8A

NA Class 2-6-2T

 

This photo was kindly provided by Ashley Williams and shows 8A in April 1988.

NA-class locomotive 8A was constructed at Newport Workshops in 1908 for use on the Victorian Railways narrow-gauge lines.  It was built to the design of the original two NA-class members 1A & 2A which were supplied by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. (For general information about the Victorian Railways narrow-gauge lines and the NA-class, refer to the page for NA3.)

8A was taken off the Victorian Railways register in 1955 and passed into the care of the Emerald Tourist Railway Board for operation on the Puffing Billy Railway.  It has since generally remained in traffic (excepting periods of overhaul) and is shedded at the Puffing Billy Railway's Belgrave depot together with sisters 6A, 7A, 12A & 14A.

8A received a thorough overhaul at the Puffing Billy Railway's Belgrave workshops during 2005 - 2006 and returned to operation in October 2006.

The Puffing Billy Railway is generally considered to be Australia's best heritage railway and is well worth a visit!

 

8A and train on the Puffing Billy Railway.

My thanks to Gordon Ross for contributing this photo of 8A on its return to service in October 2006.

As per the caption, 8A is heading a short mixed train and arriving back at Emerald station.

A second view by Gordon Ross showing 8A watering at Gembrook on its return to service in October 2006.

The chalked smokebox message reads "Welcome back 8A.  Oct 2006"

A view of 8A under repair within the PBR Belgrave workshops in October 2012. 

This photo is courtesy of Max Bracher.

 

References

 

a

"Steam Locomotives of the Victorian Railways, Volume 1: The First Fifty Years" by Norman Cave, John Buckland & David Beardsell. 

Published in 2002 by the Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division), Melbourne.

b "Locomotives of Australia, Fifth Edition (1850's - 2010)" by Leon Oberg, published in 2010 by Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd, Dural NSW.
c Information provided by Max Bracher via email, 20 October 2012

 

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