When Y4 entered service in 1964, it was named Rowallan after Lord Rowallan, who had just finished his term as the Governor of Tasmania. Built by the TGR at their Launceston Workshops to a standard English Electric design, the Y class used traction equipment imported from the English Electric Company.
Stored in Launceston since November 1989, Y4 was in a poor state when offered to the TTMS in 1994. The locomotive was towed to Hobart and placed in the workshops shed where restoration commenced. All broken glass was removed, repairs were carried out and missing parts were slowly refitted, and Y4 was again operational. Initially only on loan from Tasrail, Y4 was later purchased by the museum.
On 3 April 1996 Y4 ran light engine from Hobart to Glenorchy, where it passed over a newly installed crossover and onto museum track. Over the next four years restoration, particularly of the body, continued until June 2000, when Y4 again rolled onto the mainline, now complete, in gleaming TGR Red livery. Since then, as well as on site operation, the loco has made a number of mainline trips as far away as Launceston and Devonport, including 3 months on hire to the Don River Railway, and trips operated by the Derwent Valley Railway from Hobart.
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