The NSW Public Works Department (PWD) had a very interesting collection of
industrial locomotives in its roster over the years.
Among these was number 20, a standard gauge steam locomotive that is alleged
to have been at Iluka on Clarence River works by 1897 and later at Port
Ken McCarthy's Illawarra Gazetteer says that it was Hudswell Clarke 255 and
contains a photo he says is of it. In fact the photo appears to be of PWD
25, a Vale & Lacy ex NSWGR N(67) class 0-6-0T (which was reputedly also
employed on Clarence River works) and a Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST.
Hudswell Clarke 255 of 1884 was an 0-6-0ST delivered to David Davies & Co,
Ocean Collieries, Treorchy, Glamorgan, Wales, named HERCULES. The Industrial
Railway Society Handbook says it was there until scrapped in 1934. Although
a few British second-hand industrial locomotives were resold for use in
Australia, I'd be interested to know what evidence there is for this one.
Is there a reliable roster of NSW PWD locomotives available?
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