Overhaul of S549

 
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Seeing as no W.A preservation happenings seem to be posted in this thread, I thought I would link a blog on the overhaul of S549 so people from other states can see some of what is happening here in West Aussie.

Here is some basic info on the S class from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAGR_S_class

and here is the blog http://s549.blogspot.com.au/ (blog starts from the bottom upwards)

Hope you guys enjoy! I'll try my best to answer any questions.

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  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
Seeing as no W.A preservation happenings seem to be posted in this thread, I thought I would link a blog on the overhaul of S549 so people from other states can see some of what is happening here in West Aussie.

Here is some basic info on the S class from Wikipedia http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAGR_S_class

and here is the blog http://http://s549.blogspot.com.au/ (blog starts from the bottom upwards)

Hope you guys enjoy! I'll try my best to answer any questions.
Radzaarty

The links are broken.  Remove the first http://
In Vic we have an S class steamer stored(S547).  It is in the VERY capable hands of The Bellarine Railway.
http://bellarinerailway.com.au/locomotives
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Seeing as no W.A preservation happenings seem to be posted in this thread, I thought I would link a blog on the overhaul of S549 so people from other states can see some of what is happening here in West Aussie.

Here is some basic info on the S class from Wikipedia http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAGR_S_class

and here is the blog http://http://s549.blogspot.com.au/ (blog starts from the bottom upwards)

Hope you guys enjoy! I'll try my best to answer any questions.
Radzaarty

What is the significance of the two water capacity figures, please?

Water capacity 5,000 and 2,500 imp gal (23,000 and 11,000 L; 6,000 and 3,000 US gal)
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Thanks for the heads up QSB6

And the reason for the two capacities is some of the S's had upgraded tenders on the same frames for more water.
S547 at bellarine has the large tender whilst S549 has the small variant. Coal capacity does not vary as far as I know. Also interesting snippet both S547 and 549 have each others tenders respectively.
  Peter-Hem Locomotive Driver

Location: Tassie
S547 The Relish Express you mean>

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wandering-thylacine/15399917555/
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

S547 The Relish Express you mean>

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wandering-thylacine/15399917555/
Peter-Hem

Yes, though it is good to finally see her undercover! Last time I saw a photo she was in the open.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks for the heads up QSB6

And the reason for the two capacities is some of the S's had upgraded tenders on the same frames for more water.
S547 at bellarine has the large tender whilst S549 has the small variant. Coal capacity does not vary as far as I know. Also interesting snippet both S547 and 549 have each others tenders respectively.
Radzaarty

Thanks Radzaarty.
Something else that I have learnt. It never crossed my mind that a relatively modern and high power locomotive would only have a tender capacity of  2,500 gallons of water. Still given the designer anything is possible I suppose.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
http://s549.blogspot.com.au/ Try this link for the blog.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Unfortunately I screwed up the links
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
http://s549.blogspot.com.au/ Try this link for the blog.
K160

This is an impressive document in that it is well written and is supported by good photos.
It is a real contrast to the normal almost complete lack of information from most gunzel groups.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

This is an impressive document in that it is well written and is supported by good photos.
It is a real contrast to the normal almost complete lack of information from most gunzel groups.
YM-Mundrabilla

I'll pass on your compliments to him! He'll be happy to hear good feedback. Not only is he in charge of that, but he is the main guy in charge of the project.
  ssj Chief Train Controller

I'll pass on your compliments to him! He'll be happy to hear good feedback. Not only is he in charge of that, but he is the main guy in charge of the project.
Radzaarty

It is S542 that has 547s tender and vice versa.

542 had the larger tender when  withdrawn and WAGR wanted an original small one for it when on display at East Perth.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

It is S542 that has 547s tender and vice versa.

542 had the larger tender when withdrawn and WAGR wanted an original small one for it when on display at East Perth.
ssj

Damn, I knew that but for some reason put 549
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Hi all, just a quick update on the goings on with S 549

http://s549.blogspot.com.au/
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Hey all,

Been a while but here is an update on the happenings with S549's overhaul!

http://s549.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/24-october-2015-project-update.html
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Radzaarty.
Always good to get some realistic practical/technical information.
The dummy tubeplates and tubes seems a brilliant idea to practice on.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

The guy in charge is brilliant, he always has great ideas that benefit both the work being done and people doing it!
It certainly has been eye-opening getting to work this much with a steam loco, and learning so it hopefully does not become a lost art.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Couple of new updates on the blog, things are starting to ramp up again!

http://s549.blogspot.com.au/?m=1
  MaskedRailfan Train Controller

Couple of new updates on the blog, things are starting to ramp up again!

http://s549.blogspot.com.au/?m=1
Radzaarty
Great update. Also a great example of 'old' skills being passed on to a new generation. I really like the test bed set-up. It's simple, effective and I guess also acts as evidence of training & competence for your guys should the 'authorities' wish to know.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

I really do feel privileged to be able to learn these skills. A lot more goes on with a steam loco than most people think, and I've learned a lot along the way this year!
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Obviously some very patient and thorough work being done, and this is great to see. The teaching of these skills to the young blokes will be absolutely vital in years to come. Well done and good luck to all concerned.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

No new blog post today, just a small post.
Today we reached a big milestone, all the tubes have been expanded.
  Eastside Locomotive Fireman

Can't find updated blog. Well done by the way. Great to see a group doing things like this (I know they all do) but prepared to put it online and make it available for all to see. Keeps majority of people happy, interested and maybe just maybe more may become involved if a clear step by step process is being shown. Well done to all involved.
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Can't find updated blog. Well done by the way. Great to see a group doing things like this (I know they all do) but prepared to put it online and make it available for all to see. Keeps majority of people happy, interested and maybe just maybe more may become involved if a clear step by step process is being shown. Well done to all involved.
Eastside
If you go to the main site linked; http://s549.blogspot.com.au/
The posts are in latest first order (latest one is 12th of December 2015) There should be a new one in the next few weeks, unfortunately he is a busy man!
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

Hey all,

I spoke a bit to soon last time, here is the newest post!

http://s549.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/project-update-5-january-2016.html

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