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Steam Locomotive - Orenstein & Koppel 0-6-0 Well Tank 2'6" Gauge

From the Collection of Puffing Billy Railway School Rd Menzies Creek Victoria

Steam Locomotive - Steel (Painted)
Length Overall: 19' ( 5791 mm) Width: 6' 5" ( 1955 mm) Height: 9' 5" ( 2870 mm) Gauge: 2' 6"
Object Registration
puffing billy, steam, locomotive, orenstein, koppel, sub nigel mine, skf roller bearings, sub nigel no. 3
Historical information
Sub Nigel Gold Mines No. 3
Wheels: 0-6-0 WT
Builder: Orenstein & Koppel
Build Date: June 1931
Construction No.: 12331
Empty Weight: 10 tons 7 cwt
Weight in working order: 12 I/2 tons
Driver Diameter: Unknown
Tractive Effort: Unknown
Boiler Pressure: 185 lbs
Cylinders: Unknown
Fuel: Coal
Gauge: 2 ft 6 in (760mm)
Builders Number 12331
Used to haul gold bearing ore from mine to reduction works at the Sub Nigel Mine at Dunnattar, Transvaal, South Africa.
It was the first locomotive fitted by roller bearings by SKF and featured in the SKF catalogue at the time.

This interesting 0-6-0WT locomotive was built by Orenstein & Koppel in 1931 as their builder's number 12331, becoming No.3 in the locomotive fleet at the Sub Nigel Gold Mines Ltd, South Africa.
No.3 was obtained by the Puffing Billy Preservation Society and imported to Australia in the early 1970s.
It arrived at the museum on 30th Jan 1973.
It has since been displayed at the Puffing Billy Museum, Menzies Creek.

Details from

Donated by Gold Fields Property Co. Ltd South Africa in 1973.
When Made
Made By
Orenstein & Koppel Limited (Maker)
Historic - Industrial Narrow Gauge railway - Steam Locomotive with SKF Roller bearings - used at the Sub Nigel Mine at Dunnattar, Transvaal, South Africa.
Inscriptions & Markings
The Sub Nigel Ltd / 12331
Last updated
9 Oct 2019 at 12:26PM