What’s Happening in Preservation?
News from our member organisations and upcoming ATRQ and ATHRA events will be published on these pages. We’ll also dredge up articles of interest from the mainstream media that is relevant to T&H Railway operators. Scroll down to read more!
Terry from ANGRMS writes:
I am excited to be able to announce that today, Thursday 6th November 2014, ANGRMS took delivery of the Perry steam locomotive and a surplus wagon from Dreamworld.
It is a great credit to all involved in ANGRMS that Dreamworld chose to donate this locomotive and wagon to ANGRMS.
The loco needs a bit of work and we are still to undertake a detailed assessment. At this stage the tentative plan is to have it operational about April/May next year (as well as the physical work there is also a lot work to accredit the loco, do driver training etc). Once Melbourne is operational again it will drop back to standby loco. When Bundy and Melbourne are both back in operation, the loco can then commence a full overhaul.
This additional operational steam loco will allow us to much better manage our operation steam loco assets.
Briefly the history of this loco is:
This 16t steam loco was built in 1951 by the Perry Engineering Company, Mile End, South Australia for the Bingera Sugar Mill near Bundaberg. In 1974, after its career hauling sugar cane came to an end, it was saved for preservation at the Goulburn Museum of Historic Engines near Goulburn NSW. It was purchased privately in 1977 and moved to Panania in NSW.
In 1982 it was purchased by Dreamworld on the Gold Coast for their railway. It operated at Dreamworld until 2013 when it was stored. This year it was donated to ANGRMS for use on our Woodford Railway.
Over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of August, the 100th non-wooden (concrete or steel) sleeper was installed on our main line. These new sleepers should last much longer than the wooden ones and reduce our maintenance burden in the long term, something that is always important with a volunteer led organisation.
Well done on the long term planning!
ANGRMS will be laying a wreath at the Woodford Ceremony (commencing at 10:30am) in memory of those Australian railway personnel who paid the supreme sacrifice
Some information has been received that people from an entity named Cairns-Kuranda Steam Rail QLD are approaching heritage operators seeking lease or purchase of rolling-stock for proposed use in Cairns. Please note that this entity is in no way associated with the Cairns Kuranda Steam Trains limited Partnership, who operate the Savannahlander, are informally known as Cairns Kuranda Steam or CKS, and also trade as CairnsRail.
At time of writing, Cairns-Kuranda Steam Rail QLD are not an accredited railway operator, nor do they have agreements and ICPs lodged with accredited railway managers.
The process to transfer old certificates of competency is quite simple, although it will cost you $70.00.
An application form is obtained from the post office. You need to carefully fill in the form, in black pen only and no mistakes. Post office staff will explain this. You need a recent passport quality photo, your old certificates or licences, and 100 points of identification – I used a passport (70 points) and a drivers licence (40 points). All this documentation is checked at the post office and they submit the form for you. You even get your old certificates back.
More information is at the Work Health Website.
Anybody concerned with Tourist and Heritage Rail will have been shocked to learn of the events that occurred at the MVHR on 2 April. This post is not about discussing that incident specificly, as this has been covered well enough elsewhere. This is more about any flow on actions that might arise from the incident, together with the possibility of a requirement to review the security measures your operation has in place, assuming you belong to an accredited railway.
The need to address this issue should appear in an approved SMS under a heading similar to Security Management Plans, and is a requirement of the Transport (Rail Safety) act 2010. The Queensland Rail Safety Regulator provides guidance on this matter, through factsheet G13 which is available from their website (click the link).
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Terry from ANGRMS reports:
ANGRMS is now working with the newly formed Woodford Mens Shed and has now formally signed a lease allowing them to use part of our land.
We are in a form of partnership with them, and and via them with the Woodford Lions Club.
To formally sign the lease, ANGRMS and the Woordford Mens Shed help an Open Day on Sunday 24th February 2013. Unfortunately it was not the best of days weather wise but we still had a good crowd show up.
The local council commissioned two videos of the event which have been published to You Tube.
Australian Narrow Gauge Museum Society in conjunction with the Woodford and Region Mens Shed (WARMS) invite you to an open day at the Woodford Railway Station, 26 Margaret St, on Sunday 24 February between 10:00 and 1400. Entry to this event is free, and there is a barbecue and train rides for a gold coin donation. As well as a fun filled day of entertainment, there will be an official opening of WARMS, exhibitions of work by Shedders, and a presentation by the Woodford Lions Club.
With the ‘dynamic’ nature of heritage railways, some of the information in the app might be a little out of date, especially if your railway is addressing regulator concerns. However the developer, Tim Richards, is very quick to respond to information provided to keep the app current.