LiveStemer this ones for you.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by ausien, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    LS I thought you might like to see this, as well as others on the gauge,

    The 3801 and its passenger cars as it passed my mates place at about 75 kph,It has been running all week this week, today I had the camra ready:D ,IT is one of only a handfull of steamers still running today if not in service, but alass it is to be scrapped soon, as its boiler is just about boiled out, it is also one of our most famouse engines.. Hope you enjoy.. (sorry for the photo quality)

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  2. petepuma

    petepuma Member

    That's absolutly gorgeous! Blurry or not!

    Nice! :D :D :D
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    What's the story behind the scrapping?

  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Great Steve. Thanks for sharing them. It's a shame she will be scrapped. :( But again thanks. :wave:
  5. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    The story behind the scrapping, as far as I know it is,, she was one of eight or so 38 class steam engines that were bought for australian rail roads. NSW is the only RR that still owns and run steam locomotives. but all the spare parts have runout, and as she is one of the last three left and her boilers are wareing thing from neary 80 yrs service and some years neglect, she was restored about 12 yrs ago and put into service for nastalgia runs and speicail events. as for the scrapping, her boilers are worn out, and she would cost to many $$$$$$ to rebuild hence the scrap heap, regaurdless of the history she holds....some of my facts maybe a little wrong not not to far off the track..have a good one..steve
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    She doesn't have to be Scrapped just because the boiler's worn out! They could retire her again and redo the boiler in 20 years.
    If the English can build a whole new locomotive that they forgot to preserve, you should be able to do something with one that's complete.
    Now, about my proposal of the death penalty for people who destroy things that are older than they are...
  7. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    was talking to Geoff today, he`s a friend of the engineer, and he told me that she is to be retired in the next 2 yrs or so, for an indefinate period of time while the powers that be see about getting her refurbished,:thumb: getting new boilers and other bits and peices from England for her and the 38 07, 38 18, :) it was to late for 38 21, 38 22, :cry: which have been scraped already.. but as Geoff, say theres plenty of life left in the old girl yet...have a good one...steve

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