C17 No. 719

Plinthed at Jandowae

 

This photo is kindly provided by Bert Meinders and shows No.719 at Jandowae in November 2000.

 

Builder

Walkers Limited, Maryborough

 

 

Builder’s Number & Year

347 of 1922

 

 

Wheel Arrangement

4-8-0

 

 

No. in class

227

 

No.719 is one of Queensland Railways’ highly successful C17 class 4-8-0 locomotives of which 227 units were constructed by a variety of builders between 1920 and 1953.  The C17’s were a ‘maid of all work’ type that were powerful enough for main line freight duties, yet with a low axle load which permitted wide deployment and accordingly they could be found on everything from suburban and express passenger trains to main, secondary and branch line freight and mixed traffic work, although the type are perhaps best associated with the long rural routes through Queensland Railways’ (QR) Northern and Central Divisions.  The final C17 class members were retired at the very end of QR revenue steam operations in August 1970.

No 719 is of the original C17 ‘1920 design’ which are identifiable by a straight-sided cutaway cab, tall steam dome, cast iron chimney and a low-sided bogie tender.  No.719 has been reboilered at some stage, receiving the 1938 style of boiler with low steam dome, although retaining an older-style cast iron chimney.

No.719 was placed in Queensland Government Railways service in January 1923 and written off 44 years later in May 1967.  Following retirement it was placed in a park at Jandowae, west of Toowoomba, where it is displayed under a weather roof.  Ownership of this locomotive now rests with Wambo Shire Council.

For further information about the Queensland Railways’ C17 class locomotives, refer to the page for C17 No.2.

References

a

"Locomotives of Australia" by Leon Oberg,

published by J. W. Books Pty Ltd

b

Armstrong, J. 'Locomotives in the Tropics - Volume 2

(Queensland Railways 1910 – 1958 and beyond)’,

published by the ARHS Queensland Division, 1994.

c

Information table provided by Graham Wilson

(Operations Manager, Heritage Rollingstock & Component Services, QR)

at our meeting of 8 October 2004.

d

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