Crane tank locomotive
The photos of 1083 on this page date from the webmasters visit to the Advanced Technology Park, Eveleigh on 22 May 2011.
1083 is a luffing crane tank locomotive of 7 ton crane capacity. It was built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns in 1950 (builder's number 7543) together with sister loco 1082 (builder's number 7542). a
1082 and 1083 were the final orders of a series of 0-4-0 crane tank locomotives ordered by the NSWGR following from 1030 back in 1879. These small steam crane locomotives actually outlasted mainline steam by nearly a decade, with 1082 and 1083 pottering around Eveleigh workshops until withdrawn in the early 1980's. d
After cosmetic restoration, 1083 was transported from the SRA Apprentice College at Chullora to Eveleigh for display in the courtyard between New Loco and No.1 bay of the Eveleigh Locomotive Works (now adapted for reuse as the Advanced Technology Park). Here it replaced sister 1082, which had deteriorated after a period of display in the same location. b
Stephen Tolhurst provides a history of loco 1083 on his excellent X10 website.
A side view of 1083 at the Advanced Technology Park, Eveleigh on 22 May 2011.
Rear view of 1083. As can be seen, the cab has been secured with wire mesh screens. 22 May 2011.
|a||X10 website by Stephen Tolhurst (viewed 12 July 2011).|
|b||Information provided by M. Newton via email, 18/2/02|
|c||ARHS Bulletin, Volume 36, No. 572 (June 1985) 'Crane Tank Locomotives in Australia' by J. L. Buckland|
|d||Personal observation or comment.|
Page updated: 12 July 2011