Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum


Locomotive 5711

CLASS D57 (1924 classification)

5711 at Valley Heights in 1950s
Photo of 5711 at Valley Heights.
Note the two level signal box in the middle background

These large "Mountain" type locomotives, the first in the service, were built by Clyde Engineering Company to Departmental design but their tenders came from Mort's Dock & Engineering Company. No 5701 commenced to run in September 1929, and the contract was completed by the end of 1930. The arrangement if three simple cylinders was the first in the system and their tractive effort was 67% greater than that of a D50 class goods engine. The outside cylinders were controlled by Walschaert's valve gear and the inside cylinder by Gresley conjugating gear.

A new departure was the use of a single piece cast steel frame for the trailing truck. For the first time a power reverse gear was fitted. As a concession to their large fireboxes, they were fitted with mechanical stokers, the first on the system. The large turret tender had an axle load of no less than 22 tons. Owing to their weight and cylinder dimensions, they were strictly confined to working between Sydney and Thirroul, Junee and Wallerawang and were not permitted to run on any part of the Northern Line.

    Cylinders (3)    23.25 in. x 28 in.    591 mm x 711 mm
  Driving wheels   5 ft.   1524 mm
  Boiler pressure   200 lb/in2   1379 kPa
  Tractive effort   56,000 lbs. (at 70% max limited cutoff)   249100 N
  Total weight   227 tons 17 cwt.   231.51 t

5711 was built by Clyde Engineering in 1916.

Text and photo from Century Plus of Locomotives, © Australian Railway Historical Society, 1965. Used by permission.

The 57 class locomotives were withdrawn relatively early during the elimination of steam but fortunately 5711 was retained for preservation and stored at Enfield pending the formation of a railway museum - which became the NSWRTM.  5711 became somewhat derelict during its years of storage and in 1985 a restoration attempt was begun by members of the NSWRTM at Thirlmere, with the intention of returning the locomotive to steam.  5711 and tender are now dismantled, but technical and operational issues have precluded restoration to steam and although many components have been restored there has been little visible progress since the mid-1990's. 

5711 (LHS) partly assembled at Thirlmere5711 (RHS) partly assembled at Thirlmere
5711 (RHS) partly assembled at Thirlmere on 16 July 2005

In late 2006 the restoration project of 5711 was transferred to Valley Heights:

Restoration news

December 2006: Cab, tender frame and bogies return to the mountains

February 2007: Bogie and tender frame restoration progress

September 2008: 5711 engine transferred to Valley Heights


More information and photos

5711 photo gallery

NSW Rail Transport Museum exhibit notes

Australian Steam - Preserved Steam Locomotives Down Under — New South Wales Government Railways

How can you help restore 5711?


You can contribute to the restoration of 5711 by making a Donation to the 5711 Restoration Fund.

Donations of $2.00 or more are Tax Deductible.

Cheques should be made payable to the
NSW RTM — 5711 Restoration Fund

and can be sent to the
Blue Mountains Division of NSW Rail Transport Museum
PO Box 484,
Springwood NSW 2777.

Stay tuned and thank you for your support.

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