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  Aurizon 2170 Auction
Posted by: JMT - 09-Feb-2016, 11:42 AM - Forum: Queensland - No Replies

Pickles had 12 x 2170 listed in an auction that closed on 30/11/2015

Does anyone know if these locos reached the reserve, and were sold?

Have the locos been moved since 30/11?

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  RM33 found?
Posted by: CNsylvester - 21-Jan-2016, 07:50 PM - Forum: Preservation and Tourist Railways - Replies (6)


KILLARNEY Heritage Centre is preparing for the return of The Rattler, after a six-week search to track the historic piece down.

The Rattler is a diesel railmotor that ran between Killarney and Warwick, via Yangan and Freestone, carrying passengers and students through the countryside.

President of the Killarney and District Historical Society Tony Pearson said the find was made possible thanks to the assistance of volunteer Sue Lloyd and a friend who works with Queensland Rail.

"Sue contacted a friend who located the railmotor at Sunshine Coast," Mr Pearson said.

"Queensland Rail have generously donated the railmotor to us, we just need to organise the transportation."

Mr Pearson said the society would need truck transportation and a 40t crane each end of the journey to lift the railmotor on and off the truck.

"We will have to lay some line for it to sit on in the driveway behind the new picket fence," Mr Pearson said. "When I heard it had been found my knees went weak. I couldn't believe it."

Mr Pearson said The Rattler had been in a shed since it was decommissioned.

"It's incredible. It should be pretty well in the condition it was when it was decommissioned," he said.

"We will be planning a celebration that it has finally come home, and try to replicate one of the old photos if possible."

Mr Pearson said the society hoped The Rattler would make its way home by the middle of this year.

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  Bald Hills Flats Bridge Upgrade
Posted by: CNsylvester - 01-Jan-2016, 06:12 PM - Forum: Queensland - No Replies

Over the break, the Bald Hills flats peers have been ..... changed out / upgraded / fixed / worked on ..... ?

Area was full of equipment (rivaled the Moreton Bay Rail Link Inc) and guarded.

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  Spring Bluff 2011-2015
Posted by: watchdog - 28-Dec-2015, 06:46 PM - Forum: Queensland - Replies (3)

Is it just me or does Spring Bluff look like a BNE Citytrain network platform albeit gravel ?
I went by today and was amazed by the yellow line along with Ped Xing gates protection.
Last time I was there was before the 2011 flood as evident by my thumbnail avatar,but I was amazed by the extent of damage and length of time it took to reopen as shown in the waiting room photo board.
Am guessing QR added the protection while repairs were carried out.

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Posted by: Maxn99 - 28-Dec-2015, 02:01 PM - Forum: Queensland - Replies (6)

Recently the Malu Station building has been removed. It's a miracle that it was left there as long as it was.
Can anyone tell me when it was moved & where it was taken?

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  Tasrail 2050s sold?
Posted by: Sulla - 27-Nov-2015, 12:05 PM - Forum: Locomotives and Rolling Stock - Replies (1)

Rumours from the Apple Isle suggest the 2050s (Ex Townsville Nickel locos, 2150D, 2151D, 2153D and 2154D) are coming back to Queensland with a new operator. Aurizon is also auctioning twelve 2170Ds through Pickles on November 30th


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  Push gathers steam to restore a historic loco
Posted by: Graham4405 - 28-Oct-2015, 09:23 PM - Forum: Preservation and Tourist Railways - Replies (3)

Fraser Coast Chronicle Wrote:Push gathers steam to restore a historic loco

ONE of Maryborough's iconic first steam trains could be restored to its former glory if the Maryborough Model Engineers and Live Steamers Association has its way.

During its long lifetime the No. 299 steam train did everything from star in a movie, tug coal and cattle and transport passengers.

MELSA is now on a worthy mission to raise more than $1 million needed to restore Maryborough's first locomotive made for Queensland Rail.

Foundation member Owen Bell said the No. 299 steam train was built by Walkers Maryborough in 1897 and spent its working life carrying freight and passengers throughout Queensland. It was decommissioned in 1966.

Mr Bell quashed rumours the train would be relocated.

"In 1985 the train was given to the citizens of Maryborough under the care of MELSA," he said.

Mr Bell said an expert MELSA had consulted was confident the train could be restored.

"The biggest thing is the boiler needs to be lifted off, so inspection can be done on the crown plate," he said.

"Our dream is to get it going back at full steam and run it on a section of track."

Mr Bell said MELSA would be over the moon if it could get the iconic steam locomotive running again.

"It would just be unreal," he said.

"It's something for the people of Maryborough, Queensland, the world."

The No. 299 featured in the Kylie Minogue film The Delinquents.

Mr Bell said all donations to the restoration would be appreciated.



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  Photos of Armidale and Uralla stations
Posted by: Lsrailfan - 04-Oct-2015, 12:06 PM - Forum: New South Wales & ACT - No Replies

Hi all, I have been up at Armidale for a week, and I had the opportunity to photograph the area around Armidale and Uralla stations, + a couple of Xplorer shots thrown in


The historic Bicentennial railway museum at Armidale, just next to the Station Building itself, it houses a collection of trikes, and whatnot, the old pump that you can see in the foreground, is a water pump


Armidale Station building, looking from the carpark, the machinery in the foreground, is being used to make a bigger carpark at Armidale, muchly needed too


Photo of Uralla station sign, taken from outside the station


View of the old historic station building at Uralla


Looking South at Uralla, you can see the 555km peg, as well as what appears to be a perway siding for track machines, when they are up that way


On the day of our departure from Armidale, NP24 stands in the sun, ready for it's 08:40am departure time for Sydney


At Werris Creek, the Moree portion heads off and around the corner, it will then reverse, and couple up to the Armidale portion of the train, the 2 sets will then continue onto Sydney

Kind Regards

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  Ballina maps
Posted by: Petan - 01-Oct-2015, 11:46 AM - Forum: Railway Archaeology - No Replies

I managed to scan the Ballina rail route maps at Murwillumbah Library recently. The Ballina end is from a 1942 map and most of the other end from a 1976 map with map names and scales on each. Thanks to the Richmond Tweed Library
Ballina end (3MB) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...pGZG8/view

Booyang end (4MB) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...1xbTA/view

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  Atherton Tablelands
Posted by: Petan - 27-Sep-2015, 03:01 PM - Forum: Railway Archaeology - Replies (3)

The route of the Stannary Hills and Irvinebank mining tramways Nth QLD can be traced on the QSA Item ID 619133 topographical map scale 1.253 440 Atherton Tablelands1944 . Other Nth QLD QR and tramway lines are also on this map including Dimbulah, Silkwood, Cairns, Ravenshoe and part of the Mt Molloy line. Downloadable (8.5 MB) from my Google Drive and courtesy QLD State Archives Runcorn https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...MzcG8/view

Dr Ruth Kerr’s (5MB file size) Irvinebank, Mining Community and Centre of an Empire "God Bless John Moffat” PDF https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ..._1_141.pdf

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