|Builder||Hunslet Engine Company, Hunslet Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.|
|Cylinders||9 1/2 x 12|
|Mill First Used at in Mackay||North Eton|
|ID Number or Name||"WD 327", "No. 4",|
|Fate||Restored on display at Queensland Museum, The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich, QLD.|
Formerly a former British War Department Light Rail surplus locomotive, it was built in 1916 to service the trenches along the Western Front in World War 1. After the war it was repaired by the Hunset Engine company on 10 January 1919 for resale as war surplus Equipment. It was purchased by the Queensland Agent General from the Engineering Supply company of Australia (ESCA) in 1920. I started service at the North Eton Sugar Mill.
The locomotive was
retired in 1964 and plinthed in Langford Park in Eton till it was
relocated to the old North Eton Mill site for storage in 1997. In
2005 it was donated to the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich. It was
restored back to it's original appearance as it would have looked in
it's original War Department Livery. It is now displayed in the main
exhibition area in the museum.
North Eton "No.4"
returning to the Mill. Taken 20 September 1963.
The Hunslet as it looked when plinthed in Langford Park Eton from 1964 to 1997. circa 1983.
(courtesy Killamarsh newsletter, No. 38, March 2017)
The restored Hunslet on
display in the Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich, Queensland in February
Browning, John. various emails.