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1 The Bellarine Railway Geelong Steam Preservation Society The Blues Train at Suma Park - Feb 2013

2 The Bellarine Railway Geelong Steam Preservation Society Built in 1962, 1604 was preserved after withdrawal from QR service by ARHS and resided at Rosewood Qld. The locomotive was acquired in a derelict state by The Bellarine Railway in 2011 and transported to our railway in October of that year. The locomotive was progressively overhauled, tested and restored by our Diesel Team in 12 months. Work involved: Full cosmetic overhaul including removal of much rust and 52 seamless patches welded into the carbody, repainting and lining in QR colors. Bogie examinations and minor repairs Rebuilding of traction motor blower bellows Examination of all air, brake and electrical systems; stripping cleaning and repairing as required. Repairs to No4 cylinder injectors and adjustments. Calibration of all injectors Repairs to engine Woodward governor Engine oil change and full lube replacement Electrical systems tests and repairs. New batteries. Repairs to voltage regulator and transition solenoids Fitting of drivers cabside mirrors A test run was successfully undertaken in August 2012 with a 550t trailing load as part of the accreditation process, & 1604 was accredited for operations on The Bellarine Railway in October Apart from a few minor shake down bugs, it has operated faultlessly since and is regular motive power for our signature operation The Legendary Blues Train.

3 The Bellarine Railway Geelong Steam Preservation Society 1604 in as-purchased condition prior to lifting at Rosewood

4 The Bellarine Railway Geelong Steam Preservation Society 1604 in as-purchased cndition prior to lifting at Rosewood En-route to Queenscliff on the Newell Highway at Goondiwindi. First movement under its own power at Queenscliff November Battery power supplied by TGR diesel X3 – an historical first - TGR X class and QR 1600 together

5 The Bellarine Railway Geelong Steam Preservation Society 1604 in as-purchased cndition prior to lifting at Rosewood Heavy Rust in Cab First test run Primer Final touch up

6 The Bellarine Railway Geelong Steam Preservation Society 1604 in as-purchased cndition prior to lifting at Rosewood SNAKES ON A TRAIN! 1604 was home to a family of Queensland Coastal Pythons! 4 in fact. One was evicted from the cab at Rosewood, and three more, 2.5m long, were evicted at Queenscliff after scaring the daylights out of one of our fitters. The loco is to be named “Monty” The local snake catcher after spending three hours catching an elusive python, which was living in the main electrical cabinet. She survived, had babies and now lives happily at Australia Zoo in Qld

7 The Bellarine Railway Geelong Steam Preservation Society 1604 in as-purchased cndition prior to lifting at Rosewood The Bellarine Railway is home to three operational Australian first generation English Electric diesel electric locomotives. They were used in Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland. Our fleet create a lot of international interest therefore takes its place proudly as a fully working example of these once common locomotives.


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