Australia's Last Steam Railways- The South Maitland and Richmond Vale Railways

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The South Maitland and Richmond Vale Railways together formed an extensive network of standard gauge lines serving collieries in the New South Wales coalfields. The first section opened for coal traffic in 1893, with passenger services being introduced on part of the growing SMR system from 1902. The New South Wales Government Railways took over passenger services from 1930 until 1961, following which the SMR continued with diesel railcars until 1972. The RVR also operated passenger trains for miners until 1959. The railways used a fleet of British-built steam locomotives, ranging from six coupled saddle tanks to several originally built for use in the Mersey Tunnel, and thirteen ROD tender locomotives constructed for use in France during the WWI. However, the last working locomotives were a fleet of Beyer Peacock 2-8-2 tank locomotives. Steam operation ended on the South Maitland system in 1983, leaving the Richmond Vale operation as the last commercial steam working in Australia until 1987.
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Stock Code A1021.0
Author Woodhams J
ISBN13 9781398110212
Format Softback
Height(mm) 234
Width(mm) 165
Page Count 96
Pictures 140
Publication Date 15 Aug 2024
Publication Status Not yet published
Record last updated 27/09/2023