Number 9: Queensland Railway B17 class
Here’s one of the long-gone steam locomotive of my home railway, Queensland Railway. Built between May 1911 and May 1914 by North Ipswich Railway Workshops, there were 21 B17s in total. They were the largest non superheated six coupled engines to operate in Queensland Railway. They were designed to pull the Sydney Mail and and mail trains between Brisbane and Rockhampton until the 1930s where the B17s were put on lesser duties as superheated steam locomotives took over their work. Two B17s, N°678 and N°610, were fitted with superheating but they were a failure so they were given new boilers in between 1929 to 1931. During the Second World War, the B17s worked on heavy passenger trains in Bowen due to the upsurge of passenger traffic. As they were saturated engines, their flaw was that they were heavy on coal and water. They were generally unpopular with crews particularly with poorer coals and heavy loads, therefore they were placed on goods trains and shunting duties because of their coal and water consumption issues. Withdrawal and scrapping of the class commenced in 1950 and the last two engines in service were written off in November 1960. Personally, I would like to see one of them in a museum but never mind.
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13 Feb 2020 05:47 CET
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