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Negative - Victorian Railways F-class 2-4-0 Pattern Steam Locomotive with Mixed Passenger & Goods Train, Victoria, circa 1875 Image Reg. No: MM 001958

Copy of a black & white photograph depicting the original 2-4-0 type steam 'passenger' locomotives built by the Beyer Peacock, of Manchester, for the Victorian Railways and imported in 1874. The engine was intended to be a 'pattern' locomotive designed for use the Victorian Railways' country branch lines or 'light lines' that were built throughout central Victoria between 1873 and 1893. Subsequently 20 further engines of the same design were built by the Phoenix Foundry Co., of Ballarat, in two batches Nos.126-144 (even numbers only), which went into service in 1876-77, and Nos.166-184 (even numbers only), which entered service in 1879-80. The engines were originally primarily used for hauling branch line passenger services out of the Ararat, Ballarat, Benalla, Geelong, Princes Bridge, Sale and Seymour locomotive depots. Originally they were equipped with four-wheel tenders but by 1894, most had been given larger six-wheel tenders. Engine number 98 was scrapped in 1919, after seven of the class had been converted to 2-4-2 type tank locomotives for use on Melbourne suburban passenger services.

The photograph was probably taken on one of the 'light lines' built northwards from Ballarat through Clunes and Maryborough, during the early 1870s.
Description Of Content:
Three engine crew pose with Victorian Railways F-class 2-4-0 type steam locomotive No.98 (built by Beyer Peacock, Manchester, 1873). The engine is parked in a station yard coupled to mixed goods and passenger train. In the background can be seen a crowd of further people surrounding a water crane for refilling locomotive tenders. There is no station platform or goods sheds visible.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Margaret & Noel Dooley, 1985
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: drivers, rail vehicles, railway workers, steam railway locomotives, workers, steam crane
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection, Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch
Primary Classification: RAIL TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Railways - Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: steam locomotives
Model Name/Number: F-class
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Central Highlands, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875
Manufacturer of Item Depicted: Beyer Peacock & Co, Manchester, Lancashire, England, Great Britain, circa 1873
Organisation Depicted: Victorian Railways (VR), Victoria, Australia, circa 1875
  1. [Book], Mr David Beardsell, Mr John Buckland, Mr Norman Cave, Steam Locomotives of the Victorian Railways, Volume 1: The First Fifty Years, Australian Railways Historical Society (ARHS) Victorian Division, Melbourne, 2002, ch.8, pp.60-77 Pages
  2. [Book], VicRail Public Relations Division, Power Parade, VicRail Public Relations Division, Melbourne, 1981

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