No. 2

Hybrid combined from two locomotives

 

This digital image of May 2003 shows Krauss 4087 still in storage at the rear of the West Coast Pioneers Museum, Zeehan.

 

This 0-4-0T locomotive was constructed by Lokomotivfabrik Krauss & Co in Germany (builder's number 4087 of 1899) for the North Mt Lyell Copper Co.  It was later used by the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Co. as one of the fleet of small Krauss locomotives at their Queenstown mines.  From 1945 this locomotive was used by Rennison Associated Tin Mines. a

 

This locomotive was rebuilt in 1959 using components of sister Krauss 5800 of 1907, a which perhaps explains why the cab spectacle plate has one round window and one square!  b

 

This little loco was plinthed in the Rotary Playground at Devonport from 1965, but photographs show that it had become rather derelict during its time as a playground exhibit. b  Fortunately it was acquired by the West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum in 1983 a and placed into storage at the rear of the museum.  It was still stored in this way at my last visit to Zeehan in May 2003, with the 'metal moths' having eaten further into the platework. Hopefully its turn will come for static restoration and to be placed on display. b

 

 

 

This scanned photograph of May 1993 shows Krauss 4087 stored on blocks at the rear of the West Coast Pioneers Museum, Zeehan.

 

 

 

References

 

a 'Light Railways - Australia's Magazine of Industrial & Narrow Gauge Railways', Number 153, June 2000. Published by Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc.  Article "Krauss Locomotives in Australia" by Bruce Macdonald, page 14.
b Personal observation or comment.

 

5 August 2011

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