Tully Mill No.5

Privately owned at Echuca

 

Tully Mil No.5 in storage (sans side tanks and other fittings) at a private site near Echuca on 23 March 2005.

Builder

John Fowler & Co, Leeds

Builder’s Number & Year

16341 of 1924

Wheel Arrangement

0-4-2T

 

Tully Mill No.5 is typical of the many small steam locomotives which worked on the 2’ gauge sugar tramways on Queensland, featuring the popular 0-4-2T configuration.

Tully Mill No.5 was one of several ex-Sugar industry locomotives resident at the Lachlan Vintage Village, Forbes, NSW in the late 1970s, although to my knowledge it never operated there.  The Lachlan Vintage Village was an interesting local history museum featuring relocated historical buildings, a recreated Aboriginal encampment and other displays relevant to the region.  An operating 2’ gauge line provided tourist trips around the displays, and a standard gauge railway also ringed the site. 

Unfortunately the Lachlan Vintage Village did not succeed as an ongoing concern and the railway assets were progressively sold off and dispersed, with Tully Mill No.5 obtained by a private owner and joining his interesting collection of steam machinery on a rural site near Echuca, Victoria.  The owner kindly permitted me to view his collection on 23 March 2005 and the photos of Tully Mill No.5 on this page date from that visit.  At that time the loco was stored in a partially dismantled state.  (Fortunately the climate at Echuca is favourable to outdoor storage of vintage machinery.)

I would appreciate the contribution of more recent photographs for this locomotive, or photos of it in service at Tully Mill.

A front view of Tully Mill No.5 in storage at Echuca on 23 March 2005.
I don’t recall seeing the side tanks, but I imagine they were stored nearby.

References

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Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site (as at 28 July 2017):

'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list by John Browning

(www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRc.htm)

Page updated: 18 September 2017

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