Steam locomotive returns to Zig Zag Railway for the first time in nine years | Lithgow Mercury

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For the first time in nine years, a steam train traveled the famous tracks of the Zig Zag Railway. Residents across the state were thrilled to see the steam in the air as the train arrived. Zig Zag Railway chairman Ben Lawrence said that day had been a long time coming. “So many people have worked long and hard to get the railroad to where we are today,” Mr Lawrence said. “There have been times when we have come so close to this moment, only for it to slip away. But this week we were able to get the Zig Zag Railway back on track as we put on our newly restored engine to the test. .” The last steam engine to make this trip did so on December 7, 2011. “It’s a fantastic moment to see the machine back on track and achieve another key milestone in our recovery process,” said Mr. Lawrence. “I would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors to the area that although we are not yet operating passenger trains, Zig Zag remains an operational railway. “Please stay out of the rail corridor for your safety and that of of our hardworking volunteers. to get us back on track.” Zig Zag rail operations manager Thomas Worley said the restoration had been a major undertaking for the railroad. “With an engine of this age, it’s not as easy as going to the mechanic for their annual service and you’re on your way,” Worley said. “We rebuilt a lot of this engine from scratch, machining new pistons and bearings to building a new spark arrester and brake mounts, the list has often seemed endless. “Our skilled contractors and volunteers dedicated thousands of hours of their time to ensure that the rebuild was completed safely for this commissioning trial. READ MORE: “It was an incredible achievement, and I am so proud to have witnessed it today.’ For railroad enthusiasts and avid spectators, the lovingly restored locomotive is 218A. Affectionately known as ‘The Yank’, it is one of the only two engines of its type remaining in Australia.These engines were brought to Australia during World War II to help move vital supplies around the country.Zig Zag Railway would like to acknowledge the help of the Honorable Paul Toole MP , the NSW Government and our industry partners who assisted in the reconstruction of the railway Tender 2-8-2 The “A” has been added to the US number in Queensland to distinguish the class of local steam locomotives bearing the s same numbers. She arrived disassembled in Sydney in June 1943. She was assembled at the Ipswich railway workshops in Queensland. decommissioned in 1969, after having traveled 523,620 miles, she was bought by Zig Zag in 1975, to be restored. Another survives, No. 221A at the Redbank Museum, near Brisbane, Queensland. Technical data: It carried 8 tons (8.13 tons) of coal and 5,000 gals (18,800 liters) of water. Its weight is 94.05 tons (95.9 t), cylinders 16 x 24 inches (41 x 61 cm), boiler pressure 185 lb (1275 kPa), coupled wheels 4’0″ (122 cm), effort of pull 20 128 lbs (89.6 kN) grid area 27.7 sq. ft (2.573sq.m), length 59.65ft (19.18m), only 20% heavier than the C17 Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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