K160 Workshop Update 8/6/2020

Since our last update, works on K160 have been progressing at a good pace!

Some of the works have included;

– The Drag Box top plate being removed which revealed heavily corroded C channels all requiring replacement. With the top plate removed, we inspected the bottom plate and found it to be in good condition where it can remain in place.

-The new Main Internal Steam Pipe and J Pipe have arrived at Newport ready for installation as well as the driving wheel axle boxes ready for measuring and re-metalling.
-Works continued on all of K160’s number plates with the first coat of black being applied.

– The rivet heads on the C Channels have been ground off and now need to be punched out.
-The remaining ash pan studs have been drilled out and removed awaiting the newly machined studs to be fitted.
-Mounting studs on the boiler have been removed for replacement. Some of which include the Superheater header studs, safety valve studs, regulator stuffing box studs, shaker mount studs and the butterfly door studs.
-The driving wheels are continuing to be wire wheeled and needle gunned prior to paitning
– The remainder on the paint on the cab has been needle gunned and wire wheeled. This allowed us to prime the inside of the cab, and paint the Cumberland Stone top coat. With this completed, the wiring conduits can be refitted and wiring loom roughed in ready to be dropped into the loco at a later date.
-Commencing the overhaul of the Turbo Generator
-The mechanical lubricator has returned from Maldon and received a paint job and will very shortly be refitted to the running board.
-The pony truck axle boxes have been removed, which have revealed a few damages, but nothing too major.
-Cab mirror brackets made up ready to be welded to the cab
-Drivers side injector refitted

We are always looking for more donations to keep this project rolling and progressing quickly, if you have anything to spare, please donate!!
We estimate another $75-80k is required to get K160 back to her former glory.

Click the link below to donate:


Working bees are also held each Saturday and most weekdays/nights.
Contact: yvg@vgr.com.au or mechanical@vgr.com.au if you’re interested in helping out.

K160 Workshop Update 21/4/2020

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
-Frames painted
-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- yvg@vgr.com.au)

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.

Steaming ahead – K160 style

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.