Renison Associated Tin Mining Co No. 2

Hybrid combined from two locomotives

 

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

 

Builder

Lokomotivfabrik Krauss & Co

Germany

 

 

Builder’s Number & Year

4087 of 1899

 

 

Wheel Arrangement

0-4-0T

 

This 0-4-0T locomotive was originally constructed by for the North Mt Lyell Copper Co, later transferring to their competitor the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Co. as one of the fleet of small Krauss locomotives used at their Queenstown mines. From 1945 onwards it was in use by a third Tasmanian owner, the Renison Associated Tin Mining Co, where I believe it was No.2.

This locomotive was rebuilt in 1959 by the Renison Associated Tim Mining Co. using components of sister Krauss 5800 of 1907, which perhaps explains why the cab spectacle plate has one round window and one square!

This little Krauss 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. Fortunately it was rescued by the West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum in 1983 and placed into storage at the rear of their museum at Zeehan. 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.

More recent photographs from the West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum show that Krauss 4087 has now moved under cover near the blacksmith's workshop at the rear of the museum. Hopefully this is the first step towards static restoration and display of this interesting little loco.

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

Krauss B/No.4087 plinthed in Devonport during January 1980.

This scanned slide view was kindly contributed by Graeme Nitz.

References

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'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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