NA Class 2-6-2T
7A departing from Belgrave station and wearing VR Canadian Red livery.
This photo was kindly contributed by Max Bracher.
NA-class locomotive 7A was constructed at Newport Workshops in 1905 for use on the Victorian Railways narrow-gauge lines. It was built to the design of the original two NA-class members 1A & 2A which were supplied by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. (For general information about the Victorian Railways narrow-gauge lines and the NA-class, refer to the page for NA3.)
7A was taken off the Victorian Railways register in 1962 and passed into the care of the Emerald Tourist Railway Board for operation on the Puffing Billy Railway. It has since generally remained in traffic excepting periods of overhaul and is shedded at the Puffing Billy Railway's Belgrave depot together with sisters 6A, 8A, 12A and 14A.
The Puffing Billy Railway is generally considered to be Australia's best heritage railway and is well worth a visit!
My thanks to Gordon Ross for this 2003 image of 7A in the loco siding at the Gembrook terminus.
At that stage 7A wore green livery.
A scanned broadside view of 7A being prepared for duty. Belgrave, 12 July 2001.
7A shunting at Belgrave, 12 July 2001.
7A backing down to its train. Belgrave, 12 July 2001.
7A leads another tourist service over the Monbulk Creek trestle bridge and into the Dandenong Range. 12 July 2001.
"Steam Locomotives of the Victorian Railways, Volume 1: The First Fifty Years" by Norman Cave, John Buckland & David Beardsell.
Published in 2002 by the Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division), Melbourne.
|b||"Locomotives of Australia, Fifth Edition (1850's - 2010)" by Leon Oberg, published in 2010 by Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd, Dural NSW.|
|c||Information provided by Max Bracher via email, 20 October 2012|
Page updated: 8 March 2014