Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company
3'6" Locomotives

The Mt Lyell railway numbered all its 3’6” gauge steam engines in two sequences, each stating from 1. One series contained the five rack tanks, and the other seven conventional tank engines. Although numbered in two separate series, the only differentiating feature (other than appearance) was a small ‘ABT System’ plate on the five rack tanks. Only locos used on the main system were numbered in these series, other locos acquired with the North Mt Lyell railway were quickly sold without numbering. The two ex TGR DS class locos may or may not have been renumbered 6 & 7, as they were in active service only for a short period of time and conclusive evidence has been hard to find.

Standard steam locomotives (3’6” Gauge)

Number In Service Out of Service Builder Wheel Arrangement Notes
1 1895 1902 Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T  
2 1895 1903 Sharp Stewart 0-4-0T  
3 1897 1922 Baldwin 0-6-0T  
4 1898 1954 Baldwin 0-6-0T  
5 1898 1938 Baldwin 0-6-0T  
DS4 1951 1959 NZGR 2-6-4T Built in 1909 as Wf405. Ex TGR
DS1 1952 1959 NZGR 2-6-4T Built in 1904 as Wf381. Ex TGR

 

Rack steam locomotives (3’6” Gauge)

Number In Service Out of Service Builder Wheel Arrangement Notes
1 1896 1963 Dubs 0-4-2RT Originally preserved at Zeehan, now in service on West Coast Wilderness Railway.
2 1898 1963 Dubs 0-4-2RT Preserved by Tasmanian Transport Museum.
3 1898 1963 Dubs 0-4-2RT Originally preserved at Queenstown, now in service on West Coast Wilderness Railway.
4 1901 1963 Dubs 0-4-2RT Scrapped
5 1938 1963 NBL 0-4-2RT Originally preserved at Menzies Creek steam museum (Victoria), now in service on West Coast Wilderness Railway

 

Diesel Locomotives (3’6” Gauge)

Number In Service Out of Service Builder Wheel Arrangement Notes
(Ruston) 1938 1963 Ruston - B - Preserved at Don River Railway.
2405 1953 1963 Drewry - C - Sold to EBR in 1963. To West Coast Wilderness Railway 2000. Now known as D1
2406 1953 1963 Drewry - C - Sold to TGR in 1963 as V13, out of service 1986. To Zig Zag Railway, New South Wales for preservation in 1992. To West Coast Wilderness Railway 2000. Now known as D2

Other Locomotives

At various times, the company also owned eleven 2’0” gauge Krauss locomotives, four railmotors (both gauges) and two 2’0” gauge diesel locomotives. A large fleet of 2’0” gauge electric locomotives, of a number of different designs, operated underground from 1924 up to 1987, when rail haulage was abandoned in favour of handling the ore via the main lift shaft.

Key to locomotive builders:

Baldwin The Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, USA
Drewry Drewry Car Company, England
Dubs Dübs & Company, Glasgow, Scotland (later part of NBL)
Hudswell Clarke Hudswell Clarke & Co, Leeds England
NBL North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow, Scotland
NZGR New Zealand Government Railways
Addington (Christchurch) & Hillside (Dunedin) Workshops, New Zealand
Ruston Ruston & Hornsby Ltd, England
Sharp Stewart Sharp Stewart & Co, Glasgow, Scotland (later part of NBL)

Sources: ARHS Bulletin (Various), notes from the ARHS Tasmania archives & A History of Railways and Tramways of Tasmania's West Coast, by Lou Rae

 

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