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    Default Sir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey restoration

    The restoration of steam locomotive 520 by SteamRanger in SA took a major step forward this week. The boiler was lifted from the frames for the first time since the mid 1950s and is now sitting in the workshop ready for work to begin in earnest. Here are couple of photos from what was a very busy day...

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    If you are interested you can follow progress here ( https://www.fireup520.org )

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    Along the same lines, we've just finished a 20 year restoration of Rx224 which hasn't run for around 30 years. There's a promo video here if you are interested in this sort of thing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zsyl9GcQf4

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    Thanks for both the Video clips There's nothing like the old time steam trains, their style, and the rhythmic sound of the drive system
    Kryn
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    Looks like a long rod ahead, I did some volunteer work back in the seventies at the Pichi Richi rail work shop, I can't remember what Loco it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by China View Post
    Looks like a long rod ahead, I did some volunteer work back in the seventies at the Pichi Richi rail work shop, I can't remember what Loco it was.
    The loco is in pretty good condition, the tender has been rebuilt and is virtually new, the wheel sets are good and the boiler doesn't look too bad.

    The smokebox will need to be replaced as there's a lot of wastage in the sheet. We have a new smokebox rolled from 10mm plate with a separate 16mm floor to go in. This will be a lot of heavy work but at least the profile is fairly simple - unlike the smoke box on 621 (Duke of Edinburgh) which we replaced a year or so ago which had a lot of fiddly contour changes and didn't conform to the original drawings.

    There's going to be work required on the firebox and all the tubes and flues (it's superheated) need replacing.

    The thinking by the project leader is around 2 years to get her back on the tracks, we shall see...

    It's very rewarding working on stuff that will still be around and entertaining people long after we have shuffled off into the sunset.

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