Ok, so it’s been nearly a month since I last posted here. My conscience has been bugging me and telling me that I would feel a whole lot better if I actually got round to posting the last photo in this segment but unfortunately work … and lots and lots of it … has been getting in my way.
But now here I am to post the last interesting photo I took the last time I was in Newcaslte and here it is:
If you look back at the photo I showed you in Part 3 of this series you will see this train coming in the distance. It didn’t take long to arrive either because it was moving along at a smart pace despite the fact that this loco, like the Government steam locos, was in the twilight of it’s life.
The loco was one of three very similar 2-8-2 tank locos built by Kitson for the Richmond Vale Railway. The locos were numbered 9, 10 and 11. No 9 was built in 1908 and carried 4567 as its builders number.
No 10 was built in 1911 and carried 4798 as its builders number. No 11 was built in the same year and its builders number was 4834. Number 11 was scrapped in 1968 but 9 and 10 remained in service until 1974 and I believe that both are now preserved.
Toni and I are actually planning a very quick trip to Newcastle this Easter to meet a new grandson and of course I’ll have my camera with me so you never know what I might have to show you on my next trip to Newcastle 🙂