South Australian Railways

Including file "intro.xml"

F Class 4-6-2 Tank

The F class were the mainstay of the Adelaide suburban steam services from 1902 until the mid 50s. They were affectionally known as `Dollys', and could accelerate their short passenger trains away from stations sufficiently quickly that they remained in service until displaced by diesel rail cars.

entered service:   1902               last condemmed:   1969
cylinders:         2:17.5x24 in       boiler pressure:  185 psi
tractive effort:   18335 lbs          weight:           59 tons 0 cwt
water:             1200 gals          coal:             2.25 tons


P Class 2-4-0T

These diminutive locos were used on Adelaide suburban services, particularly the Glenelg line. They were displaced by the F class, but remained in service until the mid 50s, generally serving out their days as shunters.

entered service:   1884               last condemmed:   1956
cylinders:         2:16x20 in         boiler pressure:  145 psi
tractive effort:   10517 lbs          weight:           33 tons 14 cwt
water:             600 gals           coal:             30 cwt


Q Class

Rx 4-6-0 Ten Wheelers

Including file "Rxclass/intro.xml"

T class 4-8-0 Mastodon




V class 0-4-4

V9 was known as "The Rat" at Peterborough where it was used for shunting the roundhouse. When it was condemned, the Mayor of Naracoorte asked that it be preserved for display in the local park.

Y class 2-6-0

400 class 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 Beyer Garratt

10 of these locomotives were built by Societe Franco-Belge de Materiel des Chemins-de-fer, under licence from Beyer Peacock, Manchester. They were used on the 3]6" gauge lines of South Australia, notably the Peterborough division, where they hauled zinc concentrate from Broken Hill to the smelters at Port Pirie.


500 class 4-8-4 Mountain

Although this class has a 4-8-4 wheel arrangement, they were always known as "Mountain Types" in South Australia, as they were 4-8-2 when originally built, and the name has stuck. They were all rebuilt as 4-8-4 by the addition of a trailing booster 4-wheel truck. They saw service mainly on heavy freights over the Adelaide Hills, although they were also used on many passenger services, particularly specials such as the Oakbank Picnic Race trains.



520 class 4-8-4 Northerns

Including file "520class/intro.xml"

620 class 4-6-2 Light Pacifics

Including file "620class/intro.xml"

700 class 2-8-2 Mikados

Built by Armstrong Whitworth, in the UK, all 10 of the 700 class entered service during 1926, and the last example was condemmed by the end of 1967. These Mikados formed the basis for subsequent heavy goods locomotives of the SAR.


750 class 2-8-0

TransAdelaide 3000 series railcars

Around the State

Wolseley - A Change of Gauge Station?

Including file "wolseley-intro.xml"

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