Stephenson Loco CPC 2 Stevo

Stephenson Locomotive No CPC 2

About the exhibit

Operational exhibit
TYPE — 0-6-0 SMALL STEAM SADDLE TANK SHUNTING STEAM ENGINE — 2 IN CLASS
Stored at the Parramatta Park Steam Tramway until restored by the former NSW Rail Transport Museum at Thirlmere under contract during 1993. Following the arson attach that destroyed the Parramatta Park site and much of the collection,
Stevo was relocated from Thirlmere to Valley Heights. Stevo received its accreditation for operation in February 2000.


Stevo heading the Valley Heights Mixed at Museum June 2015On the former coal roadOn the Valley Heights forecourtOn the Valley Heights turntableOn the Valley Heights MixedStephenson Locomotive CPC 2Stevo on the turntable (2011)

Custodian

Steam Tram and Railway Preservation (Co-op) Society trading as Valley Heights Steam Tramway

History

Stephenson Locomotive CPC 2 (Builders no 2994) was built in 1899 by the famous locomotive building firm of Messrs Robert Stephenson and Co. in Darlington, England.

Stevo commenced work new at Blue Circle Southern Cement, Portland as their no 2 in 1907 conveying loaded trucks of cement products from their works to the NSWGR Sidings at Portland, returning with loaded trucks of coal, etc. Note that the builder's plate shows 1899. This is not a mistake for it is thought no 2 languished on the 'showroom" floor at Darlington until sold to the cement company in 1907.

When the company withdrew the locomotive from service, it was acquired and transported by road in 1974 to the Steam Tram and Railway Preservation Society's old operating site within Parramana Park.

In 1993 Stevo was moved into the Rail Transport Museum (RTM) workshops at Thlrlmere. Here a thorough and comprehensive restoration project was commenced by the society, In conjunction with the RTM maintenance team. Fortunately Stevo had been moved to Thirlmere just some weeks before the Parramatta Park fire of that year.

Stevo was transferred here to Valley Heights in 1999 when nearing the end of the restoration processes. Society members applied the finishing touches in time for the locomotive to be certified for operation.

More information and photos

Australian Steam - Preserved Steam Locomotives Down Under -- New South Wales - Private & Industrial