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loco W53

The "NF" were originally South Australian Railways "W" class locomotives. They were not all identical in weight and capacity.

Class:NF
Builder:Beyer Peacock, Manchester, England.
Introduced:1.1.1911
Number in Class:7
Wheel Arrangement:2-6-0
Driving Wheel Diameter:3 ft. 3 in.
Cylinders:Number:2
-Position on frame:Outside
-Diameter x stroke:12 in. x 20 in.
Valve Gear:Stephenson
Heating Surface:Tubes:499 square feet
-Firebox:45 square feet
-Grate Area:9.8 square feet
Boiler Pressure:130 lbs120 lbs
Tractive Effort:8,160 lbs7,000 lbs
Coal Capacity:2 tons 6 cwt2 tons 15 cwt
Water Capacity:850 gallons820 gallons
Weight in Working Order:29 tons 18 cwt29 tons 7 cwt
Maximum Axle Load:5 tons 8 cwt-
Overall Length35 ft. 4 in.35 ft. 6 in.


W 13 -- NF 2

Steam locomotive with 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, ex "W" class otained from the South Australian Railways. It was built by Beyer Peacock.
2.1878Entered service as South Australian Railways "W 13". Built by "Beyer Peacock", Manchester (builders No.1715).
1.1.1911Transferred to Commonwealth Railways with North Australia Railway.
12.1939Withdrawn North Australia Railway.
1950Scrapped North Australia Railway 1950.
-A loco "NF 5" was fitted with "NF 2" plates and put on display in Darwin.

W 21 -- NF 3

Steam locomotive with 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, ex "W" class otained from the South Australian Railways. It was built by Beyer Peacock.
1.1880Entered service 1.1880 as South Australian Railways "W 21". Built 1878 by "Beyer Peacock", Manchester (builders No.1800).
7.1888Sold to contractor "C & E Millar" for use on the construction of the Palmerston to Pine Creek Railway.
12.1889Repurchased by South Australian Railways.
1.1.1911Transferred to Commonwealth Railways with North Australia Railway.
1913Recoded "NF 3".
3.1929Withdrawn North Australia Railway.
1950Scrapped Parap Workshops, North Australia Railway.

W 36 -- NF 4

Steam locomotive with 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, ex "W" class otained from the South Australian Railways. It was built by Beyer Peacock.
3.1880Entered service as South Australian Railways "W 36". Built 1878 by "Beyer Peacock", Manchester (builders No.1822).
1.1888Sold to "C & E Millar" for Petersburg (Peterborough) to Cockburn railway in exchange for "Y 89".
12.1889Repurchased by the South Australian Railways at Palmerston.
1.1.1911Transferred to Commonwealth Railways with North Australia Railway.
7.1928Withdrawn North Australia Railway.
1950Scrapped Parap Workshops, North Australia Railway.

NF 5 NF 5

W 53 -- NF 5 -- NF 2

Steam locomotive with 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, ex "W" class otained from the South Australian Railways. It was built by Beyer Peacock.
1878Built 1877 by "Beyer Peacock", Manchester (builders No.1717), as South Australian Railways "W 53".
1878Sold to "Barry, Brooks & Fraser", Port Augusta for use on Central Australia Railway railway construction in 1878 prior to entering service.
8.1882Repurchased by South Australian Railways.
1.1907Sold to SA Construction Branch, Eyre Peninsula.
11.1907Repurchased by South Australian Railways.
26.1.1912Sold to contractor "Teesdale Smith" for Minnipa Hill (Eyre Peninsula).
1915Sold to the Commonwealth Railways at Port Lincoln for £1000 and shipped to Sydney aboard SS Nardoo 12.6.1915 for transhipment to SS Tasman for Darwin.
12.1945Withdrawn North Australia Railway.
5.1957Fitted with plates off "NF 2" and presented to the Darwin Infant Primary School.
6.1974Transferred to Northern Territory Museum, Smith St, Darwin.
1981Used in Film We of the Never Never,
1983To Fannie Bay Jail Museum, Darwin.

W 54 -- NF 6

Steam locomotive with 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, ex "W" class otained from the South Australian Railways. It was built by Beyer Peacock.
1878Built 1877 by "Beyer Peacock", Manchester (builders No.1721), as South Australian Railways "W 54".
1878Sold to "Barry, Brooks & Fraser", Port Augusta for use on Central Australia Railway railway construction prior to entering service.
8.1882Repurchased by South Australian Railways.
3.1887Sold to "Millar Bros" in exchange for "K 60".
12.1889Repurchased by South Australian Railways.
5.1907Sold to SA Construction Branch, Eyre Peninsula.
11.1907Repurchased by South Australian Railways.
26.1.1912Sold to contractor "Teesdale Smith" for Minnipa Hill (Eyre Peninsula).
1915Sold to the Commonwealth Railways at Port Lincoln for £1000 and shipped to South Australian Railways Islington Workshops aboard SS Rupara for repairs.
16.6.1915Entered shops.
25.11.1915Ready to ship ex Islington. Consigned aboard SS Cantara for Sydney for transhipment at Dalgety's Wharf to Darwin bound SS Houtman
19.2.1942Blown into Darwin Harbor off jetty in air raid on.

W 41 -- NF 7

Steam locomotive with 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, ex "W" class otained from the South Australian Railways. It was built by Beyer Peacock.
9.8.1882Entered service as South Australian Railways "W 41". Built 1881 by "Beyer Peacock", Manchester (builders No.2139).
26.9.1988Sold to "C & E Millar" for Petersburg (Peterborough) to Cockburn railway.
-Taken by Millar's to Palmerston for construction work.
12.1889Repurchased South Australian Railways.
1.1.1911Transferred to Commonwealth Railways with North Australia Railway. In such a poor condition that parts were stripped from "W 35" (also transferred on 1.1.1911 in a derelict state) to create a working locomotive.
around 1914The rebuild entered service.
1917Recoded "NF 7".
4.1944Withdrawn North Australia Railway.
1950Scrapped Parap Workshops North Australia Railway.

W 35

Steam locomotive with 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, ex "W" class otained from the South Australian Railways. It was built by Beyer Peacock.
1877Entered service as South Australian Railways "W 35". Built 1877 by "Beyer Peacock", Manchester (builders No.1733).
1.1.1911Transferred to Commonwealth Railways with North Australia Railway. In such a poor condition that parts were used in the reconstruction of NF 7 rather than return the loco to service.
1914Remainder of locomotive scrapped.



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