Queensland Railways Steam Engines and other Images
by Kimball Thurlow


Year 1961. Class C19 type 4-8-0 #702 at Harristown yard near Toowoomba, facing north. This locomotive was named "Centenary" in 1923, because it was the 100th locomotive built by the Queensland Railways workshops at Ipswich near Brisbane.* Note the tarpaulin covered wagons, a typical feature of Queensland goods carriage.

 To the Queensland Trains

I'm a guy who's run a few gauntlets, made a few friends, and generally amassed very little of anything apart from memories.
So I thought I would share some Queensland, Australia images that I managed to preserve on photograph from when I was 15 years old. I still get a great deal of pleasure from these, because they were usually taken before or after school with a little postwar 2.1/4 square twin lens Russian made "Lubitel" camera. Then my dad would help me fix up the bathroom in the evening to process the negatives and run some prints.  

I sold vegetables grown in the family garden, around the neigbourhood, to pay for the film and the chemical stuff. I can still remember my marketing catchcry "These are a little cheaper than the green-grocer, but they've only just been picked, so they are MUCH fresher". We even competed against the kids next door, but always managed to knock on doors on different days, or in different streets. There was an unwritten rule that there was some business for each of us.

This site is dedicated to Mum and Dad, and to working railwaymen everywhere.

Being part of a railway town, the Toowoomba Chronicle newspaper often had articles on railway progress overseas.

I wish to acknowledge assistance given me, by David Lord of NSW, in preparing some of my transparency images for this site.

 I have no official connection with Queensland Railways, or Aurizon (prev. QRNational) corporate, past or present.

* For those wanting a definitive illustrated reference work on the steam locomotives of the Queensland Railways, I recommend Locomotives in the Tropics, Volumes 1 and 2, by John Armstrong,
publ. Australian Railways Historical Society, 1985 and 1994.

* An illustrated book on the 4-8-0 steam locomotive was published by David and Charles, in 1971, entitled "4-8-0 Tender Locomotives". It was written by D. Rock Carling, and covers all continents.

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Other railway interests

Lockyer Creek bridge in Queensland - Model and Real



Altkloster - the enjoyment of Maerklin model trains - German, French, and Danish


Hornby Dublo 3-rail LNER old model trains (from the UK)


N&W and Pennsylvania - US steam era railroads and models

Models of Queensland steam era engines and rolling stock - Toowoomba based PGC Models
Interesting selection of Queensland rail images and commentary by Colin Power

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