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News: 5711's 90th birthday

Join us on Sunday 9 February at a 90th birthday party for giant steam loco 5711, the sole survivor of 25 D57 class locomotives built at Clyde Engineering in Sydney.

5711 at Penrith in 1935
Locomotive 5711 passing Penrith locomotive depot on train 575 westbound, September 1935 (Buckland Collection National Library of Australia)

They were considered by some experts as too big, too long or too heavy, so take the rare chance to inspect this monster close up, including a cab visit, and make your own decision!

5711 was rostered for heavy freight duty on both the main Western and main Southern lines until 1957, when electrification of the Western line resulted in the loco being confined to the main Southern line, and occasionally the Illawarra. In September 1961, 5711 made its final journey from Junee to Goulburn and was withdrawn from service soon after. Condemned in July 1963, the loco was chosen for preservation, partially restored in the 70s & 80s, and moved to Valley Heights in 2008.

Special activities for the day also include: new descriptive historical panels; guest speakers; birthday cake and ‘Blend 5711’ coffee on sale in the cafĂ©!

Of course, you can enjoy all the museum’s usual attractions and exhibits, with rides on the Valley Heights Mixed with diesel or steam traction, included in the regular admission fees. (Rides subject to cancellation due to high fire risk or other operational factors)

5711 at Enfield5711 at Enfield 1965-66. Photo Rod Hawkes
5711 repainted5711 freshly repainted at Valley Heights 18 Apr 2018

Help us say “Happy birthday, 5711. You’re the last of a kind.

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