Bellarine Railway 'Steam up M6' queries

 
  ryleyrail Station Master

I was browsing around the Bellarine Railway webpage recently, and came across a tab (under 'Book Here' and then 'Donate' page) titled 'Steam up M6'. Im am curious as to what the current state of M6 is, and whether this is a short or long term project for the BR? Also, if anyone knows, the current state of the T class?

(Apologies if this is the wrong place to post such a question, as I am relatively new to this community)

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  Peter-Hem Locomotive Driver

Location: Tassie
This is what she looked like when I was there a few years ago. Suffice as to say she needs some work.

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  ryleyrail Station Master

Thanks for that one, Peter.
Would it be in better or worse condition than G33 was when they started work?
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
if anyone knows, the current state of the T class?
ryleyrail
I have no idea about the current state of T251, but when I was at Queenscliff in 2010 it was in steam and looked immaculate.



  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
I was browsing around the Bellarine Railway webpage recently, and came across a tab (under 'Book Here' and then 'Donate' page) titled 'Steam up M6'. Im am curious as to what the current state of M6 is, and whether this is a short or long term project for the BR? Also, if anyone knows, the current state of the T class?

(Apologies if this is the wrong place to post such a question, as I am relatively new to this community)
ryleyrail
From what I've seen recently, the Garratt (G33) is a higher restoration priority than M6. T251 is/was getting boiler work done to it apparently, I don't know anything more than that.
  ryleyrail Station Master

I was browsing around the Bellarine Railway webpage recently, and came across a tab (under 'Book Here' and then 'Donate' page) titled 'Steam up M6'. Im am curious as to what the current state of M6 is, and whether this is a short or long term project for the BR? Also, if anyone knows, the current state of the T class?

(Apologies if this is the wrong place to post such a question, as I am relatively new to this community)
From what I've seen recently, the Garratt (G33) is a higher restoration priority than M6. T251 is/was getting boiler work done to it apparently, I don't know anything more than that.
LancedDendrite
Thanks very much for that information. Things seem to be going well within the workshops.

Is there even enough room for a loco of G33s size at the Geelong end of Drysdale station (For running around etc.)

They managed the T and Poz at one of the rail runs in one go, as far is I recall. Could be wrong.
  Tropic Blunder Beginner

At this stage the T class is number one priority restoration wise (and its getting there!) most of the patches have been welded into the firebox so once thats all finished after some mechanical work it'll go back together hopefully before the start of next year. G33 has had little to no progress due to all of our efforts being focused on the T, Poz, Klondyke and number 11

M class should be the next to go once all thats done as a backup for the T on the blues train, needs boiler work, smokebox, tender tank the list goes on and on... Hopefully in a year or two though you should see it on the head end of some tassie steel cars again!
  ryleyrail Station Master

At this stage the T class is number one priority restoration wise (and its getting there!) most of the patches have been welded into the firebox so once thats all finished after some mechanical work it'll go back together hopefully before the start of next year. G33 has had little to no progress due to all of our efforts being focused on the T, Poz, Klondyke and number 11

M class should be the next to go once all thats done as a backup for the T on the blues train, needs boiler work, smokebox, tender tank the list goes on and on... Hopefully in a year or two though you should see it on the head end of some tassie steel cars again!
Tropic Blunder
Thank you very much, Tropic Blunder, that is a very informative post and has answered many of my questions.
  Tropic Blunder Beginner

At this stage the T class is number one priority restoration wise (and its getting there!) most of the patches have been welded into the firebox so once thats all finished after some mechanical work it'll go back together hopefully before the start of next year. G33 has had little to no progress due to all of our efforts being focused on the T, Poz, Klondyke and number 11

M class should be the next to go once all thats done as a backup for the T on the blues train, needs boiler work, smokebox, tender tank the list goes on and on... Hopefully in a year or two though you should see it on the head end of some tassie steel cars again!
Thank you very much, Tropic Blunder, that is a very informative post and has answered many of my questions.
ryleyrail
No worries mate, any other questions feel free to ask and ill do my best to answer Smile
  ryleyrail Station Master

At this stage the T class is number one priority restoration wise (and its getting there!) most of the patches have been welded into the firebox so once thats all finished after some mechanical work it'll go back together hopefully before the start of next year. G33 has had little to no progress due to all of our efforts being focused on the T, Poz, Klondyke and number 11

M class should be the next to go once all thats done as a backup for the T on the blues train, needs boiler work, smokebox, tender tank the list goes on and on... Hopefully in a year or two though you should see it on the head end of some tassie steel cars again!
Thank you very much, Tropic Blunder, that is a very informative post and has answered many of my questions.
No worries mate, any other questions feel free to ask and ill do my best to answer Smile
Tropic Blunder
Should be heading down for (yet another!) 'quick' look in the coming days, as I have been doing since I was a toddler. Surely will gather some questions after that....

~Ah the memories, racing No 4 down the Drysdale platform, falling asleep on my very first journey (behind Klondyke). Cant wait for another No 4/Green Klondyke double header in the (I assume) very distant future.
  ryleyrail Station Master

Okay, got got down for a look today. Sky kept clear and Pozieres rolled in, which I wasn't expecting, so that was a win-win. Anyway, a few observations I made...

-Modern signal in place of the semaphore at lakers (Why, and are all being replaced?)

-Blue and silver steel body carriages (Painted similarly to 1604? Are these for blues train duties?)

-Turntable(s) (Are the locos being turned on each Drysdale service yet?)

So many thanks in advance for any answers. Smile
  ryleyrail Station Master

Also, is mannerim going to return to being a crossing point or will it remain as-is?
  chriss Train Controller

Okay, got got down for a look today. Sky kept clear and Pozieres rolled in, which I wasn't expecting, so that was a win-win. Anyway, a few observations I made...

-Modern signal in place of the semaphore at lakers (Why, and are all being replaced?)

-Blue and silver steel body carriages (Painted similarly to 1604? Are these for blues train duties?)

-Turntable(s) (Are the locos being turned on each Drysdale service yet?)

So many thanks in advance for any answers. Smile
ryleyrail
Let me try and answer some questions for you

The signal at lakers is connected in to the flashing lights at Portarlington rd. That is why it is a light signal. That was installed back in about 2004.

Blue and silver carriages are ex QR cars that are privately owned and will be operating the Q train. They are not for use on the Blues Train

The only turntable that is in use is the Queenscliff one. The Drysdale one is not currently serviceable Locos are turned from time to time for maintenance purposes in the new shed. Also changes it up for the crews running the loco the other way.

Manerium will bee one day turned in to a loop but at this stage it is booked out.

i hope that helps
Chriss
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Mannerim's the location of the Q-Train's siding too, if memory serves me right.
  ryleyrail Station Master

Okay, got got down for a look today. Sky kept clear and Pozieres rolled in, which I wasn't expecting, so that was a win-win. Anyway, a few observations I made...

-Modern signal in place of the semaphore at lakers (Why, and are all being replaced?)

-Blue and silver steel body carriages (Painted similarly to 1604? Are these for blues train duties?)

-Turntable(s) (Are the locos being turned on each Drysdale service yet?)

So many thanks in advance for any answers. Smile
Let me try and answer some questions for you

The signal at lakers is connected in to the flashing lights at Portarlington rd. That is why it is a light signal. That was installed back in about 2004.

Blue and silver carriages are ex QR cars that are privately owned and will be operating the Q train. They are not for use on the Blues Train

The only turntable that is in use is the Queenscliff one. The Drysdale one is not currently serviceable Locos are turned from time to time for maintenance purposes in the new shed. Also changes it up for the crews running the loco the other way.

Manerium will bee one day turned in to a loop but at this stage it is booked out.

i hope that helps
Chriss
chriss
Very helpful, guess i havent been very observant at all, in the case of the Lakers light signal.
  ryleyrail Station Master

Mannerim's the location of the Q-Train's siding too, if memory serves me right.
LancedDendrite
By siding you mean dead end storage, and then the train will be transfered empty to Drysdale?

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