Number Plate - Beyer Garratt locomotive No.1095

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Object Detail

Rectangular cast brass plate. Plate is thicker at the top than the bottom and is wedge shaped when viewed from the side. The border and numerals are raised polished brass with a red painted background. The corners are scalloped with a screw hole at each corner.
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways locomotive number plate
Production place
L356 x W178 x H30mm
Media/Materials description
Cast brass, paint
History and use
After the Second World War, the Queensland Railway Department needed new locomotives to improve their run down fleet. The decision was made to order locomotives from overseas rather than fabricate them internally. Despite the difficulties associated with running the Australian Standard Garratts (ASGs) during the war, the department chose a narrow-gauge articulated locomotive of similar design to the ASGs. An order was placed with Beyer, Peacock & Co of Manchester, in late 1947 for ten of the 4-8-2+2-8-4 design.

Due to war shortages, the first ten Beyer Garratts arrived in Queensland in September 1950. Additional orders of this Beyer Garratt design (ten each in June and August 1949) were subcontracted out by Beyer, Peacock & Co to the Societe des Chemins de Fer Franco Belge in Raismes, France.

BG1095 was built in France with the allocated build number of 7438 for the year 1950. It entered service in Queensland in April 1951 in the Rockhampton area. The locomotive was later transferred to Mayne depot in 1953, North Bundaberg in 1954 and then back to Rockhampton later in 1954. The locomotive was written off in February 1969.
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