C17 No. 809

Displayed at Injune

 

No. 809 is plinthed in a park at Injune, as seen in this photo of 28 May 2001 kindly provided by David Rowe.

 

Builder

Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd,

Newcastle upon Tyne

 

 

Builder’s Number & Year

857 of 1927

 

 

Wheel Arrangement

4-8-0

 

 

No. in class

227

 

No.809 is one of Queensland Government 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” locomotive that were powerful enough for main line freight duties, yet with a low axle load which permitted wide deployment and accordingly the type 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 QGR’s Northern and Central Divisions.  The final C17 class locos were retired at the very end of QGR revenue steam operations in August 1970.

No 809 is one of a batch of 25 locomotives built in the UK by Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  This group followed the original C17 “1920 design” with a straight-sided cutaway cab, tall steam dome, cast iron chimney and a low-sided bogie tender.  No.809 retains the original 1920 design of boiler with a tall steam dome.

No.809 was placed in Queensland Government Railways service in July 1927 and written off in September 1969 after a working life of 42 years.  Following retirement it was placed in a park in the rural community of Injune, north of Roma, where it is displayed alongside the former Injune railway station.  (Grid reference is approximately S25°50'27.81 E148°34'2.16).  Ownership of this locomotive now rests with Bungil Shire Council.

I have received some information stating that this locomotive may actually be No.824 (Armstrong Whitworth B/N 872 of 1927) wearing 809's number pates.

For further general 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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