Steamrail Victoria

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Steamrail Victoria
Overview
Type TBA
System Steamrail Victoria
Status Operational
Stations TBA
Services TBA
Operation
Commenced Circa 1965
Opened TBA
Rolling stock Victorian Railways broad gauge
Technical
Line length TBA
Number of tracks TBA
Track gauge 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
4 ft ​8 12 in (1,435 mm)
2007 open day at the Steamrail Victoria depot: R 711 beside an L class electric locomotive and Swing Door suburban train

Steamrail Victoria is a not-for-profit volunteer group established in 1965 to restore and operate historic locomotives and rolling stock used on the railways in Victoria, Australia.[1] The main depot of the group is at the Newport Workshops ('West Block') in suburban Melbourne. In addition to operating railfan special trains and charters for private groups, the group also operates special steam trains in the Melbourne suburban area.[2] Steamrail regularly tours the state, including participation in annual events such as the Ballarat Heritage Weekend (steam locomotive Y112 is used to shuttle between Ballarat and Sulky Gully/Lal Lal).[3] Steamrail Victoria also hires diesel locomotives to Qube Logistics (Formerly POTA) as required. Locomotives were also hired to El Zorro until they ceased trading.[4][5][6]

The group has custody of a number of Victorian Railways steam locomotives, including the R, D3 and K classes; in addition to several diesel electric locomotives, and various suburban electric rolling stock.[7] Heritage carriages include the wooden 'E' and 'W' types, steel air conditioned 'S' type carriages, and South Australian 'K' type steel stock. The group has been criticised by some elements of the railfan community for use of non-heritage liveries on rolling stock.

Locomotives[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Number Image Year built Builder Status Notes
A2 986 A2 986 at Nilma.jpg 1915 Newport Workshops Operational Re-entered service on May 13, 2017 after a 30-year restoration
D3 608 Stored Stored at Ballarat East
D3 638 Stored Stored at Ballarat East
D3 639 D3658freight.jpg 1903 Newport Workshops Operational Painted in the Victorian Railways Commissioner's Loco livery (black and red). Occasionally runs with its original number D3 658
D3 641 Stored Stored at Ballarat East
D3 677 Stored Stored at Newport
D3 688 Stored Stored at Ballarat East
K151 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Newport
K153 A VLine trains passes a steam locomotive at Pakenham.jpg 1940 Newport Workshops Operational
K183 1943 Newport Workshops Accident damaged, stored Stored after accident damage at Benalla in October 2002.
K184 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Newport
K190 K190 at McKinnon station Nov 2016.jpg 1946 Newport Workshops Operational Painted in a LMS inspired livery. Currently on hire to the VGR
R700 North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow Stored Stored at Newport
R711 R711 in VR Blue and Gold.jpg 1951 North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow Operational Currently the only mainline certified oil-burner in Victoria
R761 R761-mx1.jpg 1952 North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow Operational
Y112 YCLASS26876304290.jpg 1889 Phoenix Foundry, Ballarat Operational Occasionally runs with its original number Y419. Based at Ballarat East.

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Number Image Year built Builder Status Notes
B63 Clyde Engineering, Granville Non-operational. Currently stored at Newport.
B72 Clyde Engineering, Graville Stored midway through restoration.
M231 Operational. Used occasionally to shunt at the Newport Depot.
M232 Non-operational. Currently stored at Newport.
S313 S Class locomotive S313.JPG TBA Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational. On hire to QUBE
T356 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational.
T364 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational.
T395 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational.
Y164 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational. Main Shunter at Newport Depot.

Electric locomotives[edit]

Number Image Year built Builder Status Notes
E1106 Non-operational. Stored at Newport.
E1108 Non Operational. Stored at Newport.
E1109 Under restoration.
L1160 English Electric Non operational. Stored at Newport.
L1162 L1162.jpg English Electric Operational. Stored at Newport as of 2014
L1169 L1169 Ghost Rider.jpg English Electric Non operational. Stored at Newport.

Harris electrics[edit]

  • Two former 'Greasers' Currently awaiting restoration

Swing Door electrics (all destroyed by fire at Newport Workshops in 2015)[edit]

  • 107M: Operational.
  • 137M: Operational.
  • 12BT: Under restoration.

Tait electrics[edit]

  • 317M: Operational.
  • 381M: Operational.
  • 470M: Stored. Unique double end configuration.
  • 208T: Operational.
  • 341T: Under restoration.
  • 230D: Operational.

Carriages[edit]

Class Image Type Gauge Top speed
(km/h)
Built Number Notes
E type carriage CE carriage.jpg Passenger carriage Broad 115 1906
E type carriage BCE carriage.jpg Passenger carriage Broad 1906
Long W type carriage Semi-elliptical roofed BW carriage.jpg Passenger carriage Broad 1911
Short W type carriage CW van.jpg Passenger carriage Broad 1911 TBA
S type carriage Passenger carriage Broad 1937
South Australian 'K' type carriage Passenger carriage Broad 1936

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steamrail Victoria - About Us". www.steamrail.com.au. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Media Release: RIDE A STEAM TRAIN AROUND MELBOURNE THIS SUNDAY". www.dpc.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  3. ^ Steam trains return on Ballarat's Heritage Weekend. The Courier. May 9, 2012
  4. ^ "Qube's use of SRV locos". www.railpage.com.au. 
  5. ^ "El Zorro's Demise". www.railpage.com.au. 
  6. ^ "Steamrail Forum ~ View topic - El Zorro Hirings of SRV Locos". www.steamrail.com.au. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  7. ^ "VICSIG - Heritage Groups - Steamrail Victoria". www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°51′3″S 144°52′48″E / 37.85083°S 144.88000°E / -37.85083; 144.88000