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3A - Victorian Railways NA Class Steam Locomotive

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

Description
Steam Locomotive - wrought iron frame with cast iron cylinders
Size
Locomotive's Original measurements - Length overall : 30' 8" Width: 8' 3" Height overall : 10' 10" Weight: 34 tons 7 cwt. Gauge: 2' 6" ( 762 mm )
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Object Registration
000028
Keywords
puffing billy, victorian railways, 3a, narrow gauge, steam locomotive
Historical information
3A
Built in 1900. This is the second locomotive to be built at the Victorian Railways Newport Workshops. Painted in the then standard Victorian Railways two-tone green, this locomotive was issued to the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook line and was used in the line’s construction. Over the years, it saw service on the Colac to Crowes and Moe to Walhalla lines, but it saw more service on the Gembrook line than any other. It was withdrawn from service in 1955 at Upper Fern Tree Gully and sold in 1960 to the Lord Mayor’s Camp at Portsea where it remained on static display until obtained by the Puffing Billy Presservation Society in 1977.

Number 3A
Entered service Monday, 4th June 1900
Livery two-tone green
Gauge 762mm / 2' 6"


Service History :
Apr 1900 UFTG. - initial allocation
Apr 1900 - Jul 1901 UFTG.
Feb 1902 - Jan 1906 Colac
Feb 1906 - Jul 1906 UFTG.
Sep 1907 - Mar 1908 Colac
Oct 1908 - Oct 1909 UFTG.
Nov 1909 - Apr 1910 Other
Oct 1910 - Nov 1911 UFTG.
Feb 1912 - Oct 1914 Colac
Dec 1914 - Oct 1917 Moe
Dec 1917 - Jul 1920 Colac
Sep 1920 - Jun 1922 Moe
Jul 1922 - Jun 1925 UFTG.
Aug 1925 - Mar 1928 Other
May 1928 - Nov 1929 Moe
Jan 1930 - Apr 1935 Wangaratta
Jun 1935 - Sep 1936 Workshops
Oct 1936 - May 1949 UFTG.
Nov 1949 - Mar 1950 Workshops
Apr 1950 - Jun 1955 UFTG.
Nov 1955 - Mar 1959 Workshops
Nov 1960 - Aug 1973 Lord Mayor’s Camp at Portsea
Apr 1977 - Puffing Billy Preservation Society ownership
When Made
1900
Made By
Victorian Railways - Newport Workshop
Significance
Victorian Railways - Narrow Gauge NA class steam locomotive number 3A
Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2187

Dates that 3A worked on the Gembrook Line
Apr 1900 - initial allocation of a new locomotive
Apr 1900 to Jul 1901
Feb 1906 to Jul 1906
Oct 1908 to Oct 1909
Oct 1910 to Nov 1911
Oct 1936 to May 1949
Apr 1950 to Jun 1955
Apr 1977 to Belgrave - Transferred to Puffing Billy Preservation Society ownership
Inscriptions & Markings
3A
Last updated
3 Apr 2019 at 11:50AM