First locomotive built by The Clyde Engineering Co Ltd


5096 (sans chimney) stored in the Broadmeadow roundhouse on 15 December 2012, with thanks to Jeff Mullier for contributing this photo.

(5096’s chimney was found to be loose during preparation for rail transfer to Broadmeadow, so it had been removed for safe transport.)


The Clyde Engineering Co Ltd,

Granville NSW

Builder’s Number & Year

1 of 1907

Wheel Arrangement


No. in class



This locomotive entered traffic on 6 June 1907 as T 356, one of the highly successful T(524) class 2-8-0 freight locomotives designed by the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) in conjunction with Beyer Peacock & Co, Manchester under the leadership of Chief Mechanical Engineer, William Thow.  The T(524) class grew to number 280 examples following deliveries by a number of suppliers, with the design further developed by the NSWGR to the later TF(939) class (190 examples) and K(1353) class (120 examples) to provide a total of 590 “Standard Goods Locomotives”.  The T(524) class were reclassified as (D)50 class in the 1924 renumbering scheme, with T 356 becoming 5096.  (For more general information about the T(524 / (D)50-class, refer to the entry for preserved loco 5069.)

While many of the saturated T(524) / (D)50 engines were rebuilt with superheated boilers, 5096 retained a saturated boiler and remained largely unmodified during its working life.  It was withdrawn from NSWGR duties in December 1965 with 2,029,961km of accumulated service and condemned on 17 November 1967 after a period of use as a static boiler.  Fortunately 5096 was saved for preservation within the collection of the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM), not only as the representative of the T(524) / (D)50 class, but also in view of being the first locomotive constructed by The Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Granville.  Clyde Engineering went on to construct several hundred steam locomotives of various types for the NSWGR and other customers, including the mighty (D)57-class 4-8-2’s and 3801 among the first five (C)38-class Pacific locomotives.  Modern diesel-electric locomotives also followed.

Many NSWRTM exhibits were worn and rust-streaked on joining the collection, having been in open storage following withdrawal and prior to entering the museum at Enfield No.1 roundhouse.  5096 was among these and was displayed in 'as received' condition until the early 1980's, when the boiler clothing and lagging was removed in order to prevent further decay of the boiler barrel.  (Various components such as the connecting rods, steam dome cover and sections of boiler clothing remain stored in the tender coal space.)  Some cosmetic rust removal and repainting was done in 1991.  Around 2003 the locomotive was assessed for restoration in the workshop area at Thirlmere by a group of NSWRTM volunteers, but I understand the boiler was found to be heavily pitted and requiring replacement.  5096 subsequently remained stored away from public view.

During August 2008, 5096 was rail hauled from Thirlmere for undercover storage at Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot, Newcastle.  (At one stage 5096 had been allocated for display at the Junee Roundhouse Museum however this has not proceeded and 5096 remains stored in the roundhouse at Broadmeadow.)

5096 is significant as the progenitor of so many Clyde built locomotives over more than a century of construction, and telling the story of the development of manufacturing in NSW.  Hopefully resources can be found for restoration and public viewing of this locomotive at some stage in the future.

An excellent resource for detailed information about this locomotive is the fact sheet for 5096 on the NSW Government Office of Environment & Heritage website.

5096 on the Restoration Road in the workshop area of the NSWRTM, Thirlmere on 17 March 2003.

At the time it was being assessed for possible restoration to operation, but the boiler was found to have severe corrosion pitting.

This area at Thirlmere has since been completely redeveloped as the entrance hall of the new Trainworks museum.



“Standards in Steam – the 50 Class” by R. G. Preston,

Published by Eveleigh Press, 1992.


"A Compendium of New South Wales Steam Locomotives" compiled by Alex Grunbach,

published by the Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Wales Division, 1989.


‘Steam Locomotive Data’ July 1974 edition, compiled by J. H. Forsyth for the

Public Transport Commission of NSW.


Wikipedia entry for the NSWGR D50 class, retrieved 29 July 2015


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