The work carried out on the boiler to get it back in service is a credit to the people at Goulburn, and I would say that the 01 that rolls out for its next career charge would be as good as it was when it first rolled out of Clyde workshops, at the least it should. Amen, brother! The people at Goulburn have done an excellent job and, I hope, have created some suitably embarrassed red faces among those who sent the job to Germany initially. It's an object lesson in "Buy Australian."
At my age & over the years I have seen too many businesses close down that should never have been closed, that is especially in the industrial arena and heavy manufacturing, companies that made items in multiple areas including cities and out in regional Australia. My late dad was a fitter & machinist, started as a trades in the small arms factory at Lithgow, went to the RAAF towards end of WW2 as he could be released for aircraft retraining as the way was near at an end, following his decom from the air force at Holbrook he went back to the Small arms factory, but in a move to Sydney got a job at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation at Pippita, when it was downsized he moved to a heavy machinery factory at Rydalmere and then to one that backed onto our home street in Northmead. Outside of the small arms factory and not sure it still is open all the other ones have closed, and what they made now comes from overseas. The only work available from them is for some trades companies who fix the items when the owners cannot.
We lost out on the railways where every year around 200 apprenticeships in various trades were put out, and those all came from the bush, others were taken on from the Sydney area and those from the bush had accommodation in a large dorm on the carriage works side of the rail lines, the walkway under the lines to access the LES and all the areas there was made for them, end of apprenticeship, some got jobs at various rail places or went back to their hometowns and got jobs there. The local businesses generally did not have the money to pay for apprenticeships, and rural communities missed out big time.
During my NSW railway career, I actually forget how many large industries and businesses/companies have closed down around the areas, but even after I was medically retired and went to various other locations, the amount of local businesses and factories that have closed down is incredible, some struggle on to provide smaller items for the local area but with dramatically reduced work forces. All the items all of these areas produced are now made overseas with a vast number in Asia and the reason? That's no brainer is cost and speed to get the products delivered, all or much is through cheap labour.
The Australian industry has always had problems but they were still producing with products designed for and made for the Australian market.
Thankfully for me, I see the companies like the Goulburn one as a ray of sunshine and where our governments should be looking to reinforce those businesses rather than going off shore, the new modern nice term used for our competitors. I would love to see some more of the small moves like the one that has one of our rail operators order some new locally made/put together or whatever is termed, in Newcastle become more seen in this country, sure some items have to be made overseas, but as the RP thread someone said with the cost to transport large loco's from overseas fully assembled the cost is not cheap, and the local industry could benefit from it.
Likewise heritage type areas could also be beneficiaries of it as well, rather than what we see now with the NSW government and likely other ones as well selling off so many of government owned areas to build monuments for themselves and no long term benefit in many of those areas for those who elected them. The paltry amounts they get are ridiculous.
One big one that has raised shackles in Newcastle was one that has been raised last month of the NCLE council selling a prime site in the Honeysuckle precinct or near to it for $10.00, with the real value being in the millions, there is an investigation happening as one would expect.