South Australian Railways D class

The South Australian Railways D class was a class of 4-4-0 steam locomotives operated by the South Australian Railways.

South Australian Railways D Class
South Australian Railways D class locomotive, 1867.jpg
D class locomotive and the vice-regal car used during the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh in 1867 in Adelaide
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderRobert Stephenson and Company
Build date1859
Total produced8
RebuilderSouth Australian Railways
Rebuild date1881-1885
 • Whyte4-4-0 2′B 3
Gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Driver dia.5 ft 4 in (1,626 mm)
Length42 ft 11+12 in (13.09 m)
Total weight47 long tons 0 cwt (105,300 lb or 47.8 t)
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity4 long tons 3 cwt 1 qr (9,320 lb or 4.23 t)
Water cap.1,500 imp gal
(1,801 US gal; 6,819 L)
 • Firegrate area
14.72 sq ft (1.368 m2)
Boiler pressure130 psi (896 kPa)
Heating surface:
 • Tubes
864.7 sq ft (80.33 m2)
805 sq ft (74.8 m2) after rebuild
 • Firebox86 sq ft (8.0 m2)
Cylinder size15.5 in × 22 in
(394 mm × 559 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort9,125 lbf (40.59 kN)
original 8,588 lbf (38.20 kN) approximately
OperatorsSouth Australian Railways
Numbers8, 9, 11, 12, 15-18
DispositionAll scrapped


In August 1859, Robert Stephenson and Company delivered two 4-4-0 locomotives to the South Australian Railways for use on the Gawler to Kapunda line. A further six were delivered between 1862 and 1867. The first was withdrawn in February 1896 with a further three withdrawn by 1904. The remaining four were used on construction trains on the Pinnaroo line. They were then used as shunters with the last withdrawn in November 1932.[1]


  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (1984). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-1980s. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 16. ISBN 0 7301 0005 7.

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