Steam Locomotives of Australia
Australian railways include a variety of gauges. Having a non-unified
rail system has caused significant transportation problems for many years.
In the southern states "broad gauge" (5'-3") was used. In the northern
state of Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania a narrow 3'-6" gauge
was used. In the sugar cane fields 2' gauge was found. In more recent
times Australia has converted some of their system to "standard gauge"
(4'-8½). Unlike the railroads of North America where the lines and
locomotives were owned and operated by various corporations, Australian
mainline railways were government owned and operated. The primary builders
of Australian steam locomotives were Fox Walker & Co of England,
Victoria Rails Newport Workshop, John Fowler & Co of England, and
Perry Engineering to name a few.
Preserved Steam Locomotives In Australia
The links below will display complete lists of surviving steam locomotives
in Australia. The lists are organised by state. Within each list the
locomotives are sorted by city name and then by wheel arrangement. There
are even google map views of many of the locomotives. For
even more detailed listings please see this
Google Map View
Specifications of Australian Steam Locomotives
Steve Llanso has provided detailed specifications for many Australian
steam locomotives. The data is organized by wheel arrangement and then
by railway line/owner.
Virtual Tours of Australian Steam
The photographs below were taken between the years of 1999 and 2012.
Most of them are from regions of Queensland and Victoria. There are
also some from the Northern Territory.