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R707 SINCE RESTORATION

In early 1992, the Spotswood workshops were no longer required by the Public Transport Corporation for railway purposes with the possibility of the land being either sold or leased to outside industries. R707, along with the diesel-electric shunting locomotive F208, stored locomotives R753 and F204, and all workshop equipment including spare parts and tools, were transferred over to Roads 7 and 8 in the West Block of Newport Workshops where much better facilities existed to store and maintain the locomotives.

The Newport West Block Workshop remains the base for R707 and most of its mainline trips start from Garden Platform at Newport Workshops.

Major R707 maintenance projects since completed by Seven O Seven Operations at Newport are:

  • R707 in 707 Operations Newport Woprkshop. 15/11/2006. Photographer unknown.1998 overhaul tender bogies brake gear
  • 1999 renew boiler tubes (flue tubes not renewed)
  • 2001 overhaul motion gear, mechanical stoker screw and intermediate draw gear
  • 2002 overhaul all turret valves
  • 2003 overhaul lubrication system
  • 2004 repair smoke box door
  • 2006 repair firebox water cracks, replace individual flexible stays
  • 2008 overhaul Westinghouse brake components, replace front bogie rocker pins

Last Updated: 28 December 2008

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