K 163

Mornington Railway workhorse

 

This photo is kindly provided by Gordon Ross and shows K 163 in steam at Moorooduc during mid-2004; the loco is running without smoke deflectors, as was common when these locomotives were first built.

 

K 163 was built at Victorian Railway's Newport Workshops in 1941. 

 

K 163 had been plinthed in a park at Frankston until restored to operation by the MRPS in 1985.  Uniquely for a park locomotives, the restoration of K 163 was largely done in situ; K 163 was still plinthed at Frankston when the restored boiler first raised steam! 

 

Today K 163 is the regular workhorse for the Mornington Railway at Moorooduc. 

 

 Here is an earlier photo kindly provided by Andrew Swaine, showing K 163's cab interior.

Here is a useful Wikipedia link to general information about the K-class locomotives.

 

Page updated:  5 January 2009