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Although G21 had the honour of hauling the first passenger train to leave Port Augusta for Kalgoorlie it only lasted until Pimba where a hot axle box forced its retirement. It was replaced by G12. By the time the train pulled into Kalgoorlie there had been a total of 11 engine changes!
In order the locos were G21,12,24,23,22,26,25,19,16,18 and 16 once more.
The driver of the first train was Mr Timothy Edward Crotty and Mr J Pollard was the guard. Other drivers included Mr George Hogan, Gilbourne, Castling, Lewis and Morgan.
It was hoped that 4 engines could complete the journey to Kalgoorlie with changes at Tarcoola, Cook and Rawlinna although early on this was rarely the case. From the early 1920’s through until 1933 this became standard practice as engine maintenance improved.
Eventually one engine took the train to Cook and was replaced by another for the remainder of the journey to Kalgoorlie. At the time the 539 mile run (Cook to Kalgoorlie) was hailed as the longest run undertaken by coal burning steam locomotives in the world.
Source: Locomotives and Railcars of the Commonwealth Railways – National Railway Museum
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