NEW DIESEL LOCOMOTIVEThanks to a generous grant from the Knox Council Community Development Fund club members are able to begin construction of a new locomotive for the miniature railway. Currently the railway is reliant on a single aging engine to service the popular weekly operation. The funding will provide materials to enable manufacture of a diesel hydraulic engine capable of hauling addition carriages.
WILLANS ENGINEGreat progress is being made on the exacting task of erecting the Willan's air blast diesel engine. This spectacular 3 cylinder engine was built to Rudolph Diesel's patented design for the first successful diesel engine. A year ago the club completed the time consuming and very expensive exercise of building the enormous foundation necesary to support the engine. The bedplate was meticulously levelled then the crankshaft was unpacked from the crate it was in for transport to and from Singapore to grind damaged bigend bearings. It had to go to Singapore because a sufficiently large lathe and the necessary skills could not be found locally. The crankshaft was mounted and the bearings trued before the flywheel was installed. All this exacting preparation has payed off. The 7.5 tonne flywheel can be spinned by hand with only 1.2 thou difflection in the crankshaft. Congratulations and well done the team!
New Stationary Steam Bay Begins
Work has commenced to put up another bay on the main exhibition shed to house the big Walker's steam driven sugar mill engine. The first step is to remove soil to lower the level sufficiently to allow the floor to be laid in line with the existing bays.