Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Emu Bay Railway - PVH 1

The first HOn3.5 locomotive for my EBR layout will be PVH 1. Named after her power and drive unit (Paxman Voith Hydraulic), she was purchased from North British in 1953. While originally undertaking mainline work, PVH 1 is best remembered as Burnie Yard's dedicated shunter where she spent most of her life following replacement by the two series of Walker Diesel Hydraulics. Here's a photo of PVH 1 just after delivery, probably in 1953.

(M.Dix Collection, Author Unknown)
And a much later photo, as Burnie tippler shunter in 2000. Aside from a livery change, the later extension to the pilots (with larger buffers) for autocoupler fitting, two extra low windows at the rear to aid visibility and replacement of the sealed beam headlight with a more functional light are the major changes over the 47-odd years of her service with EBR.

Here's the EBR's Rollingstock Register line diagram, and Detail Sheet of PVH 1 covering the key characteristics of the locomotive.

(both Copyright Burnie Pioneer Museum, Burnie)
My model is of PVH 1 in original condition. Much work to go yet, here's the chassis (a Hollywood Foundry Bullant-Major) with counterweights, rods and pilots fitted.


stephen said...

I recently discovered your blog and I'm finding it very interesting.

I'm using Bullant power bogies for a B-B diesel loco and very pleased with them so far, so I'm keen to explore fitting outside cranks and motion for other projects. Any chance you could give a quick guide on how you did this for PVH 1?

Kevin said...

Pleased to see I'm not the only silly clown modelling emu bay!

Andrew Collier said...

Hi Kevin, yes I have done some. What gauge are you modelling EBR in?

Heemskirk said...


What else is there? ;)

Kevin said...

This blogging business is new to me but with the help of a daughter I think I am now with it.My EBR & TGR equipment is on HOn3.5 as is my QR,SAR and STC(Silverton).refer to AMRM issue 38 May Jun 1969 page 13 for a photo. Motive power at that stage was a narrowed Athearn SW1500. A 4mm scale Drewry body on a K's TT 6 wheeled tender mech has formed my Tasmanian power roster. A fleet of narrowed 48's looks after my SA/STC stock. Your decals have me very envious, far better than my mapping pen and white ink.

Andrew Collier said...

Wow, that's a long and dedicated stint in HOm3.5 - well done. Must say I'm running into time conflicts between Shelley Railways (HOn30), other modelling and this, so am not sure how much further I will be able to progress my EBR modelling - sadly there are only so many hours in the day! I have been thinking of selling off some of the models and accumulated materiel. The decals I had made up by Brunel Models, happy to send through the template if you wish? Cheers, Andrew

Anonymous said...

That offer of a decal template for Brunel sounds too good to refuse! Any additional info on getting the decals produced would be appreciated to

Anonymous said...

I understand that time constraint problem. Should never have retired! Have never been so busy since my job went south to Melbourne without me. My model building interest started with Victorian before they had narrow, oops! standard gauge.Tassie followed when I had the pleasure of driving my hired car on to a tiny flat car then watching it get shunted by an ASG into the "West Coaster" consist which then proceded north behind "Heemskirk" Unbeknown to me at the time, 1001 was being unloaded from a ship in Burnie on that same day.
Since then those damned Queenslanders started produceing models for the right gauge and I met another bloke who missled me into Broken Hill ore wagons. All this time I was collecting and running standard gauge stuff from CR SAR VR and even NSWGR. Is it any wonder that I have not done much to Tassie gear, until I came across your writings.

Andrew Collier said...

Hi Kevin,

No problem with the decals, happy tpo send them through - could you please advise an email address to do so, either responding here or email to

Thanks for your EBR recollections also, the tiny flat car may have been one of those converted from the low side A wagons.

Cheers, Andrew