The Jung and Kerr-Stuart steam locomotives were acquired by Heritage Transport Museum in 2016. They were purchased from Indian Railways' Heritage Cell as part of the museum's initiative to keep alive the forgotten heritage of transport. The restoration and running of the locomotive has been very special, and the museum provides an opportunity to its viewers of different age groups to have the magical experience of the bygone days of steam.
Repairing the Pistons (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
In April 2017 a team of retired engineers and technicians from Indian Railways arrived at Heritage Transport Museum. With the help of museum's Technical & Restoration team, necessary tools and equipment were procured in to begin the resurrection process.
Chief engineer from the restoration team Mr M.S. Rangaswamy doing the examination and checking of tools. He is also responsible for the restoration of the Fairy Queen steam locomotive which was built in 1855.
Detachable part removed with Hydra (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
The detachable parts were removed first with the help of a crane. These had to be taken out so that assessment and repair of each and every part of the engines is ensured.
The water tank being taken out
A view of the cab cover being taken out for repairs
View after removing the detachable parts (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
A view of the engine after removing several detachable parts.
Each part was examined separately and treated.
Detachable parts ready for restoration (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
The MS Sheets (Mild Steel Sheets), steam dome cover, tank and smoke box cover are placed on the ground. The dents are removed from them, sand blasted and the mechanical components repaired.
Restoration of Water Tank (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
All the mechanical components within the parts are being reconditioned, whereas only those components are changed which were not functional.
Details of Steam chest (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
Cleaning of the steam chest.
A view of the boiler from top
A close up view of the boiler and the wheels.
Some of the connecting rods are separated from engine in order to repair them. The technical components can be seen e.g driving wheels, pistons and cylinders.
Examination of Steam Dome (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
The boiler is covered with fresh MS Sheet (Mild Steel Sheet).
Cleaning of Steam Dome (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
Examination and repair of steam dome in progress.
Application of Paint near firebox (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
While the mechanics are busy in operating the machines, the base paint coat job is in progress simultaneously.
Details of Smoke Box (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
A view of the smoke box after the cover is fixed back.
The main components can be viewed e.g. superheater tubes and blast pipe.
Water Tank with Primer coat (Apr-May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
Water tank is ready with first coat of base paint. The surface is looking even after the dents have been removed.
The cab cover under repairs.
Jung Locomotive 1953 (April to May 2017)Heritage Transport Museum
The Jung locomotive ready to steam again. Each component has been fixed back. The paint work has also been completed.
Steaming of JungHeritage Transport Museum
Mr. Rangaswamy supervising the inaugural run of Jungenthal steam locomotive at Heritage Transport Museum.
This run was undertaken on a 100 feet long track where the engine ran up and down a number of times to the delight of the visitors.
In the background, the Kerr Stuart locomotive complements the surroundings of the museum. It awaits to get functional soon. The museum in its efforts of reviving the rail heritage of the country is proud of have in its collection working steam locomotives.
Mr. Tarun Thakral
Mr. Vivek Seth
Ms. Ragini Bhat