There is no specific Australian Standard for steam locomotive boilers, there is a Australian standard for boilers and pressure vessels, the opinion its more onerous on the inspection side, but why have a standard when there are more globally accepted standards in use? I don't see boilers blowing up on a regular basis built to anything other than AS.They had previously approached me after stage #1 disaster, I declined. Easy fix -change the legislation to bring NSW into accepting global standards. That will make my job easier. Use ASME or what ever comparable standard you like. It would have opened the window to more global tenderer's when they originally tendered on the thing.Well! that's quite illuminating. There are no standards for steam locomotive boilers. Well seeing you're the qualified individual you should offer your services and fix everything.There is no Australian standard for "steam locomotive boilers" there is a standard for boilers which steam locomotive boilers come in under. There is an Australian standard for boilers and pressure vessels. Western Australia, much on those LNG plants use 100% ASME codes for boilers and pressure vessels. If we were to build something here like a LNG plant in NSW it would have to comply with an AS code. Though I'm sure the NSW legislation would be quickly changed to allow ASME codes if Chevron wanted to build something here. There have been instances of the AS codes being used as a form of protectionism by industry lobby groups within NSW who might I also ad can fabricate to TUV standard and ASME codes when it suits them (they proudly display these overseas certificates prominently on the walls of their office). They get themselves on the committee which reviews and creates these standards to suit their own particular liking. Harmonisation of comparable codes seems to be a be no no for some, they'll make the AS code little different, not too much as to increase the cost, but enough to put off anyone new. On a global scale Australia is such a small market for boilers and pressure vessels, throwing a legislative requirement of AS codes prevents overseas entrants into the marketplace unless someone wants to occur additional costs of inspection and compliance.The German boiler is SAFE to use.Every Country in the world has standards for boilers, there are ones for stationary boilers of different types, those for use in Steam locomotives have a higher standard, for safety reasons, they are not set for protectionism or some lobby groups, as they have been there basically since the railways here and every where else around the world.
Its only a peculiar legislative requirement (influenced by a industry lobby group as a form of protectionism) which prevents its use in NSW as a boiler.
The boiler passed its hydrostatic test, and has a TÜV Rheinland certificate to operate its designed pressure.
We all live on planet earth, the idiotic NSW legislation should be changed to allow comparable codes from comparable nations such as TÜV Rheinland and ASME (USA) without the onerous paperwork to get the thing compliant here in NSW Australia.
I'll add one more thing, they attempted to go global with their "tender" because it was thought at the time few here had experience with the design and fabrication of large mainline locomotive boilers. Problem is they took their tender to a global market where the experience can still be found, but those with the experience have absolutely no commercial interest (unless you want to pay extra) with our quintessential boiler and welding standards.