STEAMFEST 2024

You cannot plan the weather. This year's Steamfest unfortunately occurred over the biggest heatwave of the year. The whole three days saw temperatures in the high 30s with consequential devastating reduction in visitor numbers. The club's fire exemption permit to run engines in the open air does not allow the mobile steam to operate at temperatures above 32C so the mobile steam exhibits were static displays only. The indoor displays put on a great effort to entertain visitors despite the heat.

NEW RAILWAY STORAGE

The miniature railway has expanded its rolling stock considerably recently with more locomotives and extra carriages. The overflow from the current tracks in the railway shed space has had to be stored outdoors under tarpaulines. Two containers are currently being furnished with tracks radiating from the turntable to allow rolling stock to be housed under cover then assembled into trains via the turntable.

ASSEMBLING the STEAM NAVVY

Our Ruston and Hornsby Class No 20 Steam Navvy was donated to the club more than 12 years ago and has sat in pieces ever since. It originally worked as No 5 Face Shovel in the Australian Portland Cement Company’s Fyansford limestone quarry on the outskirts of Geelong. It is the sister machine to No 4, the one now operational at Lake Goldsmith that never ceases to impress the visitors.
The club has recently got a grant that will allow the navvy to be assembled and even though not restored to working order it will be an impressive exhibit.