Number Plate - C17 Locomotive No.861

Production date
1938
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Rectangular cast brass plate. The border and numerals are raised polished brass with the background painted red. The corners are scalloped with a screw hole at each corner.
Classification
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways locomotive number plate
Measurements
L308 x W179 x H23mm
Media/Materials description
Cast brass, paint
Signature/Marks
861
History and use
C17 class locomotives were one of the most enduring and successful designs used by Queensland Railways. The design was an upgrade from the C16 class locomotives. C17s were built from 1920 right up until to 1953, with numerous improvements and modifications adopted during the years in between. C17 No.861 was built in batch now known as the ‘the 1938 version’.

After the Great Depression, Queensland Government Railways decided to upgrade the C17 design and build six in-house at the Ipswich Railway Workshops. No.861 was the fourth of this batch and given the build number 161 for 1938 and entered service in March 1939.

No.861 operated extensively throughout the Northern Division and was based at times in Townsville (1949, 1954, 1958), Charters Towers (1954) and Cloncurry (1955). The locomotive was written off at the end of 1964.
Registration number
R6791

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