Just had a look at the photos amd to me something did not look right with the valve gear.NSW 3827,
Compare the following photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78379788@N06/17638552203/sizes/l taken on Saturday,
with this one http://www.victorianrailways.net/motive%20power/a2steam/a2steam1.html taken about 1960.
It appears the return cranks now "throw" the other way.
NSW 3827,So the question is:
It would appear from the linked photos and confirmed by the above video that something has been changed with the valve gear setup of 986. The video, especially, shows that the block is in the bottom of the expansion link when running tender first and in the top of the link when running in foregear. This is the opposite of VR practice.
You cannot turn one set of wheels around. Nothing in what I saw suggests that A2 986 was running left side leading. All three sets get changed together or none get changed. They've done the logical thing and moved the eccentric crank 90 degrees on the crankpin.1. You can have the wheelsets either way around, the only thing that makes a difference is the orientation of the square end on the driving set for the Return Crank. If you don't believe me stand on one side of a coupled wheelset with the wheels either side of you (It might not be easy to find one but a model or live steam will do) picture it rotating right leading left, then walk around the other side and picture it rotating right leading left. Remember if the Wheelset is around the other way it is also rotating the other way. Think about it. This may have been how the mistake was made.
A bit of nostalgia - reading through an old Newsrail ( June 1986 ) and on page 185 there's a photo of T356 hauling A2 986 across the Bunyip River bridge on its journey from Warragul to Steamrail's Newport depot. The tender has "STEAMRAIL" painted on its side in letters about 1 metre high.
Hopefully it will go forward in forward gear & backward in back gear this time!You made a big deal pointing that out when that occurred on all the posts here and all over YouTube Simon. Don't worry, the folks at down at the workshop certainly knew your opinion on the matter, thanks for that.
I'm just stunned that it got so far before anyone noticed.Hopefully it will go forward in forward gear & backward in back gear this time!You made a big deal pointing that out when that occurred on all the posts here and all over YouTube Simon. Don't worry, the folks at down at the workshop certainly knew your opinion on the matter, thanks for that.
It's a little old now, yawn.
Hopefully without the red buffer beam but congratulations and thanks to all concerned.Do we know if the loco is to remain in the grey or will he livery change to complete the restoration?According to several people at Steamrail it's going in all black.