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Workshop Yard

Saw shop, nice bandsaw being sharpened

Baldwin Tram Motor

Loco plate

No 176

"Regular sized" Worthington pumps

Steam Shed

Remember Kalsomine ??? do you???

John at the Organ....

Steam Tram, I didn't know they came in 3'6" gauge....

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Left camp Bunbury early today to get to Yarloop Steam Workshops to meet up with some Perth based Baby Boomers, John (JRH) & Irona and Pete ( one half of the hillbillies).

The ladies left and went for a walk or hid and had refreshments while we chaps inspected the workshops. Now readers will know that I can smell a place like this 100’s of Km away and to be honest most are not worth the admission fee, however, this hard to find place is well worth the visit. But visit first Sunday of the month. These Workshops were in use till 1978 servicing the nearby sawmills and are very comprehensively equipped, even had a brass and iron foundry.

I wish Hyacinth could have seen the workshops they showed how a real workshop should look i.e. “Worked in”.

There is a 3’6” Baldwin steam tram motor in the shed that’s in perfect working order and has run until a bureaucrat insisted the track has been certified by WA Railsafe. They are looking for a trailer for it so that when Railsafe get the track certified it can be used on excursions. Further on is a steam loco No 176 provided by Bunning’s, I have to go to Bunning’s and see what Isle they are in, I want one…. It’s actually a South Australian C class I think but no doubt if I’m wrong one of the readers will correct me. Maybe Bunning’s have 3’6” gauge steam tram trailers; I’ll have to ask…..

The engine shed had some amazing displays of engines (stationary) in steam provided by two vertical donkey boilers fired with solid JARRAH!!!!! Sacre bleu…

Then by accident we found the Cultural centre with a nice pipe organ in it and while we were in the plumbers shop looking at some of the stuff there the organist found us and we were treated to an impromptu concert. The Organist bore a starting resemblance to Reg Dixon and when I asked him if he was he said “I wish” but he seemed pleased that I enjoyed Reg’s recordings and his performance was brilliant, the superb acoustics in the hall added to the spectacle.Here is a link to the real thing.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhkj25fBKzo you'll have to cut and paste it into your browser.

Then we meandered out to where a picnic lunch had been sited and had a good chin wag eventually leaving our Baby Boomer friends and headed back to Camp Bunbury.

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