Locomotive 6029 is a four-cylinder, simple, non-condensing, superheated, articulated 4-8-4+4-8-4 steam engine, of the AD60 class, built by Beyer, Peacock and Company, Manchester, England, for the New South Wales Government Railways. It has been named City of Canberra.
Locomotive 6029 entered service in 1954 on the Main North also working the Main South and later Main Western line. On 17 February 1959 the locomotive was converted to dual control.
The locomotive was withdrawn in September 1972 and condemned 4 January 1973. In 1974 the National Museum of Australia in Canberra acquired the locomotive and placed it in the custody of the ARHS ACT Division. 6029 then pulled heritage trains for the Canberra Railway Museum.
6029 is the only locomotive of its class to visit Victoria, when it travelled to Albury, New South Wales, on tour in 1980 and completed a parallel run to Wangaratta, Victoria, with former Victorian Railways K.153. Heritage tours continued over several years until boiler problems caused it to be condemned.
In 1994 a feasibility study confirmed the requirements to get 6029 back in steam. A replacement ex-NSWGR boiler was obtained from a Victorian sawmill and funds raised to allow restoration to commence. The Project 6029 blog tracks the work done. Restoration was completed in mid 2014 and after mainline trials in the months of July, August and September, Locomotive 6029 received official mainline accreditation just before Christmas in December 2014 with the first planned public trips to take place in February and March 2015.
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Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Beyer, Peacock and Company, Manchester
Serial number 7531
Build date 1954
Gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 4 ft 7 in (1.397 m)
Weight on drivers 282,000 lb (128 t) or 317,000 lb (144 t)
Locomotive weight 562,000 lb (255 t) or 582,000 lb (264 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 14 long tons (14 t), later 18 long tons (18 t)
Boiler pressure 200 psi (1.38 MPa)
Firegrate area 65 sq ft (6.0 m2)
– Total 3,030 sq ft (281 m2)
Superheater area 750 sq ft (70 m2)
Cylinder size 19 1⁄4 in × 26 in (489 mm × 660 mm) or 19 7⁄8 in × 26 in (505 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Tractive effort 59,560 lbf (264.9 kN)
adhesion 4.73 or 4.99
Operator(s) New South Wales Government Railways
First run 24 April 1954
Withdrawn September 1972
Current owner Canberra Railway Museum
Disposition Restored to steam
Distance travelled 996,827 km
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