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Registration Number R7220
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Model Locomotive
Name or Title Model - SBB Be 4/6 Class Electric Locomotive
Production Place Tokyo/Honshu/Japan
Production Date 1988
History and Use

The T-House model rail collection is a collection of national and international significance due to the size, quality and scope of the collection.

The collection, assembled over 30 years from the 1970s to the 1990s, holds 10 000+ models of locomotives, carriages and wagons. The collection is in excellent – often mint – condition. The models were collected by Mr Marsden Williams, who was born, raised and spent his life in the Wollongong area. Mr Williams was a business man who was renowned for philanthropy, he was an intensely private man, who nevertheless was well connected across the Australian business world. His 40 year fascination for model railways reflected his own interest in precision engineering, and his financial success allowed him to pursue his interest to a remarkable extent.

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Registration Number R5821
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways railway vehicles
Name or Title Camp Wagon
Production Place Ipswich/South East/Queensland/Australia
Production Date Aug 1968
History and Use

This Camp Wagon, used to accomodate track gangs when working away from their home depots, was built at Ipswich Railway Workshops in 1968.
Camp wagons were a great improvement on the tents and bondwood huts that had been used previously by railway track gangs.

It is classed and numbered CW119 and is a 2-berth camp wagon. It was fitted with gas bottles to provide gas for a stove and a refrigerator. Water tanks under the wagon provided fresh water for cooking and washing up.
CW119 was withdrawn from service and stored at Ipswich Railway Workshops in November, 1993.

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Registration Number R5844
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways railway vehicles
Name or Title Panhard Railmotor RM 14
Production Place Ipswich/South East/Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1918
History and Use

The Panhard, a small railmotor based on a Panhard Levassor road wagon, was built at the Ipswich Railway Workshops in 1918. Powered by a 20-22 hp petrol engine, it was given the running number 23. Weighing just under 4 tons it had a capacity of 11 people (10 passengers and a driver.)
The vehicle had a 4-wheel bogie at the front and a single fixed axle at the rear. It was opensided with pull-down canvas blinds and also had pull-out canvas awings.

The intention to reduce operating costs on the isolated Normanton-Croydon railway line saw No.23, along with a 4-wheel goods trailer, arrive at Normanton from Townsville, on 18 October 1922. Put to the test a day later, Railmotor No. 23 made a test run from Normanton to Croydon in 4 1/2 hours on 19 October 1922. Goods traffic only amounted to about 5 tons per week and passenger numbers averaged 16 per week during the 1920's - a perfect load for the small railmotor.

The railmotor became affectionately known as the 'Panhard' around the district and subsequent railmotors at Normanton were also called 'Panhards'. The name had such common use that Croydon and Longreach locals would cause confusion by referring to railmotors as 'Panhards' when visiting other parts of the State.

The light weight Panhard became an essential mode of transport between Normanton and Croydon, especially during local floods. The Panhard would still travel with floodwaters covering the the line (although, if the water got too deep, some vital parts would be removed from the engine and it would be pushed through the deeper water).

The little railmotor provided most of the line's services between 1923 and 1929, hauling its goods trailer as well as carrying passengers. The Panhard could only move 4 tons of goods per trip and in 1927 it took a fortnight to move a load of more than 30 tons to Croydon.

A larger railmotor arrived in 1929 displacing No. 23. During that year all railmotor stock in Queensland was renumbered, with the Panhard No. 23 becoming RM14 under the new system.

RM 14 was overhauled in 1932 and, with the exception of 1934 - 1935, worked until it was again overhauled in 1938, when following a test run, it apparently did not re-enter service. RM 14 was written off on 14 April 1941 after which time it was stored in the Normanton workshops.
In December 1968 it was towed to Croydon and transferred to its birthplace, the Ipswich Railway Workshops, where it was restored and placed on display in the open-air steam locomotive museum at Redbank. The museum at Redbank closed in 1992 and the Panhard was removed to under-cover storage.

The Panhard underwent restoration at the Ipswich Railway Workshops again in 2002 before being relocated to its current home in the "One of a Kind" exhibit at The Workshops Rail Museum.

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Registration Number H20890
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways steam locomotive
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Agriculture Harvesting
CH classification MACHINERY Engines Steam
Name or Title Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotive - Perry Engineering
Production Place South Australia/Australia
Production Date Jul 1947
History and Use

This 2 ft gauge steam tank locomotive was used in the Queensland sugar industry.
It was built in 1948 by Perry Engineering in South Australia for the Proserpine Mill and sold to Fairymead Mill in Bundaberg in 1964. Whilst at Fairymead Mill it was numbered 21. Fairymead made some alterations to the locomotive, enclosing the rear of the cab and fitting front and rear windows similar in style to the Clyde diesels owned by the mill. They also fitted sprung buffers and drawgear the same as those on the Clyde diesels.
No.21 was sold again in 1970, this time to The Millaquin Sugar Co. for use at the nearby Qunaba mill. (The name Qunaba is interesting in that it derived from the first two letters of each of the three words Queensland National Bank which company purchased the mill in 1899. It was originally named Mon Repos.) At Qunaba it was numbered 3 and named "Flash". In 1978 the locomotive was fitted with a new boiler and higher capacity water tanks. "Flash" worked the 1978 & 1979 cane cutting seasons, but developed leaks around the firebox door, & was withdrawn from use by the end of the 1979 season.
The locomotive was donated to Queensland Museum in 1981.

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Registration Number H14807
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse landau
Name or Title Landau
Production Date 1857-1877
History and Use

Landaus were the most exclusive of carriages and generally used for royalty or leaders of government. The hood could be raised to keep out the weather, or lowered on fine days.

Frank Robertson purchased this landau from Ealing Film Studios in 1948. The carriage had been brought to Australia from England and used in the filming of the movie "The Eureka Stockade." Mr. Robertson purchased the Landau for 75 pounds, and sold it to Bill Bolton in the 1960's for the same amount.
Frank Robertson was an organiser, with Bill Bolton, of the 1959 "Centenary of Transport." He was also an official of the Queensland Royal National Association. The landau was often used for the official opening of the show, notably with Princess Alexandra and Sir Henry Abel Smith in 1959. (Bolton Collection.)

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Registration Number H14830
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse carriage
Name or Title Victoria Under Carriage
Production Date 1880
History and Use

The French developed the Victoria-style carriage from small phaetons with the addition of the box seat for the driver. On some vehicles the box seat could be removed, and in Europe the Victoria was at times referred to as a 'milord'. The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, popularised the Victoria in Britain. The undercarriage of this Victoria was built by Duncan Ferguson, Toowoomba, in the 1880s while the body was built at Col Ferguson’s workshop in 1966. (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number H14827
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Bullock
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Timber
Name or Title Timber Wagon
Production Place Queensland/Australia
History and Use

The timber wagon was used by the Bonnell family of Withcott who operated a sawmill near the foothills of the Toowoomba Range.This timber wagon is similar to the drawing submitted by Mr J. Corney of Gatton to 'The Australasian Coachbuilder and Wheelwright in 1903, as an example of wagons used in the Lockyer Valley.The length of the wagon can be adjusted to suit the length of logs or sawn timber being carried. (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number H14825
Classification CH classification ESSENTIAL SERVICES Ambulance litter
Name or Title Ambulance Litter
Production Place Brisbane/Queensland/Australia
History and Use

This litter belonged to the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade (QATB) Toowoomba and dates from the first decade of the 20th century. The patient would be pushed by two ambulance bearers to the hospital or doctor. Often ambulance litters would be towed behind dog carts to the scene of an accident.A step-down axle allowed ambulance bearers removing the stretcher with patient to step over the axle, rather than lifting the patient over the wheel. Ambulance litters were used around town streets until around 1915 when motor ambulances became common, but litters were still used at sporting grounds to carry injured athletes, and at hospitals. (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number H14831
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse buggy
Name or Title Ladies Phaeton Buggy
History and Use

Phaetons originated in Britain. The diverse varieties of phaetons were all owner-driven vehicles, unlike other high-class carriages driven by coachmen. Phaetons were named after a reckless young god from Greek mythology who lost control of his father’s chariot, (the sun with four horses). Phaeton would have burned up the Earth if he had not been struck dead by a thunderbolt from Zeus.

Later phaetons were low-set, comfortable carriages easier to enter than most vehicles. They were favoured by ladies and 'portly' gentlemen from the time of George IV 1820—30. (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number H14820
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse horse caravan
Name or Title Horse Caravan
History and Use

This was a Melbourne furniture van which was converted to a caravan for holidays. The original canvas roof was replaced by metal in the 1960s. It is fitted with a pole for two horses. Many businesses borrowed furniture vans for staff picnics. It could carry up to 30 people on improvised seats. The van was probably built by Deumers of Richmond in Melbourne who specialised in furniture vans.

This vehicle was bought from Melbourne to Toowoomba in the early 1950s by the (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number H14829
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse dray
Name or Title Toolburra Dray
Production Place Queensland/Australia
History and Use

Drays were used as general heavy transport vehicles. This one was described as a three-ton wool dray by Mr Hector Donald McDonald who purchased it at South Toolburra clearance sale in 1937. He used the dray with one horse to cart wood on his property, Evandale, until it was sold in 1962. (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number H14824
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse buggy
Name or Title Cut-Under Buggy
History and Use

This carriage was owned by the Giles family of Sandgate, Brisbane. Cut-under buggies were quite stlish and expensive vehicles. They were also practical in towns because they had a smaller turning circle than most buggies. The floor under the front seat is raised, allowing the front wheels to move partly under the the body when cornering. (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number R814.1
Classification CH classification MACHINERY Pumps steam pump
Name or Title Steam Pumping Plant - Grandchester Engine
Production Place Leeds/West Yorkshire/England
Production Date 1868
History and Use

This steam-driven water pump was installed at Grandchester in 1868 to pump water from Western Creek to the locomotive water tank at Grandchester Station.

The engine unit was built by Carrett, Marshall & Co, Sun Foundry in Leeds, England. The railway, operated at that time by Southern & Western Railway required water to supply steam locomotives operating the line from Ipswich to Grandchester. The pumping rate of the unit was 2475 litres per hour.

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Registration Number R41
Classification CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Plaques plaques
Name or Title Plaque - Class A10 Locomotive
Production Date 1965
History and Use

This plaque was attached to the cab side of Class A10 No.6 when it was donated to Queensland Railways by Gibson & Howes Ltd, Bingera Plantation in 1965 as part of the Railways centenary celebrations. The plaque gives a brief over view of the history of A10 No.6. It worked special trains between 1965 and 1969 before being placed in the Redbank Locomotive Museum in 1970 as a static exhibit. The plaque was removed for safekeeping when No.6 was removed for restoration to working order by the Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) in 1989.

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Registration Number R17
Classification CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Plaques plaques
Name or Title Commemorative Plaque - Electrification Petrie - Central 23 April 1983
Production Date 1983
History and Use

Commemorative plaque from Petrie railway station celebrating opening of suburban electrification project for the section Petrie to Central on 23 April 1983.

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Registration Number R18
Classification CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Plaques plaques
Name or Title Commemorative Plaque
Production Place Ipswich/South East/Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1970-1980
History and Use

Commemorative plaque acknowledging the past officers in charge of the Auxilliary at Ipswich Railway Workshops 1925 - 1980.

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Registration Number R184.1
Classification CH classification TROPHIES AND AWARDS Public Events trophy
Name or Title Trophy Cup
Production Place Sheffield/South Yorkshire/England
Production Date 1923
History and Use

This trophy was won by the Ipswich Railway Band at a competition sponsored by the Daily Mail newspaper at a Championship Carnival in 1923.
The Ipswich Railway Band was established in 1913, receiving a subsidy of £100 from the Commissioner of Queensland Railways to assist with buying instruments. It existed for only 21 years, but during that time, it reached a high standard and was a source of pride for both the Ipswich Railway Workshops and the Ipswich community.

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Registration Number R39
Classification CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Plaques plaques
Name or Title Commemorative Plaque - Opening Queensland Railways Locomotive Museum
Production Date 1970
History and Use

This commemorative plaque was mounted on a plinth in the middle of the Redbank Locomotive Museum grounds. It was unveiled during the official opening ceremony of the Redbank Locomotive Museum by W.E. Knox M.L.A., Minister for Transport on 7 February 1970. The plaque was removed when the museum was closed in 1992.

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Registration Number R184.2
Classification CH classification TROPHIES AND AWARDS Public Events trophy
Name or Title Trophy Lid
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Registration Number R824
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Number Plate - "No. 3"
Production Date 1899
History and Use

This locomotive number plate came from a locomotive built by Walkers Ltd, Maryborough for the Chillagoe Railway & Mining Co in 1899. It was the same design as Queensland Railways B15 Class. This locomotive was purchased by Queensland Railways in 1919 along with the Chillagoe Railway. The plate originally carried the wording "Chillagoe Railway & Mines Ltd" but this was ground off when coming under the ownership of Queensland Railways. It was rebuilt as a B15 Converted in 1928. No.3 spent its working life in the Northern Division and was scrapped in November 1961.

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Registration Number H47630
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Motor Vehicles car
CH classification TRANSPORT Motor Vehicle Accessories
Name or Title FN Type 1500 Car
Production Place Belgium
Production Date 1900-1920
History and Use

This car was given to Mrs Margaret Helena Cameron as a wedding present by her father, Sir David Hardie, MD, LLD, of Firhall, Wickham Tce. The wedding was on 28th February 1912, held at Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church, Brisbane. The car was bought new, probably in 1911, the bidywork having been added locally by E J & W Peel, carriage builders of Stanlet Street, South Brisbane.

Nicknamed 'Fanny', the car was initially used on the Cameron's property "Caledonia" at Aramac (Queensland), and after the First World War on "Glen Nevis" at Dalvene.

Helena's husband, Percival Lodge Cameron (3624) had served as a Gunner with the 49th Battaltion during the First World War, and was twice wounded in action. Initially gassed on 24th March 1918, he was again wounded on 18th September 1918 when an 18 Pdr. shell exploded causing him burns to the face, neck and hands. He was repatriated to Australia on 21st December 1918. Because of his war injuries Percival could not return to the Longreach district, the Cameron's electing instead to settle at 'Glen
Nevis', Dalveen, near Stannthorpe. Percival Cameron passed away at 'Glen Nevis' in 24th June 1940.

In 1958 Helena Cameron loaned the FN to the Vintage Car Club of Queensland. Alan Hale was appointed the vehicle's custodian, being responsible also for its restoration and subsequent operation during numerous rallies. It was returned to the Cameron's following his death in 1975. In 1978 it was loaned to the Queensland, ownership eventually transferring to the Queensland Museum after Helena's death on 1st April 1980.

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Registration Number H48166
Classification CH classification MILITARY Army
CH classification TRANSPORT Horse sulky
Name or Title Army General Service wagon.
Production Place Birmingham/England
Production Date 1916
History and Use

These Mark X General Service wagons were built in the tens of thousands in the First World War, and were used by British Forces (including the Australian Army) to carry supplies and equipment. This wagon was used by the Australian Army until 1947 when it was purchased by Ray Gordon at Singleton NSW for use on his Musewllbrook farm.

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Registration Number H14808
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse buggy
Name or Title Piano Box Buggy
History and Use

Piano box buggies were first made in the 1850s, and became the most popular style of buggy in the USA and Australia. Some were made in small carriagebuilder's workshops,but large carriage factories in the United States also made piano box buggies by the thousands. The name suggests the body looks like a piano lying down. Although they were light weight buggies piano box buggies were durable enough to use on country dirt tracks. (Bolton Collection)

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Registration Number H22584
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Horse buggy
Name or Title Whitechapel Buggy
Production Place Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1887-1907
History and Use

This whitechapel buggy is in unrestored condition. It still has rubber tyres and the hood from its period on the road. The makers plate on the back of the seat reads A.E. Roberts Carriage Motor Works Ipswich. The Roberts family donated this vehicle built around 1900 to the Queensland Museum in 1982. A.E. Roberts (& Son) were highly respected coachbuilders in Ipswich from 1884 to the 1930s, and built a range of vehicles from fine carriages and hearses, buggies and sulkies, to farm wagons and carts.

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Registration Number H41730.1
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Aviation ultra light
Name or Title Flying Flea Light Aircraft - Avions Henri Mignet HM 14
Production Place Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1935
History and Use

The ultra-lightweight Flying Flea was designed in France in the 1930s by Henri Mignet. The design plans were intended for hobby builders, and considerable numbers were constructed throughout the world. Flying Fleas were home built and driven by whatever engine the builder could obtain.

Flying Fleas are essentially biplanes with a staggered wing arrangement, the lower wing set well behind the upper. They have a vertical moveable tail, but no horizontal tail surfaces and no elevators. Pitch control was instead provided by tilting the upper wing to change its angle. Steering was achieved by manipulating the tail via the same joystick that controlled the wings. The propeller was mounted on the front of the engine, which itself was mounted at the front of the plane, forward of the upper wing.

This example was built by members of the Roberts family of Ipswich in 1935. Made predominantly from plywood and canvas, this example of the plane is powered by a 23 horsepower (17 kW) four cylinder in-line Henderson motorcycle engine. Due to the large numbers of crashes of Flying Fleas, particularly in Britain, the Roberts’ aircraft was not officially allowed to fly. After one unofficial test it was stored under the Roberts’ home until they donated it to the Queensland Museum in 1982.

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