from two of our more regular donors. A the two remaining Elecrail “owned” Hitachi cars) big thanks to "Wally" and "David" for their continued received a thorough clean in preparation for the support. Special thanks are also expressed to Rod open weekend. Thanks are expressed to Simon Oath, David Collard, Rod Pedthrick, Peter Swind, McArdle, Rod Nugent, Michael Coley, Jason John Strachan and the EDI Shunters for their Holmes, Peter Foun, Raymond Hammer and assistance with shunting and equipment loans in Andrew Hammer for assistance with the clean up. respect of the open weekend in addition to 80M had been badly graffitied prior to the clean assistance with the testing of L1162. up. Also in preparation for the open weekend, 80M SALE OF HITACHI CARS - Six of Elecrail's eight Hitachi had its number repainted on one side of the car. cars were recently sold to Rolling Stock Holdings Thanks to the "Boss Man" at On Time Coating for (Victoria) Pty Ltd to enable an additional Hitachi set doing this. Thanks also to David Williams for recently to be returned to regular traffic. The sale was reinstating couplers in Hitachis 80M and 22M and to conditional upon the vehicles being returned to John Horne for reinstating the observation window. Elecrail upon their withdrawal from service. The sale PLATE FRAME BOGIES - The pair of plate frame demonstrates our commitment to working co- bogies overhauled by Jim Beggs (and his support operatively with Government. A big thank you is group) were recently tested under high voltage expressed to John Horne for assistance with the (1500v) at the garden platform by a qualified driver. Steamrail News April 2007 Page 5 The bogies (under 137M) only went a short distance The 2006 AGM was at last concluded on 17th but it was reassuring to see that they actually March, and the completed accounts for 2005 worked after considerable effort and expense. Well were adopted. Thankyou to all the members done once again to Jim for running this important who took the time to attended the meeting. project. 12BT - Kevin Clark has progressively been reinstating The barbeque lunch preceding the meeting fittings in two compartments. This includes mirrors, was also well attended. varnished panels, seats and leather (vinyl) pads in the doors. Extensive work on the guttering on one side of the car has also been completed. The work WATER FOR STEAM OPERATIONS to date looks fantastic. There is still plenty of work to By Graham Lewis go though. No more holidays for Kevin till this car is As a result of the current severe drought, supplies of finished! water suitable for use in the recreational operation 470M - Body work on this car is now "virtually of steam-hauled heritage trains in metropolitan complete". Seats and fittings have been reinstated, Melbourne, as well as in country Victoria, are under new lino has been installed and touch up paintwork direct threat. The situation seems sure to get worse has now been completed. Well done to all those long before there is any chance of it getting better who have worked on this car. The finishing touches through natural means (i.e. from sustained and to this car should be completed in the coming widespread heavy rain). weeks. Following discussion, the Members’ Information 341T - With work virtually completed on 470M, Tait meeting on17th March resolved as follows: - train effort has been diverted to 341T. Alex “That a working party, to be known as the “Water McLennan and Graham Thomas have done much Acquisition and Storage Working Group”, be of the work on this car to date, including repairs to established to examine and advise on all aspects of window frames, panel restoration and repairs to availability, acquisition and storage of water in sticking doors. support of steam locomotive operation by G.E. PANTOGRAPHS & E1109 RESTORATION - Work is Steamrail Victoria.” continuing on the overhaul of two GE pantographs “That an appeal, to be known as the “Water Pump for use on the E class. Jim Beggs has been Appeal”, be set up to purchase a water pump or replacing bolts (lots of them) whilst Dene Rutledge pumps and associated hardware and fittings to has been removing rust. Richard Wolter has "proper enable transfer of water to and from steam promised" that he'll get back on to the E class very locomotives from mobile and stationary tanks.” soon. We need you Richard! [SBr] Ken Dunning has obtained a quote for supply of recycled water delivered to Newport and a detailed analysis of the content of the water. The Board Nominations analysis is now with Warren Hall for evaluation for In accordance with Rule 8.(3), nominations are now use in our boilers. The water pump appeal is up open for five positions on the Steamrail Victoria and running with substantial donations already in Incorporated Board of Management. hand. Any honorary life or currently financial ordinary member may nominate in writing any other such member (including retiring members of the Board). The nominator and the nominee must sign the nomination. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies an election will be held. Nominations are to be sent to The Secretary, PO Box 125 Newport 3015. Nominations close on Wednesday 23rd May at 4PM. By the same date candidates may lodge a policy statement of not more than 200 words to be distributed to the members if an election is required. Please clearly write the names & membership numbers of the candidate and nominator on the nomination. Steamrail’s bogie water tank wagon is lead by D3658 Cathie Sergeant, Secretary & K190, 12th March [Pic - Rob James] Steamrail News April 2007 Page 6 Steamrail personnel List UPCOMING EVENTS Board Members and their Responsibilities May Ken Dunning Chairman, Sales & Operations Sunday 13th “Steamrail and Sail” Manager Mothers’ Day Special Cathie Sergeant Secretary & Marketing Mgr. Graeme Harrison Treasurer & Train Officers Mgr. Saturday 19th The “Maldon Experience” Graeme Henneberry Steam Locomotives Manager & [R Class] Overhead cranes. Warren Dunn Carriage Workshop Coordinator June & Key Register 9th, 10th and 11th Queen's Birthday Echuca Roy Donaldson Steamrail News Weekender John Burch Workshop Equipment Chris Anderson Diesel Locos [Board Rep.] Sunday 10th Echuca Steam Rally day Ken Walker tour Kevin Walter Other Key Positions Held by Non Board Members Sunday 24th Suburban Mystery tour Steven Ford, Rolling Stock Manager & Web Site coordinator July Warren Hall Fitter in Charge Sunday 8th Glen Waverley Steam Steve Bucton Diesel Locomotive Manager Shuttles [2 x K class] Brian Brand Carriage Manager Rodger Goodwin, Carriage Painting coordinator Kevin Nelson, Carriage Plumbing Friday 13th School Holiday Geelong Kevin Clark Elecrail Manager Flyer Jeremy Phelan, A2986 project coordinator. Stuart Thyer Infrastructure Manager, Sunday 15th Caulfield & Essendon Accreditation Mgr.& Filmings Steam shuttles Dennis Clarke Membership Officer Roger Westlake Tour Booking Officer For more information on the above go to Bruce Hester, Mail-out coordinator www.steamrail.com or ring Steamrail during Graham Lewis, Volunteer Inductions office hours on 9397 1953 Some photos of the Open Weekend [by Les Coulton] The following people contributed to this issue of Steamrail News; Scott Bray[SBr], Steve Bucton[SB], Roy Donaldson[RD], Warren Dunn[WD], Warren Hall[WH], Cathie Sergeant[CS] and Stuart Thyer[ST].
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