Winter weather is not detering the Thursday work crews. Train crews are working on a new rail track extension, the steam tug Lyttelton II crew are working on installing a boiler to allow them to steam their exhibits, the Blacksmiths have been working on an air compressor and are restoring a large steam hammer. Work is restarting on the Willans diesel engine foundation and the whole site is bustling with activity.
A large steam driven air compressor was recently purchased at an auction in Bathurst and donated to the club. At 4.3 meters tall it is a big engine and should make an impressive display in the new stationary steam engine bay being constructed to house thelarge Walkers sugar mill engine.
The engine is from a Lucknow goldmine and would appear to be a very early example. It should be arriving at the club at some stage during July. Given its size, craning and transport arrangements need to be flexible to minimise costs.
Accompanying it on the truck will be an interesting Canadian portable steam engine purchased by a club member and destined for display at the club once restored.