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Krauss B/N 6927 of 1914

 

 

 

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This 0-4-0WT locomotive was constructed by Lokomotivfabrik Krauss & Co in Germany as their builder's number 6927 of 1914 for Corrimal-Balgownie Coal Co.  It was the last Krauss locomotive imported to Australia; these small German-built locomotives had been popular for mining and construction duties until the outbreak of World War 1.

The Corrimal-Balgownie Coal Co. operated a complex and interesting railway system at their Corrimal Colliery, including a 2' gauge railway which traversed the mountainside linking mine adits with an inclined haulage to the coastal plain below.  Along this route worked a number of small locomotives including Krauss 2859 and 6927.  Ken McCarthy has written an authorative account on these railways and locomotives in his article "The Corrimal Colliery Railway" in which he states this locomotive was stored around 1944, having been replaced by the newly arrived Hudswell Clarke 1423 of 1922.  It subsequently spent many years on an isolated siding which became undermined by landslip, causing the locomotive to list and by 1964 it had completely fallen on its side and slipped down the hillside. During this time it lost many parts and the boiler and cab had been scavenged by scrap collectors.

The chassis of Krauss 6927 was retrieved from Corrimal Colliery for preservation by a Sydney enthusiast / collector in 1971 and stored at the Marsden Museum of Historic Engines, Goulburn NSW from 12/71 to 3/74. a, b   I believe these remains now reside at Gymea where they keep company with Krauss 2589, Krauss 6611 & Maffei 3677.

Contributions of information or photographs for this locomotive are welcome.

 

References

 

a

'Light Railways', Number 69, July 1980. Published by Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc.

Article pp10-22 "Marsden Museum of Historic Engines - Goulburn Steam Museum" compiled by K. McCarthy

b

'Light Railways - Australia's Magazine of Industrial & Narrow Gauge Railways', Number 60, April 1978.

Feature article "The Corrimal Colliery Railway" by K. McCarthy.

Published by Light Railway Research Society of Australia

c

'Light Railways - Australia's Magazine of Industrial & Narrow Gauge Railways', Number 153, June 2000.

Article "Krauss Locomotives in Australia - A close look at their characteristics and an overview of their migrations" by Bruce Macdonald.

Published by Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc.  pp.10-18.

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