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Western Australia Government Railways 4-6-2 No. 308Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-13 04:33:11.62
The WAGR had built 65 locomotives for express passenger trains becoming their E class. 1924/25 almost all the class fitted with superheated boilers becoming the Es class. They improved the Perth to Kalgoolie express trains. Later when more modern locos arrived they moved to freight and other duties. 308 was in service in 1903 and was the last Es class when withdrawn in 1963. Now preserved at Bassendean railway museum

Western Australia Government Railways 4-4-4T No. 201Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-13 04:30:05.267
One of 32 built 4-4-4T locos, becoming WAGR N class. A further 10 locos were added to the class when some O class 2-8-0T+T locos were converted at Midland workshops. The N class did suburban passenger trains in Perth & Kalgoolie. All N class were based at Perth when Kalgoorlie- Boulder loopline stopped carrying passengers. The arrival of more modern tank engines and, later, diesel railcars saw the class slowly withdrawn in the 1950s. Last two withdrawn 1960.

Number 201 worked from 1898 until withdrawn 1960. Having travelled over 1,000,000 miles. Then it was converted to a portable steam cleaner, based at East Perth loco depot. 201 is now preserved at Bassendean railway museum. The last 5 years at least it is stored in a none public area. When visiting, a polite request will if any volunteer free, and no machinery moving about be allowed a guided look around the storage area. Museum only open Wednesday & Sunday afternoons


Western Australia Government Railways 4-4-0 No. 174Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-13 04:27:14.097
One of 24 locomotives built for express passenger trains, becoming WAGR R class. Their driving wheels were 4 feet 9 inches, the largest of any WAGR locomotive type. Some of the early class members were painted in royal blue. 174 was built as a 4-4-0, later along with others of the class, converted to a 4-4-2 so they could be used on lighter rail branch lines. Worked from 1899 until withdrawn in 1953. Having travelled 726,961 miles. The only one of the class to survive, it was converted back to a 4-4-0. Then in 1956 put on display outside the Railway Institute Library in Midland. In 1972 moved to Centrepoint shopping centre and again displayed outdoors. When the shopping centre was being redeveloped in 2011 the owners of the shopping centre donated 174 to Bassendean railway museum. Also they kindly paid for all the transport cost. The loco has a plaque stating its part in a mine rescue.

Western Australia Government Railways 0-6-0T No. 18Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-13 04:24:20.17
Originally bought by WAGR with a sister engine to run on the new Bunbury to Boyanup railway. A ship arrived at Bunbury on 24 December 1887. On board were both engines and all rolling stock for the railway. The railway was built and paid for, but no money was left to operate the railway. It was over 3 years before any locomotive ran on the railway. Number 18 was sold and shipped to Albany where it operated mail trains from Albany to Eticup. In 1889 it was sold back to WAGR and worked on Fremantle to Guildford railway. Soon after the 1891 opening of the Bunbury railway number 18 returned to Bunbury and finally worked on the railway it was built for.

1895 it was found working on the construction of Fremantle south mole. In 1904 it was working on the Mundaring Weir line, a dam construction project to supply water to the Eastern Goldfields. 1911 was sold to the Public Works Department working at Fremantle North Quay. 1949 back in Bunbury working on the breakwater construction. Then ended life shunting at Bunbury jetty until 1960. Donated in 1962 for preservation, 1971 arrived at Bassendean railway museum


Western Australia Government Railways 2-6-0 No. 11Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-13 04:21:16.363
When built was used on passenger trains. Number 11 entered service in 1885. Worked for 70 years and withdrawn 1955. Was presented to and displayed at Perth Zoo. Later moved to Bassendean railway museum, being the first locomotive to enter the museum on 23 October 1969.

Golden Ridge Gold Mining Co 0-4-0WT No. 'Freudie'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-13 04:19:38.577
A 20 inch gauge 0-4-0WT ordered new for the Golden Ridge Gold Mining Co, Boorara, WA. When this company had financial difficulties the locomotive passed to Western Machinery Company, in Kalgoorlie. There seems no history on what the loco actually did for this company. Now preserved at the Bassendean railway museum. For years displayed outdoors. Now undergoing a complete cosmetic restoration

Melbourne Harbour Trust 0-4-0T No. 2 'Kia Ora'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-13 04:14:24.567
Worked from 1884 until 1962. Started life in Melbourne, Victoria. In 1887 moved to Western Australia working at various locations in the state. Named KIA ORA in 1904 which it is still known by. Preserved at the Bassendean railway museum. For many was displayed outdoors at the old entrance to the museum. Now under cover in the main museum, but roped off from public access. After asking, I was allowed to climb over the rope and have a close look. Saddle tanks have corrosion, but after 130 years in a reasonable condition. There a potted history board in front of KIA ORA.

British Railways 4-6-2 No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell'Posted by: Russell Newman on 2018-08-12 08:58:10.09
Having marked 50 years since the end of British Railways Steam 50 years on this year. No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" will be the star visiting locomotive at Locomotion in Shildon for their Autumn Steam Gala on the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd 2018.

BDŽ 2-8-4T No. 36.10Posted by: ILFORD on 2018-08-11 15:09:23.143
Built by Krupp 2281 of 1943.

Reader RR 2-8-0 No. 1702Posted by: Jonah Snyder on 2018-08-10 21:20:45.687
For the record, 1702 arrived on the GSMR in 1991.

BDŽ 2-8-4T No. 36.10Posted by: Steve Frost on 2018-08-10 15:44:15.587
Said to be the last active BDŽ steam locomotive in Bulgaria. Withdrawn from service in 1991.

BDŽ 0-8-2T No. 48.04Posted by: Steve Frost on 2018-08-10 14:51:25.547
The class 48 was made up of only six locos. The first three were built by Hanomag for Pernik coal mine in 1931. These were 48.01-03. In 1948 three more were built, numbered 48.04-06. These locos were the only steam locos built in Bulgaria, and with works number 1, 48.04 was the first of this small output, so securing its place in Bulgarian railway history... and its survival.

Great Western Railway 2-8-0 No. 2818Posted by: Russell Newman on 2018-08-10 12:23:25.22
A date has been set for 2818s move to her new home at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon which will be on August the 21st 2018.

CFU 2-8-0T No. 29Posted by: Helmut Dahlhaus on 2018-08-10 10:32:14.927
The engine is a 2-8-0T and was constructed 1952.

West Side Lumber Company Shay - 3 truck No. 9Posted by: Matthew L on 2018-08-10 02:37:56.05
Once the 2018 operating season is done it will be heading back to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad 0-6-0 No. 3960Posted by: on 2018-08-09 20:13:38.443
The Age of Steam Roundhouse has acquired 3960 and will eventually be moved to Sugarcreek.

Surrey, Sussex & Southampton RR 2-6-0 No. 6Posted by: Kendall on 2018-08-09 17:31:54.987
Name is spelled wrong. It is Surry, with no e, not Surrey.

Surrey, Sussex & Southampton RR 2-6-0 No. 6Posted by: Kendall on 2018-08-09 17:31:43.583
Name is spelled wrong. It is Surry, with no e, not Surrey.

Dorada Railway 0-6-0T No. 4 'Columbia' ('Dona Helena')Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-09 15:29:54.1
In 1905 one of four Hudswell Clarke built locomotives were supplied to S. Pearson & Sons and shipped to Sabanilla, Columbia then presumably taken by riverboat up the Magdalena River to be used on the Dorada Railway Company. Works numbers 730 & 731 were 4-4-0T locos. Works number 732 & 733 were 0-6-0 tender engines. 733 received the name DONA HELENA. Can find no more history on this loco. An 0-6-0T plinthed outside the old railway station Estacion Montoya in Barranquilla has a plaque saying built by Hudswell Clarke 1904 becoming Dorada Railway Company No 4 named DONA HELENA. So presumed 733 was at some converted to a tank locomotive. Has a new name painted on its tanks. Dorada Railway Company was a British venture to build a railway around the rapids at Honda on the river Magdalena. Magdalena river is the third largest in South America. Navigable for 620 miles, Barranquilla to Honda. After the rapids it is navigable for another 150 miles. So the railway allowed goods to be carried the whole length of the navigable river. This helped Barranquilla become the largest port in Columbia.

Estacion Montoya (railway station), Barranquilla was built in 1871, the first railway station built in Columbia. The Bolivar Railway Company built an eleven mile railway from Barranquilla to Puerto Colombia to carry goods and passengers from the river at Barranquilla to the Caribbean coast at Puerto Colombia where a pier was built to load ships. The building of wharfs at Barranquilla for ocean going ships took the freight away from this railway


SAR 2-8-2 No. 124Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-09 14:23:02.32
A member of the NG15 class. Number 124 worked on the 600mm gauge Otavi Railway in South West Africa until 1961 when the line was regauged. The whole class was moved to Port Elizabeth to operate on the SAR 24 inch railway going from Port Elizabeth to Avontuur. In 1986 number 124 was painted in green livery for operating on the Apple Express. 124 is now undergoing restoration for future use on the new Apple Express.

The Apple Express a tourist train originally ran from Humewood railway station, Port Elizabeth. Started in 1965 running to Loerie 45 miles away. As well as paying for the journey, a picnic meal could be bought. The motive power was either a NG15 or NG16 locomotive. The express stopped in 2011. A recent project has seen a steam train operate along a part of the line. All restoration & maintenance is carried out in the Humewood Road ex railway diesel depot.


SAR 2-8-2 No. 17Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-09 13:51:49.157
One of three locos designed & built for the South African Railways to operate on the 600mm gauge Otavi Railway in South West Africa. They became the NG15 class . 19 more were to follow, totalling 21 class members built from 1931 to 1958. SAR 17 was built in 1931 and worked on the Otavi line until 1961 when the whole class was moved to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to operate on the 24 inch railway going from Port Elizabeth to Avontuur. SAR 17 was the first of the NG15 class. Can now be found operating on Sandstone Estate, Ficksburg, South Africa.

The Otavi mine, at Tsumeb, South West Africa (the present Namibia) was rich in copper, lead, zinc and traces of gold & silver. A 600mm railway was built from Tsumeb to the port of Swakopmund 350 miles away. The First World War saw the first 100 miles of track destroyed. Later it was rebuilt as 42 inch gauge. The railway continued to operate with all transfers being done at Karabib. The whole line was rebuilt as 42 inch in 1961.

The Port Elizabeth to Avontuur railway was a 170 mile 24 inch railway finished 1906 allowing fruit & vegetables to be railed to and exported from Port Elizabeth docks. Passenger trains ran until 1940s. After that freight trains still ran often with a passenger coach. The guards van also had compartments for passengers. From 1973 a class of 21 diesels also started operating this line, taking over from the NG15 class. When the traffic was heavy in May to September fruit & veg season steam locos would also operate. Most traffic had changed to road transport by the late 1980s effectively making steam and diesel locos redundant. Only a Limestone quarry at Loerie supplied stone to Port Elizabeth until 2001, keeping a section of the line working. The Apple Express tourist train used this 45 mile section for years.


British Railways 2-6-4T No. 80078Posted by: Russell Newman on 2018-08-09 13:45:20.973
BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80078 has returned to traffic following the completion of repairs and the fitment of a new outside cylinder. The locomotive has moved to the Mid-Norfolk Railway for running in and to take part in their Ales By Rails Dereham Beer Festival & Steam Bank Holiday Weekend on the 24th and 27th August.

Southern Railway 4-6-2 No. 34072 '257 Squadron'Posted by: Russell Newman on 2018-08-09 13:34:31.59
Finally after some more work and tests No. 34072 "257 Squadron" was steamed for the first time in 15 years and is now being run in at the Swanage Railway before it enters traffic later this month.

Inkerman Mill 0-4-2T No. BT1 'Betty Thompson'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-08 16:56:39.653
It worked the sugar tramway at Inkerman mill, located at town of Home Mill, Queensland. Not sure when it stopped working. I believe it had moved to Western Australia by 1990. 1996 was in operation at Bennent Brook Railway, now named BETTY THOMPSON. Has been well used on the railway. Now under going a complete overhaul

Marian Mill 0-6-2T No. 9Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-08 16:55:03.717
Its working life was taking sugar cane to Marian Mill, in the town of Marian, Queensland. Was named ADELAIDE while working there. When withdrawn was moved to Melaleuca Station gardens, Chinderah NSW running passenger trains at the gardens. In 2009 was moved to Bennett Brook Railway near Perth, WA. Undergoing a complete overhaul

Western Machinery Company 0-4-0WT No. Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-08 16:52:35.36
One of four new Krauss locos built 1889 (works 2178 - 2181) used by the firm of John Robb for the construction of Victoria Dock, Melbourne. 1892 Robbs employed 2181 on the Happy Valley Reservoir construction in South Australia. 1903 was sold to East Murchison United Gold Mines, in Leinster, Western Australia. 1919 sold again to Western Machinery Co, Kalgoorlie. No idea years it worked there. Western Machinery in 1963 sold it to Lew Whiteman, who moved it to his estate outside Perth. In 1984 he donated the loco to Bennett Brook Railway. There is photos of it slow restoration. Not sure if this work is being done at a private site. I never saw the locomotive on my visits BBR.

The now very different sister engine, Krauss 2179 is at Albion Park, NSW.


South African Railways 2-8-2 No. 123 'Fremantle'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-08 16:49:53.963
Built 1949 and started work at The Otavi Railway in South West Africa (Nambia). When the line was regauged it moved to Port Elizabeth to Avontuur railway line in South Africa. In 1985 purchased by Bennett Brook Railway and shipped to Australia. Most have been in good condition as volunteers worked hard so it could operate the first steam hauled passenger train on the BBR on 21 September 1986. Worked trains for another 9 years. A 12 year overhaul had it back in steam 2007. Out of service 2012, now in the middle of a major overhaul. The volunteer staff at BBT do a mountain of work. As well as caring for the extensive railway track, signalling, rolling stock & buildings. They also operate trains for over 200 days a year. The more train running, the more maintenance is required to keep them running, never mind finding funds for repairs. So even though their workshop is full of dismantled locomotives work is progressing on all of them.

South African Railways 2-8-2 No. 118 'Elizabeth'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2018-08-08 16:46:49.227
The NG15 class was designed & built for the South African Railways to operate on the 600mm gauge Otavi Railway in South West Africa. 21 class members were built from 1931 to 1958. SAR 118 was built in 1938 and worked on the Otavi line until 1961 when the whole class was moved to Port Elizabeth to operate on the SAR 24 inch railway going from Port Elizabeth to Avontuur. From 1973 a class of 21 diesels also started operating this line. Steam use declined. Not sure when 118 last worked. By the late 80s road transport effectively made the diesel locos also redundant.

Bought by Bennett Brook Railway. Shipped from South Africa to Fremantle in 1985. Taken to Whiteman Park & restored at their Mussel Pool workshops. Started hauling trains on Bennett Brook railway in 1994. Ran for eight years. Since then in and out of service with schedule maintenance. Bennett Brook Railway started life at Whiteman Park in 1982. Building workshop, track & stations. Had them operating there first passenger train in December 1984. First steam train in 1986. The railway runs every weekend and often mid week. Every day on school holidays. Wild kangaroos populate the park and can be seen from most train rides. Whiteman Park has become the heritage hub for Perth. There the heritage museum, motor museum & tractor museum. Also vintage village, vintage bus group & vintage tram group. There also a large wildlife park. BBR has its busy workshops at Mussel Pool, in a none public area of the park.


BDZ (Gr. Army) 0-8-0T No. 470.60 (HF 1052)Posted by: Dale W Fickés on 2018-08-08 16:22:47.373
Stored on a low loader depot (being of a different gauge) outside Septemvri depot on 06 October 2016.

This locomotive was previously at Ruse Museum (now closed). The 60 suffix to the loco number defines the locomotive gauge


Denver & Rio Grande Western RR 2-8-2 No. 493Posted by: Jordon on 2018-08-08 13:01:52.57
493 is in Durango and being restored for the 2019 season. She is being converted to run on oil to combat drought conditions.
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