To me there is a heck of a lot of information regarding 3801 that is very much in wonderment or wonderland stage. The boiler issue aside, what I do not understand is why the rest of the loco has been sent to Chullora for work to be carried out on it, making the whole assembly process ready for when the boiler arrived.
Reports then came following the blitz disaster that the oppurtunity now existed to do a more extensive overhaul on the remaining locomotive, reasoning that when the boiler arrives & fitted the denisons of NSW would in actuality have a brand new locomotive after all the work was carried out on it.
For me I firstly do not understand why the need for the work to be carried out at Chullora, & why the LES was ignored as being an overhaul location, especially once the future of the LES had been resolved for the benefit of heritage rail overall. An ideal opportunity missed to have the LES brought up to scratch & make it into a maintenance centre, closer to Sydney & being able to avail more older & experienced workers who are able to use the convenience of trains to Redfern.
In regard to 3830. The restoration of it was (again from my understanding which may well be wrong,, & likely to be so) carried out at the Hunter Valley centre at East Greta? The restoration was a full one based upon the old NSWGR Heavy Overhaul at minimum, the inclusion of through Main Reservoir hoses & 3 & 4 air pipes also were included. The charter was for it to be restored into the same standard as it was when originally built, the reasoning behind the riveted tender rather than a welded type.
Once back in operation, the ongoing operational maintenance was carried out at the LES, which from all accounts was well done, then the news that it had to have another full overhaul & carried out this time by the owners, Powerhouse museum, then it came out that the time needed would not allow her to return to operation inside the usual summer steam shutdown period but would be finished for the following steam season.
So, when did 3830 return to service after the initial restoration? How many years, & for that matter how much work did it actually perform before returning to Rookwood, or some other cemetry where it appears it will remain in a skeletal position.
What saddens me is the amount of money that has been spent on these two locomotives, & there certainly has been no value for money to come out of them. At least that's my thoughts behind the debacles.