I don't think the noise of the diesel 2000s will bother locals on the Steamranger Line, when there are properly loud steam engines thundering past as well. In comparison the 2000s will be quiet.But to most people the passing of a steam engine is wistful and romantic and reminds one of a bygone era we wish for, the passing of a Jumbo is just like living next door to a freeway.
And, at rest a steam engine is virtually silent apart from the kathump of the compressor or at worst the wine of the turbo generator, a Jumbo at idle is as noisy as one at full noise, that will pee the locals off real quick.Nearby residents need not hold too much fear, the amount of Jumbo running should be naturally restricted by the practicalities of motivating volunteers.
what time are they leaving Dry Creek tomorrowRumour I heard from a friend who saw it on Facebook is 9 am.
Nearby residents need not hold too much fear, the amount of Jumbo running should be naturally restricted by the practicalities of motivating volunteers.Just as some have an irrational obsessive hatred for Jumbos, others have an equally irrational and obsessive liking for them. It may not be that much harder than usual to find volunteers. As someone with an irrational liking* for them, I'm glad that a couple more will be with us in the future. Bluebirds would of course be nice too, let's hope for that one day!
There's no way that the Jumbo set will have a better ratio of time spent playing trains to time spent doing mundane maintenance than the more conventional DMUs already operated by Steamranger.
I wonder if the BWT Bluebirds would be a better acquisition for Steamranger in the long run? They would be much lighter on the track, less idiosyncratic and historically appropriate for running on the line to Victor Harbor.
Will these be getting a repaint at all? They'll look better in their original livery imho.I hope not.
I hope not.But at least it was only just out of date then (the livery was probably decided in about 1975-76) and nowhere near as bad as the use of orange on the DEMUs which came much later.
Any thing but the original orange. Orange was in in the 70s but passé by the time the 2000s came out.
Perhaps SHR could use their own livery, however I think repainting will be well down the list of "to dos" and filed in the round tuit bin.Unless someone decides to make a nuisance of themselves by bequeathing money to SHR for use only on repainting the 2000 set.
Is there any historical significance of 2006 & 2112? e.g they were the last in revenue service, or are they just the best condition/ easiest to give away? Don't get me wrong, I'm relieved they're being offered for preservation, and beggars can't be choosers.... (any 600, S or 720 would've been nice!) but if 2000 + 2100 aren't scrapped yet it would be good to have the class leaders?I just noticed this post.
Hopefully that's the case although the 100/250 cars were 23.85 metres long & 2.97 metres wide compared to the Jumbos 25.5 metres & 3.188 metres respectively.One test for Steamranger's Jumbo set will be to see if they can avoid hitting the platform at Port Elliot. At just over 25 metres long, it could be tight...Rhys
If the Blue Birds could get through the 2000s should.
Are the Steamranger 2000s at MtBarker yet? I had a bit of a look yesterday, and couldn't see them (although it is likely they would be in the workshops, and I didn't look there).Reported earlier they are at Goolwa Depot (left Dry Creek on 15th Jun)
Great to see a few photos on Facebook of Steamrangers Jumbos together at Goolwa depot with loco 507 & Redhen 412 close by, would almost feel like Adelaide yard in the early 80's if not for the AdMet livery.
What happened to number 2008? It was in an accident by the looks of it.
On 10/5/82 the 2006 hrs STA train from North Gawler departed Greenfields station at 2041 hrs and ran into the back of No. 806 Goods from Angaston which was standing on the main line waiting to enter the Dry Creek yard. To enter the Dry Creek Yard from the north a train must come to a halt and one of the crew has to get out and throw the switch over to allow the Goods to proceed. The STA train comprised cars 2008 and 2115 and the force of the impact caused substantial damage to both cars. Fortunately for STA only 10 passengers were on the train and most of them received minor injuries. There would certainly have been worse injuries had the train been operating in the peak hour. The brakevan 8348, was not damaged although most of the internal equipment in the van was dislodged. AN and STA crews had cleared the line by 0400 hrs the next morning. The impact derailed the railcars and when they had been rerailed they were taken to the Comeng factory at Dry Creek. The damage was sufficient to put these two cars out of traffic for some time. Trailer car 2113, casualty from the last STA-AN collision on 19/10/81, is nearing a return to traffic following the completion of repairs. Cause of the collision is unknown.
What was the deal with 2009? I know this was out of service along with 5 of the others by the early 2000s. From what I heard, it had a transmission failure, but did this justify it being effectively retired?The 2000 class railcars were expensive to run and they were slugs of things to get the speed up. Both factors resulted in them being assigned to peak hour express services with the 3000 class used as a preference. As a result, any 2000 class railcar that suffered a failure that required more than a little attention was held in the yard for spare part salvage to keep enough working sets going.
Also, why did 2006, 2112, 2103, 2104, and 2116 sit at the western end of the depot for years? Does anyone know of any further details regarding this?
Was it expensive to get these railcars back in service? Obviously not as much compared to buying new railcars. What kind of work was required?