Work on our workhorse, K160, has been picking up again over the last few weeks after a long break in works due to circumstances out of our control. We are also, like everyone, dealing with the restrictions placed on us due to COVID-19.
Over the past few weeks, these jobs have been completed by our workshop team at Newport Workshops:
-Frames and boiler needle gunned
-Boiler Coated in Hi Temp paint
-Main reservoir tanks cleaned & painted
-Driving wheels and pony truck assembly heavily de-greased
-Driving wheels pressure washed
-Ash pan studs heated & removed
-Boiler fittings on top of firebox removed to check and/or replace studs
-Front tube plate works
-Cab tipped up so needle gun works can commence. This will allow the cab “interior” to be painted so ICE radio wiring and lighting etc can be roughed in and fitted
-Polishing parts of the motion gear
There is a lot more in the pipeline in the coming months which include:
-Axle box measuring and sizing to allow the boxes to be re-metalled -Smokebox parts cut and replaced with new rolled plate -Smoke Deflectors being needle gunned
Still a long way to go! But we are getting there! Don’t forget you can donate to the restoration of K160 here! http://www.vgr.com.au/k160appeal.php
Working bees are occurring at least once a week to accelerate the project. You can contact Fletcher (Mobile 0405 472 971 or Email- firstname.lastname@example.org)
COVID-19: Volunteers and Staff, we ask anyone who:
-May not be feeling well or is displaying any flu-like symptoms, fever and/or shortness of breath;
-Has been overseas in the previous 14 days or;
-Has been in recent contact with any high-risk persons,
To please refrain from attending Newport Workshops until they are feeling better, or have quarantined themselves for the prescribed amount of time.
At this stage we are still able to have volunteers on site at Newport, however there will need to be restrictions put in place on enclosed areas such as the lunch room, so we would ask everyone to spread out where possible remembering the social distancing restrictions. Please contact Fletcher if you plan on coming down so we can comply with the current restrictions that are in place.