Year Built 1916
Builder Hunslet Engine Company, Hunslet Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
Works Number 1239
Wheel Type 4-6-0T
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.
(Courtesy of John Browning Collection)

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 2019.
(Glen Hall Collection)


Browning, John. various emails. (2018). Preserved Steam Locomotives Down Under - Hunslet 1239. [online] Available at:  [Accessed 6 Feb. 2019].

Flickr. (2019). Hunslet 4-6-0 Side. [online] Available at:  [Accessed 6 Feb. 2019].


Richter, J. (2017). 5 Things you didn't know about The Workshops Rail Museum - Ipswich First. [online] Ipswich First. Available at:  [Accessed 6 Feb. 2019].

The Queensland Museum Network Blog. (2017). The Restoration of Hunslet 327. [online] Available at:  [Accessed 6 Feb. 2019]. (2019). Hunslet 4-6-0T information. [online] Available at:  [Accessed 6 Feb. 2019].


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