Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. b/n 1738 of 1923


Alison newly arrived at the Richmond Vale Railway and placed in the museum grounds, as seen on 18 April 2010.

The livery of lined green apple green with red headstocks, running boards and wheels was very worn by the time of this photo.

I understand Alison has since been cosmetically restored by Richmond Vale Railway volunteers.


Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co,

Kilmarnock, Scotland

Builder’s Number & Year

1738 of 1922

Wheel Arrangement



‘Alison’ is a standard 16” cylinder shunting locomotive supplied by the well-known Scottish builders Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. Together with sister b/n 1739 it was built to stock with completion dates recorded as 21 December 1922. The pair were initially supplied to the Consolidated Construction Co Ltd, London and sent for building work at the Clydesdale Steelworks, Mossend, Scotland, where they were known as No.5 (b/n 1738) and No.6 (b/n 1739). After about one year of work the pair returned to Andrew Barclay and were refurbished for resale.

Alison was purchased second-hand but virtually new by Goninan & Company, Newcastle, NSW, and then resold to the operators of Cessnock No.1 Colliery at Kalingo. Alison changed hands again in 1933 when sold to John Lysaght (Australia) Pty Ltd (commonly known as Lysaght’s) for shunting duties at their steel rolling mills, initially in Newcastle and later their Port Kembla operations.

Following retirement, Alison was donated in 1972 to the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM) together with fellow Lysaghts shunter ‘Kathleen’. Both were placed on display with the museum collection within the Enfield roundhouse.

Alas the Enfield roundhouses were demolished in 1975 to make way for a planned container terminal. Together with other NSWRTM exhibits, Alison moved to their new Thirlmere site in 1975 and was placed on open-air display. At this stage Alison wore an attractive lined apple green livery, however she deteriorated rapidly due to exposure to the elements and was rather rust streaked by 1983, at which stage the locomotive was shunted out of public view onto the long-term storage sidings.

After 26 years of storage at Thirlmere, Alison was relocated to the Richmond Vale Railway Museum on 9 November 2009 and placed on display within the grounds at Richmond Main Colliery. Cosmetic static restoration was quickly begun by museum volunteers, and I understand is now complete.

Against the odds, Alison’s sister (b/n 1739) has also survived, becoming ‘Juno’ which is stored among the Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum collection.

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An earlier photo of Alison hiding from public view on the long-term storage sidings at Thirlmere on 17 March 2003.

It seems someone has liberated one of the handsome tapered buffers.

At this stage, various components such as the side rods were stored within the cab.

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A view of the other side of Alison on long-term storage sidings at Thirlmere, dated 6 March 2005.

If I remember correctly, rock-throwers had made short work of any glass shortly after its move to the storage sidings in 1983.

The faded lined apple green livery is still visible, even if heavily weathered.



Kramer, J. 'The Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum - an Illustrated Guide',

published by the Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum, 1987.


Wikipedia page for Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co,

retrieved 2 March 2021


L. Oberg, 'Locomotives of Australia', published by J. W. Books Pty Ltd,

Brookvale NSW. 1982 reprint.


Eardley, G. H. 'Locomotives: A Guide - Enfield Railway Museum',

published by the NSWRTM, 1973.


Email from J. Mullier received on 7 October 2010

Page updated: 7 March 2021

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