Number Plate - 6D17 Locomotive No.75

Production date
1924
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
A 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
L461 x W180 x H16mm
Media/Materials description
Cast brass, paint
Signature/Marks
No. 75
History and use
To meet the demands of rapidly increasing passenger numbers on the Brisbane suburban network, Queensland Railways decided add more tank engines to their fleet. The railway’s had been using a tank locomotive, the 6D16, since 1900 but these engines were running to their limits pulling the passenger trains throughout Brisbane. The new, larger engines were known as 6D17s, they had a 4-6-4 wheel arrangement, C17 style cylinders and a superheated boiler a little larger than the 6D16.

The first ten 6D17s were built by Walkers Limited of Maryborough and were all delivered in 1924. A further 20 were built at the Ipswich Railway Workshops between 1925 and 1942. In 1936 Queensland Railways reclassified the engines as D17s, eliminate the ‘6’ from the name.

The class operated on the Brisbane network mainly working on passenger services (although they occasionally hauled off-peak goods and livestock trains around Brisbane). With the increasing dieselisation of the fleet, diesels began to replace these tanks engines during the 1960s.

6D17 No.75 was built by Walkers Limited (works number 363) in 1924 and entered service in April of the same year. It was written off in December 1968.
Registration number
R6790

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