Kim Thurlow's Portfolio of Queensland Steam

Harristown #5

No 9 in this photo was a C16 with a history.

In 1903, the Ipswich Railway Workshops built their first locomotive, a new design of 4-8-0 with 16 inch diameter cylinders, as class C16. It trialled successfully, and eventually over 150 were built through to 1919. The C16 design was so well suited for its original pupose of hauling cattle trains over light lines, for that burgeoning market, it was adopted by the Australian Government as a standard goods engine on the standard gauge Trans Australian Railway from Port Pirie to Kalgoorlie. The Commonwealth Railways actually had some built by the Toowoomba Foundry.

This C16 No 9 was built in 1917, the 76th locomotive built at the Workshops. The number was allocated on the basis of need, borrowing the cast numberplate from a locomotive built in 1866, and now taken out of service, due to saving material for the war effort. During the Second World War the loco was loaned to the Commonwealth Railways for service on the Central Australia line, south of Alice Springs and into South Australia, but after the arrival of General Douglas MacArthur in March 1942. Anyway, here it is in 1961 or 1962 running southbound through Harristown on the main line, probably waiting to cross a down train on the loop.

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