New South Wales E17 class locomotive

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New South Wales E17 class
NSWGR Locomotive Class E.17 b.jpg
No. 20 with early goods train at Bundanoon. 1870.
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Robert Stephenson and Company
Builder Robert Stephenson and Company (11)
Mort's Dock (6 assembled)
Henry Vale (6)
Build date 1865
Total produced 23
 • Whyte 0-6-0
 • UIC 2'Bn
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia. 4 ft 0 in (1.219 m)
Superheater None
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 18 in × 24 in (457 mm × 610 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 15,600 lbf (69.4 kN)
Operators New South Wales Government Railways
Class E17
Numbers 17-22,40-47,52,103
Disposition 1 preserved, remainder scrapped
Class E17 Locomotive No.46

The E.17 class was a class of patent long boiler steam locomotive built by the Robert Stephenson and Company for the New South Wales Government Railways of Australia.


The first locomotives were built by Robert Stephenson and Company and placed in service in 1865-7 on the Southern and Western lines for goods workings. The locomotives were based on Stephenson's patent long boiler engines of 1843 for the York and North Midland Railway. Local companies assembled or built other class members that differed in details.[1]


On the night of 30 January 1878 head-on collision between two E.17 Class goods trains resulted in the drivers and firemen of both trains, together with a guard riding in the cab of the up train, being killed.[2] The primitive system of working the trains was found to be a contributing factor. Both locomotives were written off and replaced by new locomotives supplied by Robert Stephenson and Company.

Demise and preservation[edit]

Several locomotives were sold to private railways or transferred to the Public Works Department for railway construction, with all being scrapped by 1929 except Nos 42 and 18. The sole survivor No. 18 was withdrawn from railway service in 1897 and sold to Corrimal Coal & Coke Company. No. 18 survived till the 1963 in this service until preservation.[3]

Preserved E17 Class Locomotives
No. Description Manufacturer Year Current Organisation Location Status Ref
18 0-6-0 mixed traffic Robert Stephenson and Company 1865 NSW Rail Transport Museum Thirlmere static exhibit


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850's -1980's. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. pp. 168–170. ISBN 0 730100 05 7. 
  2. ^ "RAILWAY COLLISION AT EMU PLAINS.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 21 February 1878. p. 3. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Preston, Ron G (1984). Tender into Tank. Sydney: New South Wales Rail Transport Museum. pp. 11–57. ISBN 0 909862 18 4.