Z19 Class 0-6-0 (pre 1924 A93 class)

These diminutive locos survived into the early seventies, working on shunting duties in the major yards. They also saw service on steeply graded and tightly curved lines, due to their short wheelbase. A 19 class was the first NSWGR steam locomotive that I ever saw. The occasion was in August 1970, when, while on my way to the theatre (to see Hair), I saw a 19 class shunting on the bridge over Ultimo Road. Unfortunately, it was dark, the engine was dirty, and I couldn't make out the number. I now kick myself that I didn't follow up on that opportunity and start chasing trains in more earnest while they were still in revenue service.

As it is, I only have views of the LHS of the two locos in this gallery.

1919

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  • Date : 1973 (ex PCD-01/074), catalogued
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : 1919 sits forlornly at Enfield, having done her last shunt at Darling Harbour. Notice the tender is still half full of coal.


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  • Date : Sep 1973, catalogued 19 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3372
  • Description : Taken some months after the previous photo, 1919 bears some evidence that someone cares about her. Despite being set aside at Enfield, she now sports a freshly blackened smokebox.


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  • Date : 2001, catalogued 23 Sep 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart Hughes' painting of 1919, taken from my slide1919-1


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  • Date : 13 Jul 2004, catalogued 22 Aug 2005
  • Photographer : Ian Cooksey
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Ian Cooksey sent this photo to me. He writes:
    Many thanks for your wonderful collection of Railway photos. I was browsing your earlier steam engine photos, and came across some of 1919. I would imagine you know what has been happening to her. I attach a photo I took of her in July this year. She looks a lot better now after being lovingly and carefully restored by a very dedicated team at GMR. GMR also now have an End Platform Car, and have also purchased a second one, they will look a lot better behind 1919 than the stainless steel cars in the photo. More than likely you have seen her already. Just thought I'd send this one anyway.


1923

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  • Date : 1972, catalogued 08 Jul 1998
  • Photographer : Chris Mugden
  • Medium : Original slide by Chris Mugden, copied with permission by John Hurst on Ektachrome, slide number 3744
  • Description : 1923 at the Port Waratah coaling stage.


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  • Date : early 1970s, catalogued 23 Jun 2001
  • Photographer : David McAlpine
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : 1923 resting at the Port Waratah depot


1948

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  • Date : 1967, catalogued 19 Jul 2008
  • Photographer : Bob Zarby
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Sent to me by Bob Zarby, who writes:
    I was just browsing the net and found your site. I am not a rail freak, especially after 40 years on the job in NSW where I started as a loco cleaner and ended as a locomotive inspector or road foreman as you Victorians say.
    Attached is a picture of the 19 class you missed when you saw Hair. The picture was taken Approx 1967 and loco is No 1948.
    We used to Bank freight loads hauled by an electric 46 class ex Darling Harbour with these locos IF we could keep up with them that is! I was an acting driver on this day and ironically the photo was taken by a Victorian engineman at the time. In the background is the now Powerhouse Museum at Darling Harbour but it was a wool shed in those days I often meet old mates (drivers) there for a drink and lunch and it brings back memories
    PS: I also saw Hair and am still trying to work it out, then again I am still trying to work out steam engines and what the big attraction is to people who did not have to tolerate the things, Dirty, Hot, Cold, Hard Work, Unreliable, Etc Etc.
    I finished as a specialist on XPT training drivers from Sydney to Melbourne and Brisbane and all points between and I know what I prefer, but as I said I ain't no train freak!
    Thanks for those comments, Bob, and for sending your photo in!


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