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11 Class

1104 waits in the Emu Bay yard at Burnie, Januaru 1999

Towards the end of the 1960s the Electrolytic Zinc Company's mine at Rosebery was looking to increase production significantly. To transport the concentrates from Rosebery, EZ purchased the Emu Bay Railway and embarked on a significant upgrading program. This included the purchase of seven diesel-hydraulic locomotives, new concentrate wagons and a rotary tippler. The locomotives and concentrate wagons were fitted with automatic couplers, the first vehicles in Tasmania so fitted.

The 11 class locomotives were a development of the existing Queensland DH class, and were followed by a large number of similar locomotives built for the New South Wales (73 class) and Western Australian railways(MA class). The EBR 11 class were compatible with their earlier 10 class locos, and following modification operated in mixed multiple unit lash-ups. By the late 1980s these were up to nine locomotives, but with the opening of the Hellyer mine, four loco motives became the standard again

In April 1998, the seven 11 class were sold with the railway to ATN-Tasrail. Vacuum-braked trains ceased on the former EBR line in late March 2002 and the locomotives were withdrawn and stored. 1101 was purchased by the Cairns Kuranda Steam Railway and 1105 by Beaudesert Rail (both in Queensland) in 2002, and quickly delivered to their new owners. The remaining locomotives remained stored in Burnie until May 2008 when all remaining locomotives were shipped to Queensland - 1102 going to the Cairns Kuranda Steam Railway, and the remainder being sold to Cairns based contractors Curtain Brothers. The ARHS North Queensland group eventually acquired 1104 from Curtain Bros in 2015, with the CKSR eventually owning all the remaining locomotives after acquiring them piecemeal from their prior owners over time.


Class photos, sounds and video

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EBR outline diagram for 11 class locos
1107, 1001 & 1105 reverse back onto their train at Primrose, March 1982. OH&S and railway regula
1105, 1001 & 1107 shunt loaded cement wagons off the mixed train at Boco, March 1982
1102 and 1107 load part of the train at Primrose, whilst the remaining locomotives and wagons have c
1107 leads a concentrates train near Guildford. June 1991
1107-1103-1001-1102 near the Cradle Mountain Link Road bridge. July 1997
1106 pauses between passenger trains operated as part of the open day celebrating the centenary of t
1106 pauses between passenger trains operated as part of the open day celebrating the centenary of t
1107-1002-1102-1103 with a load of concentrates from the Rosebery mine. October 1998
1103 leads 1003, 1104 and 1101 through South Burnie with train 275 for Hellyer Mill, January 1999
1104 waits in the Emu Bay yard at Burnie, Januaru 1999
1107 leads a loaded Primrose concentrates train through Pigeon Hill. July 1999
After three years in storage, 1103 is pictured in Burnie yard awaiting sale in May 2005. It would be
1101 shows off its Cairns - Kuranda Steam Railway black and blue livery at their Cairns depot, April


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