J class steam locomotives
wheel arrangement: 2-8-0
J 503 circa 1953
Number in Class 60
Number group 500 - 559
Construction period 1953 - 1954
In service 1954 - 1972
Where built Vulcan Foundry U.K.
Tractive effort 29.460lb
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VR's last class of steam loco. The original order was for 50 locos which was increased to 60 after the VR sold 10 N class locos to S.A.R.

They were a more modern, gauge convertible K class with a high pitched boiler and wide firebox for possible gauge conversion. By the time they were delivered, dieselisation had commenced, thus condemning these unremarkbale locos to a short life. Cowcatchers were removed from mid 1966.

J 550 holds the distinction of being the very last revenue steam loco in service, it was rostered on the 6:00 am Bendigo pilot on May 25 1972. The next day it was placed in storage at Bendigo loco.

The first 30 (500 - 529) were coal burners, the last 30 (530 - 559) were oil burners. They saw service all over the state in secondary service.

Oil burning J 538 at Bendigo. March 1970
Photo courtesy John Ward.

The 2 page article. below, appeared in the May 1954 VR Newsletter

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