Some good news from Collie. (Warning: Image Heavy)

 
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Well I'm down at Collie for the weekend, and upon entering town I was suprised to see this greet me!



















If the photo's are broken here is the link to the album. http://imgur.com/a/RtTmI#0

Also Polly was missing from her location infront of the visitors center. Does anyone have more information on this?

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  andrew1996 Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
What on Earth is the world coming to?!
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
The following photos were taken 26th March 2013.

Looks like they've painted everything on the loco, rods, valves, oiling boxes, lighting, ...everything, apart from the Fs dome which is masked.

I guess it keeps the rot and rust down to a minimum, but if you look at the last pic, some body builders putty and steel patch work wouldn't go astray....


Fs452 - March 26th 2013






W943 - March 26th 2013





V1215 and W943 - March 26th 2013







V1215 and W943 - from North side of the line - March 26th 2013

  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Incidentally quick question....the rails these locos sit on...

Was this ever part of the yard or were these placed specifically to display these locomotives?
  andrew1996 Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
Incidentally quick question....the rails these locos sit on...

Was this ever part of the yard or were these placed specifically to display these locomotives?
burt007
If you look at the quality of some of that track, I would seriously hope that wasn't part of the yard.
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Incidentally quick question....the rails these locos sit on...

Was this ever part of the yard or were these placed specifically to display these locomotives?
burt007

I think the locos are sitting a bit higher than the yard itself, suggesting it is not part of the yard. I too noticed their repainting the other week, but the colour is off isnt it? Larch Green was the correct one from memory? a darker green?
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

I think the locos are sitting a bit higher than the yard itself, suggesting it is not part of the yard. I too noticed their repainting the other week, but the colour is off isnt it? Larch Green was the correct one from memory? a darker green?

using the "V" as a position point the only tracks that were in the vicinity between the V and the main line were the Griffin Branch that served the Griffin , Wyvern and Phoenix deep mines plus two water loading sidings.
DBclass
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Certainly an improvement from when Chris Melling took his pic to when I took mine.

I'll repeat this post to reserect the "Then and Now" thread.....


  tuckerbox Junior Train Controller

Location: Collie
The Tracks were laid specifically to park the Locos in there. Apparently there was some argument at the time about painting the Loco Wheels White.
As far as I remember the only Loco to have white Wheels was the first delivered V C lass.
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

If you look at the quality of some of that track, I would seriously hope that wasn't part of the yard.

Andrew the track in the Collie Station yards was not all that flash, especially in the winter when the sleepers were pumping nearly as much water as the mine pumps. Maintenance was minimum due to the new West Collie complex coming on stream
andrew1996
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
W948 looking much better today with red buffers painted.


  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
All three locomotives.....




Just wish someone would straighten the V's headlamp...!
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Fs452.... 23/4/2013



  WAGR Chief Commissioner

W948 looking much better today with red buffers painted.


Today the "W" looks different again as the boiler bands have had Yellow pin striping added. Polly is now back on site after paying a visit to a local engineering works for a sand blast and jet black gloss paint job looks good. The overhead foot bridge over the old Collie Station Yard is nearing erection completion. This foot bridge was completely removed from site to a local engineering company for sandblasting and protective coatings along with new decking timbers, looks good. as kids the dare was to jump off the bridge into an open wagon full of wheat. Geez it made you itchy


burt007
  dw54 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Devonport, Tas
I think the locos are sitting a bit higher than the yard itself, suggesting it is not part of the yard. I too noticed their repainting the other week, but the colour is off isnt it? Larch Green was the correct one from memory? a darker green?
DBclass
Yes, much darker. Larch Green was the colour of MTT buses. As I'm colour-blind, I'm not much use to you, but I think the railway green was a bit less reddy/browny than the "Larch Green" of the buses.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
WAGR
I'll be down that way again this Friday so I'll get some up to date pics and post here.
cheers
Brett
  andrew1996 Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
Yes, much darker. Larch Green was the colour of MTT buses. As I'm colour-blind, I'm not much use to you, but I think the railway green was a bit less reddy/browny than the "Larch Green" of the buses.
dw54
The WAGR green WAS larch green.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Was back down in Collie this week and couldn't resist a closer look and walk around the static loco's there....



On closer inspection of the W, I couldn't help notice just how many components on this locomotive are from other W class's.

W932 was stamped on the ends of two of the main driving wheel axles, with many other parts stamped as below..... with the cab Number Plate being "946". 943 was the most common number.....




During light-up and oiling HVTR's W920's running gear last year, I noticed that most of her rods etc are indeed stamped "920", making her more "original", yet W943 seems to be a real varied collection of parts from her sisters!

Yeah I guess it's still Grandpa's Axe regardless! lol.Smile
  Bryan Locomotive Driver

Location: Delray Beach, FL (USA) - Ex Busselton, W.A.
Yup, at this stage, we should just be glad that there are part, regardless of their origin.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
Yup, at this stage, we should just be glad that there are part, regardless of their origin.
Bryan

For sure...and swapping parts between locomotives in the works to get units back out working was the way things were done, and probably are still done today.

I was just curious to the number of major parts that are from other units that are on this W.
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
who were the busy beavers?Busy steam depot in a past life
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
who were the busy beavers? Busy steam depot in a past life
jayrail

Busy beavers? Always have time on a work trip for a little steam locomotive inspecting Smile

It would be nice to see these 3 locomotives on display in the Collie roundhouse out of the weather.
Would possibly make a good museum?
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
The old round house good site ,have  pics of some years ago, one had on firebox door" please Save Me" How poignant!
Still have a pic of W920 under coalstage ,hoping HVR boys would rescue it; funny ,they did too!
Roundhouse a great hunting site in archaeological material.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

It's very unlikely the roundhouse will ever be touched for preservation purposes as from what I know the sheeting is all asbestos, and the fact that it is on Aurizon land. However there are two vans (ZJ's maybe?) in there currently and have been forever.
  burt007 Chief Train Controller

Location: On the Road Somewhere...
It's very unlikely the roundhouse will ever be touched for preservation purposes as from what I know the sheeting is all asbestos, and the fact that it is on Aurizon land. However there are two vans (ZJ's maybe?) in there currently and have been forever.
Radzaarty

Shame....

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