SOLUTION FOUND: Southern Downs Steam Railway fitter John Brady and David Laker inspect the steam locomotive, as preparations are underway to have the train back on track by the end of the week. INSET: A fault in the casting on the bottom of the regulator valve has been identified as the cause of the steam leak.
SOLUTION FOUND: Southern Downs Steam Railway fitter John Brady and David Laker inspect the steam locomotive, as preparations are underway to have the train back on track by the end of the week. INSET: A fault in the casting on the bottom of the regulator valve has been identified as the cause of the steam leak. Jayden Brown

Steam train back on track by the end of the week

STEAM railway volunteers are confident their locomotive could be back on track by the end of the week, after locating the cause of a dangerous steam leak.

Southern Downs Steam Railway fitter John Brady worked hard with volunteers last week to locate the source of the problem, which caused the cancellation of a trip to Wallangarra two weeks ago.

"We located the source of the leak in the bottom of the regulator valve," he said.

"We were able to locate a compatible piece in Ipswich."

It is believed a fault in the casting caused the leak, which had an effect on the ability of train drivers to control the locomotive.

"They're currently working on it at a local workshop," Mr Brady said.

"When it's ready to put in it will be fitted."

The operation to get the repair completed is a one man job, with only one person able to fit in the hole to work on fitting the replacement part.

"If it all works out we're hoping to steam up by the end of the week," Mr Brady said.

However, despite the train's return to the track being imminent, volunteers still have concerns at the lack of back-up in the instance of potential future break downs.

Steam railway treasurer Adam Cole said the group were exploring all avenues to help them find a back-up locomotive.

"We have no guaranteed back-up," he said.

"There's no guarantee there won't be another breakdown."

The group have been meeting with patron Lawrence Springborg to discuss the possibility of locating a back-up diesel locomotive.

Southern Downs Steam Railway are aiming to start their tours with a trip to Clifton later in the month.



Interactive: Where you can still get a house for $500k

Premium Content Interactive: Where you can still get a house for $500k

Here’s where you can still get a house for less than $500,000

Blue-eyed surfer becomes dad-of-50 in sperm bank glitch

Premium Content Blue-eyed surfer becomes dad-of-50 in sperm bank glitch

There are now fears he could have fathered dozens more

Granite Belt growers score big in industry-first incentive

Premium Content Granite Belt growers score big in industry-first incentive

Producers pin hopes for desperately needed seasonal workers on innovative $100K...