Built in 1876 by Phoenix Foundry, Ballarat. Originally built as a tender locomotive, then converted circa 1911 to a tank locomotive. Known as motors, these locomotives would pull a single passenger carriage on services such as Burnley-Darling, Camberwell-Asburton-Deepdene, Heidelberg-Eltham, Essendon-Broadmeadows, Ballarat-Buninyong and Ballarat-Ballan. F176 was sold to HV McKay, Sunshine in 1920 and was used as resident shunting engine until 1961.


Constructed at Newport Workshops in 1941 and retired in 1956. The largest engine constructed by the Victorian Railways, and believed to be the largest non-articulated locomotive in the Southern Hemisphere.

3 of this class were to be built to run the Overland to Adelaide without double heading A2 class locomotives, but due to wartime requirements and weight restrictions on the Parwan River bridge only 1 was constructed and spent its life on the North-East line. The only 3 turntables in Victoria that could accomodate it without splitting the engine and tender were at North Melbourne, Albury and Ararat.

H220 would occasionally fill in on the Spirit of Progress when an S class steam locomotive was not available, but mostly ran goods trains between Melbourne and Albury, and occasionally Tocumwal.



Built in 1884 By Phoenix Foundry, Ballarat. The tender is believed to be a unique survivor of the much earlier W class locomotives, which had been scrapped by the 1920s. T94 became a shunter at the Newport Powerstation and the middle pair of driving wheels had the flanges removed to navigate around tight corners. It was retired on the 13th June 1952.


Built in 1893 by David Munro, South Melbourne. Used as a suburban passenger engine until electrification of the network. Used as a shunter at Newport from 1926 until retirement in 1953.


Built in 1929 at Newport Workshops. Named Gerald A. Dee in preservation after the VR driver who secured its survival and proposed the creation of a railway museum. Designed as a heavey freight locomotive, built with a large tender to run Melborne – Bendigo without refuelling. Retired in 1961 after 741,609 miles (1,186,574.4km)


N432 was the last steam locomotive ever built by Newport Workshops, entering service in July 1951 and withdrawn 1966.

N class locomotives were a lengthened and upgraded K class, for use on longer branchline freight services. Most were converted from coal to oil burning, N 432 having this treatment in November 1957.

This exhibit is painted in a livery worn by classmate N431 on the 1951 Jubilee Train, a commemerative train that ran between Melbourne and Adelaide in commeration of the anniversary between Victorian and South Australian Railways workshops.




Constructed at Newport Workshops and entered service in early 1922. It was retired in 1962.
When built the C class was the heaviest and most powerful steam locomotives in Australia.

C10 was converted from coal to oil burning in August 1946.


Constructed by North British Locomotive Company of Glasgow, Scotland in 1951.
The R class were to be the “final word” in express passenger steam locomotives. The large wheel diameter and large boiler size were intended to replace the remaining A2 class locomotives on services such as the Overland, but by the time they were ordered the B class diesel locomotives had taken over. As a result they were relegated to secondary services or stored, only running to clear a bumper grain harvest.
The total working life of the class was 16 years, with the last of the class withdrawn in 1967.

R704 was shown on display at the 1951 Festival of Britain, and carries a large commemorative plaque on the side of the cab, as well as unique stainless steel boiler bands.

Photo by Andrew Henderson

D4 268

Constructed by Newport Workshops in 1910.
A modification of the DD class design, shown by exhibits D2 604 and D3 635. All class members were built by Newport Workshops.
This type mainly saw service as suburban passenger engines prior to electrification on the longer and hillier lines, including Dandenong, Upper Ferntree Gully, Lilydale and Darling.
Following electrification the class were put to work as shunting engines, primarily at Flinders St and North Melbourne.

This exhibit is currently undergoing cosmetic restoration.


Constructed by Phoenix Foundry Ballarat, to a design by Kitson and Co of Leeds, in 1889.

The largest and most powerful 0-6-0 steam locomotives in Australia, the class of 32 were used commonly on passenger service around Melbourne before electrification, and on local freight services.

Y108 was the last of the class to be retired in 1963 as North Melbourne yard pilot.