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Diesel Shunting Locomotive - Mt. Lyell - V13
Mt Lyell, V13, 0-6-0, built by Drewry Car Co. at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England, 1953, construction number 2406/D194. 204 HP (152 Kw) Drewry Diesel locomotive. The class was introduced 1948 for general shunting in yards. They were identical with Tasmanian Government Railway V class.
Bought by Mt. Lyell Mining Co, 1953. Sold to Tasmanian Government Railways in 1964, where it became V13, and covered 88,072 miles. The sister locomotive was sold to Emu Bay Railway and became #22. It was sold into private ownership in 1986 where it was intended to remove the Gardner 8L3 engine to power a boat. Bought by ZZR in 1991, it was named Mt. Lyell, converted from vacuum to airbrake and hook and buffer couplings. It was used for shunting with occasional passenger work. It was a popular locomotive with members as it ran well.
In March 2001 it was sold to the ABT Railway - Mt. Lyell Mining and Railway Company, successors to the Mt. Lyell Railway. The ABT Railway is being rebuilt with grant aid.
Technical Data. Weight: 25.6 tonnes. Length: 22'6" (6.85m), height: 12'0" (3.7m), width 8'6" (2.6m). Fuel capacity 225 gallons, 24V system.Axle Load: 8.5 tons (8.63 tonnes). Air brake on Loco. As manufactured it was fitted with 2" vacuum system. Converted from vacuum to air train brake at Zig Zag. Gardner 8L3 engine, compression ignition oil (diesel) engine developing max. 204 bhp (152 kW) at 1,200 rpm through a Vulcan Sinclair hydraulic coupling, (Size 23) embodied in the engine flywheel, whence through a Wilson 5 speed (CA) epicyclic gearbox and a jackshaft-mounted reverser and reduction gear unit, which provided 5 speeds in either direction. Max speed: 30 mph (48 kph).
For more information see "An Australian Diesel Locomotive Pocketbook" by Peter J. Clark, page 118.
Queensland Rail SX Carriages
Following the December 1997 bushfire, the Zig Zag Railway bought set No. 50 of Queensland Rail SX carriages. They were stainless steel clad and designed in the 1950s to be hauled behind steam locomotives. Later conversion to electric traction was envisaged, and they had a driver’s cab (without equipment) and provision for headlight and destination rolls. Conversion never occurred. The carriages were 'walk through', had power operated sliding doors, controlled by the guard.
Nos: SX 1741, 1742, 1743, 1744, 1745, capacity
56 passengers, weight 23.7 tons,
Nos: SXV 1697, 1746, with guard's compartment, capacity 40 passengers.
Dimensions of both types: 55' 6'' long, 9'4" wide, 12' 6" high, weight 23 tons, built 1962-63.
These carriages were sold to Auckland Regional Council, New Zealand in January 2003.
Updated 16 November 2008