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Puffing Billy NA Class 2-6-2 Prairie Tank

The NA class is Puffing Billy, at least to the travelling public! Built by Baldwin and the VR Newport workshops from the turn of the (20th) century, they saw service on all the narrow gauge lines of the VR network.

They are hard-working, nuggetty little locomotives, well liked by both crews and public for their 19th century appearance and reliability.

6A

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  • Date : 24 Apr 1973, catalogued 30 May 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Agfachrome, slide number 2478
  • Description : 6A rounds the landslide curve near Selby with a `mixed special' for the 1973 Easter Steam Festival.


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  • Date : Oct 1979, catalogued 22 Nov 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8048
  • Description : 6A in Belgrave workshops.


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  • Date : 24 Apr 1973, catalogued 30 May 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Agfachrome, slide number 2490
  • Description : 6A and 14A pose side by side at Menzies Creek during the 1973 Easter Steam Festival.


7A

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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : The fireman of 7A has time to give a friendly wave to his fellow volunteers at the Emerald Carshops on the Emerald Tourist Railway, aka Puffing Billy, as 7A starts on the downhill run to Lakeside.


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  • Date : Oct 1979, catalogued 22 Nov 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8039
  • Description : An earlier setting of 7A-12


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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 7 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : With its trainload of passengers on their way to picnics at Lakeside, 7A shakes the silvan setting as it snorts up the 1 in 30 grade to Emerald.


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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 7 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : A clear but fierce blast from the funnel indicates that the fireman has a clean bright fire as 7A pushes on up the grade into Emerald.


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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 7 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : Another view of 7A climbing the grade into Emerald.


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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 7 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : Same spot as 7A-5 , as the fireman efforts are rewarded with a full head of steam. Time to duck back inside the cab and put the injectors on, cobber!


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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 26 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : DSO (Dead Side On) of 7A working hard up the Emerald bank through typical Dandenong Ranges dry schlerophyll.


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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 26 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : On the return journey, 7A drifts into Emerald station. A chance for all you modellers to study the coal bunker features!


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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 26 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : With the red lights flashing their warning, 7A powers across the Pinnocks Road level crossing near Emerald.


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  • Date : 28 October 1995, catalogued 4 Sep 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : 7A poses alongside the period lamp post and seat at Menzies Creek, after double heading the Walk-the-Garratt-to-Gembrook train from Belgrave.


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  • Date : 1992, catalogued 9 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : 7A leaving Emerald, slide number (unnumbered)
  • Description : 7A departing Emerald with a works train.


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  • Date : 1979, catalogued 13 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8041
  • Description : Well, you've seen it a thousand times, but here's my contribution to the classic Puffing Billy pose. This image is used by the Institution of Engineers, Australia, in their web page on How Engineering Has Changed The World .


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 23 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17158
  • Description : In the same location as 14A-9 and on the same day, 7A is serviced at Lakeside.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 24 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17163
  • Description : 7A rounds the "Superman Corner" near Nobelius, working hard on the upgrade towards Emerald.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 24 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17166
  • Description : 7A crosses the Monbulk Creek trestle in the up direction, on the return journey from Lakeside.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 24 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17168
  • Description : At Belgrave, 7A runs around the train she has just returned from Lakeside.


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  • Date : May 1988, catalogued 29 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17300
  • Description : 7A pauses at Menzies Creek for passengers to alight.


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  • Date : May 1988, catalogued 29 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17301
  • Description : 7A tackles the 1 in 30 grade through the Pinnocks Road level crossing.


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  • Date : May 1988, catalogued 29 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17302
  • Description : 7A tackles the 1 in 30 grade through the Pinnocks Road level crossing.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1991, catalogued 27 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18466
  • Description : 7A leaves Belgrave with a "Santa Special".


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1991, catalogued 27 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18467
  • Description : 7A leaves Belgrave with a "Santa Special".


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  • Date : 5 Mar 1995, catalogued 21 Apr 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : 4 cylinder cocks open and a stop at Emerald station means a very steamy departure for 7A and 12A double heading on the 10:30 Saturday morning train.


8A

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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 22 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : The fireman prepares to drop off the staff for Menzies Creek-Emerald, as 8A prepares to take the points for the loop at Emerald Station. (At least, that's what the photographer is hoping!) Notice the hot blast from the funnel distorting the image of the leaves on the tree overhead.


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  • Date : May 1988, catalogued 24 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17257
  • Description : 8A struggles up into the station environs at Clematis.


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  • Date : May 1988, catalogued 26 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17260
  • Description : The builder's plate for 8A.


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  • Date : Oct 1989, catalogued 16 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18128
  • Description : 8A is serviced at Lakeside


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 23 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17154
  • Description : At last the up train waited for so patiently by 14A (see 14A-7 and 14A-8 ) arrives at Menzies Creek, hauled by 8A. But the sun has gone behind a cloud, and you can't see that much of 8A!


12A

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  • Date : October 1993, catalogued 22 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : 12A crests the 1 in 33 grade as she crosses the Emerald Road level crossing to enter the station yard. Note the variety of signal arms.


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  • Date : Oct 1993, catalogued 23 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : 12A drifts into Emerald Station on a very drifty, dreamy, sort of day.


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  • Date : 28 Oct 1995, catalogued 04 Sep 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : 12A prepares to be the first steam loco across the newly reconstructed bridge number 7 at Wright.


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  • Date : 28 Oct 1995, catalogued 04 Sep 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : With plenty of steam, 12A is the first steam loco across the newly reconstructed bridge number 6 (?)


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  • Date : 28 Oct 1995, catalogued 9 Oct 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : 12A on the train waits for 7A to clear the siding and back down on to the train at Belgrave. 7A will assist to Menzies Creek as the loading is full on the 1030 Saturday morning train.


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  • Date : Oct 1993, catalogued 23 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : 12A coasts (well, she'd given up drifting for the moment) into Emerald Station with the first return trip of the day, while 8A waits for the staff and the section to clear.


See also 7A+12A-1

14A

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  • Date : Oct 1992
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : "Canadian Red" NA class locomotive 14A, running tank first, pulls a train load of tourists up the final few yards of the 1 in 30 grade into Emerald on a sunny saturday morning


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  • Date : Oct 1993, catalogued 31 Jan 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : personal photograph (Kodacolor Gold)
  • Description : 14A pulls into Emerald with a regular Saturday morning train, while the fireman has a chat with a lineside mate.


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  • Date : Oct 1993, catalogued 26 Mar 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium :
  • Description : Resplendent in her new Canadian Red outfit, 14A eases her happy trainload of passengers into Emerald station. You can see why 14A's colour is called "Canadian Red"! The photo also provides an interesting perspective on the ladder track. Model trackwork? The shop had run out of right hand points!


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  • Date : Oct 1979, catalogued 26 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : 14A, slide number 8057
  • Description : I can't recall much about this occasion.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 22 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17150
  • Description : 14A shunts the train prior to departure from Belgrave.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 22 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17151
  • Description : A view from the train of the famous curved trestle bridge over the Monbulk Creek.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 22 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17152
  • Description : 14A waits at Menzies Creek to cross an up train.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 23 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17153
  • Description : 14A waits at Menzies Creek to cross an up train.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 23 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17155
  • Description : 14A has reached her Lakeside destination and is serviced at the water tank at the end of the platform.


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  • Date : Jan 1988, catalogued 23 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17156
  • Description : 14A has reached her Lakeside destination and is serviced at the water tank at the end of the platform.


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  • Date : Oct 1988, catalogued 17 Feb 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17384
  • Description : 14A shunts out of loco at Belgrave.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1991, catalogued 03 Jun 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18497
  • Description : 14A rounds the curve out of Lakesdide Station, and prepares the take the 1 in 40 grade and horseshoe curves of the climb to Emerald.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1991, catalogued 03 Jun 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18498
  • Description : 14A rounds the curve out of Lakeside Station, and prepares the take the 1 in 40 grade and horseshoe curves of the climb to Emerald.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1991, catalogued 03 Jun 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18499
  • Description : 14A rounds the reverse curve out of Lakeside Station, and prepares the take the 1 in 40 grade and horseshoe curves of the climb to Emerald.


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  • Date : Oct 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18725
  • Description : 14A snakes bunker first around the reverse curves and 1 in 33 grade on the climb into Emerald, one Saturday during October 1992.


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  • Date : 15 Dec 2001, catalogued 30 May 2004
  • Photographer : David Norris
  • Medium : email digital image, image location xmas_billy
  • Description : David Norris writes:
    This photo was taken by me while we were waiting for the professional photographer for my friend's wedding to arrive. I heard Puffing Billy in the distance just as we arrived at the bridge (Belgrave - Gembrook Road) and my friend asked me to take a photo of him and his best man as the train rolls by.
    Even though this was taken 10 days before Christmas Day (2001) I was surprised to see all the Santa's on the train !! That's what I found exciting about this pic. You often see people leaning out of the carriages, but I have never seen Santas doing so!


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  • Date : Oct 1992, catalogued 26 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18727
  • Description : In bright sunshine almost too much for the camera, 7A starts her down train from Emerald one Saturday in October 1992


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  • Date : Sep 1991, catalogued 27 May 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18436
  • Description : A bit of shunting work as 14A prepares for a train departure at Belgrave, while 8A is still being coaled.


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