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A2 Class Main Line Locos

The 4-6-0 type A2-class was the second standard locomotive design developed by the Victoria Railways. Intended for express mainline passenger use, they cut a striking appearance when first introduced in 1907 and soon developed as one of the most popular engines with drivers.

The first 125 built were fitted with conventional slide valves and Stephenson's valve gear, while the final 60 built, from 1915 to 1922, had superheated boilers, improved piston valves and outside Walschaert valve gear, giving them a significantly different appearance.


 Locomotive A2 987view larger image A2-class steam locomotive No.987, circa 1930.

 Locomotive A2 985view larger image Staff member beside A2-class steam locomotive No.985 hauling passenger carriages, circa 1930.

 Steam engineview larger image Steam locomotive, circa 1920.

 A2-class locomotiveview larger image Staff performing maintenance of A2 steam locomotive, post 1915.

 Sydney Expressview larger image A-class steam locomotive No.828 hauling Sydney Express.

 Steam locomotiveview larger image Former Victorian Railways steam locomotive A2-996 in static preservation, Echuca, 1990.


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