Locomotive 517

Genesee and Wyoming Australia

Broad Gauge


Class operators: South Australian Railways/Australian National Railways/Genesee and Wyoming Australia

Bogie centres: 6.25

Built by: SAR Islington Railway Workshops

Condition: Good

Cylinders: 4 in line

Designer: SAR Islington

Engine type: English Electric Model 4 SRKT

Entered service: 23.02.1967

Entered the museum: 2013

Fuel capacity: 3180 Litres

Gear Ratio: 72:15

Height: 3.98 meters

Class Builders: SAR Islington Railway Workshops

Horsepower: 500hp

Length (over coupling points): 12.6 meters

Maximum Axle Load: 14.2t

Maximum Speed: 64 kmph

Model: 500 Class

Number in class: 34

Number series: 500 - 533

Ownership: Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Provenance: Genesee and Wyoming Australia

Total Weight: 56.8t

Traction Motors: 4

Tractive Effort (continuous): 133 kn at 6 km /h

Tractive Effort (starting): 139 kn

Wheel Arrangement: Bo-Bo

Width: 2.84 meters

Condemmed: 19 December 2013

Withdrawn: 19 December 2013

Mileage: 203,312 KM


The 500-class locomotives became the South Australian Railways shunting locomotives. Thirty-four were built at the Islington Workshops between 1964 and 1969 using English Electric engines and electrical components, and could be found working over virtually all of the broad and standard gauge systems.

Rated at 500 horsepower they proved ideal for use at smaller depots and over the lighter plant found on many branch lines. As their allocation to various depots proceeded they displaced more and more of the older steam locomotives, particularly the F and Rx classes, resulting in their removal from the SAR roster.

The 500s were quite distinctive machines, their most outstanding features being their roof-mounted bells and distinctive cabs, reminiscent of those on some steam locomotives.

Locomotive 517 was donated to the Museum by Genesee & Wyoming Australia in 2013, and will take over the role as broad gauge shunter at the Museum.

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