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Locomotive, Steam Pwd 79

Item details

Name of item: Locomotive, Steam Pwd 79
Type of item: Movable / Collection
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Locomotives & Rolling Stock
Primary address: Thirlmere Railway Precinct, Thirlmere, NSW 2572
Local govt. area: Wollondilly
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Thirlmere Railway PrecinctThirlmereWollondilly  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Steam Locomotive PWD 79 has heritage significance as one of the engines imported by the NSW Public Works Department (PWD) to assist with shunting operations at the Port Kembla siding complex. It is a good representative example of a standard Hunslett design of 0-6-0ST "saddle-tank" industrial shunting locomotive, and illustrates British locomotive design and technology in the mid-twentieth century.
Date significance updated: 16 Dec 09
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Description

Designer/Maker: Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds
Builder/Maker: Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds
Physical description: EXTERNAL
Shunting locomotive PWD 79 is an 0-6-0 saddle tank steam locomotive. The locomotive has internal cylinders and is painted in unlined black with red buffer beams and running boards. The small cabin is steel framed and features four brass-framed porthole windows and small brass numbers on each side. The saddle tank has welded seams, while the coal box at the rear is of riveted construction. A driving lamp is fitted to the locomotive at the top of the smokebox with illuminated numbers at the side.

INTERNAL
The cabin retains the majority of its original furniture and fittings. It has a steel roof.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Operational Status: Non-Operational
General Condition: Good Condition
External Condition: Good Condition
Internal Condition: Good Condition

EXTERNAL CONDITION
Externally, the locomotive is in good condition and appears to be complete. Paint is in good condition, although the locomotive would benefit from a thorough clean. The saddle tank with welded seams is in good condition.

INTERNAL CONDITION
Cab is in good condition and appears largely intact, although not all valves and gauges appear in place. Boiler not inspected.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Asbestos disturbance potential. Lead paint may have been used owing to age of vehicle.
Date condition updated:30 Oct 09
Modifications and dates: 1938 - Built by the Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds, and imported by the NSW Public Works Department (PWD). Entered service numbered as PWD 79.
1949 - Ownership transferred to NSWGR.
1963 - Withdrawn from service.
1975 - Transferred to Thirlmere.
Restored for static display by volunteers of the NSWRTM's Illawarra Division.
Current use: NSW Government Railways Collection
Former use: Shunting Locomotive

History

Historical notes: Saddle Tank shunting loco PWD 79 was built by the Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds, in 1938 and imported by the NSW Public Works Department (PWD) to assist with shunting operations at the Port Kembla siding complex. The locomotive was a standard Hunslett design of 0-6-0ST "saddle-tank" industrial shunting locomotive. This locomotive spent its working life shunting the wharves and sidings of Port Kembla, and came into the possession of the NSWGR when the PWD's railway operations were taken over in 1949.

The locomotive was withdrawn from service in 1963. It was saved from the Enfield scrap roads for addition to the NSWRTM collection at Enfield and was transferred to Thirlmere together with other NSWRTM exhibits in 1975. It has been lovingly restored for static display by volunteers of the NSWRTM's Illawarra Division. A number of similar Hunslet locomotives are also preserved in the United Kingdom.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods Making railway journeys-
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 PWD 79 has low historical significance as an engine built by the Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds, in 1938 and imported by the NSW Public Works Department (PWD) to assist with shunting operations at the Port Kembla siding complex. It came into the possession of the NSWGR when the PWD's railway operations were taken over in 1949.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Based on current knowledge, Steam Locomotive PWD 79 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 PWD 79 has low aesthetic significance. The locomotive is a standard Hunslett design of 0-6-0ST "saddle-tank" industrial shunting locomotive, a popular design that was imported in large numbers from England.

Steam Locomotive PWD 79 has low technical significance as an example of an imported saddle tank locomotive used for shunting operations, and illustrates British locomotive design and technology in the mid-twentieth century.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Steam Locomotive PWD 79 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 PWD 79 has low research significance with some potential to reveal information regarding the operation of the NSW Public Works Department railways, in particular with shunting operations at the Port Kembla site.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Steam Locomotive PWD 79 is rare as a surviving example of its type as imported to NSW by the Public Works Department in 1938, although a number of similar Hunslet locomotives are also preserved in the United Kingdom.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Steam Locomotive PWD 79 is a good representative example of a standard Hunslett design of 0-6-0ST "saddle-tank" industrial shunting locomotive.
Integrity/Intactness: Steam Locomotive PWD 79 retains a high level of integrity and intactness. It remains in essentially ex-service condition and has been restored to static display.
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  18 Mar 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
S170 Rolling Stock Review2009 NSW Department of Commerce  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 2009PWD 79 Port Kembla Shunter

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4807620


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