Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Loco Back on Main Line; 12 Months of Engine Repair Is Complete

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Loco Back on Main Line; 12 Months of Engine Repair Is Complete

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Byline: Jonno Colfs

AFTER a year on the sidelines under repair, the Southern Downs Steam Railway engine No971 is back on the main line.

Yesterday morning, under the watchful eye of fitters John Brady and Dave Laker, the engine made 20 runs up and back down the lines in the Warwick Railway Precinct.

Southern Downs Steam Railway secretary Bob Amos said the engine had a dry run on Thursday.

"We had a shunt engine tow the loco around the yard just to check all the moving parts were working as they should and then yesterday we fired her up and went under steam power for the first time in a year," he said.

"We're very pleased that everything is working exactly as it should.

"On Saturday we'll do a test run out to Hendon and, hopefully, all will be well for our first passenger trip next Saturday."

The reason the locomotive has been out of action for so long was due to wear and tear on the pistons and valves and Mr Amos said this meant they were leaking steam.

"Which, in turn, meant a lack of power to drive the wheels," he said. …

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