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J Class Consolidation 2-8-0

The J class were a development of the earlier K class , and 60 of these locos were built by Vulcan and entered service during 1954. An unusual feature was that they built for easy conversion from 5'3" broad gauge to 4'8.5" standard gauge, simply by reversing the wheel centres. The last loco in the class, J559, had the dubious distinction of being the last steam locomotive to enter VR service.

J515

Preserved by the Seymour Locomotive Preservation Society.

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  • Date : April 1992 (?), catalogued 13 Aug 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : J515 stands ready to depart Wagunyah, at the end of a pioneer branch kept open by the existence of Uncle Toby's, a large breakfast cereal processing plant. Indeed, this tour was announced as "possibly the last" to visit Wagunyah, but the line still survives as of March 1995. Behind the J is the "Yarra" palour car, a beautiful Victorian (ambiguity intended) sitting car, replete with window shades, bracket lights and lounge chairs.


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  • Date : Apr 1992, catalogued 26 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : J515 departing Wagunyah. To the lower left of this picture can be seen the siding branching off to the Uncle Toby's factory, the life support system for this ricketty branch line. It is perhaps just as well that the main line is not so visible in this photograph!


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  • Date : 1992?, catalogued 9 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : J515 in darkness, slide number (unnumbered)
  • Description : J515 departing Wagunyah. To the lower left of this picture can be seen the siding branching off to the Uncle Toby's factory, the life support system for this ricketty branch line. It is perhaps just as well that the main line is not so visible in this photograph!


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  • Date : 1992?, catalogued 9 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : J515 in the gloom, slide number (unnumbered)
  • Description : The locals were out (perhaps not in force) to witness the rare sight of a steam engine shunting a train at Rutherglen, on the Wagunyah branch.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18632
  • Description : J515 shunts at Springhurst on the Wagunyah trip.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18633
  • Description : J515 shunts at Springhurst


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18636
  • Description : Tender first, J515 prepares to take her train out on the Wagunyah branch.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18638
  • Description : Running tender first, J515 accelerates her train out on the Wagunyah branch from Springhurst, past a somewhat undisciplined photo line.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18642
  • Description : J515 poses at Wagunyah.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18643
  • Description : In the late afternoon sun, J515 sets back upon her train prior to departing with the last steam train from Wagunyah.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18647
  • Description :


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 63064 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18648
  • Description : With full head of steam, J515 makes a stirring departure from Wagunyah with the last steam train to do so, 18 July 1992.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18649
  • Description : With full head of steam, J515 makes a stirring departure from Wagunyah with the last steam train to do so, 18 July 1992.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18658
  • Description : The gathering gloom accentuates the light from J515's headlamp and the resultant lens flare in this atmospheric shot of the last steam train to depart Rutherglen.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18661
  • Description : Technically not a good shot, but I was moved by the fact that this was the last steam train to arrive at Springhurst from the Wagunyah branch, and was the end of yet another chapter in the demise of the Victorian railway country network.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 29 Aug 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : J515 and B75 at Springhurst.


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18634
  • Description : J515 and B75 pose before the grandiloquent water tower at Springhurst


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  • Date : 18 Jul 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18631
  • Description : B75 and J515 shunt at Springhurst, during a special to Wagunyah.


J524

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  • Date : 25 Mar 2005, catalogued 27 Sep 2006
  • Photographer : Leon Gowlett (via Peter Hobdell)
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Desktop/Donald/photos 068.jpg
  • Description : This J class is preserved at Donald.


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  • Date : 25 Mar 2005, catalogued 27 Sep 2006
  • Photographer : Leon Gowlett (via Peter Hobdell)
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Desktop/Donald/photos 070.jpg
  • Description : This J class is preserved at Donald.


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 142313 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 25 Mar 2005, catalogued 27 Sep 2006
  • Photographer : Leon Gowlett (via Peter Hobdell)
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Desktop/Donald/photos 072.jpg
  • Description : This J class is preserved at Donald.


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 135230 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 25 Mar 2005, catalogued 27 Sep 2006
  • Photographer : Leon Gowlett (via Peter Hobdell)
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Desktop/Donald/photos 075.jpg
  • Description : This J class is preserved at Donald.


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 143738 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 25 Mar 2005, catalogued 27 Sep 2006
  • Photographer : Leon Gowlett (via Peter Hobdell)
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Desktop/Donald/photos 076.jpg
  • Description : This J class is preserved at Donald.


J536

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  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 22 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 6805
  • Description : The Victorian Railways were happy to donate old locomotives to community groups (in stark contrast the their NSW counterpart), which is why nearly every country town in Victoria has (had) an engine like this sitting in a park. This one was at Colac (I had this previous ascribed to Donald, but it seems I was mistaken!). It has since been removed to East Ballarat for possible restoration by the West Coast Railway.


J549

Preserved by the Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society.

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  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : Barbara Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8919
  • Description : A somewhat windswept author on the footplate of J549 at Muckleford


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  • Date : Sep 1992 (?), catalogued 01 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : colour print
  • Description : Ex Victorian Railways oil-burning J class number 549 on a work train on the preserved Castlemaine and Maldon line. The train is in fact propelling, hence the driver is looking towards the rear of the loco.


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 23 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18584
  • Description : Ex Victorian Railways oil-burning J class number 549 on a work train on the preserved Castlemaine and Maldon line.


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 136045 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 23 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18581
  • Description : No, the train is not about to run the photograher over! It was propelling (see above).


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 104324 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 23 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Barbara Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18582
  • Description : My wife's slide version of the print taken at J549-1


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 116074 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 23 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18583
  • Description : Another view looking along the track after J549 on the Castlemaine and Maldon Railway.


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 100925 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 30 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18585
  • Description : J549 and works train standing in the platform at Maldon


  • Image : dir=vic/Jclass/ page=index 51617 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 30 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18587
  • Description : J549 and works train standing in the platform at Maldon


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  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 05 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8898
  • Description : J549 shunts a carriage set into the platform at Maldon.


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  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 05 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8909
  • Description : J549 runs around her train at Muckleford.


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  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 05 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8917
  • Description : J549, having run around her train, waits for departure from at Muckleford.


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  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8920
  • Description : On the footplate of J549, at full throttle ...


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  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8927
  • Description : On the footplate of J549, view from fireman's window


  • Image : dir=tourist/vgr/ page=index 105442 bytes, 600x800 pixels
  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8939
  • Description : On the footplate of J549, view along the line. Compare this with J549-1 , taken from the level crossing seen in the middle distance.


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  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8954
  • Description : On the footplate of J549, view along the line.


  • Image : dir=tourist/vgr/ page=index 94275 bytes, 600x800 pixels
  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8968
  • Description : On the footplate of J549, the view along the line coming into Maldon.


  • Image : dir=tourist/vgr/ page=index 78146 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8972
  • Description : Driver Ian on the footplate of J549.


  • Image : dir=tourist/vgr/ page=index 96837 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8973
  • Description : On the footplate of J549.


  • Image : dir=tourist/vgr/ page=index 89348 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8975
  • Description : J549 running tender first out of Maldon.


  • Image : dir=tourist/vgr/ page=index 61236 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 14 Sep 2003, catalogued 11 Oct 2003
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_8977
  • Description : J549 running tender first out of Maldon.


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