December 31, 2016, 10:57 am
December 31, 2016, 11:28 am
Caleb's Rail Films
Steam Ranger locomotive Rx 207 is seen departing the River Murray Port of Goolwa while in charge of the 7553 to Victor Harbor on Saturday 31st of December 2016.
Rx 207 was built in 1913 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow, Scotland.
She entered service with the South Australian Railways on Friday 5th of December 1913.
Prior to the big engine policy of 1926, the Rx's were the most powerful locomotives on the SAR broad gauge network and were used on the states top link expresses often in double headed formations.
When William Alfred Webb was appointed by the then Premier of South Australia Sir Henry Newman Barwell as the new Commissioner of the South Australian Railways.
Webb brought about change to the ageing and dilapidated railway system in SA.
He regulated the Rx's to more secondary duties, hauling suburban passenger trains on the north and south lines. They were also used as shunt locos and used on many branch lines as well.
They made several trips on this line hauling goods and passenger traffic.
They were popular engines for special workings during the steam tours of the 1950s and 1960s to the end of broad gauge steam in 1968.
More of Webb's contributions:
Webb replaced the ageing locomotive fleet with a new formidable breed of locomotive designs, which were of American influence but were British built and later built here SA.
The first was the mighty 4-8-2 500 class mountain type locos. They were eventually modified into 4-8-4 northern type locos with a few modifications.
Then came along a breed of new express passenger locomotives in the form of the 600 class 4-6-2 Pacific's. Then in 1936 the 620 class locomotives arrived also for express passenger workings.
During the 1940s the 520 class 4-8-4s were built to cope with increased war traffic at the time.
The mikado 2-8-2s in the form of the 700s, 710s and 740s were built alongside Australia's only Berkshire type engine, the 2-8-4 720s between the 1920s and 1940s respectively.
These engines were built to cope with heavy freight trains across the entire broad gauge system and pull passengers when the need arose as well.
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