Sandstone Heritage Trust - Rail News

RN 252 - Weekly report - 10th - 17th September 2006 - by Gert Jubileus


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WAGON REPORT
CATTLE WAGON 3297

In the photo above, we can see a very proud man next to the wagon that was nothing more than just a skeleton. Petrus rebuild this wagon all by himself and proofs that he did a great job with this cattle wagon. This week Petrus painted the in and outside of this wagon and he spray-painted the bogeys and under frame. This wagon is very near completion and only needs a vacuum chamber tank and a few touches up paint jobs to be complete.

Below are photos taken of the restoration of this wagon during the week.

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Above: Before the complete renovation
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The next wagon challenge for Petrus will be to restore the XC wagon. We therefore emptied this wagon this week and the XC will be shunted down to the shed in next week.

Below are photos taken of the XC wagon.

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B WAGON 2968
This week Derrick fitted doors to the B wagon and spray painted it. In next week this B wagon will receive final paint touches and the restoration will be complete.

Below are photos of the B wagon restoration.

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There are now 54 restored wagon on the Sandstone Steam Railway, but it does not end here. This week we offloaded six wagons from Port Shepstone and another six arrived on the farm late Friday night. This wagons will be offloaded first thing on Monday morning for there are no time to waste, the Freightliners will continue there journey back to Port Shepstone to rescue the rest of the wagons.

Below left: Wagons from Port Shepstone at there new home.
Below right: Another six wagons from Port Shepstone!

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BOGEY RESTORATION:
This week sixteen bogeys were sandblasted after 64 axle box dust covers were fitted to them. All the brake blocks were removed to enable the sandblaster to reach every square inch of the bogeys. After sandblasting them, the bogeys were moved down to the Wagon Shed where they are currently being spray-painted.

Below: Jacob fitting the 64 axle box covers to the bogeys.
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Then it was time for “The Man On The Moon” To sandblast the bogeys.
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No time was wasted after the bogeys were sandblasted, and we immediately spray-painted the bogeys with Red Oxide.
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Below: The end result.
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During the next week, all the bogeys will be spray-painted and the bearings and brake blocks will be fitted back.

LOCOMOTIVES:
THE RATANGA LOCOMOTIVE:

This week Henry went on with the restoration of the Ratanga Locomotive. He still battles to get the smoke box separated from the boiler. The frame was lifted and the rear bogey was removed. Next he will remove the driver and pony wheels of the locomotive and will then sandblast the complete frame.

Below are photos of the Ratanga restoration.
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Once the frame is sandblasted, it will be sprayed before the axle boxes and wheels are placed back. The motion will then be fitted back.

THE BARCLAY:
This week the Barclay received a little attention to her mechanical lubricator. The Mechanical lubricator was stripped and the ratchets received attention.

Below: Photos of the Mechanical Lubricator and ratchets.
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THE FELDBAHN AND PECKETT
This week we stencilled the Boiler Test plates for the two new locomotives. Derrick fitted the test plates to the locomotives.

Below: Photos of the Test plates.
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PANDORA SALVAGE YARD
This week Henry loaded all thirteen wagons with spares and wheels from Pandora, but we will have to shunt down another six wagon to load it all before we can steam a Giant to blast a giant trainload.
Below are photos taken of the thirteen wagons full of spares!
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GENERAL
This week two Link truck loaded with seventy tons of coal arrived on the farm. This was a good time to start a Health and Fitness club at the Steam Shed, so we offloaded both truck by hand, thirty minutes on each truck. Below are photos of the offloading!
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All the coal then was moved into the Coal Shed with the loader and we also cleaned up the outside of the coal shed. The Coal Extractor also was moved to a more suitable place.
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Past
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Abandoned in Bloemfontein Locomotive Shed! 1988
Look very close to her face. She looks happy, even though she was abandoned after years of serving the Railways. Maybe she had hope; hope that someone will come to her rescue before it is to late. She also thought that it will never end, that she will live for ever and ever, but her time is running out and in-human cutters can’t wait to bring her down. She has a living soul that will come to life with a heart of fire.

Is this her end?

Will she be a picture from the past, a glimpse of what could have been?

PLANNING FOR NEXT WEEK

1.) To finish the restoration of 3292
2.) To finish restoration of B 2968
3.) To finish the restoration of eight bogeys
4.) To shunt 5 wagons to Pandora
5.) To shunt all the loaded wagons to Hoekfontein Station.
6.) To load Pandora completely.
7.) To start with the restoration of the XC wagon
8.) To start with the restoration of a ST wagon. (Timber wagon.)
9.) To ballast 3’6” storage line.
10.) To offload wagons from Port Shepstone.
11.) To finish the restoration of the two Semaphore signals and to put them up near Hoekfontein Station.
12.) To move Home signal for Hoekfontein station for restoration.
13.) To build a 3’6” storage line for the wheels from Pandora.
14.) Track Maintenance section Mooihoek to Vailima.
15.) To fit water softeners at columns.
16.) To fit ejector onto Peckett.
17.) To remove 153-rear unit and to do repairs.
Greet