New South Wales E17 class locomotive
No. 20 with early goods train at Bundanoon. 1870.
|Type and origin|
|Designer||Robert Stephenson and Company|
|Builder||Robert Stephenson and Company (11)
Mort's Dock (6 assembled)
Henry Vale (6)
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Driver diameter||4 ft 0 in (1.219 m)|
|Cylinder size||18 in × 24 in (457 mm × 610 mm)|
|Tractive effort||15,600 lbf (69.4 kN)|
|Operator(s)||New South Wales Government Railways|
|Disposition||1 preserved, remainder scrapped|
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.
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. 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
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 The sole survivor No. 18 was withdrawn from railway service in 1897 and sold to Corrimal Coal & Coke Company.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.
|Preserved E17 Class Locomotives|
|18||0-6-0 mixed traffic||Robert Stephenson and Company||1865||NSW Rail Transport Museum||Thirlmere||static exhibit|
- Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850's -1980's. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. pp. 168–170. ISBN 0 730100 05 7.
- "RAILWAY COLLISION AT EMU PLAINS.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 21 February 1878. p. 3. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- Preston, Ron G (1984). Tender into Tank. Sydney: New South Wales Rail Transport Museum. pp. 11–57. ISBN 0 909862 18 4.