Former South Spur narrow guage loco scrapping

 
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
I drove past South Spur's old yard today to take a few photos of the old silo there before it is demolished and noticed that the narrow gauge locomotives stored there appear to be in the process of being scrapped.  One of the ZBs is already just a frame with an engine and the others are looking very forlorn with missing engine bay doors and lots of vandalism.  Its sad that none of them look like being preserved.  I thought R1902 may be sent back to where it was preserved for some years, but doesn't look like it now.

Goodbye English Electric narrow gauge in WA!

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  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

I drove past on Roe Hwy this morning at about 05.30, and saw the huge shower of sparks coming from a gas axe inside one of the units still on bogies in the yard. Looked beautiful and sad at the same time.

Cheers,

Matt
  Radzaarty Junior Train Controller

It's not goodbye forever. There are numerous WA narrow gauge EE's preserved. RA1918/KA212, F43 and G50 belong to RHWA, F40, F44 and C1701-03 belong with HVR. F41 is on display at Moora. Apart from the R class, most classes have found a spot in preservation, and it can be argued the RA is so close to an R class it is also a representation.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Drove past the locos yesterday afternoon to find the entire roof of the grain building has been demolished, with a couple of excavators inside taking it all down. I would guess not much will be left of either the locos or the building by the end of the week.
  M636C Minister for Railways

It's not goodbye forever. There are numerous WA narrow gauge EE's preserved. RA1918/KA212, F43 and G50 belong to RHWA, F40, F44 and C1701-03 belong with HVR. F41 is on display at Moora. Apart from the R class, most classes have found a spot in preservation, and it can be argued the RA is so close to an R class it is also a representation.
Radzaarty
Has somebody at Bassendean done something about getting RA 1918's bogies back?

Last I heard they were in the compound at Bellevue under "RA 212" (RA 1917)

Even the SG bogies from KA 212 would fit...

RHWA have received rather too many locomotives without bogies, A1501 and 5499, for example.

It's going to be hard enough to get bogies for 1501.
Unless the bogies from the remaining operational(?) AB are available, Queensland or Port Lincoln are the best options.
There is a spare 1450 that Queensland preservationists might spare the bogie frames from.

Back to RA1918....

I thought the SG bogies from the then KA 212 were also at Bellevue, and they'd fit.

There might be a spare set in Tasmania under a Z or ZA (If they haven't been scrapped or preserved....)


M636C
  warienga Chief Train Controller

Location: Perth
South Spur's former KA bogies are at Bassendean waiting to go under the RA/KA - they are missing some components that need to be sourced prior to this happening.

A 1501's bogies have been located at Forrestfield and purchased from Aurizon - awaiting transport and some space at Basso to drop them off the truck.

Cheers, Warienga
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
That's good news.

Still, it would have been nice to return R1902 at least to preservation with a plaque saying, "This is the locomotive that built the Mandurah Railway"  It must be one of the few locos that have been retired from service, preserved, then returned to service, retired again, then scrapped.
  warienga Chief Train Controller

Location: Perth
It must be one of the few locos that have been retired from service, preserved, then returned to service, retired again, then scrapped.
Kafoopsy
Indeed, and the lesson is there for all to see. Nothing considered preserved is safe if sold back to commercial interests.
  M636C Minister for Railways

It must be one of the few locos that have been retired from service, preserved, then returned to service, retired again, then scrapped.
Indeed, and the lesson is there for all to see. Nothing considered preserved is safe if sold back to commercial interests.
warienga
It doesn't even have to be sold.

Melbourne tramcar Z 1 was set aside for preservation when the C and D class trams arrived.

With rising traffic,