Portfolio of Queensland Railways - Pictures from the 1950's
Kim Thurlow's Album
Number 947, a 1950 product of Clyde Engineering Works
in New South Wales at the throat of Harristown yards, station
platform on the left. The 'T ' on the buffer beam indicates that
Toowoomba is the home shed. This scene is looking north, and the
South Street crossing is about 50 metres to the rear of the engine.
The 4 wheeled cattle wagon in back is typical of the
era, although bogie versions were also widespread. Basically,
the body was built of timber, and the roof was curved corrugated
galvanized iron. I guess the main frame would be steel.
All Queensland Railways rolling stock was pipe fitted
for continuous Westinghouse train braking, with screw link couplings,
the hook and drawbar, and two large round sprung buffers to keep
the trains in a manageable rolling status.
At this time, all rail was flat bottomed, on locally cut hardwood (eucalyptus)
sleepers. Main line rail was up to 90 pounds per yard, but a lot of the rail
like in this photo, was as light as 40 pounds to the yard. In fact, in this
shot, the engine is on the main loop, and I doubt if that rail is more than
60 to the yard.