The International Steam Pages

Steam in Australia 2017

Kevin Hoggett visited a number of preservation sites in early 2017, Click on the report you are interested in:

This report covers the Launceston Tramway Museum and the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre in Tasmania.

"Launceston has an interesting tramway museum. From a railway point of view, it is situated in the old railway workshop area. It is possible to take a tram ride (powered by a diesel generator on a small truck) to the location of the old roundhouse where the turntable is still in place. The main workshop building is now part of the University, but the weigh house has been preserved and the remains of an H class 2-8-2 is on the scales which were made by Henry Pooley and Sons in Birmingham, UK."

"Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre has an interesting collection of road and stationary engines and one narrow gauge locomotive: Kerr Stuart No 685 which worked locally." The road steam engines are shown on a separate page.

As is often the case, the Centre's main website gives no details of the exhibits' identities, However, this link is more helpful, but it needs perseverance to find what you want -

 Note the duplex feed water pump with the boiler.

Rob Dickinson