En­gine club vol­un­teers bring pump back to life

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A crit­i­cal com­po­nent of War­ragul’s de­vel­op­ment in the early decades of last cen­tury is grad­u­ally be­ing re­turned to life.

The pump that brought the town’s wa­ter sup­ply from the Tarago River is be­ing re­stored to work­ing or­der by mem­bers of the Baw Baw Old En­gine and Auto Club.

By the time the task is com­pleted it is es­ti­mated mem­bers will have vol­un­teered about 2000 hours on the project.

The old pump sta­tion build­ing on the bank of the Tarago River at Rokeby is still there but in a derelict con­di­tion.

The pump­ing equip­ment was sal­vaged about 30 years ago with a view to its even­tual restora­tion.

The Old En­gine and Auto Club formed in 2005 and which has grown to more than 100 mem­bers is now cus­to­dian of equip­ment at its Dar­num work­shop and clu­b­rooms af­ter re­ceiv­ing a Fed­eral gov­ern­ment grant to mount the en­gine and re­turn it to a run­ning con­di­tion.

The equip­ment in­cludes a 1920s era Ron­ald­son and Tip­pett en­gine as well as gear boxes and sev­eral pumps.

Much of the ma­te­ri­als so far used in the restora­tion have been do­nated.

A pur­pose built heavy steel mount­ing base has been con­structed on a foun­da­tion of 10 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete and the crankshaft and four-ton fly­wheel have been re­united with the en­gine.

It is hoped to have the en­gine run­ning in the near fu­ture.

At the for­mer Dar­num rub­bish site where the club is lo­cated mem­bers are also work­ing to­wards de­vel­op­ing a her­itage cen­tre with shed­ding, meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties and stor­age fa­cil­i­ties for nu­mer­ous items of his­tor­i­cal ma­chin­ery.

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