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Registration Number R818
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Locomotive Whistle
History and Use

This single tone steam locomotive whistle was used for sounding warnings and as a means of communication ensuring safeworking on the railways.

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Registration Number R534
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Number Plate - Locomotive
Production Place South Australia/Australia
Production Date 1943
History and Use

Number plate from an Australian Standard Garratt locomotive number G-11.
Australian Standard Garratt locomotive No. G-11 was built at the Islington Railway Workshops in South Australia to the design of the Commonwealth Land Transport Board. This particular class of locomotive was designed and manufactured as a wartime measure during World War Two.The Australian Standard Garratt, made to an austerity design, was produced from initial design to steaming in fourteen months, a record in Australian industry.
G-11 entered service with Queensland Railways in December 1943. The Australian Standard Garratts were not a success in Queensland and G-11 was sold to the Tasmanian Railways in June, 1949.

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Registration Number R249
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Name Plate - "Currajah"
Production Place Rocklea/Brisbane/Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1960
History and Use

This name plate is from a diesel mechanical locomotive No.DL17. The locomotive, named CURRAJAH was used on the Queensland Railways Innisfail Tramway.
Queensland Railways owned and operated 30 miles of 2 ft gauge railway at Innisfail between 1914 and 1977.

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Registration Number R42
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Axle Box Cover
Production Place Rocklea/Brisbane/Queensland/Australia
History and Use

Axle box covers like this were used to protect the axle bearing from dirt and water and to keep the oil pad (usually cotton waste) and oil in contact with the bearing to maintain lubrication.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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Registration Number R388.2
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Rack Rail - section
History and Use

A section of rack rail from the Mount Morgan Rack Railway that ran between Moongan and Moonmera. This section of track was replaced by a deviation in 1950. The rack railway used the Abt System which was developed in Europe to enable locomotives to climb steeper grades than those a normal adhesion worked locomotive was capable of. The Mount Morgan Rack was the only rack railway on a Government owned railway in Australia. There was also a privately owned rack railway in the north-west of Tasmania.

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Registration Number R154
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Maker's Plate - War Finish
Production Place Ipswich/South East/Queensland/Australia
History and Use

Small rectangular brass plate applied to machines made at Ipswich Railway Workshops during World War II.

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Registration Number R155
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Hallade Scale Ruler
History and Use

A scale rule used to measure graphs printed out by the apparatus on the Hallade Track Recording Car No.561

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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Registration Number R4084
Classification CH classification
Name or Title Sign - Refreshment Room
History and Use

This Refreshment Room sign came from the Queensland Railways refreshment rooms at Toowoomba Railway Station.

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Registration Number H8341.1
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Motor Vehicles car
Name or Title Automobile- Auto Buggy
Production Place Ohio/USA
Production Date 1909
History and Use

Autobuggys were used in the beginning of the era of motor cars. They were part of a group of early motor vehicles sometimes referred to as or 'horseless carriages'. The large carriage wheels were necessary in areas where horse-drawn vehicles still in use in the early 1900s made deep ruts in the road.
Messrs Howard and Jackson of Sydney were agents for the buggies and wagons built by the International Harvester Company of Akron Ohio U.S.A. This Autobuggy, built around 1909, was bought by Edmond Biggs about 1910, who used it to run a taxi service between Nambour and Mapleton. The Biggs family moved to Brisbane in 1914 and the vehicle was purchased by Mr. T Jackson of Cribb Island. He used it for a taxi service between Nudgee railway station and Cribb Island. The vehicle was repaired and driven in Nundah's Centenary Procession by Mr E Buck in 1938. It was also featured in Toowoomba's centenary parade of 1940. That same year it was presented to the Royal Historical Society of Queensland by Mr D Gunn. After some repairs by the International Harvester Company the Buggy ran in the R.N.A. Cavalcade of transport in 1952. Further restoration has been carried out by the Veteran Car Club, and, after 1971, by the Queensland Museum.

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Registration Number R6059
Classification CH classification COMMERCE Advertising
Name or Title Advertising Poster -"Pears Soap"
History and Use

Paper posters such as this advertisement for “Pears” soap were regularly seen by railway passengers travelling on suburban lines. Queensland Railways Advertising Branch has been operating under different names for at least 100 years whilst advertising itself has been a part of the railway scene in Queensland since 1865.

This poster was saved from destruction when the Queensland Government Railways Advertising Branch offices located at Roma Street Station were demolished to make way for the new Transit Centre.

“Pears” soap is a well known product in Australia and has been used in many households for generations. Made in Britain throughout the nineteenth century, it was eventually also manufactured in Australia. The advertising strategy of Pears soap was internationally renowned, focusing on attractive original artwork depicting different users of the soap.

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Registration Number R6070
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Great South Pacific Express Lectern Crest
Production Date 1997
History and Use

This crest decorated the front of a lectern used at Roma Street Railway station during special events involving the luxury tourist train - the Great South Pacific Express (GSPE). The GSPE was introduced to Queensland Railways in 1997 as a luxury tourist train to travel between Cairns and Brisbane and also Sydney and Melbourne following a bogie exchange at Acacia Ridge.

The service was halted following the 9/11 terrorism attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. The international tourism market was severely affected by this event and by the end of 2003 the GSPE service had been cancelled and the luxury carriages were mothballed.

State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
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Registration Number R6071
Classification CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Souvenirs
Name or Title Paperweight
Production Place Ipswich/South East/Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1915
History and Use

This is a small souvenir/memento made at Ipswich Railway Workshops to commemorate the visit to the Workshops by the State Governor of Queensland and a State Parliamentary Delegation in October 1915, the second parliamentary visit of the year.

State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
Australia
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Registration Number R6153
Classification CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Box wooden box
Name or Title Guard's Box
History and Use

This Suburban Guard's Box was used by Mr W. Buckel, in the course of his duties on the Brisbane suburban train network. Mr Buckel was a train guard for almost 25 years on Queensland Railways and before that a railway employee in the United Kingdom - overall he had a railway career of almost 50 years in the two countries.

This particular guard's box was made by a train guard based at Mayne Depot who manufactured the boxes for sale to co-workers. It was later fitted with a shoulder strap, not usually fitted to guard's boxes in Queensland, by Mr Buckel.

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Registration Number R6163
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways headlight
Name or Title Locomotive Headlight
Production Place London/England
Springfield/Massachusetts/USA
History and Use

This steam locomotive headlight was built and supplied to Queensland Railways probably in the 1950s. It may have been supplied with a batch of BB18 1/4 Class Locomotives built by Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England.

An electric headlight, it was manufactured by J. Stone in the United Kingdom. The use of Stones’ headlights was uncommon in Queensland Railways' steam locomotives as the majority of headlights were supplied by the Pyle National Co. Up until 1916 only kerosene headlights had been in service and after that date electric headlights from Pyle were normally used. The first locomotives fitted with electric headlights, which were more reliable, were those used on unfenced country lines such as the line from Brisbane to Cunnamulla. This type of headlight was therefore relatively rare.

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Registration Number R6068
Classification CH classification GLASS TECHNOLOGY Glassware
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption glass
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Souvenirs Glass
Name or Title Goblet
Production Date 1865
History and Use

This goblet is the only tangible object at the Workshops Rail Museum that has direct links with the opening of the first public railway in Queensland between Ipswich and Bigge's Camp. This goblet is highly significant and is a major addition to the State Collection and the Workshops Rail Museum.

The goblet was used by Lady Bowen, wife of the State Governor Sir George Bowen, at the opening of the first public railway in Queensland - the first section of the Southern & Western Railway between Ipswich and Bigges Camp (Grandchester) - on the 31 July 1865.

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Registration Number R6122
Classification CH classification MILITARY
Name or Title Air Raid Siren
History and Use

This air-raid siren was installed on the roof of the Powerhouse at Ipswich Railway Workshops during World War 2. It was installed at a time when it was considered that the Japanese might invade Australia or at least conduct air raids on strategic facilities such as the railway workshops. This air-raid siren also serviced parts of North Ipswich. Its installation was one of a number of actions taken to protect the Workshops and its employees during the Second World War, together with the provision of slit trenches and plans for removal of rolling stock in the event of an air raid.

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Registration Number R6055
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Models railway carriage
Name or Title Model of 1200 Class Diesel Electric Locomotive No.1205
History and Use

This wooden model is believed to have been built during the 1950s for display at a Queensland Industries Fair promoting both Queensland Railways' dieselisation plans and the "Sunlander" air-conditioned train service between Brisbane and Cairns. The paint scheme of the model was updated during the 1970s to incorporate the new Queensland Railways "QR" logo for further public display.

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Registration Number R6164
Classification CH classification RECREATIONS Fishing reel
Name or Title Foreigner - Fishing Reel
Production Place Ipswich/South East/Queensland/Australia
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Registration Number R45
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
Name or Title Commemorative Cast Plate
Production Place Ipswich/South East/Queensland/Australia
Production Date 05 Nov 1964
History and Use

This plate casting commemorates the first casting produced by the new foundry at Redbank Railway Workshops when the foundry opened 5 November 1964.

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Registration Number R4482
Classification CH classification
Name or Title Destination Roll
History and Use

Destination Rolls were introduced following the end of steam locomotive traction in 1969. They replaced the old wooden destination boards which could only show one destination per side. The Destination Rolls allowed selection of a number of destinations by scrolling through the roll using the winding handle.

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Registration Number R31
Classification CH classification COMMERCE Advertising sign
Name or Title Sign - Advertising
History and Use

Pressed tin advertising signs such as this one were often displayed on walls of station buildings, fences and gates around station platforms.
Palings Music was a well-known supplier of musical instruments in New South Wales and Queensland. The company opened a store in Toowoomba in 1884 and a second store was opened in Brisbane in 1888.

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Registration Number R25.1
Classification CH classification COMMERCE Banking
Name or Title Pay Tin Tray
History and Use

This Pay Tin Tray was used in the Central Division Pay Office, part of the Rockhampton administrative section of Queensland Rail. These pay tins were in continuous use until the implementation of direct banking of pays in 1990. Prior to this, tins were used to hold the pays and transport them to individual work places.
The tins were colour coded, depending on the workplace units, so brown tins with white numbers were for staff in Administration while red tins with white numbers were for staff in Rolling Stock.

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Registration Number R54
Classification CH classification TRANSPORT Railways luggage trolley
Name or Title Platform Barrow
History and Use

Platform trolleys like this were used to move heavy items about on railway platforms and goods depots during the loading or unloading of trains. This example came from Redbank station.

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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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