Cohuna Wildlife Park

 
  bigboy4000 Beginner

Hello to you all, I have just joined and was just reading about the Cohunu Queen being brought back into service. It is good to hear that the loco has been restored and is being used again. Spent many a hour at her throttle when she first came up to the park. She always was a good loco and was powerful enough to climb the grades with a decent load on. Spent over 10 years driving her till i went to Hotham Valley and started on my steam tickets firing and driving the G and the W class locos. I was so impressed with the queen i am building an steam loco the same design but being 2-8-2 instead. The one thing you always had to  do  when driving on the old line was actually drive, as the grades would stop you dead if you weren't on the ball. You couldnt just open the throttle and sit back, you had to know the track and know when you had to put the power on to get up the hill. Good days, i enjoyed them all.

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  d1565 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Perth
I would have loved the chance to take steam around the old track, unfortunately, i missed out.. Sad

Your project engine will be impressive as a 2-8-2... very NG15 ish in appearance too.. how far along are you??

Hello to you all, I have just joined and was just reading about the Cohunu Queen being brought back into service. It is good to hear that the loco has been restored and is being used again. Spent many a hour at her throttle when she first came up to the park. She always was a good loco and was powerful enough to climb the grades with a decent load on. Spent over 10 years driving her till i went to Hotham Valley and started on my steam tickets firing and driving the G and the W class locos. I was so impressed with the queen i am building an steam loco the same design but being 2-8-2 instead. The one thing you always had to do when driving on the old line was actually drive, as the grades would stop you dead if you weren't on the ball. You couldnt just open the throttle and sit back, you had to know the track and know when you had to put the power on to get up the hill. Good days, i enjoyed them all.
"bigboy4000"
  bigboy4000 Beginner

Sorry i havent been on in a while. I have a wheeled frame at the moment, and have made other bits and pieces as time allows. Yes the loco will be based on the queen, but i will have a few more things on  mine. I have a steam water pump and a air steam pump to put on. I am looking for a working steam turbo at the moment. Have sourced a 3 chime whistle which will be the ducks nuts i hope and have made a bell to suit. Have bought alot of other items such as safety valves, throttle valve with improved sealing seats, injectors, manifold valves, blow down valves etc. Have just tried to improve on what the Queen had. Just need the time and money to continue on. Will get there one day.

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