K class steam locomotives
wheel arrangement: 2-8-0
K 184 in "as preserved" condition at Sth Dynon, 1979.
One of VR's most succesful classes of loco they were built over a 24 year period. A general purpose, light lines loco the K's had a very long career in all sorts of service from branchline passenger and goods work to pilot and banker duties and roadside mainline service. At the time of their introduction the standard turntable in Victoria was 50' too short to turn a K class without splitting the loco from the tender. Over the next decade many 50 foot turntables were lengthened to 53 ' to accomodate the K class.

The majority of the class lasted into the 60's. No K class was ever converted for oil burning
K's 140 - 149 were built as K 100 - 109 and renumbered in 1940.
K's 186 - 192 had Boxpok driving wheels

Number in Class 53
Number group 140 - 192
Construction period 1922 - 1946
In service 1922 -
Where built Newport
Tractive effort 28,650 lb
road #'s Qty Year built Notes
140 - 149 10 1922 - 1923 built as K 100 -
K 109
150 - 160 11 1940
161 - 178 18 1941
179 - 183 5 1943
184 - 192 9 1946

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