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Quanaba Mill 0-6-2T No. 2 'Skipper'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 16:04:00.247
Worked at Millaguin Mill. In 1966 was transferred to Qunaba Mill and numbered 2 in their fleet. In 1981 went to the Mile End Railway Museum, Adelaide as an example of a Adelaide built sugar cane locomotive. In 1988 moved to Port Adelaide and was cosmetically restored in 2003. One of the few items at the museum in a non public area. Can be viewed from the passing 18 inch passenger train, which runs daily.

Gin Gin Sugar 0-6-0T No. 5Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 15:54:37.77
Arrived in Australia 1909. In 1913 sold to Johnston sugar mill. Resold in 1925 to Isis Central Mill who numbered her No5. In 1927, 1946 & 1955 it had new boilers fitted. In 1955 transferred to Gin Gin Mill. In preservation has a similar history to Hudswell Clarke 1098. It is now the operating steam loco at the Alexandra Timber Tramway Museum. In steam at least one Sunday and special weekends. The museum has a good website, information on all equipment and operating days.

Gin Gin Mill 0-6-0 No. 7Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 15:41:49.7
New to Childers Mill numbered No7. Sold in 1932 to Isis Central Mill, in 1960 going to Gin Gin Mill, Wallaville. In 1970 sold to private individual and restored at Golburn Museum of Historic Engines. In 1978 moved to Old Brickworks Museum, Yarralumla, ACT. In 1981 moved to Alexandra Timber Tramway Museum. At first it ran in steam but was too heavy for the 30lb rail. It was out of use when a lighter Fowler loco arrived. At present it is totally dismantled for overhaul.

Alexandra Timber Tramway Museum has an oval railway track with the old 1911 built Alexandra railway station in the centre. Various old logging buildings, logging machinery & vehicles. A large selection of industrial diesel locomotives, some very rare. Has rebuilt its railway track with salvaged 60lb rail from old local logging railways. A mixture of British & Germany rail.


Broken Hill Associated Smelters 0-6-0T No. 'Passchendale'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 14:40:14.673
One of 4 War Department war surplus locos that BHP bought in 1919 to operate the railways at their smelter in Port Pirie. Named after World War One battles in which Australian troops fought. This worked until the 1960s. It was at first displayed in a playground in Port Pirie. Later it moved to Port Augusta Homestead Park Pioneer museum. This museum has recently closed to the public. I believe the loco is still on site and viewable through the fencing.

Broken Hill Associated Smelters 0-6-0T No. 'Port Pirie'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 14:37:29.383
In 1928 BHP bought another loco of the same design as their 1919 built engines to work at their smelter in Port Pirie and was named after the town. This worked until the 1960s then passed to the National Trust and displayed at their Old Station museum in Port Pirie

The original Port Pirie railway station was built by the docks in 1875. For many years the running of trains in the main street was troublesome. The station closed in July 1967. The building became a museum. Even though a small museum there are plenty of exhibits showing the towns history. The locomotive is in a closed off yard, but there is a good view from the road. The railway to the smelter runs behind the museum.

The new Port Pirie station used to have the Indian - Pacific trains stop there. When the train arrived, the cooking coach would be exchanged. A new restocked coach joined the train complete with a cooked meal ready to serve to the passengers. Now the train bypasses Port Pirie and stops at Adelaide instead. The long platform at Port Pirie no longer sees any passenger trains only freight to the smelter and grain trains to the huge silos at the docks.


Broken Hill Associated Smelters 0-6-0T No. 'Perrone'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 14:30:25.223
One of 4 War Department war surplus locos that BHP bought in 1919 to operate the railways at their smelter in Port Pirie. Named after World War One battles in which Australian troops fought. This loco worked until the 1960s, then went to the Mile End Museum in Adelaide. Restored and in steam by 1987. It moved to the new museum at Port Adelaide. Operates steam rides on the museums 42 inch gauge track. Normally out of sight in their workshops except when working.

Broken Hill Associated Smelters 0-6-0T No. 'Pozieres'Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 14:23:34.577
One of 4 War Department war surplus locos that BHP bought in 1919 to operate the railways at their smelter in Port Pirie. All four were named after World War One battles in which Australian troops fought. With less need for rail traffic within the works, plus a diesel loco purchased in 1961 they were withdrawn. Three of these four engines passed into preservation. 1543 went to the open air museum at Menzies Creek at Puffing Billy Railway outside Melbourne. In 2010 it was moved to Bellarine Railway, Queenscliffe. Back in steam by 2011 and beautifully restored.

The smelter at Port Pirie takes ore from Broken Hill. By 1934 it was the biggest in the world producing silver, zinc, copper & gold. Still in operation today.


Silverton Tramway 2-6-2T No. Y 5Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 14:05:59.667
Silverton Tramway Y5 is a tank version of the sucessful 2-6-0 Y class. Silverton Tramway ordered two 2-6-2T. Y5 the first was shipped to Adelaide and moved to Broken Hill. It worked for the tramway until 1898 when it was given in compensation to the Sulphide Corporation Central mine after one of their locos was destroyed in collision with a Silverton Tramway loco. It remained numbered 5 and worked in Broken Hill. In 1940/41 it was sold and moved to Whyalla and renumbered 3 in the BHP steelworks fleet.

After withdrawal it was plinthed in a park in Whyalla. Whyalla is on the Spencer Gulf. Before air conditioning, the welcomed nightly breeze would blow across the Gulf, cooling the town. The salty breeze did the usual damage and Y5s steel corroded in the open air. In 1983 was obtained by the Pichi Richi Railway. At present it lives in their long term restoration building minus side tanks, but at least under cover until its chance at restoration.

Sister engine Y6 was never actually used by the Silverton Tramway. But is also preserved. See Beyer Peacock 3357 for notes.

The Sulphide Corporation was a London backed company. From 1897 their Central mine in Broken Hill produced rich ore. A mixture of lead, zinc and silver which was train hauled to Port Pirie and then shipped to Newcastle, New South Wales to the company's own smelters, later using the BHP smelter at Port Pirie. The mine closed in 1939.


BHP Whyalla 4-6-0 No. 4Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-13 13:24:05.143
One of class two engines supplied to work the tramway from Iron Knob to Whyalla. When larger locos arrived, relegated to lighter duties, even being used as a steam supply for pile driving. Withdrawn 1969 and moved to Mile End museum. Later moved to the new railway museum at Port Adelaide.

Iron Knob is a huge deposit of high grade iron ore. Was impossible to move large quantities of ore until the Iron Knob to Whyalla tramway was built in 1901 to transport ore from the mine. In 1903 wharves were built at Whyalla. Ore was shipped direct from port, as an export. The ore was 60% pure and allowed Australia to build its own Steelworks so ore then shipped to Newcastle and Port Kembla, where huge deposits of coal were located. Finally a steelworks was also built in Whyalla. The mine continued until 1998, with other nearby large mines still producing similar ore. The 42 inch railway still operates supplying ore to the steelworks. Today large ore carriers anchor off the port and are filled using shallower draught feeder vessels.


NCB Lambton System 0-6-0ST No. 60Posted by: Russell Newman on 2017-08-13 10:11:05.813
There has been some news that the former NCB Lambton System Hunslet built Austerity No. 60 is being overhauled for use at the Strathspey Railway again.

Penrhyn Quarry 0-4-0ST No. 'Jubilee 1897'Posted by: Russell Newman on 2017-08-13 09:52:52.017
The Penrhyn Quarry Railway was closed with out notice last month in July. "Jubilee 1897" has had to be moved to the Vale of Rheidol Railway for storage and its now unknown what is to happen to the locomotive next?

Commonwealth Railways 4-8-0 No. NM 34Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-12 16:16:23.117
One of 22 locomotives built to a Queensland Railway design, their C17 class. The class worked for 25 years until replaced by diesels. As well as working the Port Augusta to Alice Springs line the NM class also worked the heavy coal train from Leigh Creek. This stopped when the line was converted to standard gauge. A large power station was built at Port Augusta using this coal. This has only just closed, because of environmental concerns, not lack of coal. NM34 was in service July 1927. NM 34 was the last operating Commonwealth Railway steam loco, taking a special train on the Pichi Richi line just before it was withdrawn in October 1967.

Only days later it entered the railway museum at Mile End, Adelaide, near where the present inter-state railway station is today. The museum closed 1988 and collection moved to Port Adelaide.

The old 42 inch gauge railway ran from Port Augusta to Alice Springs, known as the Ghan. It was totally by passed when a standard gauge line using a different route was opened to Port Augusta via Alice Springs and on to Darwin. The route is also call the Ghan. The Pichi Richi Railway is the only operating portion left of the old Ghan. For a time a 30 km section from Alice Springs had a steam hauled tourist train, but no longer operates.


Commonwealth Railways 4-8-0 No. NM 25Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-12 16:08:52.26
One of 22 locomotives built to a Queensland Railway design, their C17 class for working the Port Augusta to Alice Springs Line, even working the Ghan passenger trains. They were replaced on all duties when diesels arrived. Also the class had worked the Leigh Creek to Port Augusta coal trains. This ceased when the line was regauged to standard. Locomotives ended there lives shunting or just stored serviceable to cover emergencies.

NM25 became a stationary boiler at Port Augusta. In 1975 passed to the Pichi Richi railway. Their staff now have this loco operating and in excellent condition. It often works their twice monthly Afghan Express, going from Port Augusta to Quorn and return, working over the same line it would have 70 years ago.

At Port Augusta the Pichi Richi railway have a 42 inch gauged bay one side of the platform. There is a through standard gauge line on the other side of the platform where the present day India - Pacific & Ghan passenger trains will stop for passengers. Also the preserved railway has a shed where they stable the loco and stock for working their Afghan Express. In the dry season the Afghan Express will also haul a 2,000 gallon water wagon as well as passenger coaches. Filling up in Port Augusta and emptying at the Quorn works.

Often a least one inter-state freight will pass through Port Augusta station while you are waiting to board the Afghan Express. Normally 3 large diesels, accommodation coach and an endless procession of freight or container wagons. Even double stacked container wagons. Port Augusta is still a major railway town.


Commonwealth Railways 2-2-0WT Railcar No. NJAB 1Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-12 15:53:36.34
One of two steam motor coaches originally purchased by South Australia Railways. This loco became their Steam Motor Coach No1 and was used on lines at Quorn. The steam locomotive part built in Leeds and the 22 passenger coach built in Birmingham. In 1921 it passed to the Commonwealth Railway, when they took over the running the line. Along the way it lost 4 passenger seats for an extra water tank. Worked until 1930, then stored at Quorn. Donated to the National Trust and in 1960 plinthed at Alice Springs. In 1975 passed to the Pichi Richi railway who overhauled her and she was back in steam in 1984. Another major overhaul has taken from 2007 to 2015. Once again in service giving short distance rides at Quorn.

The Pichi Richi railway website has excellent histories of its locos.


Commonwealth Railways 0-6-0ST No. NB 30Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-12 15:48:29.893
One of 4 American 1916 built 0-6-0ST supplied for use in constructing the Henderson Naval Base, south of Perth. Two of them were purchased in 1925 by Commonwealth Railways. Numbering them NB29 & NB30. Both based at Quorn and used as general purpose shunters. Both were out of use late 1940s, NB30 officially withdrawn in 1950. Later moved to Port Augusta and the wheels and frames used in construction of a diesel shunter. In use 1957 back at Quorn. 1971 transferred to work at Port Augusta. Worked a year before becoming standby loco to a newer diesel. In 1979 acquired by Pichi Richi railway and back at Quorn shunting.

Two of its sister locos VIW 2539 and 2540 are preserved by the Bellarine Railway but not operational.


Commonwealth Railways 4-6-0 No. G 1Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-12 15:41:28.457
G1 is a member of a class of 26 built by American & Australian firms between 1914 & 1917 to work the new standard gauge railway from Kalgoolie, Western Australia to Port Augusta, South Australia which was built 1912 to 1917. The first arrivals of the G class worked railway construction trains on the line. Once the line completed, the class operated all the passenger trains. Working the line for 20 years. By then trains were heavier and more powerful locomotives were required. In the early 30s they ran without a loco change over 500 mile sections - the run from Port Augusta to Cook and the section from Cook to Kalgoolie. The end of World War Two found them worn out. Some ended there lives as shunters but all withdrawn by 1957.

G1 was withdrawn in August 1945 but stored at Port Augusta. December 1969 was in the Mile End, Adelaide with the rest of the museum collection. It moved in 1988 to Port Adelaide. G1 is the only standard gauge steam locomotive at the National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide.

The urgent need was for a railway connecting Western Australia to other states. With no private company able to finance the 1,000 plus mile line the Federal Government financed the line and set up the Commonwealth Railway to run it. Commonwealth Railway later took control of the Northern division of South Australia Railways.


Western Maryland Ry 4-6-2 No. 202Posted by: Caroline McMaster on 2017-08-12 08:51:37.013
It is not located at the Roundhouse Museum- it is located at the Hagerstown Railroad Museum in City Park.

Western Maryland Ry 4-6-2 No. 202Posted by: Caroline McMaster on 2017-08-12 08:51:37.0
It is not located at the Roundhouse Museum- it is located at the Hagerstown Railroad Museum in City Park.

Silverton Tramway 2-6-0 No. Y 12Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-11 16:04:39.847
The Y class a design was first used on Tasmanian railways. This is one of 19 ordered by Silverton Tramway even though there were only 17 on the books at any one time. At least 2 were sold shortly after arriving. Some second hand Y class were bought from other operators as well. A noticeable item, when some had their boilers rebuilt raising pressure from 145 to 180 psi, lead weights were added to their running boards to improve adhesion. All three preserved Silverton Y class carry these lead slabs.

Y12 was withdrawn form service in July 1961. It ran nearly 691,000 miles in service and was the last Y class to operate on the tramway, even just outlasting by months the A class engines. In September 1964 it was back in steam to work picnic specials, then stored until transferred to Mile End Museum in October 1965. In 1988 moved with museum collection to Port Adelaide.


ZBH 0-6-0T No. 62.634Posted by: Henry Allum on 2017-08-11 16:03:29.527
62.634 is located outside Stadium Grbavica, Sarajevo.

Silverton Tramway 4-8-2 No. W25Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-11 15:51:26.56
Another of the four W class locomotives introduced in 1951 for working the ore trains from Broken Hill to Cockburn. Last ran July 1961 having travelled almost 236,000 miles. Went to the Mile End museum March 1970. Later moved to Port Adelaide railway museum.

The diesel locos that took over the running of the tramway only lasted 10 years as the narrow gauge tramway closed in 1970, when a standard gauge railway was opened all the way through to Port Pirie.


Silverton Tramway 4-8-2 No. W 22Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-11 15:38:32.73
The W class of 4 locos was introduced in 1951. Very similar in design to the 60 W class locos of Western Australia. The cowling (skyline) running the top of the boiler being the easiest difference to see. All four were painted green, a departure from the Silverton Tramway black livery. They replaced the A class on heavy freight. They could haul trains of 1,200 tons. Even though a successful locomotive, dieselisation cut their lives short.

W22 last ran December 1960. It had only travelled 220,000 miles. Years later it operated a steam special over the Silverton Tramway before being hauled to Port Pirie and shipped to Victoria, arriving February 1969 at the open air museum at Menzies Creek on the Puffing Billy railway.

W22 was moved to The Pichi Richi railway and entered their workshops at Quorn to be made operational. The years of standing outdoors in a semi rain forest had done serious damage. The loco was beyond economic repair. So W 916 was restored as W22. Some parts were used off W22, most noticeable its nameplate and builder plates. Maybe also the cowl. Today W 22 sits outside stripped of all identity, with its tender nearby. Only the different paint on the cab front, where the cowl was hints at its true identity.


Silverton Tramway 4-6-0 No. A 21Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-11 15:27:10.907
A 21 is one of a class of 4 locos built 1912 to 1915. They could haul 25% more than previous locos. Worked the 36 mile Broken Hill to Cockburn trains, mostly heavy ore trains for Port Pirie smelters. At Cockburn the South Australia Railway provided the locomotives. Did mainline duty until 1951 when the arrival of the W class relegated them to shunting duties. A 21 was finally withdrawn October 1960 having travelled over 760,000 miles. Was preserved and moved to Mile End museum in Adelaide, October 1965. With the rest of the collection it was moved to Port Adelaide, where a excellent museum has been built.

South Australian Railways 4-8-0 No. T 224Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-11 15:23:32.113
Withdrawn in May 1970 and sold to the National Trust. Now displayed in Millicent at the National Trusts excellent Living History Museum.

South Australian Railways 4-6-0 No. Rx 160Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-11 15:18:52.167
Looking much better with fresh coat of paint.

South Australian Railways 0-4-4WT No. V 9Posted by: Robin R Beck on 2017-08-11 15:16:40.113
There a plaque on the building which says it all. S.A.R. V class locomotive No 9. This is the oldest & smallest remaining locomotive of the South Australian Railways. One of four built by Beyer Peacock & Co Ltd. of Manchester, England. It was placed in service on the Kingston - Naracoorte railway in early 1877. In 1888 it was transferred to the Northern division of the S.A.R. excepting for a short period between 1912 & 1914 when it was used by the Mines Department of the Parramatta & Yelta mines near Moonta. It remained in service in the Northern Division until 1953, still in perfect working order. It was presented to the corporation of Naracoorte by the South Australian Railways as a Historical relic in 1955.

After 77 years of faithful service... out-moded, but not worn out. Mileage recorded 488,049 miles


Great Western Railway 2-8-0 No. 2818Posted by: Russell Newman on 2017-08-11 12:23:12.753
In some very surprising news GWR 2800 Class 2-8-0 No. 2818 has become another locomotive given away by the NRM. No 2818 has been donated to STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon. The locomotive will move back to its birth place and new home later in the year.

London Transport (Great Western Railway) 0-6-0PT No. 5786 L92Posted by: Russell Newman on 2017-08-11 05:51:29.773
5786 (L92) is back in service at the South Devon Railway following completion of its repairs.

Gerresheimer Glashüttenwerke 0-4-0T No. UnknownPosted by: Doug Bailey on 2017-08-11 05:13:04.3
This locomotive was reported to have been placed in a playground (Spielplatz) in Düsseldorf-Gerresheim in 1989. There are 43 playgrounds in Düsseldorf-Gerresheim and a Google Earth exam of all 43 failed to identify the location of this locomotive. Not ready to mark it as "Lost" as yet, but am seeking further information.

DB 2-10-0 No. 50.3652Posted by: Doug Bailey on 2017-08-10 18:15:25.457
Locomotive was retired on June 7th, 1991 and placed into the hands of a private owner (Bernd Falz) in 1994. At some point thereafter it came in the hands of the Dampflok-Museum Hermeskeil.
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