Tasmanian Preservation Happenings.

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SteveW Train Controller

Location: Hobart
I took that photo on the 10th of December.

It looked like it was its first time out in the sunshine.

Steve W
 
sam6778 Locomotive Driver

Location: Rockingham, WA
Noticed this in today's Mercury online.

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/05/23/232281_tasmania-news.html

Wonder what the chances of it actually happening, also if the TTMS could maybe get their trams accreditation to do the samething.
 
12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
There seems to be a fundamental issue that is not being addressed by the HCC (probably because they haven't a clue) in proposing their restored trams run on the rail line.......that trams run on tram rails.

So unless their trams are to be fitted with full rail profile running gear, it would not be physically feasible.

Additionally, one could question the safety implications of running trams in a railway environment (which is proposed to be still open to tourist passenger and freight, as well as the HNSR), with respect to collision protection. One just has to look at the heavy steel collision posts that had to be fitted to the wooden carriages at the TTMS, before they could get back out on the main line.

If the HCC want to run trams, they should bite the bullet and run them somewhere useful like from the North Hobart restaurant strip to Sandy Bay Beach and let the HNSR provide transport to Botanical Gardens/
 
BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Don River Railway's latest restoration by the Inveresk members.

http://www.abc.net.au/northtas/programs/northern_tasmania_drive/

http://blogs.abc.net.au/.a/6a00e0097e4e68883301538ead5fb3970b-popup
 
Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Saw that Dennis. Another job well done. Those carriages would look right at home behind a CCS.
 
K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Just came accross this image on the RailTasmania site:

http://www.railtasmania.com/photogal/showimage.php?id=608&image=true

When did ABT #1 or #3 get painted into black livery? The photo is listed as taken in December 2010.
- K160


Just found this interesting page on the ABT locomotives:

http://www.martynbane.co.uk/modernsteam/nday/wcwr/wcwr-home.html

Turns out #3 and #5 have been fitted with Lempor exhaust systems.  8)
 
i_know_nothing Train Controller




Photos of Westerway station over this weekend. Derwent Valley Railway volunteers have been working on the 100 year old station since early March, as weather permitted. The roof over the canopy on the east end was removed to replace some rotted timber over Friday and Saturday.
There is perhaps another couple of weeks worth of painting and touching up of walls to go plus some timber replacement. The roof and canopy ceiling still need to be stripped and painted. Both these jobs require some hard physical effort, especially the ceiling as this requires working overhead on a scaffold.
Estimated man hours so far is between 600 and 700 hours. A very big project. Certainly very physically demanding.
 
BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Great job guys
 
i_know_nothing Train Controller

From James's photos it is looking good. Must get up there myself and have a look
 
theesp Train Controller

So the Hotham Valley Railway are going to sell off some fo their former TGR suburban carriages.
Are any of the Tasmanian Preservation groups considering to maybe bringing some back to Tas??
 
12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
So the Hotham Valley Railway are going to sell off some fo their former TGR suburban carriages.
Are any of the Tasmanian Preservation groups considering to maybe bringing some back to Tas??
- theesp


Of course. Just a little issue of financing the transport..........

Fundraising in this state for railway preservation is pretty abysmal, so I can't see anyone being able to generate the cash to pay for the acquisition and transport, so I can't see them coming home, as much as it would be a tremendous boost for any of the state groups. More than likely they might end up at Bellarine or Zig Zag.
 
theesp Train Controller

What are they off loading and whats the wanted price(s)? Excluding transport costs etc.
 
Rowallan Junior Train Controller

Location: Cardiff South
Imagine what could be possible if the three societies pooled their resources???

The return of SSS1 would be quite an acquisition for those interested in the heritage of Tasmanian Railways.
 
siroch Locomotive Fireman

Yet there it lies, foundering on the rock of parochialism!
 
i_know_nothing Train Controller

From what I can gather, the three main organisations have never really been parochial. There are differences in the focus of each (heritage tourist versus museum preservation etc) but they have always seemed to work well together, not withstanding any mercenary business practices that may or may not have occurred in the past. Parochialism (pork barrelling?!) has always been imposed from outside the rail heritage groups. The biggest issue? No resources! Effectively cut off from their primary means of incomes. And a community generally indifferent to anything other than football and horse racing (thats a generalisation, but you know what I mean. Tasmanians don't get involved).
 
i_know_nothing Train Controller

Only the SSS is up for sale. HVTR website list for sale complete or body only (shack? shed?). May have frame corrosion issues typical of all the TGR built steel saloons? My guess is price 20 to 25k. Not particularly special apart from its capacity unless someone was prepared to gut it and refit in a more upmarket configuration. Chassis dates pre WW1. May not be viable to return to Tasmania, even if its the last carriage built by the TGR. No organisation in Tassie capable or willing to securing it anyway? QVMAG perhaps?
I personally would like to see it here.
 
Rowallan Junior Train Controller

Location: Cardiff South
Two reasons for Tasmania to acquire SSS1;

1. Last carriage built by the TGR.
2. Its one of a kind.

Now you can't have everything.
 
i_know_nothing Train Controller

Nothing stopping an individual or a private group acquiring it.
 
Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
It would be nise to see the SSS here but, how much to ship it etc. I suppose we could try to get the only surviver, last built for TGR, as a historic item. How that works, no idea.
 
tasrail - Moderator Moderator

Location: Hobart
The Tasmanian Transport Museum Society was today recognised for its preservation activities and collection though the presentation of an Engineering Heritage Marker.

The marker and interpretive panel was unveiled by the Governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Underwood and Professor Doug Hargreaves from Engineers Australia.

Ex L&WR carriage AB1 also had a rare outing when it was included in the train for the day, conveying the vice regal party as well as participants in the Engineering Heritage Australia Conference which is being held in Hobart at present

 
Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Good on TTMS. Isn't there some heritage stuff about Q5 and X1 too?
 
catd2 Station Staff

Location: Devonport
There is a small paragraph at the bottom the Railway Gazette international article for Tasrails new locomotives, that states no heritage access to the system for the short to medium term. Sorry don't know how to link.
 
DRR_Fireman Deputy Commissioner

Location: -
Few photos from recently




48DL Ruston affectionately known as "Tardis" is back in service as workshop shunter at Don. Seen here keeping an eye on M4 today.



866 at Don Junction on her first for over 12 months





1002 showing off her shiny new paint and replica builders plates




 
K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
1002 is looking great. Much better than when I saw it 10 years ago. 8)
 
grrr17 Deputy Commissioner


http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/02/07/298891_todays-news.html

Saw this article about the TTMS and the lengths scum have been going too to steal copper from them...
 

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