South Maitland Railways

The South Maitland Railways in the 1970s were the last remaining vestige of a once extensive coalfields railway system. During 1973, I took the opportunity of visiting this system a couple of times, and recorded steam in its last great regular revenue service in Australia.

10-Class 2-8-2 tanks

The 10-class tank locomotives were the mainstay of SMR operations up until the demise of steam in NSW. Based on the NSW Government Railways standard goods (50-class), they were solid, reliable locomotives.

10

SMR 10 now has her own page .

18

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  • Date : Jun 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : SMR 10 Class, slide number 3121
  • Description : SMR 18 (now famous as one of the Cockatoo Run locomotives) stands in regular service in the SMR shed at East Greta.


19

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  • Date : Aug 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : SMR 10 class, slide number 3259
  • Description : MT MT MT MT .. What are all those MTs for? Coal, of coarse! Fine!


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  • Date : Jul 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3122
  • Description : The water in the tanks gets a bit of solar pre-heating as SMR 19 waits in the East Greta loco shed.


20

SMR 20 now has her own page .

23

SMR 23 now has her own page .

24

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  • Date : Jun 1997, catalogued 25 Feb 2001
  • Photographer : Jeff Mullier
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Under the auspices of the Richmond Vale Railway Museum, SMR 10 class number 24 hauls a string of non-air coal hoppers along the old Richmond Vale Railway at Richmond Main.


25

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  • Date : May 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 2622
  • Description : 25 waits to thread her way between the power poles at East Greta, with a loaded coal train bound for Port Waratah.


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  • Date : May 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 2621
  • Description : 25 approaches East Greta with a load of full coal hoppers.


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  • Date : Jul 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3256
  • Description : 25 approaches Neath station with a load of full coal hoppers.


26

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  • Date : 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : same location as 10-1 .


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  • Date : Aug 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : SMR 10 class, slide number 3249
  • Description : same location as 10-1 , same scene as 10-1 . This is a slide version of 26-1, which is a print. Both photographs taken at the same time, on different cameras, and an ever so slightly different viewpoint.


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  • Date : 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : same location as 10-1 , SMR 26 leaves the Neath siding with a load of full coal hoppers.


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  • Date : 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : same location as 10-1 , SMR 26 stands in the Neath siding with a load of full coal hoppers.


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  • Date : 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : same location as 10-1 , The attractions of the resplendent Neath Hotel are temporarily overlooked as three young admirers check out SMR 26]s essential features. (see also 10-6 for another view of this pub: without the 44 gallon drum!)


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  • Date : Aug 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3254
  • Description : Hauling a load of empties into the Neath Colliery sidings.


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  • Date : 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 2633
  • Description : SMR 26 "on shed" at East Greta.


28

SMR 28 now has her own page .

Unknown

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  • Date : Jul 1979
  • Photographer : ?
  • Medium : electronic image, sent by email
  • Description : I don't have details to hand of this photo, but it is so impressive I had to include it!


SMR 15 class

SMR 15 was the class leader of the 15 Class on the SMR (nicknamed Slow Motion Railway). Like a locomotive built for AIS (Iron Duke), they were based on the NSWR S-636 (later C-30 Class). There were 3 members in this class: nos. 15 and 16 built 1912, and no. 29 built 1923.

They were used for passenger traffic initially, then utilised on coal traffic. When withdrawn from traffic they were parked around the workshops for many years. The SMR locomotives were basically a direct copy of the NSWGR 30 class, and were built by Beyer Peacock and Co for the SMR.

Unfortunately, the "gas axe boys" got all three of them in very late 1973.

(I am indebted to Brett Fitzpatrick and Geoff (jafflez@wr.com.au) for the information above.)

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  • Date : Jul 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3116
  • Description : SMR 15 class leader at Mt Dee Sidings (across the SMR main line from East Greta Loco) where it and No 29 were stored after withdrawal. No 16 was still over in the loco yard, consisting of frames and wheels, with one cylinder missing.


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  • Date : Jul 1973
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3112
  • Description : 29 minus smokebox door (and a few other bits), with 15 behind in the Mt Dee sidings.


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