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This thread is about Australian steam trains

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The one you have likely heard of is Puffing Billy.

The sound is great

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmqJRj-by7o&feature=share

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Think I have shared this already but can't find it no here it is again.

A pair of NSW 38 class locomotives fighting their way up to Robertson in the Blue Mountains.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xATwWFOnDQY

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In 1870 a report on the then Victorian Railways criticized the engines then in use as being overly influenced by British Design.

To remedy this problem a Mr Evans was commissioned to seek out engines of good American design and provide examples of same for evaluation.

Thus we ended up with some very interesting machines running on our tracks. They may look familiar to an American eye but they sure stood out when they started running here.

These from the Rogers locomotive Works

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The next American engine we got was the W class from Baldwin works in 1883. We had 12 of these initially painted bright olive green with gold lining.
They proved very successful and another 10 slightly smaller copies were built here.

Here is a pic of the Baldwin version and after that the local version.
Both pics from Public Record Office.

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We had to wait till 1898 for the next engines from the US.
These came in the form of narrow gauge 2-6-2 engines from Baldwin.
Known to most now as Puffing Billy.
The first 2 came from Baldwin. One simple and one compound.
Enough spare parts were ordered to allow one more of each to be built locally. More were built locally from scratch.
Following evaluation it was decided that the savings obtained from the compound arrangement did not offset the additional maintenance cost so further engines were limited to the simple design and the 2 compounds were eventually rebuild to the same design.
We ended up with 17 of these.

Below a picture of each sort.

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The "V" class was the next American style engine we had in Victoria.
I must admit we cheated with this one because we ordered a pattern engine from Baldwin and then promptly built 15 more like it here.

At the time it was the biggest engine to run on our tracks.

There is currently a group trying to re build one.
Perhaps one day it will be completed but for sure a huge project.

I wish them well.

http://www.vicsteam.com/history

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Here is a bloke who takes his railway hobby seriously.

http://www.peteshobbyrailway.club/?fbclid=IwAR0fpisaLL6QX0NztvUBKCM4bXcwjvvqVdxYVimJvpXUfv6nWnmYVJk2MHs

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I think I have posted this before but will add it here.

A fantastic bit of archival footage of steam power extreme in NSW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1EWpCQP7eE

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Some good sound in this one as 3801 battles Young Bank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSRCqFfso1Q

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Another small band of steam enthusiasts living the dream.

How about your own railway.

https://www.facebook.com/kerrisdalemountainrailwayandmuseum2015/

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A different kind of railway enthusiast.

Not much steam of this line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SafVI7vKs4&feature=em-uploademail

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A friend of mine just finished his first miniature locomotive.
Till now he has been building ho scale and has a serious layout in his lounge room.
I think he has done a pretty good job of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HL9RWyls1Q&feature=youtu.be

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The steam boys have got one of the old timers out this weekend.

Y-112 built in Ballarat in 1889 at Phoenix Foundry where many of Victoria's early steam locomotives came from.

You can see it here if you are interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-6cboGjbeo

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Stephan,
My son and I enjoyed your videos a lot. He is a big fan of steam engines.
Scott

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