Nearing Completion with a touch of Headboard

Last weekend our good friends from Steamrail Victoria ran there annual Maldon Goldfields weekender.

And with SRV around not much happened in the way of trolleys. The only project that happened was our friends from Steamrail requested that for the dinner train our steam locomotive J549 wore a Steamrail headboard and we were happy to oblige. So J549 is now fitted with headboard mounts.

With J549 now fitted with headboard mounts and our friends from Steamrail headed home that was the end of a long weekend.

Fast forwarding to this weekend Saturday was VGR’s AGM, so Friday night we set out to make VGRs first official headboard.

After drying overnight, We see the ‘AGM Special’ headboard waiting against the point lever for J549 to pause during shunting to have the headboard fitted.

With the AGM now over and YVG Leader Fletcher elected as a board member. J549 sits waiting in Platform 3 at Castlemaine while the members and volunteers headed over to the Railway Hotel for lunch.

With the AGM Special now back at Maldon 8W25 is seen sitting in workshop compound. Over the weekend 8W25 underwent testing around Maldon yard. with a few problems overcome 8W25 is very close to been completed.

We would like to thank those that have donated to help us reach our goal of $3000 to complete the restoration and return to service of our gangers trolleys. if you haven’t donated already and would like to click the link below. http://www.vgr.com.au/donations.php

We are around almost every weekend so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au

Helping the YVG out

We have been busy over the past few months dedicating hours of time working on rebuilding and restoring our trolleys and getting them back into operational condition. We’ve rebuilt engines, built new seat frames and given them a fresh coat of paint! Once the trolleys needed are restored to their former glory, we’re hoping to begin running passenger trolley rides!!

But to do this we need your help. We are asking for your help, to complete the restorations they need to raise $3000.

Click the link below to donate and help us reach this very exciting goal!

http://www.vgr.com.au/donations.php

Gang Shed Master Chef

This weekend saw yet more work happening on the trolleys. Most of the work was focused on 8W25. Here we see the new seat frame freshly painted before Fletcher got started to fit the side and seat timbers.

K200 soon to become 8W?? before and after a quick paint.

8W25 Soon after receiving a fresh coat of paint.

After many attempts trying to start the engine on 8W25 it was decided to change the magneto. This still didn’t help after a few hours of trying we decided to leave it for the day and move on to the next task.

Saturday night Fletcher turned Master chef and cooked an Amazing Roast!!

With dinner done attention turned to seat and side timbers.

With side timbers on we called it a night.

Sunday morning Fletcher finished the seat timbers and Riley spent the morning sandblasting another 8W under frame (Forgot to get photos). After a few hours blasting the sandblaster blow a hose which put an end to blasting for the day.

Attention then turned back to the engine… After another few hours attempting to start the engine we gave up thinking that there may be no fuel getting into the engine. So the decision was made to complete the engine from a few weeks ago.

With the missing parts back on and the gearbox from the other engine on, It started on crank number 3!! Just goes to show an engine that has sat around from a number of years will still start as if it was new with a bit of TLC!!

After 10 minutes of adjusting the engine, It was running great and the finished Seat frame was placed on!! All thats left now is some painting, Staining and sign writing.

YVG are around almost every weekend so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au