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Last of the Steam Locos

Seventy 4-6-4 type R-class express mainline passenger engines entered service in 1951-2 allowing many of the older A2-class engines to be retired, while sixty 2-8-0 type J-class engines designed to supplement the K & N-class engines on general branchline duties were introduced in 1953-54.

Sadly, due to the early success of diesel locomotives in reducing running costs, many of these fine locomotives were withdrawn without ever undergoing a major overhaul and after completing little more than 200,000 kilometres service, less than a tenth of a steam engine's normal life expectancy.


R-class steam locomotive, North Melbourne, 1951view larger image R-class steam locomotive No.703, North Melbourne, July 1951.

R-class steam locomotive, Bacchus Marsh, 1973view larger image R-class steam locomotive Nos. 707 and 761, Bacchus Marsh, September 1973.

Ballan vintage train, 1973view larger image Vintage train R707 and R76, Ballan to Ballarat, September 1973.

T-class locomotive, Everton, 1973view larger image R-class locomotive No. 707, Newport Workshops, 1973.

M-class diesel locomotive, Newport workshops, 1973view larger image R-class locomotive No. 707, Newport Workshops, 1973.

R-class steam locomotive, Newport workshops, 1973view larger image R-class steam locomotive No. 707, Newport Workshop, September 1973.


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