Page 5 of Kim Thurlow's
Portfolio of Queensland Railways -
Pictures from the 50's and 60's.
Not a particularly clear image, but
one that shows the spirit of the thing. The Sydney Express southbound
I can remember clearly being very disappointed at the quality
when it finally emerged from the dark room. I had spent a lot
of planning on this, and of course, when the time comes, there
is some trepidation. The train is moving quite fast for our region
and times, about 40 mph, down the bank southward from Harristown
toward Alderley Street level (grade) crossing. And I did not have
the luxury of taking frame after frame, as film was not cheap.
So I made do.
850 was a B18.1/4 built in Walkers shops, Maryborough
in 1936. This class was the precursor to the modernised BB18.1/4,
although same in wheel and frame dimensions. The class number
derives from the cylinder diameter, 18.1/4 inches, of which there
were two outside, and Walschaerts valve gear.
In 1962, I noted one of the class #870, painted a very
light apple green, and I promptly dubbed it "BEAU VERDE".
The usual colour was in my opinion, very similar to GW R green,
or the British railways green of their standard classes of the
Each of the cars on this train was of the open ended
verandah or vestibule type, and you could pass between each car
through a gate on the verandah, over a small overlapping platform
from each car. The cars were painted tuscan red, and were clad
in vertical jointed (VJ) timber about 2 inches in width. I believe
that most of them were built in the Ipswich Railway Workshops,
and weighed about 27 tons. The interior panel work in varnished
Queensland maple were, like the rest of the construction, a tribute
to the workers who crafted them.