The latest update on the NSW heritage website is from June.
Apparently Flu season is now a cause of the delays.
Current status For more information on this project see the NSWRTM's site http://www.3801.com.au
June 2013 Rectification work is continuing in Deutsche Bahn’s (DB) Meiningen workshop on the 3801 boiler rectification process and stay welding. RailCorp’s engineer’s representative is scheduled to visit in July to confirm that the barrel and stay welding is continuing to be undertaken in accordance with the design and welding procedures; that they have been mounted correctly in preparation for final welding; that the boiler remains the correct dimensions and all work will be acceptable for Australian WorkCover certified boiler inspectors. A further and final visit will be to witness the hydrostatic testing.
The project is currently on schedule for the boiler to return to Australia in 2013, and the locomotive to return to service in late 2014.
March 2013 Deutsche Bahn (DB) has advised RailCorp of a milestone in the 3801 boiler rectification process with delivery of the conical boiler courses from its German subcontractor to its Meiningen workshop. While DB has reported some recent delay due to the impact of a seasonal flu epidemic, work on the stays is continuing.
January 2013 Boiler rectification work is continuing in Germany.
DB is having a new tapered boiler barrel manufactured.
RailCorp is closely monitoring rectification progress with DB through regular communication and periodic inspections. The process of ensuring the new boiler barrel meets the required technical standards has taken longer than originally expected and the boiler is now expected to return to Australia by the end of 2013.
Meantime, at Chullora in Sydney, the volunteer team managed by the NSW Rail Transport Museum (the custodian and operator) is continuing an extensive mechanical overhaul.
When the boiler arrives from Germany NSW Rail Transport Museum will then fit it into its frame, fit a digital radio and painting the locomotive before passenger operations