Steam Locomotives of Australia

Australian railways include a variety of gauges. Having a non-unified rail system has caused significant transportation problems for many years. In the southern states "broad gauge" (5'-3") was used. In the northern state of Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania a narrow 3'-6" gauge was used. In the sugar cane fields 2' gauge was found. In more recent times Australia has converted some of their system to "standard gauge" (4'-8½). Unlike the railroads of North America where the lines and locomotives were owned and operated by various corporations, Australian mainline railways were government owned and operated. The primary builders of Australian steam locomotives were Fox Walker & Co of England, Victoria Rails Newport Workshop, John Fowler & Co of England, and Perry Engineering to name a few.

Lists of Preserved Steam

The links below will display complete lists of surviving steam locomotives in Australia. The lists are organised by state. Within each list the locomotives are sorted by city name and then by wheel arrangement.



Steve Llanso has provided detailed principal dimentions for many Australian steam locomotives. The data is organized by wheel arrangement and then by railway line/owner.


Virtual Tours

The photographs below were taken between 1999 and the present. Most are from regions of Queensland and Victoria. There are also some from the Northern Territory.

  • [Australian Capital Territory] [New South Wales] [Northern Territory] [Queensland] [South Australia] [Tasmania] [Victoria] [Western Australia]

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