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Locomotive No. 1

New South Wales Government Locomotive No. 1

Locomotive No. 1

Locomotive No. 1 pulled the first passenger train in 1855 in New South Wales, Australia. It was one of four locomotives that arrived by sea from England, and No. 1 was used for hauling goods and passengers between Sydney, Campbelltown, Richmond and Penrith.

As newer engines became available, No. 1 was used to haul goods services to Picton and Penrith. The locomotive was initially fuelled by local timber and later modified to allow the burning of coal. Locomotive No. 1 ended its service in 1877 having travelled 156,542 miles (251,930 km).

Locomotive No. 1

  • Title:               Locomotive No. 1
  • Date:               1855
  • Built by:         Robert Stephenson and Company.
  • Power type:   Steam
  • Designer:       James McConnell
  • Builder:          Robert Stephenson and Company
  • Gauge:            4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
  • First run:       1855
  • Last run:        1877
  • Museum:        Powerhouse Museum

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“We are all visitors to this time, this place.
We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe,
to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”

– Australian Aboriginal saying

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Photo Credit: By Hpeterswald (Digital camera) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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