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830 Class

864, 860 and 846 lay over in Burnie yard, January 1985

Built for the South Australian Railways from 1959, the forty-five 830 class locos were used on all three gauges in South Australia. After the grouping of the Tasmanian, Northern Territory and South Australian railways under common Commonwealth control, exchange of wagons & locomotives between the different sections occurred. Tasmania received wagons from the Northern Territory, and twenty 830 class locomotives and various wagon types from South Australia.

As the first air-braked locos in the state, the 830 class initially worked block log and coal trains, before the increase in air-braked services allowed them to operate on more general trains on all lines available at the time. The first pair of locos - 858 and 865 - entered service in Tasmanian in April 1980. Another two entered service later in the year, and by early 1982 a total of thirteen locos were in service, having been delivered gradually over the period. The next group of transfers started in late 1983, and the loco trickled in with the twentieth and final loco - 875 - entering service in August 1986. The fleet was intact for little over a year, with 846, 859 and 865 being withdrawn in late 1987 after the delivery of the first ZB class. The introduction of the ZC class saw a mass withdrawal of most of the 830 class locos in April 1989, leaving just 852, 866 and 875 in service in the Hobart and Derwent Valley areas. 866 was damaged in a level crossing collision and withdrawn in late 1990, but the other two locos survived until the end of Derwent Valley freight services, before 875 returned to South Australia in November 1992, and 852 following in June 1993.

Some of the locomotives that returned to the mainland are still in use elsewhere in Australia with various operators. 866 has been restored at the Don River Railway, but being airbraked only it sees little use.

In 2000, ATN Access (the mainland operations of Tasrail's owner), purchased three locomotives from Australian Southern Railroad (the then owner of ex AN operations in South Australia), for use on wheat trains in Victoria and New South Wales. These three locos joined former Westrail L class locomotives in the ATN Access fleet, but all locos spent significant periods of time stored due to mechanical problems, and were disposed of following the sale of ATN to PN.

Locomotives to Tasmania:

834 837 840 846 852 853 854
855 856 857 858 859 860 861
862 864 865 866 867 875  



Other identities

Previous IdentityClass & NumberATN NumberPost Identity
 857 48s31 
 875 DA5 

Class photos, sounds and video

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ANR outline diagram for 830 class locos (L33)
858 and 865 undergo final preparations at Launceston workshops before entering service in the next f
865 - 858 lead an empty log train onto the Fingal line at Conara Junction, May 1980
858 and 859 shunt No.84 log train away out of Rogerville yard, January 1981
Locos 860, 859 & 865 await their next turn of duty at the old Launceston workshops, March 1981. Only
In service for a little over a week, 856 sits around the turntable at Hobart in October 1981
855 and 867 and the empty wagons for No.84 log train head north through Bridgewater Junction, Octobe
Only in service for a few days, 840 leads grubbier class mates 858 and 857 around Hobart yard as XA4
With both locos having been in service less than a month in Tasmania, the unusually clean pair of 85
867 and 854 lead nearly new 840 and 858 and shunt No.81 empty log train at Conara Junction, December
Freshly repainted 865 rests in the Launceston workshops area, December 1981. This loco differed from
Freshly repainted 865 rests in the Launceston workshops area, December 1981. This loco differed from
857 and 856 lead an empty log train onto the Fingal Line at Conara Jct, late 1981
Locos 859, 857 and 856 wait at the head of No. 233 empty logs at Railton, March 1982
Having recently arrived off the boat, 853 is prepared to be reunited with its bogies in Burnie yard
Freshly repainted in AN green livery, 856 stands outside the workshops building in Launceston yard,
Still a week away from entering service in Tasmania, an immaculate 861 undergoes final work at Launc
The roof detail of freshly repainted 861, Launceston, April 1984
Having just arrived from Boyer with No 37 goods, 864 has run around the train and is shown pushing t
On its first week in Tasmanian service, 862 sits outside the Wheat Shed in Hobart yard, July 1984
Locomotives 872 and 873 wait between trains at Thevenard on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula, August
Standard gauge locomotive 843 shunts wagons in the yard at Port Pirie, South Australia; August 1984
867 leads No.10 goods away from Hobart yard, November 1984
864, 860 and 846 lay over in Burnie yard, January 1985
Grubby loco 859 and 864 sit in Burnie yard, February 1985
Despite two months in service, 834 appears reasonably clean as it rests in Launceston yard waiting f
846 and 860 sit outside the loco shed at Conara, July 1986
The grubby trio of 837, 840 and 867 lead No.4 goods away from Derwent Park, July 1986
The remains of 854 stand in the Sims Metal yard at Bell Bay, March 1990
852 and 875 haul a log train near National Park. October 1991
852 & 875 lead loaded log train 5124 near National Park, October 1991
875 & 852 lead empty log train 5123 over the Derwent River near Hayes, October 1991
866 on display at the Don River Railway, August 2003
NSW Rail Transport Museum loco 4803 at Sydney Central, October 2006
Ex ATN (now PN) owned loco 845 stored at Dynon Workshops, Melbourne. December 2006
Ex ATN (now PN) owned loco 845 stored at Dynon Workshops, Melbourne. December 2006
Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre's 4821 in Melbourne, October 2007
GWA loco 831 at Dry Creek, South Australia, September 2008
GWA loco 831 at Dry Creek, South Australia, September 2008
Front of 866 at Don River Railway; April 2010
Main driving position of 866, with throttle control stand on the right, and two brake heads directly
After its withdrawal from Tasmanian service in 1993, loco 852 was returned to South Australia and qu


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