Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Co. No.9

Last used by the Tullah Tramway

 

The condemned boiler of Krauss 5988 displayed at Tullah on 8 May 2003.

This much-travelled 0-4-0T locomotive was built by Lokomotivfabrik Krauss & Co in Germany (builder's number 5988 of 1908) for the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Co, becoming No.9 on their roster.  It worked at the Ida Bay Railway from 1947 before moving to the Tullah Tramway in 1949.

Krauss 5988 was initially preserved at the Van Diemen Railway Society at Don in 1972.  It moved back to Tullah in 1993 and has been assessed of overhaul but the old boiler was found to be beyond repair.  The condemned boiler is now displayed at Tullah while the loco is stored boilerless inside the depot while awaiting funding for a new boiler.

Operating dates for the Tullah Tramway can be found on the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway website, together with a brief history of the line and its locomotives.

Krauss 5988 stored sans boiler in the loco shed at Tullah.

The wheelsets are in the foreground.  8 May 2003.

 

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.

'Krauss Locomotives in Australia' by Bruce MacDonald, pp10.

b

Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway website, retrieved 28 May 2014

 

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