Locomotive 515

South Australian Railways

Standard Gauge



Class operators                                                   South Australian Railways; Australian National Railways

Condition                                                             Excellent

Provenance                                                         South Australian Railways

Ownership                                                           Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Class Builders                                                     S.A.R. Islington Workshops

Number in class                                                  33

Number series                                                    500 - 533

Entered service                                                  29th December 1966

Entered the museum                                          2nd June 1992

Total Weight                                                       56 tons (56,000 kilograms)

Length (over coupling points)                            41’ 4’’ (12.6 metres)

Engine type                                                       EE 4SRKT

Horsepower                                                       500 hp

Gear Ratio                                                        72:15

Wheel Arrangement                                          Bo-Bo

Traction Motors                                                 4x

Fuel capacity                                                    700 gallons (3,182 litres)

Bogie centres                                                   6.25

Built by                                                             S.A.R. Islington Railway Workshops

Cylinders                                                          4 in line

Designer                                                          SAR Islington

Height                                                              3.98 meters

Maximum Axle Load                                         14.2t (14200 kilograms)

Maximum Speed                                              64 km/h

Model                                                              500 Class

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

Tractive Effort (starting)                                  139 kn

Width                                                               2.84 meters

Withdrawn                                                       2nd June 1992

Condemned                                                    2nd June 1992


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 electricals, 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 rail 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 extinction from the SAR roster.

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

Engine 515 is in full working order. It arrived at the museum on broad-gauge (5’ 3’’), but was placed on standard-gauge bogies on 3 October 2001.

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