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Perry loco North Eton No.6, last steamed on a private railway at Megalong Valley, NSW.


During August 2001, the locomotive arrived at LMLR on the same day as
fellow Perry, North Eton No.7. Of the two locos, No.7 was found to be the one
in
poorer condition, so it was selected to be restored first. It would be several
years before restoration work commenced on No.6  but it is now well advanced,
under a team with the experience of a more challenging restoration.

  Running Gear

Valve Gear, Wheelsets & Crankpins, Axle Boxes,
Bearings & Horn Blocks, Suspension & Brake System

With the rear buffer plate removed, access to the trailing truck area has been greatly improved. The task of wire brushing is continuing here with the truck's pinion, trailing arms and brake gear all receiving attention. The underside of the cab floor is similarly treated as the initial coats of protective paint are applied to the first of the truck's components.
 

  Side-Tanks, Bunker & Cab

Side Tanks, Coal Bunker, Cab

Still in one piece, the cab has been treated to the careful but tedious process of paint removal by electric wire-brush. With that now completed and a protective coat of paint applied, attention is focussed on removing the paint on the coal bunker. All of the layers applied since construction in 1941 are removed, the most recent one being part of the Megalong Valley-era livery.
   
  Both petrol-mechanical locos Twiggy and Malcolm, were called in to take No.6 to and from the Running Shed where the brake rigging and side-tanks' balance pipe were removed. Back at the Engine Shed, the removal of the side-tanks and cab took place. New side-tanks will be manufactured, with removable top panels, to enable easy inspection and maintenance.

  Boiler, Smokebox & Firebox

Boiler, Smokebox & Firebox
   
photo album
in preparation

  Frame

Frame & Running Boards

The rear buffer plate suffered badly when the loco was in cane-era service, so the decision is made to faithfully replace the existing plate with a new single-piece steel plate. With the old rivets removed, the existing plate is prized clear, providing the added bonus of greatly improved access for the restoration of the trailing truck area and the truck's associated equipment.

     
  Cleaning the frames is a time-consuming process as all the work is carefully undertaken with a rotary wire brush, so as to preserve the manufacturing and in-service marks. With the side-tanks removed, a clear view between the frames can be had.
     
  During the loco's time at North Eton Mill, sections of the headstock and buffer plate had been cut out to make access to the cylinder covers easier. These missing sections present a preservation-era safety issue, so replacement steel sections are cut and then welded in place.
 

  Fittings

Injectors & Delivery Pipes, Fountain, Injector & Regulator Valves,
Safety & Clack Valves, Steam Pipes, Sand Boxes & Sand Pipes
   
photo album
in preparation
 
 
 
 
  Relocation
  Transported on separate semi-trailers, No.6 arrived from the Megalong Valley on the same day in 2001 as sister loco, North Eton No.7. Inseparable since their working days together at North Eton Mill in Queensland, they were the first locomotives to arrive at LMLR, before the track was completed.
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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