Off To Work We Go

TonyCrehan

Hobart, Australia

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Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot in January 2011 at Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges, East of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Volunteer workers getting the locomotives ready for the day.

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Built in 1926 and painted all-over black, this Garratt locomotive was issued to the Moe to Walhalla line where it remained—other than for overhauls—until the line closed in 1954. After an overhaul at Newport Workshops, it was issued to the Colac to Crowes line and remained there until that line closed in 1962 when it was returned to Newport Workshops for storage. In 1964 it was sold to the Puffing Billy Preservation Society and removed from the V.R. register 3 months later. It arrived at Belgrave in 1968 and was hauled to Menzies Creek for static display in the museum. 1986 saw the commencement of restoration and has been undergoing rebuilding ever since in the Belgrave workshops and has been restored to its 1946 to 1954 condition with raised cab roof, raised marker lamps, steel cow-catchers and all-over black livery. It was returned to service on April 18, 2004.

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No. originally constructed 2

No. in service 1 (No. 42)

Boiler pressure (lb/sq. in) 180

Boiler heating surface 1268 sq ft

Tractive effort (85%) 26,860 lbs

Driving wheel diameter 36"

Max axle load 9t 5cwt

Length Overall 51’ 7"

Height Overall 10’ 8"

Date of manufacture 1926

Manufacturer Beyer Peacock

Place of manufacture Manchester UK

Locomotive Type Garratt

Coal capacity 70 cwt

Cylinder diameter 13"

Cylinder stroke 18"

Wheel arrangement 2-6-0+0-6-2

Roadworthy weight 69t

Water capacity 1680 gal

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