South Australian Railways R class
|South Australian Railways R & Rx class|
Rx149 with a load of wine casks at McLaren Vale
In 1886, Dübs and Company of Glasgow delivered the first six R class. A further 24 had been built by James Martin & Co by November 1895. From 1899, all were rebuilt with higher powered Belpaire boilers and reclassified as the Rx class. A further 54 locomotives were built as Rx class by the Islington Railway Workshops, North British Locomotive Company and Walkers Limited with all in service by May 1916.
R class were the predominant locomotive used on broad gauge main line services in South Australia from their introduction. After the introduction of the large Webb engines they were relegated to secondary lines and services such as shunting and hauling goods trains. A large group of Rx class locomotives, mainly early builds, were withdrawn from service in 1934, however the remainder continued to serve into the mid 1960s.
Several Rx class locomotives and one R class survive to this day in various states of preservation.
- Rx5: plinthed at Kapunda
- Rx55: preserved at Loxton
- Rx93: preserved at National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide
- Rx160: preserved at Murray Bridge
- Rx191: plinthed at Victor Harbor
- Rx201: plinthed at Tailem Bend
- Rx207: preserved at SteamRanger, operational
- Rx217: plinthed at Nuriootpa
- Rx224: preserved at SteamRanger, under overhaul
- Rx231: plinthed at Kadina
- Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 54. ISBN 0 7301 0005 7.
- Rx5 Australian Steam
- Rx55 Australian Steam
- Rx93 National Railway Museum
- Rx93 Australian Steam
- Rx160 Australian Steam
- Rx191 Australian Steam
- Rx201 Australian Steam
- Rx207 Australian Steam
- Rx217 Australian Steam
- Rx224 Australian Steam
- Rx231 Australian Steam
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