DH31 is the 2 ft 6 in (762mm) gauge Puffing Billy Railway's biggest non-steam locomotive.

It is ex-Queensland Railways DH class No.59, built by Walkers, Maryborough, Queensland.

It displays its 3ft 6in (1067mm) gauge past by towering over the Puffing Billy rolling stock, which makes getting a decent picture difficult! If it were a model, it would be considered out-of-scale.

 

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From 12 January 2010 during the summer fire season steam locomotives were not operating in the Lakeside — Gembrook section due to the high fire danger in the Wright State Forest. This picture shows DH31 crossing "Bridge 8" between Cockatoo and Wright on the Belgrave bound train on 20 January 2010. Steam locomotives resumed operating in this section about three months later.

DH31 crossing "Bridge 8" between Cockatoo and Wright on the Belgrave bound train on 20 January 2010.

DH31 at Wright station on the Belgrave bound train on 21 January 2010.

DH31 on a Lakeside to Gembrook train at Cockatoo, Sunday 29 April 2007.

DH31 on a Lakeside train between Clematis and Emerald, December 2008

DH31 with the last train of the day heading to Belgrave, passing Nobelius station, December 2008.

DH31 approaching Nobelius station on a Lakeside bound train, December 2008.

DH31 on a Belgrave bound train between Nobelius and Nobelius Siding, December 2008.

My favourite picture of DH31, thanks to the wonders of PhotoShop its monstrous proportions in relation to its train is no longer apparent.


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All photographs Copyright Frank Stamford who may be contacted by email at: frank.stamford@bigpond.com

Last updated: 2 April 2016