With G233 returned to steam for the 150 years of Railways in Western Australia celebrations in August, work would recommence on S549 with the vision of having her also in steam in 2021 for Rail Heritage WA Railfest to be held on 10 October 2021.
With extensive preparation works in the weeks prior, finally a fire was lit in the firebox of S549 on 2 October 2021 for the purpose of certifying the boiler. All systems were checked and found in good order with only minor adjustments required.
To be present when a locomotive like S549 comes alive is nothing short of extraordinary, with the different sounds, the smells and sense of energy. They truly do come alive.
S549 is alive, steam "letting off" from one of the three safety valves
|Made in Midland - S549|
|Opening the scum cock to remove any contaminates at the base of the firebox water space around the foundation ring.|