This past week or so Mick and the workshop team have been back on Steam duty while the YVG continues with work on the Y class.
K190 was due to do some filming work this week and the Smoke Deflectors were considered surplus to requirements so they had to come off. Easy right? Have you ever tried lifting one of those “Elephant’s ears”? Your blogger has been involved in fitting them in the past and it is a big job requiring a crane (or a handy Hi-Rail excavator in our case) and many hands to position and hold it while bolts are positioned and tightened. A big job at any time let alone on a windy Maldon day! With filming done the “ears” were back on by Tuesday in time for the K to run the regular service on Wednesday with a big train behind her.
Then it was on to J549 which is due it’s annual Safety Accreditation Inspection this week and in amongst all of that work continues on K160’s Ashpan which we will cover next time with any luck.
As we said last week the workshop gang are also required to work on Y133 when the going gets tough and recently they were pressed into action to deal with some rust uncovered at the bottom of the Cab on the observer’s side. But why just do a patch up when you can cut out the section and replace it! Luckily Mick is a dab hand at the cut and shut, here he has removed the affected section and is preparing it to take the new piece of steel. It really pays to have talented (and qualified) staff on hand for this kind of work, if not done properly the problem would come back in a few years.
Meanwhile work continued over the past few weeks on sanding back the old paint and prepping for the new. First inside the shed and then outside in the sun when the shed was commandeered for another job.
They say you can hide a multitude of sins under a coat of jam and a couple of interesting things have cropped up over the past couple of weeks when the paint has been stripped back. Firstly we see a couple of different Yellows clearly applied at different times in the loco’s life. Fletcher takes up the story “The small patch of yellow is the original “Gold” type colour, it would’ve been the yellow it carried when it was brand new. The “newer” yellow was a later colour, probably applied by SRHC when they painted it in the late 80’s/ early 90’s? Not really sure on a date. But, when we put colour on 133 we are using the original yellow!! “…
…and here we see a clearly defined Oval shape emerging from the bog, rust and old paint. Fletcher explains that this is the marking of the original Clyde Engineering builders plate. Personally I don’t think that someone as young as Fletch could possible know such a thing, maybe one of the old hands tipped him off!
The work being done by the Young Volunteers Group with help from Mick and the workshop team is really starting to take shape. This shot was taken last week after another days hard graft. And on Monday this week one of our volunteers snapped her on a Driver Experience running the return Down leg back to Maldon on a lovely Winters day in Central Victoria. I don’t know what our “driver for a day” thought when he saw the state of the loco but little did he know that he was part of history! Remember folks you too can drive a train on the VGR, check out the Driver Experience page on the website http://www.vgr.com.au
Well that’s about all for this post, tune in next time when we hope to have a riveting update on K160’s ash pan and more Y class action plus any other items of interest from inside the shed. Thanks to Fletcher for most of the pics used in this post, keep up the good work guys!