It’s time to give you a bit of an update on our coal fired steam locomotive K160 which, as you know is undergoing a major overhaul at the Victorian Railways Newport workshops. With restoration of this locomotive now back in full swing a dedicated team of VGR volunteers have been putting a lot of effort in to getting this locomotive ready to “piece the jigsaw back together”.
There were a number of main reasons why the locomotive needed to go to Newport for its overhaul and one of these was so the loco could be lifted off its wheels, this was to enable the axle boxes to be re-metalled. The lifting process was successfully completed at the end of September after a number of working days to strip all relevant components to prepare for this task. Whilst the frame is off its wheels, we are taking the time to undertake any repairs required whilst access is easy – this includes giving the frame a full strip down and extensive drag box repairs as well.
The photos below show K160’s frames now up on stands and it’s axle boxes have now been delivered to Maldon for their overhaul and re-metalling.
The next significant step for K160’s restoration will be the Steamrail Open Weekend in March of 2020 where K160 will be on display for all to see. We welcome you to come along to the open days and see first-hand all the work that has been undertaken on K160 so far. She will look quite different by then compared to how she does right now.
The team will be having a bit of a break over Christmas but will be straight back into it in 2020 and we look forward to sharing all our progress through more regular updates with you as we return the VGR’s loco back to active traffic.
From the whole K160 team we wish you a very Merry Christmas.