Shunter returns home

After 34 years, the Diesel Shunter 532 returns to its home at Peterborough.
After 34 years, the Diesel Shunter 532 returns to its home at Peterborough.

After 34 years, the Standard Gauge Diesel Shunter 532 returned home to Peterborough last month.

The 532 was built in 1964 and put into service in Peterborough on June 1, 1964.

In 1978 she was transferred to Mile End and worked as a shunter there.

In 2003 she was transferred to Whyalla and used as a spare-shunter and eventually sold to Genesee and Wyoming in 2006.

They have now donated 532 to the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre and BHP Billiton paid for the transfer to Peterborough and the cost of the 250 ton crane to lift her off.

It will now undergo restoration carried out by the Steamtown’s own volunteers and will soon be on display in the diesel shed, adding a valuable display piece to the ever growing tourist attraction of Steamtown; which will reach another milestone by the end of this financial year, by achieving all time record visitor numbers and a turnover close to $250,000.In 1978 she was transferred to Mile End and worked as a shunter there.

In 2003 she was transferred to Whyalla and used as a spare-shunter and eventually sold to Genesee and Wyoming in 2006.

They have now donated 532 to the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre and BHP Billiton paid for the transfer to Peterborough and the cost of the 250 ton crane to lift her off.

It will now undergo restoration carried out by the Steamtown’s own volunteers and will soon be on display in the diesel shed, adding a valuable display piece to the ever growing tourist attraction of Steamtown; which will reach another milestone by the end of this financial year, by achieving all time record visitor numbers and a turnover close to $250,000.