As many reading this post will know, we have been with out any of our beloved 38 class Pacifics in NSW for over 3 years.
As other parts of the world are bringing their Express passenger locos back to life, and in the case of the UK, building brand new Pacifics, 3801 has been caught up in a game of political football.
His resulted in a boiler made in Germany to be returned after it didn’t fit the engine, brought back to Australia in a panic with a State Election looming, and then being left unassembled due to issues with Firebox Tubes.
It is exciting to see that a new partnership between Transport Heritage NSW and the Museum Of Applied Arts & Sciences, is set to resolve the impasses and return not only 3801, but 3830 back into service over the next two years.
One can only wonder what the colour scheme will be. Hopefully better than the last attempt!
Below is a press release, and then a not to be missed video of these two magnificent machines in action.
11 September, 2015
Two iconic 38-Class locomotives will return to steam over the next two years following an announcement today outlining the way forward for locomotives 3801 and 3830.
“Returning these historic locomotives to service is a major engineering, conservation and operational task, demonstrating our commitment to the community benefit of our steam heritage,” said Transport Heritage NSW CEO, Andrew Killingsworth.
“Built in the 1940s, both locomotives were the pinnacle of the NSW Railways steam fleet and are a lasting tribute to Australian engineering at the time.”
“Steam trains remind us of a romantic era of rail travel – today they are the star attraction at our community events across Sydney and regional NSW.”
Management of the 3801 project was transferred to Transport Heritage NSW (THNSW) in February 2015 after the locomotive’s new boiler was returned to Australia.
“As the new project managers, we undertook a thorough assessment of the 3801 overhaul project including both the original boiler and the new German made boiler.
“Now this assessment is complete, we are pleased to announce plans to have locomotive 3801 back on the tracks in the second half of 2017.”
“We are also delighted to be announcing a new partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) that will see locomotive 3830 returned to heritage service in the second half of next year.”
This new partnership between THNSW and MAAS will see THNSW provide significant funding to overhaul locomotive 3830 at Thirlmere whilst respecting the conservation imperatives of MAAS.
“The Museum looks forward to working with Transport Heritage NSW to balance the ongoing care and preservation of this important locomotive with opportunities for the people of NSW to experience the wonder of steam travel,” said MAAS Director, Rose Hiscock.
A new project page has been established to provide regular updates as well as information on the planned works to restore locomotive 3801 at the THNSW website: www.transportheritagensw.com.au
Watch this unique video with plenty of steam action of double 38s.