Steam Locomotive 2419 has heritage significance as it demonstrates the continuing attempts to develop mainline engines to cope with the increasing traffic in the late 1880s. It demonstrates the continuing trend to construct engines in large numbers overseas in response to provide urgently required motive power. Locomotive 2419 is a survivor of a class of mainline goods locomotives from the last period of locomotive procurement prior to the advent of the Standard classes of William Thow. The locomotive demonstrates the development of the goods engine from a six-coupled wheel arrangement to a longer 2-6-0 with a slightly larger boiler. It displays its heritage from the earlier A(93) class six-coupled designs from Beyer Peacock and the popularity of the ‘Mogul’ wheel arrangement seen in the earlier 2-6-0 Baldwin classes from America, thus demonstrating the willingness of the NSWGR to adopt the best of overseas design criteria. The derivation of the ultimate D50 ‘Standard goods’ class can be clearly seen in this class particularly when rebuilt with the Belpaire boiler. The locomotive has high technical significance having been returned to its original configuration, and is considered rare as one of only a handful of mainline goods engines surviving from this period and the only one in an original configuration with round-top firebox, sloping smokebox and stove pipe chimney. Click here for more information.

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