No.104

Henschel 29583 of 1956

 

No.104 at Dalby Pioneer Park Museum on 27 July 2010; photo courtesy of Chris Thompson.  The side tanks and boiler lagging have been removed.

This locomotive was built by Henschel & Sohn of Kassel, Germany as their builder's number 29583 of 1956, and worked at Chonburi Sugar Mill, Thailand as No.104. a   No.104 was imported to Australia for private preservation and is now displayed at the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum, albeit in a somewhat dismantled state with side tanks, steam dome and boiler lagging removed.

This locomotive is a sister to No.103 / Henschel 25427 of 1956 which was imported at the same time and restored to operation on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway in Victoria. b

My sincere thanks to my friend & work colleague Chris Thompson for providing the photographs on this page, following his visit to the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum on 27 July 2010.

Another view of No.104.  The original lined green livery with red frame & wheel centres is evident, although now very faded.

A rear view of No.104, showing what appears to be a very heavy-duty dragbox / buffing gear for a narrow-gauge steam loco.

Another view of No.104 at Dalby.

This boiler number / builder's plate is attached to No.104's firebox back plate in the cab.  This loco is reported as B/N 29583 of 1956,

 but the large gap in builder's number compared to sister No.103 (B/N 25427 of 1956) suggests this is may be a separate boiler number. (b)

 

References

 

a 'Light Railways - Australia's Magazine of Industrial & Narrow Gauge Railways', Number 188, April 2006. Published by Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc.
b Personal observation or comment

 

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