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                                                       National Railway Museum

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Withdrawn                                                      19 December 2013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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