A10 Fairlie – Originally A Class

Total Number of Engines Built 3
First Engine Built 1877
Last Engine Built 1877
First Engine Written Off 1902
Last Engine Written Off 1902


These were based on the earlier Avonside A Class engines and were the last to be obtained with a 2-4-0 wheel arrangement. They were ordered from The Fairlie Engine Company and constructed by Vulcan Foundry with both companies supplying builder’s numbers. The engines were delivered to the Central Railway, where they were they spent some of their time working ballast trains. All were later shipped to Normanton.

They were rated to haul 60 tons up a 1 in 50 grade.

In 1889 locomotives and rollingstock were consolidated into one rollingstock register. This resulted in most items, except those operating on the original Southern and Western Railway (from Ipswich ), being renumbered. Numbers shown are state (or former S & W) numbers. Those in brackets are former numbers of individual railways.


CR – Central Railway based on Rockhampton

NR – Normanton – Croydon Railway

Fairlie – The Fairlie Engine Co., Bristol

Vulcan – Vulcan Foundry Warrington UK

Technical Details
Wheel Arrangement2-4-0
Cylinders (diameter x stroke) ins.10 X 18
Coupled Wheels diameter ins.36
Length30' 2"
Boiler Pressure - psi.120
Weight - Adhesive9.55
Weight - Engine14.7
Weight - Tender9.95
Coal Capacity - tons2.25
Water Capacity - gallons700
Tractive Effort - lbs. (85%)4500
Factor of Adhesion4.75
Valve GearStephenson's
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