Steam Locomotives

Steam Locomotives

Steam Locomotives

It’s what we’re all about!

 

The story of our steam locomotives is a fascinating one, telling the tale of Australia’s mainline and industrial railways during the early 20th century. A significant portion of our smaller industrial locos spent the majority of their working life just down the road from the Bellarine Railway – at a place called the Fyansford Cement Works, on the Western outskirts of Geelong. These locos were numbered 1 though 11, though some were scrapped at the close of the Cement Works Railway.

The remainder of our collection come from the rest of the countries private and government narrow gauge railways – some from Queensland, Tasmania, and even Western Australia.

T251

T251 has been the face of the Bellarine Railway for many years, and has lead countless trains at both Queenscliff, and the earlier Belmont Common Railway.

Current Status Operational
Previous Operator South Australian Railways
Builder Walkers Limited, Maryborough, QLD
Build Year 1917
Wheel Arrangement 4-8-0
Boiler Pressure 185psi
Tractive Effort 21 900lbf
Pozieres
Pozieres is a favourite among visitors to the Bellarine Railway. This green 0-6-0 has been a regular on the BR trains of the 2010s, and can pull basically everything we currently operate.

Current Status Under Repair
Previous Operator Broken Hill Associated Smelters
Builder Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. Kilmarnock, Scotland
Build Year 1918
Wheel Arrangement 0-6-0
Boiler Pressure 160psi
Builders Number 2543

Klondyke
Klondyke is the pocket rocket of the fleet. Don’t be fooled by the small size of this sugar cane loco – it has pulled near 300ton trains in its time at Queencliff! (And it sounds great while doing it!)

Current Status Operational
Previous Operator Pioneer Sugar Mill, QLD
Builder Perry Engineering, SA
Build Year 1927
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-2
Boiler Pressure 160psi
Builders No 271
V1209
This loco is the largest non-articulated loco at the Bellarine Railway, and is truly a sight to behold up close. The V is massive, weighing in at 135tons, and will barely break a sweat hauling trains double the length of our current longest services.

Current Status Stored
Previous Operator WAGR
Builder Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd
Build Year 1955
Wheel Arrangement 2-8-2
Boiler Pressure 215psi
Tractive Effort 33633lbf
Builders Number 7778
S547
S547 is similar in size to V1209, as both come from the Western Australian Government Railways systems. Though S547 has never ran at The Bellarine Railway, it is in fantastic mechanical condition (as it was fully overhauled very near to the end of its service life), and as such would be a fantastic restoration candidate when a locomotive of its size is required in the future.

Current Status Stored
Previous Operator WAGR
Builder WAGR Midland Workshops, WA
Build Year 1947
Wheel Arrangement 4-8-2
Boiler Pressure 200psi
Tractive Effort 30,685lbf
M6
M6 was the show pony of the Bellarine Railway up until the mid 2000s. Its striking red livery made it a popular sight among visitors. Unfortunately M6 is in a fairly worn out state, though will return to service when business demands permit.

Current Status Stored
Previous Operator Tasmanian Government Railways
Builder Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd
Build Year 1951
Wheel Arrangement 4-6-2
Boiler Pressure 180psi
Tractive Effort 17,090lbf
Builders Number 7429
No2
No2 will be a real treat for future visitors to The Bellarine Railway, as it is a medium sized Garratt locomotive, with every service at the railway well within its power band. Before withdrawal from APC Fyansford service, the best components of No1 Garratt were installed into No2, and as such this locomotive is in remarkably good condition.

Current Status Stored
Previous Operator APC, Fyansford Cement Works
Builder Beyer Peacock
Build Year 1939
Wheel Arrangement 2-6-0/0-6-2
Builders Number 6935
No3 (G33)
G33 is the largest locomotive in the fleet, and is the only surviving Australian Standard Garratt. It will enter to service in the near future when the decade-long restoration effort concludes – and will be a sight to behold!

Current Status Under Restoration
Previous Operator APC, Fyansford Cement Works
Builder VR Newport Workshops
Build Year 1945
Wheel Arrangement 4-8-2/2-8-4
Boiler Pressure 200psi
Tractive Effort 34,240lbf
No4
No4 is a real powerhouse of an engine, and can pull anything and everything we can throw at it! Six carriage trains through the hills to Drysdale are no worries for this powerful 0-6-0ST, and as such it is next in line for reactivation in the 2020s.

Current Status Restoration Prep
Previous Operator APC, Fyansford Cement Works
Builder Vulcan Ironworks
Build Year 1916
Wheel Arrangement 0-6-0ST
Boiler Pressure 160psi
Builders Number 2539
PB15 454
PB15 454 is a cherished item in the collection, as it was one of the regular locomotives at both Queenscliff and The Belmont Common Railway. Its mechanical condition had deteriorated by the early 2000s, and as such was pulled out of service requiring a new boiler (barrel section). We have since sourced a new barrel for the PB, which will make its future return to service much more achievable.

Current Status Stored
Previous Operator Queensland Railways
Builder Walkers Limited, Maryborough, QLD
Build Year 1909
Wheel Arrangement 4-6-0
Boiler Pressure 160psi
Tractive Effort 12,750lbf
Builders Number 99
No6
No6 is the most important locomotive in the fleet, as it was the first locomotive donated to the GSPS in the late 1960s. It is currently under restoration to return to service in 2024/2025, though it does not have an air compressor fitted, so cannot run passenger trains on its own.

Current Status Under Restoration
Previous Operator APC, Fyansford Cement Works
Builder Hudswell Clark & Co, Leeds
Build Year 1903
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-2ST
Boiler Pressure 160psi
Builders Number 646
No11
No11 is the ‘other’ Perry in the fleet, and is a great example of how these 0-4-0 locomotives were designed and built in the 1920s. No11 is a largely unmodified example of the Perry product, and will return to service in the future to replace Klondyke on Day Out With Thomas duties.

Current Status Stored
Previous Operator APC, Fyansford Cement Works
Builder Perry Engineering Co, Adelaide, SA
Build Year 1926
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-0
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