NSW steam locomotive 3801 was overhauled by a largely volunteer workforce between 2009 and 2020, returning to successful main-line heritage operation in 2021. Throughout the project, it was necessary to maintain a balance between historical trades, current skills, modern equipment and materials in such a way to protect the basic fabric and heritage value of the locomotive. Significant effort was focused to ensure the work remained faithful to the original design drawings and specifications.
This presentation by the overhaul Project Manager - Craig Mackey - will describe some of the engineering aspects of the work, with reference to some manufacturing processes no longer employed in commercial engineering.
Craig Mackey - Engineer in charge of the restoration
Craig Mackey is a Member of I E Aust. and a Graduate of the University of NSW in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (B.E., B.Sc.). His engineering experience was gained in the steel foundry and pipe and tube manufacturing industries and later project management of facilities for sterile pharmaceutical manufacture. He has authored six books relating to NSW railways and locomotive history.
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