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The Emu Bay Railway is a 3'6" gauge system primarily concerned with the transport of ore concentrate, from mines at Queenstown and Hellyer to docks at Burnie, until closure in 1998. Since the mines have depleted the railway no longer finds employ, and so remains available for tourist trips utilising steam locos from the Don River Railway Museum. The company uses 4 or 5 locos similar to the NSW 73 class to haul 22 ore wagons over the scenic but steeply graded main line. Some of the stations are over 100 yrs old. The E.B.R. was sold on 21/05/98 to Australian Transport Network's Tasrail operation. The Burnie workshops will be closed, and the unique collection of rolling stock is to be sold off.
Also have a read of my page: Tasmanian Tour on this web site.





Burnie Loco Servicing Depot



Ore Transfer at Burnie Wharf



Melba Flats Ore Transfer Station


Hellyer Mine

Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company (1884-1897)
Emu Bay Railway Company (1897-1998)

Section Opened Closed
Guilford Junction to Pieman River 1899 1998
Pieman River to Rosebery 1899 1998
Rosebery to Zeehan 1900 1998
Strahan to Zeehan section closed 1899 1960
Rosebery to Zeehan section closed 1899 1965
Rosebery to Melba Sidings reopened 1970 1998


Steam Locomotives



No8 "Heemskirk" at Don River


No21 PVH1 Shunter at Burnie

Number Wheel Builder Builder No Built Scrapped Notes
No1 4-4-0 Hunslet 305/1833 1883 ???? WA 1922
No2 4-4-0 Hunslet 306/1833 1883 1908
No3 0-6-4T Neilson 3765/1888 1888 1939
No4 2-6-0 Martin 168/1897 1898 1962
No5 2-6-0 Martin 169/1897 1898 1963
No6 4-8-0 Dubs 3854/1900 1900 1963 "Murchison"
No7 4-4-0 Dubs 3856/1900 1900 1962
No8 4-8-0 Dubs 3855/1900 1900 1963 "Heemskirk"
No9 2-6-0 Martin 186/1906 1906 1962
No10 2-6-0 Beyer Peacock 5154/1908 1908 ???? PWD 1920
No10 #2 4-6-0 Avonside 1394/1899 1929 1950 ex NML
No11 4-8-0 North British 19576/1911 1911 1963
No12 4-8-2+2-8-4 Beyer Garratt 6580/1929 1929 1963
No13 4-8-2+2-8-4 Beyer Garratt 6581/1929 1929 1961
No14 4-8-2+2-8-4 Beyer Garratt 6582/1929 1929 1964
No15 4-6-0 Avonside 1392/1899 1930 1958 ex NML
No16 4-8-2+2-8-4 Islington, SA 86/1944 1948 1966 ASG G16
No17 4-8-2+2-8-4 Clyde, NSW 473/1944 1948 1966 ASG G23
No18 4-8-2+2-8-4 Islington, SA 87/1944 1953 1964 ASG G17
No19 2-6-0 Martin 28/1892 1956 1963 ex TGR
No20 4-8-2+2-8-4 Clyde, NSW 476/1944 1961 1962 ASG G25
No20A 4-8-2+2-8-4 Islington, SA 82/1944 1962 1964 ASG G12


Diesel Locomotives



1106 at Primrose Junction


TGR built 1004 at Burnie Station

Number Wheel Builder Builder No Built Scrapped Notes
EZ Co B Ruston Hornby 284836/1950 1950 88 HP at Rosebery
No21 D North British 27084/1954 1954 530 HP "PVH1"
No22 C Vulcan Drewry 2405/D193/1953 1963 204 HP ex Mt Lyell
1001 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 576/1963 1963 690 HP
1002 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 577/1963 1963 690 HP
1003 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 578/1963 1963 690 HP
1004 Bo-Bo TGR Launc. xxx/1966 1966 690 HP
1101 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 638/1969 1969 770 HP
1102 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 639/1969 1969 770 HP
1103 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 640/1969 1969 770 HP
1104 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 641/1969 1969 770 HP
1105 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 642/1969 1969 770 HP
1106 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 658/1970 1970 770 HP
1107 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros 659/1970 1970 770 HP


Railmotors



EBR Ore Train from loco cab


Ore Train near Rosebery

Number Wheel Builder Engine Built Scraped Notes
No1 4 EBR Berliet 1918 xxxx 15 passengers
No2 8 EBR Mercury V8 1920 xxxx 20 passengers
No3 8 EBR V8 1925 xxxx 20 passengers
No4 B'-1 EBR Cadillac V8 1933 xxxx
No5 B'-1 EBR Cadillac V8 1933 xxxx
No6 Bo-Bo Drewry Car Co. Gardner ???? xxxx ex TGR 102 HP
No7 Bo-Bo Drewry Car Co. Gardner ???? xxxx ex TGR 102 HP
No8 Bo-Bo Waddingtons 1938 xxxx ex TGR 22 pass
WG1 Bo-Bo Walkers Bros Gardner 1940 1969 48 passengers
PT1 Bo-Bo TGR ???? xxxx Trailer 34 pass
PT2 Bo-Bo EBR ???? xxxx Trailer 12 pass