3801: Protecting an Engineering Beauty
3801 is one of Australia’s most famous steam locomotive. It was built by Clyde Engineering and operated in all the mainland states and territories between 1943 and 1974. Able to travel faster and haul more carriages, this 38 Class locomotive helped open up Australia.
The NSW government-funded the overhaul and restoration of 3801. 3801 was initially retired from service in 1974 but re-entered operations from Sydney’s central station in March of 2021.
Matthew Fallow from Asset Quality provides asset reliability services for 3801. One of the main challenges was to protect the 80-year-old main wheel bearings. These imperial bearings are irreplaceable, but if looked after properly they will last practically forever.