Steamrail Victoria

Steamrail Victoria is a not-for-profit volunteer group established in 1965 to restore and operate historic locomotives and rolling stock used on the railways in Victoria, Australia.[1] The main depot of the group is at the Newport Workshops ('West Block') in suburban Melbourne. In addition to operating railfan special trains and charters for private groups, the group also operates special steam trains in the Melbourne suburban area.[2] Steamrail regularly tours the state, including participation in annual events such as the Ballarat Heritage Weekend (steam locomotive Y112 is used to shuttle between Ballarat and Sulky Gully/Lal Lal).[3] Steamrail Victoria also hires diesel locomotives to Qube Logistics (Formerly POTA) as required. Locomotives were also hired to El Zorro until they ceased trading.[4][5][6]

Steamrail Victoria
Formation1965
TypeVolunteer Organisation
PurposeRestoration & Operation of Heritage Rollingstock
HeadquartersNewport Workshops
Websitehttps://www.steamrail.com.au

The group has custody of a number of Victorian Railways steam locomotives, including the R, D3 and K classes; in addition to several diesel electric locomotives, and various suburban electric rolling stock.[7] Heritage carriages include the wooden 'E' and 'W' types, steel air conditioned 'S' type carriages, and South Australian 'K' type steel stock.

Locomotives

Steam Locomotives

Number Image Year built Builder Status Max Speed km/h Metro Network Max Speed km/h V/Line Network Notes
A2 986 1915 Newport Workshops Operational 100 80 Re-entered service on 13 May 2017 after a 30-year restoration
D3 608 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Ballarat East
D3 638 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Ballarat East
D3 639 1903 Newport Workshops Operational 95 95 Painted in the Victorian Railways Commissioner's Loco livery (black and red). Occasionally runs with its original number D3 658
D3 641 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Ballarat East
D3 677 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Newport
D3 688 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Ballarat East
K151 1940 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Newport
K153 1940 Newport Workshops Operational 80 80
K183 1943 Newport Workshops Accident damaged, stored Stored after accident damage at Benalla in October 2002.
K184 1945 Newport Workshops Stored Stored at Newport
K190 1946 Newport Workshops Operational 80 80 Painted in a LMS inspired livery. Returned to Melbourne on 19 August 2018 after an 11-month stint on hire to the VGR
R700 1951 Stored Stored at Newport
R711 1951 North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow Operational 100 115 Currently the only mainline certified oil-burner in Victoria
R761 1952 North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow Operational 100 115
Y112 1889 Phoenix Foundry, Ballarat Operational 60 60 Occasionally runs with its original number Y419. Based at Ballarat East. Returned to service in May 2019 after boiler repairs and a repaint at Newport

Diesel locomotives

Number Image Year built Builder Status Max Speed km/h V/Line Network Notes
B63 1952 Clyde Engineering, Granville Non-operational. Currently stored at Newport.
B72 1953 Clyde Engineering, Graville Stored midway through restoration. Currently stored at Newport.
M231 1959 Newport Workshops Operational. Used occasionally to shunt at the Newport Depot.
M232 1959 Newport Workshops Non-operational. Currently stored at Newport.
S313 1961 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational. 115
T356 1959 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational. 100
T364 1962 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational. 100
T395 1965 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational. 100
Y164 1968 Clyde Engineering, Granville Operational. 65 Main Shunter at Newport Depot.

Electric Rollingstock

Locomotives

Number Image Year built Builder Status Max Speed km/h Metro Network Notes
E1106 1929 VR Newport and Jolimont Workshops Non-operational. Stored at Newport.
E1108 1929 VR Newport and Jolimont Workshops Non Operational. Stored at Newport.
E1109 1929 VR Newport and Jolimont Workshops Under restoration. 65
L1160 1953 English Electric Non operational. Stored at Newport.
L1162 1953 English Electric Operational. 115 Stored at Newport as of 2014
L1169 1954 English Electric Non operational. Stored at Newport.

Swing Door electrics

Number Image Year built Builder Status Max Speed km/h Metro Network Notes
107 M TBA Newport Workshops Destroyed Destroyed in fire at Newport Workshops in 2015.
137 M TBA Newport Workshops Destroyed Destroyed in fire at Newport Workshops in 2015.
93 M TBA Newport Workshops Under Restoration Under Restoration after being recovered from paddock in Moroopna in 2017.
12 BT TBA Newport Workshops Destroyed Destroyed in fire at Newport Workshops in 2015.

Tait electrics

Number Image Year built Builder Status Max Speed km/h Metro Network Notes
317 M Newport Workshops Operational
381 M Newport Workshops Operational
470 M Newport Workshops Operational Unique double end configuration.
230 D Newport Workshops Operational
208 T Newport Workshops Operational
341 T Newport Workshops Under Restoration

Passenger Carriages

E Cars

Carriage Image Year built Colour Max Speed km/h Notes
3 ABE 15 August 1908 Red and Gold 80 First / Second Class - Compartment Style - Half Carpet Floor
7 ABE 30 June 1909 Red and Gold 80 First / Second Class - Compartment Style - Kiosk
12 AE 28 August 1908 Blue and gold 80 First Class - Compartment Style - Air Conditioning
1 BCE 10 February 1910 Red and gold 80 Guards Van / Second Class - Compartment Style
4 BE 31 October 1906 Blue and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style - Air Conditioning
17 BE 15 August 1908 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
25 BE 16 July 1909 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
38 BE 3 December 1910 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
46 BE 3 March 1910 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style - Carpet Floor
18 CE 24 February 1911 Blue and gold 80 Guards Van

W Cars

Carriage Image Year built Colour Max Speed km/h Notes
64 AW 8 April 1927 Red and gold 80 First Class - Compartment Style
60 BW 1 October 1926 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
61 BW 30 July 1926 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
63 BW 9 July 1926 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
67 BW 13 April 1927 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
68 BW 12 April 1927 Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
80 BW Red and gold 80 Second Class - Compartment Style
14 CW 18 January 1914 Red and gold 80 Guards Van

K Cars

Carriage Year built Colour Max Speed km/h Gauge Notes
500 AK 5 December 1936 Blue and gold 115 BG First Class - Compartment Style
502 Oxley 17 February 1937 Blue 115 First Class - Compartment Style
600 BK 19 December 1936 Blue and gold 115 BG Second Class - Compartment Style
700 BK 9 July 1940 Blue and gold 115 BG Second Class - Saloon Style
702 BK 13 August 1940 Blue and gold 115 BG Second Class - Saloon Style
703 BK 28 August 1940 Explorer 115 Second Class - Saloon Style
711 BK 19 July 1941 West Coast Railway 115 Second Class - Saloon Style

S Cars

Carriage Image Year built Colour Max Speed km/h Notes
5 AS 14 November 1937 Blue and gold 115 First Class - Compartment Style
8 AS 14 May 1940 Blue and gold 115 First Class - Compartment Style
11 AS 22 March 1949 Blue and gold 115 First Class - Compartment Style
9 BRS 2 December 1948 Red and gold 115 Second Class - Compartment Style - Buffet
14 BRS 14 December 1956 Blue and gold 115 Second Class - Compartment Style - Buffet
2 BS 14 November 1937 Blue and gold 115 Second Class - Compartment Style

Special Carriages

Carriage Year built Colour Max Speed km/h Notes
Moorabool 1 June 1939 Blue and gold 115 Club / Dance Car
601 Tweed 2 March 1937 Blue 115 Dining Car
607 Richmond 24 November 1937 Blue 115 Dining Car
SJ 282 7 March 1950 V/Line Orange 115 Roomette Sleeping Car - Air Conditioning
SJ 283 9 December 1950 V/Line Orange 115 Twinette Sleeping Car - Air Conditioning
269 BZ Hobsons Bay 4 December 1958 Blue and gold 115 Multifunction/Dance Car
Goulburn 23 November 1908 Red and gold 80 Twinshare Sleeping Car (SRV Crew Car)
Inman 22 August 1923 Red 80 Twinshare Sleeping Car
Coliban 22 August 1923 Red 80 Twinshare Sleeping Car
Indi 1928 Blue and gold 80 Twinshare Sleeping Car - Air Conditioning
Werribee 14 April 1928 Blue and gold 80 Twinshare Sleeping Car - Air Conditioning
292 PCP 17 September 1957 Blue and gold 115 Power Van
VZVF 1 22 July 1963 Black 95 Water Gin
VOAF 9 80 Open Wagon

See also

References

  1. "Steamrail Victoria - About Us". www.steamrail.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  2. "Media Release: RIDE A STEAM TRAIN AROUND MELBOURNE THIS SUNDAY". www.dpc.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  3. Steam trains return on Ballarat's Heritage Weekend. The Courier. 9 May 2012
  4. "Qube's use of SRV locos". www.railpage.com.au.
  5. "El Zorro's Demise". www.railpage.com.au.
  6. "Steamrail Forum ~ View topic - El Zorro Hirings of SRV Locos". www.steamrail.com.au. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  7. "VICSIG - Heritage Groups - Steamrail Victoria". www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 2 June 2008.

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