Emu Bay Railway Locomotives

From the opening of its predecessor in 1883 to the delivery of the two diesel shunters in 1962, the Emu Bay Railway numbered all locomotives in a single series from 1, in order of delivery.

As with any numbering systems there were a few exceptions. The Avonside loco purchased from the Mt Lyell company in 1929 was given the number 10, some time after the first loco carrying this number was sold. Similarly when number 20 was written off in an accident shortly after purchase, another loco was hastily obtained and numbered 20A, the last steam loco to be numbered in this sequence started 80 years before. The first deisel locomotive, delivered in 1953 as PVH1 was later renumbered 21, the next available number in the steam loco roster, prior to the new 10 class diesels were arriving. At the same time an un-numbered shunter purchased from the closed Mt Lyell Railway was given the number 22. The new main line locomotives did not follow the old system, being numbered 1001 to 1003. A fourth 10 class was later purchased, while seven locomotives of an improved design delivered from 1969 were numbered 1101 to 1107.

Since the takeover of the EBR by Tasrail in 1998, many classes of Tasrail loco have operated over the former EBR line from Burnie to Rosebery.

Number In
Service
Out of
Service
Built by Type Notes
1 1883 1922 Hunslet 4-4-0  
2 1883 1905 Hunslet 4-4-0  
3 1888 1940 Neilson 0-6-2T  
4 1897 1963 Martin 2-6-0  
5 1897 1963 Martin 2-6-0  
6 1900 1966 Dubs 4-8-0 Named Murchison. Preserved at the Zeehan Museum
7 1900 1961 Dubs 4-8-0  
8 1900 1966 Dubs 4-8-0 Named Heemskirk. Preserved by Don River Railway.
9 1906 1963 Martin 2-6-0  
10 1908 1920 BP 2-6-0 To PWD, and later TGR C28
10 (2nd) 1928 1950 Avonside 4-6-0 New to North Mt Lyell Railway in 1899
11 1911 1961 NBL 4-8-0  
12 1929 1964 BP 4-8-2 + 2-8-4  
13 1929 1962 BP 4-8-2 + 2-8-4  
14 1929 1964 BP 4-8-2 + 2-8-4  
15 1930 1956 Avonside 4-6-0 New to North Mt Lyell Railway in 1899
16 1950 1966 CLTB 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 ex G16. New 1944
17 1950 1966 CLTB 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 ex G23. New 1944
18 1954 1964 CLTB 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 ex G17. New 1944
19 1956 1963 Martin 2-6-0 ex TGR F1. Built new for South Australian Railways in 1892
20 1961 1962 CLTB 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 ex G25. New 1944
20A 1962 1964 CLTB 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 ex G12. New 1944
Ruston 1950 1998 Ruston - B -

Not owned by EBR, but used to shunt wagons at EZ Rosebry mine. Out of use from mid 1970s, later repainted and stored by EBR in Burnie. Preserved by Tasmanian Transport Museum. See their Ruston page for more details on this loco.

21 1953 2001 NBL - D - Delivered as PVH 1. Renumbered about 1963
Preserved by Derwent Valley Railway
22 1963 - Drewry - C - ex Mt Lyell, built 1953. To ABT Wilderness Railway 2000
1001 1963 2001 Walkers B - B Preserved by Walhalla Goldfields Railway, Victoria
1002 1963 2001 Walkers B - B Preserved by Don River Railway.
1003 1963 2001 Walkers B - B Preserved by Zig Zag Railway, New South Wales
1004 1966 2001 TGR B - B Built by TGR with parts supplied by Walkers
Preserved by Zig Zag Railway, New South Wales
1101 1970 2002 Walkers B - B Sold to Cairns Kuranda Steam Railway, Queensland
1102 1970 2002 Walkers B - B Sold to Cairns Kuranda Steam Railway, Queensland; Stored
1103 1970 2002 Walkers B - B Sold to Curtain Bros, Queensland; Stored
1104 1970 2002 Walkers B - B Sold to Curtain Bros, Queensland; Stored
1105 1970 2002 Walkers B - B Sold to Beaudesert Rail, then to Cairns Kuranda Steam Railway, Queensland; Stored
1106 1970 2002 Walkers B - B Sold to Curtain Bros, Queensland; Stored
1107 1970 2002 Walkers B - B Sold to Curtain Bros, Queensland; Stored

 

Key to locomotive builders:

Avonside Avonside Engine Company, Bristol, England
BP Beyer, Peacock & Company, Manchester, England
CLTB Commonwealth Land Transport Board (Clyde Engineering Co., Islington & Newport Railway Workshops)
Drewry Drewry Car Company, England
Dubs Dübs & Company, Glasgow, Scotland (later part of NBL)
Hunslet Hunslet Engine Company, Leeds, England
Martin James Martin & Co., Gawler, South Australia
NBL North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow, Scotland
Neilson Neilson Reid & Company, Glasgow, Scotland (later part of NBL)
PWD Public Works Department (Tasmanian Government)
Ruston Ruston & Hornsby Ltd, England
TGR Tasmanian Government Railways
Walkers Walkers Limited, Maryborough, Queensland

Sources: ARHS Bulletin (Various),  notes from the ARHS Tasmania archives & The Emu Bay Railway by Lou Rae

 

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