Genessee & Wyoming Australia are very kindly donating a locomotive and a bulk grain hopper to the Port Lincoln Railway Museum. We are grateful for their generosity in preserving these important historical items, both of which are intimately tied to Eyre Peninsula's railway heritage.
850 and HAN3 together will provide a permanent reminder of the importance of rail to the agriculture industry on Eyre Peninsula -- they illustrate half a century of grain haulage to the ports of Port Lincoln and Thevenard.
To ensure that they are protected from the elements (and vandalism), the Museum needs to provide a substantial shelter structure. Plans and costings have been drawn up, and we are applying for grant funding, but we will also need to make a substantial contribution to the project.
All donations, large or small, will help us with this important project. For details of how to make a donation, please see the donation form here.
Locomotive 850 was the first diesel-electric loco on Eyre Peninsula (and was also the first narrow gauge diesel-electric on the South Australian Railways). It was delivered new to Port Lincoln on 24 March 1962, and spent its entire working life hauling grain, gypsum and general freight trains on Eyre Peninsula. It was one of the locos which brought the final grain train into Port Lincoln on 31 May 2019.
Bulk grain hopper HAN3 entered service at Port Lincoln on 1 September 1969. It was one of 68 HAN class aluminium-bodied hopper wagons constructed at the SAR's Islington Workshops. The HAN hoppers were built specifically for Eyre Peninsula and spent their entire working lives here. HAN3 was in the consist of the last grain train on 31 May 2019.