THE massive Beyer-Garratt 6029 locomotive, restored by Canberra Railway Museum volunteers over eight years, will steam into Goulburn next week.
“Over 2600 passengers travelled on the Goulburn steam train last year pulled by our smaller locomotive,” said volunteer Garry Reynolds. “This year we’ve brought one of the largest steam engines operating in the world.
“We have also done more restoration work on the beautiful 1930s’ heated carriages, which remind people of being in a Harry Potter movie.”
At speed the locomotive chews through coal so quickly that the fireman can’t keep up, so uses the automatic stoker. The massive boiler also swallows up 430 litres of water a minute, so 40 tonne is carried up front.
The Beyer-Garratt 6029 will depart from Goulburn Railway Station platform 2 on the weekend of August 27 and 28 at 9.30am,11am, 1.35pm and 3pm.
Tickets: $30/$25/$20 or $80 for family of four. Buy: canberrarailwaymuseum.org/goulburnshuttles