Heritage

Locomotive, Steam 2419

Item details

Name of item: Locomotive, Steam 2419
Other name/s: 389
Type of item: Movable / Collection
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Locomotives & Rolling Stock
Primary address: Goulburn Locomotive Roundhouse Museum, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Local govt. area: Goulburn Mulwaree
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Goulburn Locomotive Roundhouse MuseumGoulburnGoulburn Mulwaree  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Steam Locomotive 2419 has heritage significance as it demonstrates the continuing attempts to develop mainline engines to cope with the increasing traffic in the late 1880s. It demonstrates the continuing trend to construct engines in large numbers overseas in response to provide urgently required motive power. Locomotive 2419 is a survivor of a class of mainline goods locomotives from the last period of locomotive procurement prior to the advent of the Standard classes of William Thow. The locomotive demonstrates the development of the goods engine from a six-coupled wheel arrangement to a longer 2-6-0 with a slightly larger boiler. It displays its heritage from the earlier A(93) class six-coupled designs from Beyer Peacock and the popularity of the ‘Mogul’ wheel arrangement seen in the earlier 2-6-0 Baldwin classes from America, thus demonstrating the willingness of the NSWGR to adopt the best of overseas design criteria. The derivation of the ultimate D50 ‘Standard goods’ class can be clearly seen in this class particularly when rebuilt with the Belpaire boiler. The locomotive has high technical significance having been returned to its original configuration, and is considered rare as one of only a handful of mainline goods engines surviving from this period and the only one in an original configuration with round-top firebox, sloping smokebox and stove pipe chimney.
Date significance updated: 18 Dec 09
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Branch intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.

Description

Designer/Maker: Henry Dubs Ltd, Glasgow
Builder/Maker: Henry Dubs Ltd, Glasgow
Physical description: EXTERNAL
Locomotive 2419 is a two cylinder, non-condensing, saturated 2-6-0 ‘ Mogul‘ type steam engine. It has small diameter wheels for goods working, a low running plate and small splashers over the driving wheels. The outside cylinders are fitted with tail rods, the valves being operated by Stephenson link motion. The side and connecting rods are plain section. The boiler has a rounded firebox and sloping smokebox front-plate and a stovepipe chimney. It is fitted with an enclosed cab with porthole window. The number is painted in white on the sandbox left and right and on the rear-side of the tender. It is fitted with a six-wheel tender of riveted construction. It is painted overall in un-lined black.

INTERNAL
Internally, the cab has been painted overall in a pale green colour.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Operational Status: Non-Operational
General Condition: Moderate Condition
External Condition: Moderate Condition
Internal Condition: Moderate Condition

EXTERNAL CONDITION
The locomotive is incomplete. Many components are missing from the boiler front, piping internals from the smokebox, valve rods and the connecting rods. The engine has been repainted and renumbered to the former road number. Cylinder lagging not screwed in place after asbestos removal. Locomotive tyres are in worn condition. Tender tyres are in good condition.

INTERNAL CONDITION
A number of boiler cab fittings are missing. Fire bars are missing from the firebox.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Replace cylinder covers after asbestos removal.
Date condition updated:03 Nov 09
Modifications and dates: 1891 - Built by Henri Dubs and Company, Glasgow as works number 2641. Entered service in mid-1891 as road number 390.
c.1905 - Fitted with Belpaire boiler.
1924 - Renumbered 2419.
1957 - Withdrawn.
1971 - Engine modified to resemble an earlier configuration with a round top boiler fitted from a 26 class (2604) and a sloping smokebox.
1975 - Arrived at Thirlmere in 1975.
1997 - Engine cosmetically restored to display condition as a static exhibit under a LEAP scheme program at the Goulburn Roundhouse.
Current use: NSW Government Railways Collection
Former use: Mainline Goods Locomotive

History

Historical notes: Locomotive 2419 was built by Henri Dubs and Company, Glasgow as works number 2641 in 1891. It entered service in mid 1891 having been allocated the road number 390. The class, originally known as B(55), was ordered to provide urgently required motive power, the design being a development of the earlier B(205) class of 1882. They had a very limited life in mainline goods traffic being displaced by the first of the T class standard goods engines. They were then placed in secondary services and withdrawn as boiler renewals became due. Renumbered 2419 in 1924, the locomotive worked the Marulan Quarry branch line before withdrawal in 1957. Set aside at Goulburn for many years the locomotive was eventually transferred to the Rail Transport Museum, arriving at Thirlmere in 1975. The engine was modified in 1971 at the expense of the RTM to resemble an earlier configuration with a round top boiler fitted from a 26 class (2604) and a sloping smokebox. The engine was cosmetically restored to display condition as a static exhibit under a LEAP scheme program at the Goulburn Roundhouse in 1997.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences Shaping inland settlements-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements Transporting troops and equipment-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Steam Locomotive 2419 has moderate historical significance as it demonstrates continuing attempts to develop mainline engines to cope with increasing traffic in the late 1880s. It demonstrates the continuing trend to construct engines in large numbers overseas in response to provide urgently required motive power.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Based on current knowledge, Steam Locomotive 2419 is not known to have any special associations with people or events of significance in a local or state context. It does not have significance under this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Steam Locomotive 2419 has moderate aesthetic significance as an example of an imported locomotive of typically British appearance with low running plate with splashers, cast iron chimney and brass dome cover. The locomotive has been fitted with an enclosed cab of the type promoted by Chief Mechanical Engineer William Thow in his attempts to create a 'family' likeness to the NSWGR locomotives.

Steam Locomotive 2419 has low technical significance as it demonstrates the progressive development of the mainline goods engine with increasingly larger boilers and wheel arrangement. It demonstrates the early round top firebox of the engines in the pre-Belpaire period.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Steam Locomotive 2419 is likely to have a degree of social value for the community-based associations who have demonstrated an ongoing interest in its conservation and management. This item may also have a degree of social significance to a broader section of the community linked to its historic, aesthetic and associative values.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Steam Locomotive 2419 has a low level of research significance. Given its extensive restoration and reconfiguration in preservation, the locomotive has little research potential.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Steam Locomotive 2419 is rare as one of only a handful of mainline goods engines surviving from this period and the only one in an original configuration with round-top firebox, sloping smokebox and stove pipe chimney. Six wheel tenders are considered rare in NSW.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Steam Locomotive 2419 is representative of a goods engine from the 1890s prior to the arrival of the standard classes. Although incomplete, the locomotive is in original configuration.
Integrity/Intactness: Steam Locomotive 2419 retains a moderate level of integrity and intactness. Over the lengthy service life of this locomotive many modifications were made. Notable was the fitting of a Belpaire boiler early in the 20th century, and an enclosed cab. In preservation this boiler has been exchanged for a roundtop boiler from a Z26 class tank engine (ex 2604).
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
SRA Heritage Rolling Stock Stage 2b Heritage Assessments2000 David Sheedy Pty Ltd Architects and Heritage ConsultantsSteven Adams Yes
S170 Rolling Stock Review2009 NSW Department of Commerce  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenDavid Sheedy Architects Pty Ltd2000SRA Heritage Rolling Stock Stage 2b Heritage
WrittenGrunbach, A1989A Compendium of New South Wales Steam Locomotives
WrittenHills, RL & Patrick, D1998Beyer Peacock - Locomotive Builders to the World
WrittenOberg, L1975Locomotives of Australia

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

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Name: State Government
Database number: 4807217


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