Crane tank locomotive
This digital view shows 1068 on the display / storage sidings at Dorrigo on 24 January 2004, minus its lifting jib.
1068 is one of six identical 0-4-0CT crane tank locomotives delivered to the NSWGR by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England under several repeat orders:
|NSWGR Number||Year||Builder's Number|
|1051, 1052 (originally numbered Lo 10, 11)||1914||3034, 3035|
|1066, 1067 (originally numbered Lo 40, 41)||1923||3563, 3564|
|1068 (originally numbered Lo 47)||1924||3565|
|1069 (originally numbered Lo 48)||1925||3635|
Technically these engines were "luffing crane tank locomotives" with a maximum 7 ton crane capacity. The luffing jib could rotate through 360 degrees and was fitted with three hooks to allow 3.5, 5 or 7 ton lifts, with hoisting achieved by raising the angle of the jib.
After a long life pottering around the NSWGR locomotive workshops, 1068 was finally withdrawn in May 1975. It was stored at the Cardiff Workshops, Newcastle until sold for preservation to the Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum.
John Buckland wrote a very authorative article on the various crane tank locomotives of Australia in the ARHS Bulletin of June 1985. a
In addition, Stephen Tolhurst provides an excellent history of loco 1068 on his X10 website.
This photograph was contributed by Mark Newton and shows 1068 on the display / storage sidings at Dorrigo, minus its lifting jib.
|a||ARHS Bulletin, Volume 36, No. 572 (June 1985) 'Crane Tank Locomotives in Australia' by J. L. Buckland|
|b||L. Oberg, 'Locomotives of Australia', published by J. W. Books Pty Ltd, Brookvale NSW. 1982 reprint.|
|c||Webmaster's personal observation or comment.|
Page updated: 17 March 2012