Rx Class 4-6-0 Ten Wheelers

The Rx were a development of the R class, giving them higher pressure boilers and larger tenders, to improve their performance and availability. Their original purpose was as main line locomotives, but such was their success that they became very utilitarian locomotives even after the larger Webb locomotives were introduced in the mid-1920s, and survived until the very end of steam, even outliving some of the Webb classes that displaced them.

The 30 R class were all rebuilt as Rx from 1900 through to 1911, and an additional 54 were constructed originally as Rx, by a range of builders including Dubs, James Martin of Gawler (the original 30 R), SAR's Islington workshops, North British and Walkers of Maryborough, Queensland. Most were scrapped in the late 1960s, but 8 survive in various parks throughout the state, with 2 kept in running order on the Mount Barker-Victor Harbour tourist line.

Rx93

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  • Date : 1972, catalogued 23 Feb 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : PCD-01/19
  • Description : 504 and Rx93 lie sleeping in the Mile End Railway Museum.


Rx201

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  • Date : Nov 1981, catalogued 05 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11958
  • Description : Rx201 rests in the park next to Tailem Bend station: glories of past steam action now but a memory, just as my son this size is also a nostalgic memory!


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 08 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11957
  • Description : Oops! a bit of light leakage somewhere in the camera. Not to worry, the tender probably has a bit of water leakage, too. It was pretty rusty.


Rx207

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  • Date : 31 December 1993, catalogued 22 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : "Cockle Train" locomotive Rx207 crosses the Hindmarsh River bridge at Victor Harbour.


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  • Date : 31 December 1993, catalogued 22 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : Rx207 sets back into Victor Harbour station, having just turned on the electric turntable.


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  • Date : Oct 1973, catalogued 24 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Rx207 on triangle at Spalding, slide number 3583
  • Description : Rx207 on the triangle at Spalding.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 09 Aug 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3553
  • Description : Rx207 takes water at Riverton.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 05 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3576
  • Description : "Once a jolly steam loco, chuffed by a billabong, under the shade of a eucalypt tree ..."


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 06 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3577
  • Description : You can't get much more Australian Steam than this. SAR Rx class number 207, built at North British (well OK, not Australian, but it was to an Australian design!), puffs through the gum trees.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 06 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3580
  • Description : Rx207 on a classic SAR concrete arch bridge near Spalding.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 06 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3581
  • Description : Rx207 on a classic SAR concrete arch bridge near Spalding. This photo has been used on a $20 PayTel phone card.


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  • Date : Oct 1973, catalogued 04 Oct 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3582
  • Description : Rx207 at Spalding.


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  • Date : Oct 1973, catalogued 04 Oct 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3584
  • Description : Rx207 on the triangle at Spalding.


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  • Date : 1978, catalogued 27 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 20386
  • Description : This photo was taken by my late father-in-law, Ray Keightley. I first thought it was taken at Port Elliot, but Harold Barons wrote saying "SA Steam train photo RX207-11 taken by your late Father-in-law is at Goolwa and not at Port Elliot as you thought. I recognise the Interpreter Centre in the background. Thought you might be interested as you stated you were not certain." Thanks for the correction, Harold, and you are right, of course: Port Elliot never boasted a three-road yard as is evident here. Harold goes on to say: "Congratulations and thank you for providing such a huge collection of railway photos - they bring back a lot of memories of the past." My pleasure, Harold!


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  • Date : 27 Dec 2000, catalogued 05 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Nathan Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Kodak DC290), image location Rx207-1
  • Description : Rx207, freshly returned to service this very day, pulls her train up from the riverside station at Goolwa. In the background can be seen the almost completed and somewhat controversial Hindmarsh Island Bridge.


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  • Date : 27 Dec 2000, catalogued 05 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Nathan Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Kodak DC290), image location Rx207-2
  • Description : Rx207 leans into the curve as she leaves Goolwa


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  • Date : 27 Dec 2000, catalogued 05 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Nathan Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Kodak DC290), image location Rx207-3
  • Description : A trailing shot of Rx207 leaving Goolwa with the Cockle Train.


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  • Date : 27 Dec 2000, catalogued 05 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Nathan Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Kodak DC290), image location Rx207-4
  • Description : A DSO (dead side on) view of Rx207 shunting at Goolwa


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  • Date : 8 Nov 2004, catalogued 05 Dec 2004
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_18486
  • Description : Rx207 stands over the service pit at SteamRanger workshops, Mount Barker


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 09 Aug 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3552
  • Description : Rx207 and Rx224 take water at Riverton.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 09 Aug 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3562
  • Description : Rx207 and Rx224 in the Clare Valley near Seven Hills. Note the vines growing in the foreground. This is one of the noted wine-growing areas of South Australia.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 09 Aug 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3563
  • Description : Rx207 and Rx224 in the Clare Valley near Seven Hills.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 05 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3567
  • Description : Rx207 and Rx224 in the Clare Valley near Seven Hills. Note the Salvation Jane in the foreground (Salvation Jane in SA: aka Patterson's Curse in NSW)


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 05 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3567
  • Description : Rx207 and Rx224 in the Clare Valley near Seven Hills. Landscape cropping of the previous slide.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 05 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3568 and 3569
  • Description : double Rx207 and Rx224 in the Clare Valley near Seven Hills. A composite of two slides, with 4 locos!


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  • Date : 1991, catalogued 02 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    More from SA - in 1991 I think at the first Adelaide Grand Prix - a steam "race" out of the bizarre futuristic looking Adelaide station. These locos are 621, 520 and Rx207 - all of which you already have well documented on your website. Note the helicopter!


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  • Date : 1991, catalogued 02 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    Adelaide station really is quite bizarre! 621, 521 and 207 at the platforms.


Rx224

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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 05 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3556
  • Description : The Classic Copper Capped Funnel of Rx224


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 06 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3572
  • Description : Rx224 stands at Riverton. Note the double-armed train order signals.


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  • Date : 1973, catalogued 06 Sep 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 3573
  • Description : Like a sort of a nordic winged helmet, Rx224 wears her headlight and road numbers while waiting at Riverton.


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  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 26 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20387
  • Description : Rx224 shunts her train at Semaphore on the occasion of the centenary of the opening of the line to Semaphore.


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  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 26 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20388
  • Description : Rx224 shunts her train at Semaphore on the last train to Semaphore before the line was closed.


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  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 26 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20389
  • Description : Rx224 arriving at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 80837 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 26 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20390
  • Description : Rx224 at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 53309 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 26 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20392
  • Description : Rx224 at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 73107 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 27 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20394
  • Description : Rx224 at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 72271 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 27 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20395
  • Description : Rx224 at Semaphore.


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  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 28 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20396
  • Description : Rx224 at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 48947 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 28 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20397
  • Description : Rx224 at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 74032 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 28 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20398
  • Description : Rx224 at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 55113 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1978, catalogued 24 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : Ray Keightley
  • Medium : Agfacolor, slide number 20400
  • Description : Another of my late father-in-law's photographs of Rx224 at Semaphore.


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 83312 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 8 Nov 2004, catalogued 05 Dec 2004
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_18472
  • Description : An electric assist blower?! Ventilation for boiler repairs on Rx224 at SteamRanger, Mount Barker


  • Image : dir=sa/Rxclass/ page=index 85730 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 8 Nov 2004, catalogued 05 Dec 2004
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_18479
  • Description : Rx224 is stripped down to its frames while undergoing major renovation at SteamRanger, Mount Barker


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