Orenstein & Koppel B/No. 4242

ex- Lake View & Star Gold Mines Pty Ltd

 

Orenstein & Koppel B/N 4242 displayed at Bassendean on 9 May 2002.

(The chimney design is a little odd; is that a home-mad extension. or perhaps a form of spark arrestor?)

 

The Lake View & Star Gold Mines Pty Ltd operated a one-mile tramway for transporting gold ore from Hannans Star Shaft to the Lake View Mill, using two 0-6-0T locomotives supplied by Orenstein & Koppel in 1910 (builder's number's 4241 & 4242).  These locomotives were reduced to standby usage around 1938 following the arrival of two Planet Oil Engine locomotives.  Both locomotives were later used by the Great Boulder Gold Mines.

Orenstein & Koppel B/No. 4242 was out of service by 1960.  It was donated to the Australian Railway Historical Society and placed on display at the excellent railway museum in the Perth suburb of Bassendean, where it is displayed in Lake View & Star Gold Mines livery of safety yellow with back lining.  The builder's plate of B/No. 4242 is also on display in the small exhibits hall at Bassendean.

For those interested in Orenstein & Koppel, here is a listing of Preserved Orenstein & Koppel Steam Locomotives.

 

 

References

 

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'Western Australian Preserved Locomotives' published 1983 by Railmac Publications,

Elizabeth SA.  Compiled by D. Whiteford, C. De Bruin, L. Watson & N. Watson.

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Gray. W. K., 'Guide to Rail Transport Museum, Bassendean, Western Australia',

 Australian Railway Historical Society W. A. Division, First Edition November 1999.

 

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