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Steam Locomotive Model - Hobsons Bay Railway Pier Shunting Engine, No.5, 0-4-0WT Type, 1857 Object Reg. No: ST 038379

Working steamable scale model of Robert Stephenson & Sons 0-4-0 well-tank type 5-ft 3-in gauge steam locomotive engine of 1857, known as the Hobson's Bay Locomotive No.5. Pier shunting locomotive. Approx 1:8 scale.

The model was built by John Satchell, while he was working as an apprentice mechanic at Langlands Foundry and was awarded a medal when it was displayed in the Intercolonial Exhibition of Victoria, 1866-67. His father, James Satchell, was a foreman at Langlands and had previously worked for the Hobson's Bay Railway Co. John later sold the model to Professor Kernot of the University of Melbourne in 1887 and used the proceeds to buy a block of land at Caulfield.

The original engine on which the model was based was built by Robert Stephenson & Sons, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in 1857, for the Melbourne & Hobson's Bay Railway Company and was used for shunting goods trunks on Railway Pier at Sandridge (now Port Melbourne). In 1876 it was acquired by the Victorian Railways along with all other assets of the Hobsons Bay Railway Company and was retained in service until 1904.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Victoria: Public Transport Corporation (PTC), 1990
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 380 mm (Height), 310 mm (Width), 690 mm (Length)
Weight: 32.5 kg (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Overall height with model mounted on wooden base = 450 mm

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Tagged with: railway locomotives, model railway steam locomotives
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: RAIL TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Railways - Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: model steam locomotives
Inscriptions: Plate in engine marked: "MODEL OF ENGINE NO 1177/ BY ROBERT STEVENSON [SIC] & CO./ NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE/ 1869".
Name on plate marked: "PEERLESS".
Model Scale: 1:8
Modelmaker: Mr John Satchell, Emerald Hill (South Melbourne), Victoria, Australia, circa 1866
Manufacturer of Item Modelled: Robert Stephenson & Sons, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, Great Britain, 1857


Ian Scales Posted on 26 Jun 2014 3:11 PM
Quite possibly the plans for this locomotive still exist, at the National Railway Museum, UK. RM holds an archive of Robert Stephenson & Co. records including drawings.
Refer to:
National Railway Museum, 2003. Records of Robert Stephenson & Company, Locomotive Manufacturers, Newcastle Upon Tyne (later Darlington, Durham) (pdf document, 8p., online at

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