least a dozen steam
locomotives and two diesel hydraulic locomotives were used on the
Woodlines around Kalgoorlie. Only the two diesels survive today
although there are a number of steam locomotive parts to be
found at both Kurrawang and Lakewood.
This is a steam locomotive ashpan located near the old locomotive
service area at Kurrawang. An ashpan is located under the fire box on a
steam loco and, as the name suggests, catches the ash that drops down
from the fire above.
At Lakewood is what I
believe is a steam dome cover from a G class steam locomotive.
This is the upside
down cab roof from a "G" class steam locomotive at
Lakewood. At least four "G" class locomotives were scrapped at Lakewood
in 1965 after the LFC had been liquidated.
This is one of only
two surviving woodline locomotives. NC1 of the
former Commonwealth Railways was originally LFC1 of the Lakewood
Firewood Company. NC1 is now at Steamtown Peterborough in South
Australia. Thanks to Chris Drymalik for allowing me to use this pic. Go
Chris' Commonwealth railways page.
Another pic of NC1 /
Note that NC1 has had it's buffers removed and it's hook type couplers
have been replaced with automatic couplers. At some time in it's
Commonwealth railways service, it had it's original vacuum brakes
replaced with air brakes. Thanks to Chris Drymalik for allowing me to
use this pic. Go here for
Chris' Commonwealth railways page.
The Lakewood Fire
Company's locomotives were the Model DH110 built by Clyde Engineering
at their Granville NSW plant.
This is the former
LFC2 which is in a park in Port Lincoln, SA. Pic by Nic Doncaster and
used with his permission. Thanks Nic!
Inside the cab of
LFC2. LFC2 became NC2 of the Commonwealth Railways. NC2
appears to have been heavily vandalized over the years. I am not sure
if any of it's drive train still is in place. I think it would be
better to see it returned to the Goldfields and restored as LFC2 again.
It would be a great loco for the Boulder Loopline. Pic by Nic Doncaster and used with his
permission. Thanks Nic!
I am not sure where I found this pic but it shows a rather
faded and dilapidated NC2, the former LFC2, out of service somewhere,
probably Port Augusta, I would think. If you know who took the pic,
please let me know and I will credit it or remove it if necessary.. The
Commonwealth Railways didn't paint this loco in maroon but left
it in the LFC's green and yellow colours, only changing the number.
Someone has pinched the
Clyde Engineering badge from the front of the engine cover.
In April 2010 I photographed this South Australian Railways Y Class
locomotive in the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide. The Y Class
is the same as the Western Australian G Class, in fact, many WA
locomotives previously saw service with the SAR. The only major
difference between a Woodline loco and Y97 here is that Y97 is coal
burning and not wood burning. Converting a coal burning locomotive to
wood mainly involved changing the fire brick arrangement in the fire
The former LFC1 in the roundhouse at Steamtown Peterborough SA. April
Control stand in NC1. The Commonwwealth Railways modified this
locomotive quite a bit including the fitting of air brakes and removing
the right side controls. Note the differences to the pic of NC2's cab
above. April 2010.
'B' end of NC1. That is the filler and sight gauge for the hydraulic
oil tank on the top of the cowl. April 2010.
This is the 'A' end of NC2 in it's park in Port Lincoln. April 2010.
'B' end. April 2010.
Left side of NC2. This side is painted in a kind of aboriginal theme.
All the engine cowlings, cab doors and windows have been plated over.
Right side has a definite marine flavour. This theme is certainly
out of character with the WA Eastern Goldfields where it began it's
working life. April 2010.
Time and neglect are taking their toll on LFC2. Sad isnt it? April 2010.
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