|Builder||Société Anonyme Usines Métallurgiques du Hainaut - Locomotives Couillet. Belgium.|
|Cylinders||210 x 300|
|Mill First Used at in Mackay||Homebush|
|ID Number or Name||3, "Petit-Bourg"|
The Decauville Company became famous worldwide for their manufacture of reliable and cheap portable railways. The early systems were 40cm or 50cm gauge and were sold to farming and industrial companies in France. The Company's Manager's little brother Emil Decauville, had come to Australia where he had supervised the building of a 52km network of 60cm railway for the Homebush Plantation.
This locomotive was built in Belgium in 1883 by Société Anonyme Usines Métallurgiques du Hainaut - Locomotives Couillet. This locomotive builder is normally known by the abbreviated name Couillet. Although not well known in Australia, in Europe Couillet was a significant builder of steam locomotives of many different gauges and sizes over a long period of time. This Loco was built by for Decauville who at the time were supplying CSR with portable track for their newly opened Homebush Mill.
In 1914 it was converted to a Tender Loco.
|References||Browning, John, various Emails.|
Possibly one of the Couillet (Decauville) locos bought by CSR for Homebush Mill. c1883 from the Brandon Collection. (John Oxley library No: 6298-0001-0064r)
Possibly one of the Couillet (Decauville) locos bought by CSR for Homebush Mill. c1883 from the Brandon Collection. (John Oxley library No: 6298-0001-0063r)