Top Steam locos in Australia designed for freighters.(pre Diesels)

 
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
There has been many discussions on ,say WA, between the S Class and the V Class,in NSW the 57 class between the 58 class.
At that  time diesels were  not operating, so what was then  the top freighter class loco in all of  Australian States.?

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There has been many discussions on ,say WA, between the S Class and the V Class,in NSW the 57 class between the 58 class.
At that  time diesels were  not operating, so what was then  the top freighter class loco in all of  Australian States.?
jayrail

Hi.  What do you mean by top exactly?  Most prolific?

Regards
Brian
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I would nominate the Victorian X class. Simple, powerful, reliable and a good steamer.
The Victorian H class and the SAR 500s would also share top of my list. Just that the X class were more numerous and had a wider field of operation. The Victorian C class would come next.
All these were faster than the 57s and 58s.
Sorry I forgot the NSW 60s they would be up there too.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Clearly the V class in WA.  The Class 500 in South Australia, the H220 in Victoria, D57/D58 NSW plus AD60 Garratts
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Clearly the V class in WA.  The Class 500 in South Australia, the H220 in Victoria, D57/D58 NSW plus AD60 Garratts
Trainplanner

Did H220 every work passenger services?
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Did H220 every work passenger services?
bevans

It did work The Overland from time to time as it was intended at one stage that the H class would be able to eliminate double heading.
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
Qld C17,made in the 100s also on the Comwealth railways.


  RAYMOND
  SAR520SMBH Junior Train Controller

SARs main broad gauge locos for freight were the 500 class, which were the largest and most powerful steam locos in Australia when introduced. They were also used on the Overland to eliminate double head Rx class with an Rx banker in the Adelaide Hills on the Overland.
SAR also used the 700, 710, 720, 740 & 750 (originally VR N class) class for freight locos too. Not as powerful as the 500 class but impressive locos all the same.
  CAP_gauge Junior Train Controller

It did work The Overland from time to time as it was intended at one stage that the H class would be able to eliminate double heading.
"Trainplanner"


The Victorian H class was designed specifically as a passenger train loco, for The Overland (as far as Ararat I think). There were to be three of them. The war put a stop to track upgrades so they could not be used on The Overland as intended. So construction was stopped after H220 was built, and it was primarily used on freight on the north-east line, but it was not designed for freight. It was occasionally on the Spirit of Progress.

Freight locos for all the mainland states have been mentioned in this thread. In Tasmania they had the Q class which were quite large by Australian 3ft 6in gauge standards of the time (1920s).

Frank
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
[quote=Trainplanner]Clearly the V class in WA. The Class 500 in South Australia, the H220 in Victoria, D57/D58 NSW plus AD60 Garratts




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