These were the largest narrow gauge (3'6") locomotives used in Australia.
Let me be the first Jock to comment on this picture, Built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd of Darlington, England under sub contract from Beyer Peacock Ltd, the V’s were the largest , most modern and most powerful, non articulated steam locomotives built for a 3 foot 6 inch gauge Government Railway anywhere in Australia. And Jock this locomotive was build down the road where i live. L&F..Richard
Ah, well reported Richard! I've read a bit about these locos, but hadn't read that info until very recently. I believe these may have been the last steam locos to run a train along West Australian Government Railways tracks when they took a Railways Historical Society group on a run up-country (can't remember the details). They ended their working days as a heavy goods loco, and I believe they were supposed to be good steamers.
We still have steam locos pulling a tourist train on an ex-WAGR line (pics elsewhere in my gallery). The locos there are ex-WAGR 'W' class, also UK built and have a great reputation for free steaming and reliability. Originally bought for goods traffic, but ended up pulling passengers because they were so suitable.
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Photo taken in Bassendean WA, Australia
Bassendean Rail Transport Museum
Misplaced? Suggest new location