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720 Class. No 729. Bridgewater / Yantaringa. 8.4.1950.
The 720 Class Locomotive was built at the SAR Islington Workshops and were updated versions of earlier 700 and 710 class ‘Mikado’s’.
From 1930 until 1943 the Islington Workshops would build 17 locomotives designated 720 class. These powerful impressive looking engines were capable of hauling loads of up to 1,600 tons and stayed in service until being replaced by the first main line diesel electrics around 1960.
Number 729 commenced working on 16.5.1939, withdrawn from service in 1958 and cut up for scrap in March 1960 after covering 440,715 miles.
710 Class. Number 714. Near Yantaringa. c1950. Power Engine at work.
Following the success of the ten imported ‘Big Power’ 700 Class locos from Great Britain, the South Australian Railways commissioned the building of a further ten at their workshops at Islington, SA. Commonly known as the Mikado Type locomotive the newly built engines were designated 710 Class and varied only by a few modifications.
At times the big power engine had been used on passenger runs, however, their primary duty was to haul goods, especially useful on long trains of grain and would travel many secondary lines to destinations such as, Willunga, Renmark, Mount Pleasant, Pinnaroo, Robertstown, Morgan, Gladstone and the Yorke Peninsula. They were superseded by the Diesel Electrics and were largely withdrawn from service in the mid 1960s.
Given the name: Rotarian, number 714 was placed into service on 15 March 1929. After a working life covering 653,847 miles it was cut up at Mile End. 25.11.1964.
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S Class. No 134. Mile End, SA. 21.4.1950.
The S Class locomotive used by the SAR was designed for express passenger duties. The 6’6” driving wheels were the largest of any engine in regular service in Australia and were well suited for their designated work. During their working life they would see service on sections of the Melbourne and Broken Hill Express, later hauling passenger trains to Moonta, Victor Harbour, Willunga, Morgan, Snowtown, Robertstown and Spalding. From 1894 until 1904 James Martin & Company of Gawler, South Australia, manufactured 18 of these handsome 82 ton engines.
Number 134 entered service on 14 Nov 1894.
After redundancy due to diesel it was condemned in 1956 and cut up for scrap at Islington workshops in September 1961.
600 Class. Number 600. Class Leader. Tailem Bend, SA. 12.8.1950
The ten ‘Pacific’ type locomotives of the 600 Class were purchased from builder Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle on Tyne, England, in 1926. They worked on broad gauge lines hauling both passenger express and freight trains. They were introduced to take the previous work of the smaller S and Q class locomotives which were often double-headed on heavier trains.
Number 600 was introduced to service on 14 August 1926 and after a magnificent working life having covered 1,512,812 miles was cut up for scrap at Islington in 1961.
The permissible speed of these handsome ‘Pacifics’ were set at 60 m.p.h.
Many enginemen felt the 600’s full power potential speed was never realised during their working life.
Britain never had any Mallet locomotives on the mainline to my knowledge, loading gauge and all that jazz. To my knowlege, the only mallet that has run in Britain is the Statfold Barn Railway’s O&K and Junk Mallets. In terms of non-articulated locomotives, the largest was probably the BR Standard Class 9F, but I could be wrong about that.
Now, the largest steam locomotive in Great Britain was most likely the LNER U1 class, which consisted of a one-off 2-8-0+0-8-2 Beyer-Garratt. That was withdrawn and scrapped in 1955-56.
Large engines like the U1 were very rare on UK metals. They didn’t have the need for massive locomotives like we did here in The States. Grades aren’t as steep and distances are relatively short. Something like the UP’s 4000 and 3900 classes would be considered overkill.
Campbell Hall, New York, USA
Goodness, I love the way the West-of-Hudson F40PHs wear that Metro North scheme. They look so much better than the Genesis (Genesises? Genesi?) across the Hudson do…
Whatever you want.
If It’s railway related, chances are I’ll eventually re-blog it.
Geared steam locomotives, Cass WV [gif] [3/4]
Geared steam locomotives, Cass WV [gif] [4/4]