Whilst things have been publicly quiet on the Abt 2 front for a little while, work continues at The Engineering Company in Tasmania’s northwest. Here’s an update on the work being completed so far this year:
The frame and cylinders have been string-lined to align crossheads while the rear truck cross member has been modified to set correct ride heights. Manufacturing of boiler clothing also commenced in January.
March & April 2022
Considerable time and care went into machining the new pinions during March and April. Meanwhile, the cab fit out and pipe work fitting was also started by the team.
In May, the project team were pleased the shiny new pinions were finished and work on the rack brake rebuild begun.
By June, the pinions and rack brake fitted were fitted to the locomotive.
The project team from The Engineering Company visited the WCWR team at Carswell Park in Queenstown to compare pipework on the other locos and design modifications to sanding gear.
4 weeks later, the new sand controls had been manufactured!
WCWR's electrician visited The Engineering Company to start preparations for fitting electrics.
The top end of the engine has been pulled down to prepare for painting, while the bottom end is being reassembled. Work commenced on valve settings.
Valve setting has progressed as far as possible without reassembly, noting that the weights will affect the settings so reassembly will need to occur to finalise the settings. During the month, the WCWR workshop team also attended The Engineering Company's workshop to pour the refractory in the fire box. Finally, the new livery has been agreed by the management team.