XA 1405 First start in 10 years

 
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

A happening from over here in Western Australia.
For the first time in ten years, Metropolitan-Vickers XA 1405 was started up. Even after being dormant for a decade she started up first time!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB5rbDnf8iM&feature=youtu.behttp://

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  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
That's fantastic! I'm sure it took a lot of work, so congrats to all concerned.

Just one question... is it suposed to sound like the 40 year old Victa mower we used to keep the growth on the back hill under control when I was a child?
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Good stuff Smile I imagine this loco is being re-activated for a purpose: what is it?
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
Not even any smoke!
I have seen smaller capacity diesel engines that have sat for far less than 10 years and smoked out the area.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Not even any smoke!
I have seen smaller capacity diesel engines that have sat for far less than 10 years and smoked out the area.
QSB6.7
No doubt the culmination of a lot of work but certainly less than spectacular.Smile
I was looking for smoke and flames.............
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

A lot of work certainly has gone in by dedicated volunteers. It's the culmination of work done when possible over a couple of months. Mind you, when she was last shut down 10 years ago she was a very operational locomotive. Also I can say she sounds a lot better in person, all I had to record with was my phone so the sound isn't brilliant. The nickname the XA's have is "Hummingbirds" they have a unique sound from a Crossley HST V8.

Currently the purpose is just to have her running for now, though hopefully more in the future.

I honestly expected a lot more smoke too! The class were renowned for being very smokey (and spitting oil everywhere) but she started up amazingly clean!

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