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Construction of the H-class Locomotive 4-8-4 began at the Victorian Railway’s Newport workshops in 1939. Three sets of frames were manufactured before work was halted due to the outbreak of World War II.
Increased wartime traffic and a shortage of motive power lead the VR to complete the construction of class leader H220 and the locomotive went into service on February 7th 1941.
Nicknamed ‘Heavy Harry’ (or ‘Healthy Hilda’ according to Mr N.C. Harris, then the Chairman of the Victorian Railways Commissioners), H220 had a running weight of 260 ton, 1 cwt (264.2 tonne) and an overall length of 92 ft 5 3/4 in (28.19m). It was the largest non-articulated steam locomotive to run on the railways in Australia.
H220 was used on the VR’s north-east line to Albury as this was the only line able to accommodate its loading gauge and 23 ton 5 cwt (23.6 tonne) axle load. It hauled express passenger services, fast goods trains and troop trains, and was occassionally used to puyll the Spirit of Progress when the regular S-class Pacific was not available.
H220 was removed from the VR register in 1958 after travelling more than 800,000 miles (1.3 million kilometres) and is now displayed at the ARHS museum in Williamstown, Victoria.
Factory pilot models shown, subject to correction.
TrainBuilder will be making H220 in Korea and will feature the following: