Steam On The South Australian Railways
#621 Duke of Edinburgh scares a kangaroo. Can you find it?
The Highlander train is being pulled by the 620 Class Duke of Edinburgh on her way to Mount Barker from Strathalbyn.
Built by the Islington Railway Workshops back in 1936, #621 Duke of Edinburgh was only one of 10 locomotives built between 1936 and 1938.
Southern Australian Railways (SAR) needed a light and fast locomotive for its passenger between Adelaide and Port Pirie. What is amazing is that this route was considered broad gauge (rails being 5ft 3inches apart) rather than the standard gauge 4ft 8 inches.
All 10 of the SAR 600 class locomotives were built with the broad gauge of 5 feet 3 inches.
Some quick facts about #621 Duke of Edinburgh
- wheel arrangement 4-6-2
- driver diameters – 5ft 6 inches
- Length of locomoitve – 69 feet 8 inches
- locomotive weight with tender – 143 tons
- fuel – coal
- tractive effort – 25,239 lbf
Let us know if you have had the chance to ride on the Highlander train behind this magnificent locomotive! We would love to hear about your experience!