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On 24 September 2008, Locomotive 'JACK' was relocated by road, from the Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre to Lake Macquarie Light Rail. Under lease from its owners, the NSW Rail Transport Museum, restoration work has now commenced, with the intention of returning the locomotive to operating condition.

 

Departing Thirlmere

The locomotive is loaded onto the flat-bed truck and is seen in final readiness before departing Thirlmere.

The loco passes through the streets of Bargo, then onto the F5 Freeway where the camera catches up to the loco again at Glenlee.

A load check is conducted on the M7 Motorway, before a lunch-stop beside the speeding traffic on the F3 Freeway at Hawkesbury River.
 
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Arrival at LMLR

The loco is seen arriving at the gates of LMLR before parking in position outside the Engine Shed, in readiness for the mobile crane's arrival.

Much preparation is made to level the crane before the spreader bar and chains are offered up to the locomotive. 

 
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Back on Track

'JACK' is lifted off the flat-bed truck and carefully lowered onto the Engine Shed's No.1 Road.

The loco's axles and valvegear haven't operated for decades, so the track is greased to allow the loco to be slid into position, using volunteer power and a chain-block connected to a heavy object ... the 1951 0-4-2T Perry.

 
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JACK is owned by the NSW Rail Transport Museum, which has leased the locomotive to LMLR.

 

 
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