A historic 120-year-old Locomotive 3001 is again in service after a three-year restoration venture in New South Wales. 

The steam engine was inbuilt 1903 and spent a lot of its life in regional NSW or hauling passenger trains on Sydney’s suburban rail community.

It’ll now be used to drag passenger trains alongside the NSW Rail Museum’s Loop Line.

Transport Heritage New South Wales chief government officer Andrew Moritz mentioned it was a big day for the much-loved locomotive.

“This has been a labour of affection for our crew over the previous three years, throughout COVID-19 as effectively,” he mentioned.

The prepare, which has been out of service for 25 years, has been restored in time for this yr’s Thirlmere Competition of Steam.

The front of a steam engine, as pictured from low down
The newly refurbished 3001spent a lot of its life as a mail service prepare in NSW’s central-west.(ABC Illawarra: Justin Huntsdale)

A wealthy historical past

In-built Manchester throughout 1903, the prepare began its life on Sydney’s rising suburban passenger community.

With the electrification of trains throughout the Nineteen Twenties, the 3001 was moved to regional New South Wales.

For a few years and till 1967, the 3001 helped present a mail service between Mudgee and Gwabegar 4 days every week.

It then entered the NSW Heritage Fleet, the place it travelled everywhere in the state till it went into storage throughout 1996.

“It is in all probability had extra come backs than Dame Nellie Melba,” Mr Moritz mentioned.

The Loop Line was on the primary route from Sydney to Victoria till 1912, and has among the steepest railway strains in NSW.

“We want to make sure the locomotive’s brakes are working correctly,” Mr Moritz mentioned.

Ben Elliot stands next to the 3001 locomotive wearing blue overalls and holding a part of the train.
Transport Heritage NSW’s Ben Elliot mentioned all the prepare’s components wanted to be constructed from scratch.(ABC Illawarra: Justin Huntsdale)

A painstaking restoration

The restoration took 1000’s of hours by a crew of volunteers and employees, some with extremely specialised expertise.

“It is a implausible data switch. Many volunteers have labored on this gear when it was an operational railway service,” Mr Moritz mentioned.

“They’re passing their data, expertise and expertise onto a brand new era of tradespeople who share that zeal and enthusiasm.”

The prepare’s heritage components can’t be purchased so every part was constructed from scratch.

“It sat as a stripped down shell for about 18 months whereas work on components and parts was being performed within the background,” Transport Heritage NSW fleet upkeep supervisor Ben Elliot mentioned.

“Then all of it got here collectively pretty shortly.”

The crew has restored six different steam locomotives, which be a part of a fleet of heritage diesel engines, rail automobiles and carriages that carry passengers at Thirlmere Rail Museum each weekend.

“Any steam engine is a residing respiration factor. It takes on a persona,” Mr Moritz mentioned.

“It is actually a way of magic concerned in making it run.”

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