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Cheetham Salt No.1 (L6)

Cheetham Cheetham

Status: Under restoration

This locomotive is the sole survivor of three constructed in Cheetham Salt Limited’s Laverton workshops about 1962 to transport beach sand to reline the salt pans at the end of each harvest.  Originally fitted with a Ford engine, it was rebuilt about 1974 and refitted with a Morris engine.  It was still working in 1976 but, by 1986, had been abandoned on an outer siding of the Laverton Salt Works.  The locomotive was purchased by ATT member Peter Evans and transported to Alexandra on 8 September 1988.

The locomotive was moved off-site to commence restoration in April 2003 and, by the end of that year the locomotive had been stripped down to a bare frame, motor and transmission.  The engine and transmission are currently being rebuilt, and it is hoped to return the locomotive to service at Alexandra in early 2007.