The Royal Engine

The task for the weekend was beginning the overhaul of one of the 2 Wisconsin AENLD engines that were brought inside last weekend. The first task is to remove the Flywheel cover and Air shrouds. But before that we need to remove the Carburetor.

Before and After the Carburetor, Flywheel cover and Air shrouds were removed

Then its on to removing the head. As you can see it was quite black, This is a build up of soot and carbon from the engines lifetime of use.

After a quick clean with the wire brush and it looks new!

While the head was off its a good idea to check that the Fuel and Exhaust valves aren’t stuck. Which they weren’t!

After the Head is back on it the next job is to drain the oil from the sump. This is done for a couple of reasons. Those being, We have no idea how long the oil has been in the sump, we also don’t know if any water has made its way in without draining the oil and removing the main bearing plate (The red cover)

With the Plate removed we get a good look inside and it didn’t look to bad!!

The only rust to be found is on the bearing and it looks alot in the photos then it acutally does. It’s only surface rust aswell!

After most of the oil was drained the oil pan was removed to clean the last of the oil and sludge from the pan this is as simple as wiping it out.

While the oil pan is off you get a good look inside

With the oil pan and Main bearing cover back on that’s all that we had time for this weekend.

One of the big things that the YVG have been taking part is the Royal Trains

B74 and S303 Completing MU tests before joining the train in the platform for the ‘Royal Train to Bendigo’

S303 Headed to drop the cars off in the platform and then it will join B74 to complete MU tests before rejoining the train

Bek looks like she’s enjoying been second person in the S

A view not seen by many B74 and the rest of the Royal Train waiting to cross over to the V/Line network

That all for this time.

Remember the YVG are around most weekends so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what were up too! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info –

Recent Works

Over the past month many of the YVG members have been busy with other things such as filling the rosters to keep the trains running and helping out in the Workshop or out on the track with the Civil department but like always we are around.

Here we see Fletcher arranging the tape and paint brushes on the side of the freshly painted shelf this is all part of a bigger plan to set up the Gang shed a a workshop for the Young Volunteers Group to work on maintaining and restoring VGR’s trolley fleet

Above you can see ‘Moon Buggy’ at the back which is striped awaiting Overhaul works to begin which should start soon. Also in the shed is trolleys 6W19 and 8W25. 6W19 is in the shed waiting for repairs to an oil leak and 8W25 is awaiting seat frame timbers and some tuning to the engine once these works a finished it will receive a repaint.

Headed out side here we see 6W359, 6W13 and 6W38. 6W13 and 6W38 have there seat frames off to allow for the Engines to be removed and put in the shed for storage and eventual overhaul.

Here we can see a quick mock up of the new dash board for the moon buggy

Over the coming weeks there will be more cleaning up and organising of the gang shed and maybe work might just start on the moon buggy!