Steam Locomotives of the Northern Territory, AU
In 1889 a 3'-6" railway was constructed between the towns of Pine Creek and
Palmerston (Darwin). It was later extended southward to Katherine. In 2004 a
standard gauge railway was completed linking Adelaide, SA to Darwin, NT.
Portions of the original 3'-6" railway line are still visible. In one case, the
new standard gauge line uses the same bridge piers that were used for the 3'-6"
The Pine Creek Railway Station and a small yard of tracks still remain in
Pine Creek. An operational 2-6-0 steam locomotive is sheltered at this
station in a protective enclosure. The locomotive is lettered "North
Australian Historical Railway". It is locomotive number 5 (Y-53), a class
NF(Y) locomotive. The number plate on the locomotive has the letters "C R N
F 5" on it. They stand for Commonwealth Railways NF Class. It is a Beyer,
Peacock & Co. locomotive built in 1877 at the Gorton Foundry in Manchester.
It was rebuilt in 1902 at the Islington Works.
I have been told that it is desired to use this locomotive on the line that remains
in Pine Creek on a tourist railway.
There are two other locomotives of this class (that I know of). One
of them, C R N F 2, is displayed at the Fanny Bay Jail Museum in Darwin.
The other, C R N F 6, is sunk in the Darwin harbour after the Japanese
bombed it during WWII on February 19th, 1942.