Crane tank locomotive
This old scanned 1983 photo shows 1052 at the DSR&M's former storage site at Rhondda Colliery, near Newcastle.
1052 is one of six identical 0-4-0CT crane tank locomotives delivered to the NSWGR by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England under several repeat orders:
|NSWGR Number||Year||Builder's Number|
|1051, 1052 (originally numbered Lo 10, 11)||1914||3034, 3035|
|1066, 1067 (originally numbered Lo 40, 41)||1923||3563, 3564|
|1068 (originally numbered Lo 47)||1924||3565|
|1069 (originally numbered Lo 48)||1925||3635|
Technically these engines were "luffing crane tank locomotives" with a maximum 7 ton crane capacity. The luffing jib could rotate through 360 degrees and was fitted with three hooks to allow 3.5, 5 or 7 ton lifts, with hoisting achieved by raising the angle of the jib.
After a long life pottering around the NSWGR locomotive workshops at Chullora, 1052 was sold for preservation to the Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum in November 1976. It was initially stored at the Rhondda Colliery in the Newcastle region, and later transferred to Dorrigo.
John Buckland wrote a very authorative article on the various crane tank locomotives of Australia in the ARHS Bulletin of June 1985. a
In addition, Stephen Tolhurst provides an excellent history of loco 1052 on his X10 website.
This more recent digital view shows 1052 at Dorrigo on 24 January 2004.
|a||ARHS Bulletin, Volume 36, No. 572 (June 1985) 'Crane Tank Locomotives in Australia' by J. L. Buckland|
|b||L. Oberg, 'Locomotives of Australia', published by J. W. Books Pty Ltd, Brookvale NSW. 1982 reprint.|
|c||Webmaster's personal observation or comment.|
Page updated: 17 March 2012