Marbelup Valley Railway - Locomotives and Railcars

The following locomotives and railcars are permanently based on the Marbelup Valley Railway (in order of their arrival):

Wheel Arrangement: 4-6-2
Builder: Richard Stallard
Year Built: 1980
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1950

This was my first scratchbuilt locomotive. The locomotive and tender are constructed from styrene sheet, the boiler being a piece of electrical conduit. The chassis was originally from a Mehanotehnika USRA Light Pacific, but I later scratchbuilt a new chassis from brass with Romford driving wheels and a Sagami can motor. Only the cylinders, side rods and valve gear remain from the Mehanotehnika chassis.

Pmr 713

Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-0
Builder: Richard Stallard
Year Built: 1993 to 2001
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1889

I built the G class from a Railwest models kit which mainly consisted of cast whitemetal and etched brass parts. Although the kit represented the "modern" version of the G class, I backdated my model to an intermediate version based on photographs from 1949. These changes mainly affected the tender, the flared top of which was shortened on the "modern" version. Although most G classes photographed in the 1960's were the "modern" style, I liked the older style and it is different from most other kits built up by others.

G 46

Wheel arrangement: 2-8-0
Builder: Lynton Englund
Year Built: 1995
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1898

The Oa loco is one of a batch built by Lynton for sale. When introduced, the Oa locos were used for hauling freight trains on lightly-laid lines.

Oa 224

Wheel Arrangement: 4-8-2
Builder: Lynton Englund
Year Built: 1999
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1951

W 945

Wheel Arrangement: 2-Do-2
Builder: Lynton Englund (Vacuum formed body by Stuart Mackay.)
Year Built: 2003
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1954

The X class locomotives displaced steam locomotives from the drier parts of the WAGR network, where water supplies were a problem. Their axleload of less than 10 tons made them suitable for operation on lightly laid branch lines, but they also hauled both passenger and freight trains on main lines. The locomotives were given Aboriginal names.

XA 1403 "Wanbiri"

Wheel Arrangement: 2-Do-2
Builder: Eddie Terrell
Year Built: Late 1980's
Year Joined MVR: 2001
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1954

The X class differed from the XA in that they were not fitted with multiple unit equipment, nor with end doors to enable crew movement between locomotives. Some X class locos were later fitted with MU equipment and reclassified as XBs.

X 1011 "Balgua"

Wheel Arrangement: 4-wheel
Builder: Richard Stallard
Year Built: 2002
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1922

WAGR purchase the prototype railcars for branchline passenger service in the agricultural areas. The last example ran between Denmark and Albany, on the south coast of W.A., up until 1950.

Ao 432

Wheel Arrangement: Bo-Bo
Builder: Lynton Englund
Year Built: 2003
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1953

The prototype Y classes were originally used for hauling branchline good trains and shunting duties. In their latter years, most of the class performed shunting duties at the larger stations.

Y 1116

Wheel Arrangement: 2-8-4 Tank
Builder: Lynton Englund
Year Built: 2006
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1893

The prototype locomotives were built in Scotland, based on spepcifications developed by C.Y. O'Connor then Engineer-in-Chief for the colony of Western Australia. They were initially put into service hauling good trains over the steeply-graded line through the Darling Ranges, east of Perth, and were 50% more powerful than any other locos in service at that time. Some members of the class lasted in shunting service until the early 1960's. The prototype K 103 was withdrawn on 15 October 1962.

K 103

Visiting Locomotives and Railcars

Wheel Arrangement: Co-Co
Builder: Gavin Stallard
Owner: Gavin Stallard
Year Built: Late 1980s
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1971

DA 1574

Wheel Arrangement: 1-A A-1
Builder: Lynton Englund (Vacuum formed body by Stuart Mackay.)
Owner: Lynton Englund
Year Built: 2002
Year Prototype Entered Service: 1955

The ADH railcars contained separate compartments for passengers, goods and cold-storage and were intended for country service. In 1962-63, they were converted to all passenger accommodation for service on the Perth suburban network.

ADH 653

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