The Museum Open Day and Train Rides program is shown on the MUSEUM page.
The Museum holds five open days during the year during which the exhibits “come alive”.
On the railway, the steam locomotive “Margaret” takes charge of the train while the diesel locos remain on standby. Take a trip through the museum, out along the Humphrey Pump channel bank, and through the vineyards towards Loveday. At Scotty’s Loop the loco detaches from the train and goes on to the turntable where it is turned around for the return trip.
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Steam Roller Restoration
See our Facebook page "Aveling & Porter Nº 12090 Steam Roller Restoration." for photos of the progress of the steam roller restoration. The boiler has been totally stripped down and it has been relocated to our boiler repairer's workshop. Here a new front tubeplate will be fabricated and fitted and suspect areas will be either pad welded or have new sextions inserted.
Several successful test runs have been completed and a safety review conducted by SA Water. The building has been inspected by an engineer who gas made several recommendations for repairs and upgrades to the building.
The diesel locos are being put to good use hauling tour trains, twilight trains and with track maintenance. We have been replacing many dead sleepers, but have many more to go. The Bagnall steam loco is undergoing maintenance to the running gear. Currently, new brake blocks are being fitted.
Fowler B6 and Fowler Z7
Both engines are currently in service and running well. On August 10th, 11th 2019, the Z7 again traveled to Benson Park for the Hit N Miss rally for its duty as the haul back machine for the tractor pull sled.
The B6 was taken to Morgan for the Living River Festival where it was allowed to operate behind the station buildings along to the wharf. The festival commemorated 50 years since the last train out of Morgan and in memory of this, a replica 520 class whistle was fabricated and installed on the B6 for the event. During a whistle off with the three paddle steamers present, the B6 was parked on the exact spot loco 523 was photographed before taking the last train from Morgan. (Naturally, the B6 won the whistle off).
This was a fitting tribute to the railway at Morgan as both our Fowlers were transported by rail from Adeliade before being shipped to Cobdogla by paddle steamers.
OTHER WEB PAGES YOU MAY LIKE TO VISIT
Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club www.melbournesteam.com.au