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Les_Shepherd
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« on: Mar 18th, 2015, 5:45am »
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Considerable hard work by the railfans in Canberra have succeeded in restoring to full mainline operation a 4-8-4+4-8-4 Beyer Garret. Locomotive road number is 6029.
 
The locomotive worked railfan trains up to the Rail Transport Museum at Thirlmere in late February for the annual Festival of Steam. On both days of he weekend it worked several trains. On the Saturday night a photo opportunity was provided under floodlights when it was given a ride on the turntable.
 
It has remained on display at Thirlmere since and will be returning to Canberra on sunday 29th when it will work railfan trains south. It is expected to be seen at regular intervals around the country.
 
The image is of the locomotive and train arriving at Thirlmere on a run on sunday 1st March.



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« Reply #1 on: Mar 19th, 2015, 8:09pm »
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That is a very impressive piece of motive power, Les. What is the gauge in the Canberra area?

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 19th, 2015, 10:47pm »
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That is very cool! I am sure it will be a lot of fun on excursions too!
 
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 20th, 2015, 2:24am »
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The ACT has only a short spur line in from the NSW network. Accordingly it is standard gauge.
 
Apparently there is a plan for extensive tours around the national standard gauge network over the next 12 months for the locomotive.


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« Reply #4 on: Mar 20th, 2015, 6:48pm »
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on Mar 20th, 2015, 2:24am, Les_Shepherd wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The ACT has only a short spur line in from the NSW network. Accordingly it is standard gauge.
 
Apparently there is a plan for extensive tours around the national standard gauge network over the next 12 months for the locomotive.

 
If that eventuate - maybe it is time for me to get busy and figure out how to pay for a trip Down under. Been there once, had a great time, why not again (other than budget...)?


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« Reply #5 on: Mar 22nd, 2015, 1:59am »
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABB0H-U6UWg
 
The link is 19 minutes from the weekend. It includes 6 locomotives in steam and working trains. The Garret features prominently.
 
The tours program has not yet been announced but it is being eagerly awaited. I have it on reliable authority that it will be coming up to Maitland in the Hunter Valley next month for their annual Steamfest. This is not yet public knowledge.
 
It will be working back to Goulburn and Canberra next sunday. I will be onboard as a car conductor and looking forward to it.
 
Clyde, any visit you can make you will find a warm welcome. With the US$ stregthening it is becoming more affordable for you. I have just dumped plans for a visit to the US because it is simply too expensive.


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« Reply #6 on: Mar 22nd, 2015, 7:01am »
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Very cool that another large locomotive has been restored for operation. Anyone know off hand how many Garrets are in action now?
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on Mar 22nd, 2015, 1:59am, Les_Shepherd wrote:       (Click here for original message)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABB0H-U6UWg
 
The link is 19 minutes from the weekend. It includes 6 locomotives in steam and working trains. The Garret features prominently.
 
The tours program has not yet been announced but it is being eagerly awaited. I have it on reliable authority that it will be coming up to Maitland in the Hunter Valley next month for their annual Steamfest. This is not yet public knowledge.
 
It will be working back to Goulburn and Canberra next sunday. I will be onboard as a car conductor and looking forward to it.
 
Clyde, any visit you can make you will find a warm welcome. With the US$ stregthening it is becoming more affordable for you. I have just dumped plans for a visit to the US because it is simply too expensive.

 
I was well and hospitably treated during my R&R in 1969, and while i know there have been many changes in Australia (jut as in the US and my home state of Texas) in the past 45 years - I'd be surprised to not have a chance to meet a lot of friendly folks if I come again.


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A brief update.
 
The Garret came up to Sydney from Canberra a few weeks ago for the annual Festival of Steam at Thirlmere. On the Saturday it worked a train load of passengers from Sydney and return.
 
The images were at Central before departure.
 
In April it will be coming to the Hunter Valley for the annual Maitland Steamfest. Following that weekend it will be spending some time in Sydney and working several tours.


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A closer study


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« Reply #10 on: Mar 19th, 2016, 11:24am »
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Strikes me a man could build a Beyer-Garrett by taking running gear from a couple of locomotives of suitable wheel arrangement and then scratch-building the superstructure. Make an unusual (at least for the US) addition to the layout...
 
Beautiful job, very glad to see it up and running.


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« Reply #11 on: Mar 19th, 2016, 3:52pm »
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Nice! Thanks for the update. Will you get a chance to take some photos of it in action? If so, please post. TIA,
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Happy to oblige.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChChT7rGKAc
 
This link is to some footage of other first days action and includes other locomotives besides the Garret
 
This image is of the train passing through suburban East Hills, about 15 miles from Central.


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On the way home in the afternoon at suburban Campbelltown, about 34 miles from Central. It is of course running bunker first.



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on Mar 20th, 2016, 12:50am, Les_Shepherd wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Happy to oblige.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChChT7rGKAc
 
This link is to some footage of other first days action and includes other locomotives besides the Garret
Thanks for the link. Some nice footage of a good day watching steam at work.
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on Mar 20th, 2016, 12:56am, Les_Shepherd wrote:       (Click here for original message)
On the way home in the afternoon at suburban Campbelltown, about 34 miles from Central. It is of course running bunker first.

 
I note that you folks down under are running your steamers the way God intended - they are by themselves with the rolling stock. Almost all of the steam on main-line here has a diesel tucked in between the steamer and the rolling stock "just in case". I suppose I can see a railroad not wanting to risk tying up the main, but still - I don't enjoy seeing it. Your way is better.


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« Reply #16 on: Apr 2nd, 2016, 2:35pm »
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Gentlemen:
 
Just came across this great thread; I have long been a big fan of these hulking, fire-breathing dragons, easily among the most distinctive and most recognizable steamers anywhere in the world, yesterday or today.
 
Here are two links I think might be of interest:
 
http://david-longman.com/zimbabwe.html
 
(courtesy: David Longman)
 
Also:
 
http://www.garrattmaker.com/history.html
 
(courtesy: Garrattmaker)
 
I have an old copy of "STEAM ON 4 CONTINENTS: AFRICA" (Haslebeck/Wardale) that features magnificent color photos of Garratts hard at work, through the 1970's (other types and classes of African steamers are also well represented here)
 
It is a book that should be in the library of any enthusiast who has an interest in these hulking behemoths of another era....
 
"L.F.L."


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Riding to school behind a Garratt indeed was a lot more interesting and fun than riding aboard the usual yellow bus.......
 
http://www.oldcambrians.com/Train4.html
 
(courtesy: Old Cambrian Society)


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See also:
 
http://www.railtasmania.com/loco/garratts.htm
 
(courtesy: Tasmanian Railway Information Index)
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_AD60_class_locomotive


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"PROJECT 6029".......
 
http://blog.project6029.com/


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