Farleigh Mill Avonside

Privately owned at Mackay

 

My thanks to Brett Geraghty for contributing this view of the Farleigh Mill Avonside loco, dated 25 March 2006.
This photo reveals a number of interesting features, including a high-pitch boiler and smokebox saddle.
It can also be seen that the near side-tank has been cut away (presumably due to rust), revealing the firebox.

Builder

Avonside Engine Company,

Bristol

Builder’s Number & Year

1909 of 1922

Wheel Arrangement

0-4-0T

 

This rare Avonside locomotive work at the Farleigh Mill, near Mackay.  It had apparently been plinthed at Farleigh Mill for many years, subsequently moving into privately ownership. It is now stored undercover on a private property in Mackay.

The photo above (dated 25 March 2006) reveals a number of interesting and unusual features for this locomotive, such as the high-pitched boiler and smokebox saddle. Two large sand boxes are mounted high on either side of the smokebox in positions that seem likely to have impeded the driver’s forward vision! The loco shows some signs of decay during its time on plinthed display such as the side tanks which have been cut away, presumably because the metal moth had been feasting.

I would appreciate any further information or photographs for this interesting loco.

 

References

a

Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site
(as at 17 November 2017):

'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list
by John Browning (www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRc.htm)

b

Wikipedia page for Avonside Engine Company,
retrieved 17 November 2017

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