Don River Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock

Photo taken on site The Don River Railway is located near Devonport in northwest Tasmania. The railway was established by members of the Van Diemen Light Railway Society on the roadbed of part of the old Melrose branch line. Work on the line started in 1973, with the first train running in November 1976.

The Society has restored a large number of vehicles to running condition and runs daily trains on its line. Trains are also run on Tasrail lines on an occasional basis.

The society also has an area at Inveresk in Launceston, where some restoration work is carried out.

Photo: Y6 passing the workshops building at Don
© Benjamin Dix


STEAM LOCOMOTIVES, 3’6" GAUGE

No./Name

Builder

Type

Year
built

Ex.

Note

A 4 Beyer Peacock 4-4-0 1892 TGR  
CCS 23 Beyer Peacock 2-6-0 1928 TGR Ex C23 of 1902
CCS 25 Beyer Peacock 2-6-0 1926 TGR Ex C25 of 1905
Dübs Dübs and Co. 2-4-2T 1880 Transport Commission Originally Queensland Railways 4D9 class 131
Fowler John Fowler & Co. 0-6-0T 1886 Transport Commission  
H 7 Vulcan Foundry 4-8-2 1951 TGR  
MA 2 Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 4-6-2 1958 TGR Ex M1 of 1952
MA 4 Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 4-6-2 1958 TGR Ex M2 of 1952
M 3 Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 4-6-2 1952 TGR  
M 4 Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 4-6-2 1952 TGR  
No. 8 Dübs and Co. 4-8-0 1900 EBR  


DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES, 3’6" GAUGE

No./Name

Builder

Type

Year
built

Ex.

Note

Ruston Ruston Hornsby ‒B‒ 1937 Mt Lyell  
Ruston Ruston Hornsby ‒B‒ 1949 Cornwall Coal  
U 6 Malcolm Moore/TGR ‒B‒ 1960 TGR  
V 2 Drewry/Vulcan ‒C‒ 1948 TGR  
X 4 English Electric Bo-Bo 1950 TGR  
Y 6 English Electric/TGR Bo-Bo 1970 TGR  
Y 8 English Electric/TGR Bo-Bo 1971 TGR derelict ‒ not on display
866 A. E. Goodwin/Alco Co-Co 1963 Tasrail Originally South Australian Railways
1002 Walkers Ltd B-B 1963 EBR  


DIESEL RAILCARS & TRAILERS, 3’6" GAUGE

No./Name

Builder

Type

Year
built

Ex.

Note

DP 22 Waddington/Drewry Power car 1944 TGR  
PT 3 Waddington Body Works Trailer 1939 TGR  
LP 2 Victorian Railways / Leyland Railmotor 1926 TGR Body Only. ‘Scrapped’ in 1938
Riley No record Railmotor 1910 Mt Lyell  


CARRIAGES & GUARDS VANS, 3’6" GAUGE

No.

Builder

Type

Year
built

Ex.

Note

AAL 11 TGR Workshops Saloon 1931 TGR  
AAL+ 1 Bristol Wagon Co. Saloon 1879 TGR Camp 137; Originally six wheel AA+1
AAR 2 Clyde Engineering Co. Saloon 1937 TGR  
AB 2 Metropolitan Car & Wagon Co. Compartment 1873 TGR ex broad gauge (not restored)
AB 4 Metropolitan Car & Wagon Co. Compartment 1873 TGR ex broad gauge
AB+ 5 Bristol Wagon Co. End platform 1879 TGR ex TMLR
ABL 9 TGR Workshops Compartment 1903 TGR  
ABL 12 Parsons & Gilmour Compartment 1922 TGR  
AD 1 TGR Workshops End platform 1890 TGR  
B 2 Metropolitan Car. & Wagon Co. Compartment 1873 TGR ex broad gauge
BA 49 Metropolitan Car. & Wagon Co. End platform 1899 TGR ex North Mount Lyell Railway
BBA 4 Clyde Engineering Co. Compartment 1922 TGR  
BBL 1 Parsons & Gilmour Compartment 1922 TGR  
BBL 11 Clyde Engineering Co. Saloon 1937 TGR  
BBL 12 TGR workshops, Launceston Saloon 1940 TGR Renumbered ex AAL13
C 4 TGR workshops, Launceston Excursion 1890 TGR Not restored
D+1 No record Guards van 1875 TMLR/TGR Body only
DA 1 TGR workshops, Launceston Van/saloon 1957 TGR frame ex AB 29 of 1888
DB 3   Guards van 1890 EBR  
DB 5 Ashbury/EBR Compartment/van 1957 EBR ex TGR BA class of 1886 modified
DB 12 TGR workshops, Launceston Guards van 1925 TGR frame 1887
DZ 2 TGR workshops, Launceston Guards van 1955 TGR ex EEP 25 of 1954
SS 7 TGR workshops, Launceston Saloon 1963 TGR Frame ex ABL4 of 1903
SSD 2 TGR workshops, Launceston Saloon 1964 TGR frame ex AA5 of 1904
SP 7 Sentinel/Metropolitan Cammell Saloon/Van 1937 TGR Converted to carriage 1949
Sub Car 1 TGR Workshops Saloon 1908 TGR  


WAGONS & SERVICE STOCK, 3’6" GAUGE

No.

Builder

Type

Year
built

Ex.

Note

A 137 No record Open 1887 TGR  
A 248 No record Open 1891 TGR  
A 274 No record Open 1892 TGR  
A 302 No record Open 1892 TGR  
B 3 No record Open 1885 TGR  
B 6 No record Open 1885 TGR  
C 2 Hurst Neilson Open 1899 NMLR/EBR Rebuilt by EBR from NMLR wagon
C 18 Hurst Neilson Open 1899 NMLR/EBR Rebuilt by EBR from NMLR wagon
C 61 No record Open 1888 TGR  
C 217 No record Open 1903 TGR  
C 372 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1922 TGR  
C 485 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1924 TGR  
C 492 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1924 TGR  
C 514 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1924 TGR  
C 561 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1939 TGR Steel body
C 566 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1939 TGR Steel body (wheat)
C 581 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1956 TGR  
C 613 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1957 TGR  
C 641 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1958 TGR  
C ?   Open # TGR Number not known
CA 29 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie open 1970 TGR Converted ex CC18 of 1941
CC 249 A. E. Goodwin Bogie open 1950 TGR  
CCC 129 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie open 1956 TGR  
Crane 6 Cowans Sheldon & Co. Crane 1888 TGR  
CZ 7 EBR Workshops, Burnie Flat   EBR  
CZ 9 EBR Workshops, Burnie Flat   EBR  
D 12 TGR workshops, Launceston Open 1888 TGR  
E 8 EBR Workshops, Burnie? Van   EBR  
E ? TGR workshops, Launceston Van # TGR Number not known
E ? TGR workshops, Launceston Van # TGR Number not known
E ? TGR workshops, Launceston Van # TGR Number not known
E 243 TGR workshops, Launceston Van 1961 TGR  
E 255 TGR workshops, Launceston Van 1961 TGR Rebuilt ex E59
EE 6 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie van 1936 TGR  
EES 5 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie van 1962 TGR Frame from FFF91 of 1960
ES 6 TGR workshops, Launceston Van 1964 TGR  
EV 8 TGR workshops, Launceston Van 1954 TGR  
FF 8 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie flat 1888 TGR  
FFC 14 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie flat 1967 TGR Purchased ex Emu Bay Railway
FFL 36 A. E. Goodwin Bogie log 1952 TGR/ANM  
FG 3 Comm. Land Transport Board Flat 1944 EBR Ex TGR KKD class flat
H 116 TGR workshops, Launceston Cattle 1960 TGR Converted from A483
H 117 TGR workshops, Launceston Cattle 1960 TGR Converted from A69 of 1886 (incorrectly renumbered H157)
I 106 TGR workshops, Launceston Sheep 1960 TGR Converted from A14 of 1886
KG 58 TGR workshops, Launceston Flat 1951 TGR  
KG 78 TGR workshops, Launceston Flat 1951 TGR  
KG 142 TGR workshops, Launceston Flat 1959 TGR Fitted with water tank ex WT2
KGD 32 TGR workshops, Launceston Flat 1940 TGR  
KGD 49 TGR workshops, Launceston Flat 1941 TGR  
LG 1 TGR workshops, Launceston Side dump 1961 TGR Converted from KG144
LG 3 TGR workshops, Launceston Side dump 1961 TGR Converted from KG24
OF 32 TGR workshops, Launceston Flat § TGR  
OT 2 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie tank 1938 TGR  
QD 1 No record Bogie hopper (1968) TGR Originally Mt Lyell wagon
QG 1 TGR workshops, Launceston Hopper 1954 TGR  
QQ 1 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie hopper 1936 TGR  
SD 1 Launceston workshops Bogie flat 1984 Tasrail ex FT12, frame lengthened from CCC62 of 1949
P 3233 TGR workshops, Launceston Bogie well   HEC  


MISCELLANEOUS

No./Name

Builder

Type

Year
built

Ex.

Note

Ida Bay #6 Hunslet 0-4-2T 1936 Commonwealth Carbide Co.  
ST 13 Humes Steel Bogie tank wagon 1951 TGR Frame only

In recent years, a number of items have been scrapped either in their entirety, or in some cases just their bodies. Where this has been able to be verified, the item has been removed from this list. It is suspected that a number of items on this list no longer exist in their complete form, however we have not been able to ascertain for certain

#     A number of wagons, particularly E vans, were repainted and given incorrect numbers. These numbers have since been removed and those wagons are currently un-numbered.

§     Wagon OF32 is recorded in TGR wagon records as being built in 1904 on a reclaimed wooden underframe. The wagon has since been reframed with a steel frame and the body substantially rebuilt, and bears little relationship with the original 1904 vehicle.

Vehicles on this list were at Don at the time of compilation. Inclusion on this list does not necessarily imply society ownership. Some items have since been relocated to the societies area at the Inveresk development in Launceston.

This list was compiled between January 1998 & April 2010 and is © Copyright Stuart Dix.

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