On December 26th at 7.10 pm Tram 1 was declared fit for traffic after a Trial Run to Eastbrook Bridge and a little fine tuning. Tram 1 re-entered service on 27th Dec on the Morning Warren River Bridge Service as the second tram in the set of three with # 2 leading and # 4 trailing.
Merry Christmas To all
The weekend of December 22nd & 23rd saw Volunteers Simon, Garry & Trevor come down from Perth to join the PTCo staff for the "End of Year Get Together" which was held on the Saturday night. This saw Tram 2 fitted with BBQ and table for food supplies. At around 6.15 we set off south towards Northcliffe with an unknown destination which turned out to be Twin Karri's Halt where we changed ends and returned to Pemberton. A great time was had by all staff and families. Sunday came and our visiting volunteers helped Ian and Rudi put another set of points into place at the turntable yard along with some weed mowing and more accurate marking out for future track laying. Thanks fellas
With 11460 hrs running time on the meter Tram Number One entered the workshops on the afternoon of Sunday 16th December for a newly overhauled engine after consistently working as Lead Warren River Tram for 4 months straight. With many oil leaks beginning to develop and worn cylinders, a heart transplant was necessary. Sam the Maintenance Man is being kept reasonably busy.
On Friday the old cattle dock road was shunted with Y1115 to enable Y 1107 to be brought into the workshop in preparation for having its auxiliary generator removed for transplanting into Y1114 which died quietly during clearing of scrub along the railway during summer last year. Thanks to the efforts of Sam and Rudi every thing is ready to happen but probably not until after Christmas.
The end of Steam Season for V 1213 came around all to quickly and the task ahead is to carry out the required maintenance and boiler inspections over the summer period before steam 2002
Our Long Weekend Volunteer get together and work weekend in October enabled PTCo to retrieve a set of flashing lights and associated equipment from the crossing on South Western Highway which was servicing the Forest Products Center, now disused. A little bit of track laying was also achieved at the site of the Pemberton turntable with several panels of track and a set of points laid in place to enable a commencement on spare siding space. As in previous years, a great time was had by all with everyone looking forward to next year.
The 2001 Wildflower Season was a little late this year and although not as good as previous years, the season still yielded some good displays of flowers with the trams carrying good numbers of passengers to see it.
After a long term of restoration PTCo's ballast regulator was returned to the rails and a test run was made to ensure that all functioned well before fitting the wing boxes and broom protector. As can be seen here the broom makes quite a site as it is trialed at the back of the sawmill August 2001
A Wet and Drizzly weekend in May saw Photographer Gary Merrin bashing along the railway hoping to catch a bit of good weather and some great Photographs for the Pemberton Tramway.
Easter 2001 and Freshly Painted "V 1213" Prepares to depart with the first Steam Train Service for 2001.
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