National Railway Museum

 
  mars Chief Commissioner

Location: Rail SA

No. 3

No. 7

No.7 and train passing the goods shed

Bub in the workshops

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  Hairyman Chief Train Controller

Location: Corowa, NSW, Australia
ok does the driver sit inside the loco and what is the gauge?
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
It is a nice liitle setup there, do the locos change much in between the Museum and the Semaphore railway?
  mars Chief Commissioner

Location: Rail SA
To my knowledge, the locomotives rotate from semaphore to the NRM whenever it requires maintance.
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Thanks mars, How many locos is there that run on the miniture Gauge there i think its 18inch is it not?
  S 301 Chief Commissioner

Location: in front of the computer
no it is 475mm in track gauge and last time I was there bub was having major boiler work being done to it but the semaphore line is good to ride on.
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
O.k what is that in inch's?
Also does anyone know of the 16 1/2inch guage line that a bloke has running around his farm located inbetween Mount Barker and Mount Barker junction? It was running for the public last year he also has lots of Railway memrobelia and quite a few Section Cars.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
i think thats 18 inch guage.
  S 301 Chief Commissioner

Location: in front of the computer
I actually got from an opshop in box hill an old book that is from 1992 that you could buy at the NRM and it has info on all the loco's and rolling stock that is there. lots of info on 752 (VR N477). it was published before the loco that runs at semaphore.
S301
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
I have driven Bill on occasion, as well as Bub once. Bill is generally based at Semaphore over the summer, with Bub only being transfered to Sema4 if Bill has a major mechanical failure.

Sammy D. The line you are refering to is located at the Platform 1 hertitage farm. I'm not sure of the gauge, but there is a diesel powered steam loco - if thats possible!! As well as a substancial ammount of section cars which run around the paddocks on some very very light gauge track!!
  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Yes thats the one im talking about, Im pretty sure it's 16 1/2' The guy got the Track and Locos from A motor Museum of some sort in South Australia at Burwood or somewhere like that. Its actually a pretty good setup with A lot of Rail related artifacts. The Steam Engine's Boiler was in such bad condition that he Rebilt it as a Steam Outline Diesal.
  mars Chief Commissioner

Location: Rail SA
the museum is the National Motor Museum.
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
The NRM's No.7 is built on the chassis from that loco, the motor obviously being replaced.
  prr934 Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA
ok does the driver sit inside the loco and what is the gauge?


The guage of the NRM & Semaphore lines is 18" (457mm). Bill is the loco normally used on the Semaphore line, but Bub has been used from time to time when Bill has been out of service. Bub was also used for the Semaphore line's first season of operation, as Bill was yet to be built at that stage. And yes the driver does sit inside the loco.
  mars Chief Commissioner

Location: Rail SA
No.7 has also worked the semaphore line.
  aj666 Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
The only parts that the nrm used off the loco from birdwood was the bogies , motor and drive train. the motor was cactus so it was replaced. The rest was sold and the last time i saw  it was out at Islington in the trailer shed for the model railway clubs. The loco was styled like a GM and it was painted green and yellow. The bogies that were under number 7 were regauged (modified) from 15 Inch to 18 Inch. These proved to be inadequate and were replaced. They went under the big flat car to hold the coal hopper at semaphore.
The little locomotive at Platform 1 is named Susie and was originally fuled by gas firing. this was converted pretty much after p1 got her and the rest (track + rolling stock). This locomotive and associated other stuff again coming from birdwood was 15Inch.


Hope this gives you the information you wanted

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  aj666 Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
g'day
mitzi was originally built at the mile end railway museum . when it was built it was slightly diffirent to how it is now. It didn't have the NB30 style nose, it was a flat front with the radiator mounted in it with the head light mounted above it. The body ended where the backwall of the cab now is.
She was originally powered by a Austin A40 motor which is how she got her name Austin. During this period she was painted a green colour not to sure of a description of it but from memory it was close to W.A.G.R. larch green. When she was rebuilt in 1984 she was modified to what she is now.
The rebuild was done by coke a cola and the based the body style on C.R.'s NB30. She was repowered with a mitisibushi astron 1600 ( the name Mitzi being again a reference to what powers her) but she kept the Austin split diff. When rebuilt she had the frame lengthed by about 1 foot and the box at the back of the cab was added and was painted in C.R livery and numbered NB03. About 7to 8 Yrs approx she was painted into the livery she is now
The Reasons we do not use it are as follows
1: it was superseded  (Ie She was primitive)
2: it was a swine to drive ( Being A Manual, And to drive it you had to crouch while sitting, not very comfortable )
3: It does not like some of the points at the NRM as it was really made for light rail track and not 60pound rail
4: it was bloody hot in summer and , it was brass monkey weather in winter.   Fact She never got a wind screen until about 12 yrs ago
I hope this little essay (Ha Ha) provides you with the info you wanted.

Cheers
AJ Twisted Evil
  SAR621 Chief Commissioner

I was at the NRM today (19th June 2005) and got some pictures of Bub in steam. Bill is back from the Semaphore running season in the depot, Ken was also in the depot and Juliet was also in the depot.



  SAR621 Chief Commissioner

How can i make those links work? anyways, there in the shared album, miniature railways


MOD: What you do Dave is do what I did to your post above.

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  jonoo Beginner

Hey guys I just found this page and you talked a little bit about the locomotive Suzie from Birdwood National Motor Museum. Yes its at Platform 1 and runs off a small Subaru Robinson petrol motor with hydraulics. She went through a rebuild about 2 years ago and she is now fully operational and I own her.
  jonoo Beginner

O.k what is that in inch's?
Also does anyone know of the 16 1/2inch guage line that a bloke has running around his farm located inbetween Mount Barker and Mount Barker junction? It was running for the public last year he also has lots of Railway memrobelia and quite a few Section Cars.
Sammy D
Yeah thats me, it is 16 1/2 inch gauge and we are still full operational.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
G'day Jonoo, welcome to Railpage

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  Sammy D Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
O.k what is that in inch's?
Also does anyone know of the 16 1/2inch guage line that a bloke has running around his farm located inbetween Mount Barker and Mount Barker junction? It was running for the public last year he also has lots of Railway memrobelia and quite a few Section Cars.
Yeah thats me, it is 16 1/2 inch gauge and we are still full operational.
jonoo
Hi Jonoo.

Great to hear you are still running.

Enjoyed my visit way back in 2003 and hope to visit again one day.

Sam

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